Super Bowl Super Facts

Super Bowl Super Facts

This Sunday night, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in the 50th annual Super Bowl. And although this sports tradition began way after Jacob's time, it's now more then cemented its place in American history.   In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, here are some fun facts about the day that may just help you score a touchdown should you enter a trivia contest!   *Super Bowl Sunday is considered an unofficial American holiday, and is the second most popular day for food consumption in the U.S. after Thanksgiving!   *The seven most-watched American television broadcasts have been Super Bowls.   *The greatest score difference was when the 49ers beat the Broncos 55 to 10 in Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 (a lot vs. a little.)   *The NFL team that has won the most Super Bowls is the Pittsburgh Steelers with a total of six wins.   *As for appearances, not wins, the New England Patriots hold the lead having played in nine Super Bowl games.   *The most watched Super Bowl was XLIX between the Patriots and the Seahawks; it was seen by an estimated 114.4 million U.S. viewers.   *The halftime show has always existed, but for the first few years the featured entertainment consisted of marching bands. As the television event took off in viewership, big-name entertainers stated to perform. New Kids on the Block was one of the first notable big name pop acts that played in the Super Bowl, in 1991.   *No market or region without a NFL franchise has ever hosted the Super Bowl.   *What teams have never played in the Super Bowl? :( There are four: the Jaguars, Browns, Texans, and Lions. Better luck next year, guys.   *But losers still get an extra bit of moolah: players on the losing team receive a bonus of $53,000 (while players on the winning team enjoy an extra $107,000.)   *The player that threw the most interceptions in one game was Rich Gannon of the Raiders; he threw five that contributed to the Buccaneers' win in Super Bowl XXVII.   *The Super Bowl that saw the most fumbles was XXVII, with a record 12 times by the Bills and Cowboys combined.   *The youngest Super Bowl player was the Packers' lineman Bryan Bulaga at age 21; the oldest was Ravens' kicker Matt Stover at double that age, 42.   *Who was the first player to declare the famous line, "I'm going to Disney World!"? That was Phil Simms following the Giants' Super Bowl XXI victory in 1987.   *The player with the most Super Bowl rings is Charles Haley, who has won five playing for the 49ers and the Cowboys.   *The Denver Broncos holds the distinction of losing the most Super Bowls with a total of five.   *The Vince Lombardi trophy is made by Tiffany's and Co. and is worth $25,000.   *One of the first notable Super Bowl commercials featured Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett promoting Noxema shaving cream; it aired in 1973.   *On average, it costs an advertiser $5M to air a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl.   *Americans' favorite beverage for the Big Game is beer; nearly 50 million cases of beer are sold each year in anticipation of the day.   *Americans will consume 4,000 tons of popcorn on Super Bowl Sunday.   *Either from staying up late, drinking too much, or both...6% of Americans will call in sick the day after the game.   Enjoy the game!

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