Oh yes, one of my favorite weekends of the year is this weekend. It’s time for the Super Bowl! This Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens will take on the San Fransisco 49ers, and just like past Super Bowls, I don’t have a personal stake in either team, but I always pick one to root for anyway, which I will reveal later in the post.
Before that, however, I decided to look up some fun facts on the Super Bowl that are just awesome and enjoyable to know. So while you’re watching the game, drinking a cold one, or taking a bite into a perfectly fried chicken wing, think of something these facts:
-Those 30-second Super Bowl ads that we love so much…one 30-second spot costs $3.8 million to secure.
-Of the 10 most watched American television programs of all time, nine of them (yes, NINE of them) are Super Bowl games.
-Over 100 million people across the globe tune in to watch the Super Bowl every year.
-There are only four teams in the NFL that have never played in a Super Bowl (the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans, the Cleveland Browns, and our own Jacksonville Jaguars).
-The NFL actually has a policy that the Super Bowl can not be held in a city with temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit unless the stadium is enclosed…that explains why so many of them have been in Miami and not Green Bay.
-The NFL produces over 700,000 game balls for each season; 72 of those game balls are used for the Super Bowl.
-Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowl Games. The Dallas Cowboys and the San Fransisco 49ers have won five, but the Niners could get a sixth this year.
-This year is the first time that both teams have been coached by brothers. Of the Harbaughs, John is the head coach for the 49ers and Jim is the head coach for the Ravens.
Now, after all of those fun facts, here’s the team I am choosing to support: the Baltimore Ravens. This isn’t merely a blind choice or a coin-flip decision. First off, I’m not a fan of the 49ers, and I despise dynasty teams, so the chance of them winning a sixth Super Bowl bugs me, and I prefer to root for the underdog, and the 49ers are favored to win. I’m also supporting the Ravens in this game because this is the first Super Bowl in my current memory in which a player I used to watch at FSU (Anquan Boldin) will be playing in the Big Game. And I’d be psyched to see him be a part of a Super Bowl Championship team.
So for now, GO RAVENS!
P.S. I’m going to try and avoid being one of the projected 700,000 Americans who will call in sick for work the Monday after the Game.
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