On the Couch or At the Game: Your Super Bowl Cheat Sheet
Super Bowl Sunday is rapidly approaching and if you’re like most fans, you’ll be
huddled up with friends and family around the HD TV anticipating not just a competitive game but tremendous commercials – priced at $4 million a pop for 30 seconds!
While it’ll be great to see the Broncos and their high-powered offense square off against the shutdown defense of the Seahawks on the frigid field of Metlife stadium, the fact is… the Super Bowl is a social event.
Call me old-fashioned, but I’m actually referring to “social” as live, in-person interaction (although Twitter roared with 24.1 million tweets during last year’s Super Bowl). And like any other event, success isn’t solely determined by the end result of the game, but the journey along the way… the Party! Let the three G’s guide you to perfection:
The infographic below provides some insane food facts, just remember to burn the excess off next week. When it comes to planning, consider choosing simplicity over extravagance by ditching the fork and knife. A tailgate theme with finger foods is a sure fire way to get the crowd ready for the game. After all, it’s tough to beat a cold brew and some barbeque.
While I don’t condone gambling, some people actually bet on the coin toss: If you’re crazy enough to do so, just note that in the last 47 Super Bowls, “heads” is winning the all-time battle over “tails” 24-23. Tails is due right? No, this thought is called a Gambler’s Fallacy, or the idea that future results of a random process are affected by past results, as if probability deliberately made things balance out. Instead, save your money, ditch the bookie, retire those old, boring block pools and give the “Possession Pool” a try, it’s fun, it’s simple, it’s engaging, and it keeps every single possession intriguing – here’s how you play:
- Tell all guests to bring 20-25 dollar bills and write their names on each one
- When the game starts, each guest drops a buck in a bowl. Then the lucky winner is picked and that person is on the clock
- If there’s a score on that possession, the chosen one wins the pot. But if there’s no score, it carries over and everyone adds to the bowl again
- Repeat.Repeat.Repeat (low scoring games when the pot keeps growing can really spark up the excitement, especially with large groups)
- Note – An interception returned for a touchdown is actually a change of possession first, so adjust accordingly
Game Day Trivia (Answers Below):
- The Vince Lombardi Trophy is made by which famous jewelry store?
- Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll can join which two other Coaches to win the NCAA Championship & the Super Bowl?
- JFK was the youngest President to take office at age 43. At 36, who was the youngest NFL Coach to win the Super Bowl?
- There are 4 teams to never play in a Super Bowl, name them.
- Of the 47 Super Bowls, how many MVPs were won by Quarterbacks?
- Of the top 10 most watched American shows of all time, how many are Super Bowls?
- Why is the Super Bowl measured in Roman Numerals?
- Over 700,000 footballs are produced annually for official NFL use, how many will be used for the Super Bowl?
- This is the 3rd time that both team nicknames are animals; can you name the other two matchups?
- What player has the most Super Bowl rings?
- Add another flavor of excitement by taking the Wonderlic Test and compare your score against the pros, where do you fit in? Top 5 All-Time, Bottom 5 All-Time
If you’re one of the lucky few that scored a ticket to the game (Ebay listings included a 30 person suite with food and beverage for $508,265), then dress warm and be sure to participate in the pre-game festivities occurring all week on Super Bowl Blvd. and come visit me at the SAP Stats Zone on Times Square. This area will include fan voting for the NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year, more trivia quizzes, fan avatar creators, and social media buzz monitoring. Also consider voting on the “Oscars” of Design, a tool used by the San Francisco 49ers to simplify the scouting process. But most of all enjoy the game and try to save the tweeting for Monday.
- Tiffany and Co.
- Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson
- Mike Tomlin
- Lions, Jaguars, Browns, Texans
- 9, other was Mash Season Finale
- This is accredited to the late K.C. Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt and his attempt to add prestige to the event. The first Super Bowl in roman numerals was Super Bowl V (the first four were retroactively converted to roman numerals), it’s also easier than using the year because it runs over two seasons
- Bears vs. Colts 2007, Broncos vs. Falcons 1999
- HOF Charles Haley – 5 with San Francisco and Dallas