These Super Random Facts Will Make You The MVP Of Any Super Bowl Party
Whether you care about the sport of football or not is irrelevant: Super Bowl 50 is in the air and it has something for everyone.
Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will battle it out with the Denver Broncos to see who comes out the victor with bragging rights and the Vince Lombardi trophy on the line.
Regardless of what kind of party you attend to watch the big game, here are a few Super Bowl talking points to make you sound like you’re practically BFFs with Erin Andrews.
For the die-hard sports fan:
Peyton Manning and Cam Newton have played each other once in their careers (a 36-14 win by Manning’s Broncos in 2012). Newton was sacked seven times and posted a career-low 5.9 total QBR in the game.
However, since the start of 2011 (including playoffs), Newton has rushed 648 times for 3,383 yards and 45 touchdowns. Manning has rushed 94 times for minus-48 yards and one touchdown in that same span.
This will be the first Super Bowl in history in which the No. 1 overall pick from a draft (Cam Newton in 2011) will face the No. 2 overall pick from the same draft (Von Miller).
For the foodies:
Your Super Bowl menu is just as important as the team you root for, and guacamole is a must for any party. Last year, America was projected to consume 120 lbs of avocados during the big game.
Super Bowl Sunday is typically the most popular day for pizza delivery. By halftime of last year’s game, Pizza Hut broke its sales record with over $10 million in digital sales.
The top Google searches for most searched recipes for Super Bowl Sunday are: chicken wings, spinach artichoke dip, guacamole, meatballs and buffalo chicken dip.
Americans will spend $30 billion on food for the NFL’s ultimate championship showdown.
For the boozers:
Drinking and football go hand-in-hand – just ask pretty much anyone. Napa Valley is trying to capitalize on the action with more than 100 Vintner members providing tastings at special events leading up to the big game.
Close to 325 million gallons of beer will be tossed back during the big game - equaling more than a gallon per person in the US. That's about 10 cans of beer per person.
For the gamblers:
Prop bets are all the rage during Super Bowl.Here are some of our favorite prop bets.
If Steph Curry is shown on TV during the broadcast, what will he be wearing?
Personalized Carolina Steph Curry Jersey 1/1
No Jersey 2/1
Cam Newton Jersey 3/1
Any Other Carolina Jersey 5/1
Will there be an earthquake during the game?
What color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?
Will “Left Shark” make an appearance on stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show?
For the fit and health crazed:
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest “gluttony” day in America, behind Thanksgiving. The average American will consume at least 2,400 calories during the four or five-hour game, according to the Calorie Control Council.
Americans will scarf down roughly 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 3 million pounds of nuts, according to the Snack Food Association.
They’ll eat nearly 1 billion chicken wings on game day, according to the National Chicken Council. An estimated 48 million Americans will also order takeout.
For the social media obsessed:
During Super Bowl XLIX, ads were mentioned 1.5 million times on Twitter and 360,000 times on Facebook, according to Engagor. Last year’s most discussed Super Bowl advertiser was McDonald’s, and the most engaging was T-Mobile.
In 2015, 23 percent of social media buzz came from computers while 77 percent came from mobile. A whopping 68 percent of social media interactions came from males.
Although Super Bowl XLIX was the most tweeted Super Bowl ever, the most tweeted sports game remains the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final between Germany and Brazil, gaining 35.6 million tweets.
For the travelers:
The Super Bowl has been hosted by 15 different cities (New Orleans and Miami have each hosted 10).
Super Bowl 50 was confirmed to play at Levi’s Stadium on May 21, 2013. Hipmunk conservatively estimates a 250 percent price increase in tickets for flights to the three main Bay Area airports (San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland).
They calculated an average airfare of $383 before Jan. 24 and $957 afterward.
Overall, the group estimates a Super Bowl visit will cost between $6,189-$7,207 per person.
According to the Denver Post, the Broncos organization paid for all employees — full-timers, part-timers and interns — to travel to Super Bowl 50.
According to data from Priceline.com, the range in airfare from Denver to San Francisco is currently $600 to $1,128. From Charlotte, it is $724 to $1,432.
Searches on Airbnb for Super Bowl accommodations in the Bay Area spiked 2.25 times above normal -- demand is already three times higher than it was for Super Bowl 2015.
Santa Clara is the fourth-smallest city to host the Super Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ, Palo Alto and Pontiac, MI were smaller).
For the jewelry lover:
The Vince Lombardi trophy (the Super Bowl trophy, named after Vince Lombardi) is made by the famed blue box jeweler Tiffany & Co. It is 22-inches, weighs 7 lbs and takes four months to make.
After the game, it’s returned to Tiffany to be engraved. According to Victoria Reynolds, group director of business sales at Tiffany, the company has never gotten the trophy back without champagne on it.
On average, the NFL shells out $1,125,000 each year for Super Bowl championship rings (150 rings total, $750,000 to the winning team and $375,000 to the losing team).
For the lazy:
Many sports fans are rallying to get the Monday after the Super Bowl to be deemed a national holiday.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 4 percent of the working population won’t work a full day following the big game. Employee consultants back in 2008 predicted there would be close to $170 million in lost productivity, according to the Washington Times.
For the punctual:
The Super Bowl has never been postponed.
For the grammar police:
Super Bowl is in fact two words. A pull of Google search trends for 2004-2010 showed more people searched for "Superbowl" than "Super Bowl" every year until 2010.
In 2010, America started (finally) embracing the space between the two words.
For the fashionistas:
The players coming off private planes and heading into press conferences (we’re looking at you, Cam) aren’t the only ones bringing the fashion during the Super Bowl.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America and the National Football League teamed up to produce 50 custom and extravagant footballs designed by members including Betsey Johnson, Georgina Chapman, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe and Vince Camuto.
These balls are up for auction (at NFL.com) until Valentine’s Day - proceeds will benefit the NFL Foundation.
For the dancers:
Fans watching the big game can take new dance cues from Beyoncé’s half-time performance and Cam Newton's touchdown dab. Last year’s 13-minute performance by Katy Perry was seen by 118.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched halftime show ever.
Beyoncé is the only female to repeat as a halftime performer (her first appearance was Super Bowl XLVII in 2013).
In 1991, New Kids on the Block became the first pop act to appear in the championship game in Tampa.
Got all that? Study up, kids, and enjoy the game!