By Jake Everett
It’s that time of year again everybody, the mecca of all sporting events is upon us. Sports fans, bandwagoners, commercial watching girlfriends, foodies, boozers, and most everybody with a pulse will all have their eyes on the same event come February 1st, and who can blame them. It’s the SUPER BOWL. It is a day that’s become a national holiday, with entertaining gatherings competing with a marathon of real housewives of NJ. So, to celebrate the 49th running of this glorious football game, we list 49 things you may not have known about the SUPER BOWL!
1.) The first Super Bowl was held in LA in 1967 and hosted the Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs.
2.) The least amount of points scored combined was during the 1973 Super Bowl when the Dolphins beat the Redskins 14-7.
3.) The Cowboys and Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl appearances– 8 each.
4.) The Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with 6 titles.
5.) The Broncos have lost the most Super Bowls with 5 (way to keep up the trend Peyton).
6.) The NFL pays for 150 rings for the winning team, costing upwards of $1,500 per ring, depending on how much bling they want on it.
7.) The NFL also pays for 150 pieces of jewelry for the losing team, with the price of each item being exactly half the price of the winning teams’ rings.
8.) The Vince Lombardi, possibly the manliest trophy of modern day, is made of sterling silver by a Tiffany & Co.
9.) In 2011, during one of the biggest Super Bowl blunders ever, 1250 temporary seats were not installed properly, leaving that many ticket holders without seats for the big game. The NFL issued triple refunds for those ticket holders whose admission cost them a cool $800.00 per ticket.
10.) In Super Bowl I, a 30-second commercial cost $40,000. Roughly $280,000 in today’s currency.
11.) A 30-second spot in Super Bowl 49 will cost a whopping $4.5 million [Queue Doctor Evil face close-up].
12.) Last year’s Super Bowl was the most viewed U.S telecast in history, with a viewership of 111.7 million.
13.) The National Chicken Council (yes, that is a real group) predicts that 1.25 billion chicken wings will be eaten for this year’s Super Bowl.
14.) Roman numerals are used to name the Super Bowl because the season falls on two calendar years.
15.) Every year there are 72 footballs made for the Super Bowl. In total there are 700,000 balls made for the entire football season. WIIIIILLSSSSONNNN!!!!
16.) The HAAS Avocado Board (also a real group) predicts 100 million pounds of guacamole will be made with roughly 14,500 tons of chips for garnish.
17.) The average # of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
18.) The coldest Super Bowl played was in New Orleans. It was 39 degrees. I suspect there were far less beads tossed around that year.
19.) Out of the 48 coin tosses in Super Bowl history, 24 have been heads and 24 have been tails. There is something to be said about probability.
20.) At the age of 38, John Elway was the oldest QB to start a Super Bowl Game.
21.) Phil Simms of the New York Giants was the first player to say the iconic words “I’m going to Disney world” after winning the Super Bowl.
22.) The Browns, Lions, Jaguars, and Texans are the only teams to never make a Super Bowl.
23.) Since 2002, the biggest Super Bowl spenders have been GM ($83 Million) Pepsi ($174 Million) and Anheuser-Busch ($239 Million).
24.) College marching bands provided halftime entertainment for the first 5 Super Bowls
25.) Shania Twain and The Black Eyed Peas are the only performers to do the halftime show for both the Super Bowl and the Grey Cup (championship game of the Canadian Football League)
26.) A record $88,000 will be paid to each player on the winning Super Bowl team this year; $15,000 was paid to each of the first Super Bowl winners in 1967.
27.) Jerry Rice has the record for most Super Bowl points with 48.
28.) The record for longest field goal in a Super Bowl belongs to Buffalo’s Steve Christie who booted a 57-yarder in 1994.
29.) Rich Gannon of the Raiders holds a near unbreakable record of 5 interceptions in the 2003 Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.
30.) Currently New Orleans and Miami are tied for hosting the most Super Bowls with 10 each.
31.) The Vince Lombardi trophy stands 20.75” tall, weighs 6.7 lbs., and is valued at $25,000.
32.) The largest crowd to attend a Super Bowl was 103,985 people for Super Bowl XIV. Your move “Jerry World.”
33.) The lowest attendance was 61,946 for the very first Super Bowl.
34.) Tickets to Super Bowl I cost between $6 and $12.
35.) The fastest touchdown scored in a Super Bowl was in 2007 when Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown with just 14 seconds ticked off the clock.
36.) The Super Bowl will be broadcast to more than 185 countries in 30 different languages.
37.) No Super Bowl has ever gone into OT.
38.) Super Bowl XLVII was the first time two brothers coached against each other in any major American sporting championship game.
39.) Only 5% of viewers watch the Super Bowl alone. “And I’m painfully lonely Rob Lowe, and I have cable.”
40.) The average Super Bowl viewer will consume 1,500 calories while watching the game.
41.) The Super Bowl was created as part of a merger agreement between the AFL and NFL.
42.) The Bills is the only franchise to go to 4 consecutive Super Bowls.
43.) More than 1/3 of Americans bet on the Super Bowl in some fashion.
44.) The NFL asked Katy Perry to pay them an undisclosed amount to perform in the halftime show this year.
45.) There is no video footage of Super Bowl I.
46.) No team has played a Super Bowl on its home field.
47.) On average, 10,000 tweets are sent per minute in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl.
48.) $93.90 Million was wagered in Las Vegas for Super Bowl 2014.
49.) More drivers are involved in motor vehicle accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.
And lastly the 50th THING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE SUPERBOWL. (because we had to add an extra for luck)
50.) The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is the best place to watch the Super Bowl. With 5 large HDTVs surrounding you, there is always a comfortable spot to watch the game. Check out our menu below, including 50 cent wings and $10 beer buckets– the perfect way to rack up those 1,500 calories. So come on in and enjoy the epitome of sports with us, because WE ARE READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!
Super Bowl Menu
$.50 Wings (Kickoff)
$10 Rusher (Cheese Steak)
$8.50 Midfield (Beer & Cheese Dip with Tortilla Chips)
$2.50 Wingback (Chili Dogs)
$9 Tailback (Shrimp Basket with Tartar Sauce
$10 Beer Buckets
$20 IPA Beer Buckets (5)
$5 Well Drinks
$2 Miller Lite
$4 Fireball shots