It’s that time of the year again. And with the Super Bowl being held this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area, you need to get up to speed on some Big Game trivia that will bedazzle your friends and family.
1 - Who even knew there were so many birds?
The National Chicken Council (yes, there is such a thing) estimates that over 1.25 BILLION chicken wings will be devoured by the end of Super Bowl 50.
2 - Where’d those Roman numerals go?
After 49 Super Bowls using Roman numerals, this year, to commemorate the game’s 50th anniversary (and because “Super Bowl L” would have looked pretty funny), the NFL decided to use the Arabic number “50.” (The NFL plans to return to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI in 2017.)
3 - Who said network television is dead?
9 of the 10 most watched events in American television history have been Super Bowls, which, over the last 15 years, have averaged between 100 and 115 million viewers annually. Only the series finale of M*A*S*H* keeps the top 10 from being an all Super Bowl ratings party.
4 - What’s with the number 700,000?
Each year, sporting goods manufacturer Wilson produces all 700,000 footballs used by the NFL for games and practices, with 72 balls being specially created to be used at the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, for reasons directly related to celebrating America’s biggest sporting event, the Department of Labor estimates that some 700,000 people will call in sick the Monday after the game.
5 - What’s really changed?
The first Super Bowl took place January 15th, 1967, in Los Angeles, CA, and pitted the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers against the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs. The game was played in the 100,000 seat Los Angeles Coliseum, and drew only about 62,000 fans. Both NBC and CBS televised the game, which attracted some 60 million viewers.