Are you ready for some football? We are! So we’ve compiled and illustrated some fun Super Bowl XLVIII facts we hope you’ll enjoy.
Whether or not you’re a sports fan, it’s hard to ignore the annual “Big Game.” Oh, what the heck, we aren’t advertising, so we can say it… the Super Bowl. The larger-than-life contest held every year to determine the champion of the National Football League.
How big a game is it? Try a few of these tidbits on for size:
- Nine of the top 10 highest rated TV shows in Nielsen history are Super Bowl games. The only party crasher? The final episode of M*A*S*H. About 112 million viewers are expected to tune into the game.
- This year’s game will be broadcast on Sirius XM satellite in nine languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
- A 30-second television ad spot this year costs $4 million.
But enough with the bullet points. Let’s look at some cool infographics filled with all kinds of stuff you might not know about this year’s game and the history of the Super Bowl.
The Dirty Dozen: 12 Fun Super Bowl XLVIII Facts
Here’s an infographic with some fun facts and information about this year’s Big Game.
- If you’re a Broncos fan, here’s some good news: Las Vegas oddsmakers have Denver favored by 2½ points.
- Some bad news for Broncos fans: Underdogs have prevailed in five of the last six and nine of the last 12 Super Bowl games, according to Vegas Insider.
- The NFC/NFL has a 25-22 record vs the AFC/AFL in the first 47 Super Bowls, so history gives a slight edge to Seattle in that statistic.
- Eight of the last 12 Super Bowl games have been decided by six or fewer points. This one looks like it could go down to the wire, too.
- Do you have a last-minute itch to go to the Big Game? As of Wednesday, January 29, 2014 you could buy a single ticket on StubHub in the upper corner of MetLife Stadium for $1,679. Or get a 30-person suite on Level 3 for $686,720. Parking passes are extra – currently priced from $157.50 per vehicle.
- According to US News & World Report, Denver and Seattle rank among the cities with the highest debt levels—topping out at over $26,000 per person (not including mortgages) in 2010. So if you’re a fan in one of those cities and you’re going to the Super Bowl game, you probably won’t help your hometown in that statistic.
- Denver is the host team and will wear orange jerseys. The host team is 20-27.
- Denver is 0-3 wearing orange jerseys in the Super Bowl.
- Peyton Manning did not play for any of those three Broncos teams.
- Best prop bet for Super Bowl XLVIII: How many times will Manning say “Omaha!”? Bovada has set the number at 27½ times. Over or under? Just so you know, he belted out the Nebraska city’s name 44 times against the Colts and 31 times against the Patriots in the two playoff games. Omaha is definitely feeling the love.
- Want to take a flyer on a bet with really long odds? How about this one: Seattle OR Denver will score exactly two points in the game. This wager pays 2500/1. In other words, if you risk $1,000 and win, you collect a cool $2.5 million.
- Disclaimer: We aren’t condoning gambling. That may be illegal, depending upon where you live. And you’d almost certainly lose your money, anyway. So consider these simply more fun Super Bowl XLVIII facts to know and tell.
Another Infographic Showing More Super Bowl Historical Facts
We love infographics. Here’s another sweet one:
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Enjoy the game!