By Ron Leyba
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in America, which means millions of fans will be tuning in on February 2nd to see the Big Game, even if they aren’t fans of the two teams who are competing. To help make your game day more interesting, here’s a big list if facts that you can read while you are waiting for the game, or even while you are watching it.
1) Last year’s Super Bowl had over 108 million viewers in the United States. With stars like Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman in this year’s Super Bowl, you can bet there will be even more viewers tomorrow.
2) Advertisers will have to pay $4 million to get a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII. Which is over $133,333 per second. Last year, the price was $3.8 million.
3) Not a single player on the Seattle Seahawks roster has played in a Super Bowl before; head coach Pete Carroll has also never appeared in a Super Bowl. The last team to have zero Super Bowl experience was the Buffalo Bills in 1990.
4) Russell Wilson, Seattle’s starting quarterback, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010, and the Texas Rangers in 2013. Wilson hit five home runs and stole nineteen bases in the Minor Leagues.
5) Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has more followers on Twitter (over 740,000) than the Seattle Seahawks (over 430,000), Denver Broncos (470,000), and any other player on either of the two teams.
6) At 37 years old, Peyton Manning is almost thirteen years older than opposing passer Russell Wilson, which is the largest age gap between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history.
7) Peyton Manning set the single season records for passing touchdowns (with 55) and passing yards (with 5,477) in 2013. Manning needs just 115 yards to pass Tom Brady’s postseason record of 6,424 yards. Counting the Super Bowl, Manning will have played in three fewer playoff games than Brady.
8) Sadly, Russell Wilson’s father passed away in 2010, just a day after he was drafted by the Rockies. Wilson’s grandfather, who is 88 years old, will be watching his son on television this Sunday.
9) Despite his small stature of 5’11” (for a quarterback), Russell Wilson has set multiple records throughout his football career, including the most wins by a quarterback in his first two seasons with 23.
10) The Denver Broncos boast the NFL’s top ranked offense, while the Seahawks have the number one ranked defense. In the six Super Bowls between the top offense and top defense, the league’s best defense has won five times. Each team is also the top seed from its respective conference.
11) Peyton Manning hosted the popular NBC show Saturday Night Live in 2007.
12) Chicken wings, chip and dip, and nachos are among the most popular items on Super Bowl Sunday. Beer is one of the most popular beverages.
13) The trophy given to the winner of the Super Bowl is named after the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, who won six NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls.
14) The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for most Super Bowl wins in NFL history with six; their most recent victory came in 2009 over the Arizona Cardinals.
15) Peyton Manning is expected to use the pre-snap call “Omaha” twenty-five to thirty times in the Super Bowl.
16) Most betting predictions have the Seahawks up by 2 to 3 points.
17) This year’s Super Bowl will be the first one played outdoors in a cold-weathered city (East Rutherford, New Jersey). The weather forecast calls for cloudy weather in the forties with a low chance of rain and light winds.
18) Manning has won his fifth NFL MVP award this year, the most in NFL history.