Super Bowl Sunday has become a de facto American holiday. When fans gather to watch the Colts and Bears face off for Super Bowl XLI on Feburary 4, they will be part of a potential audience of one billion in 230 countries. Annually, the Super Bowl is the nation’s highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day sporting event. It’s also the second-largest food consumption day after Thanksgiving, although there has been some concern expressed that the recent weather damage to avocados in California might make the traditional guacamole dip scarce.
Here are a few more bits of trivia:
● No Super Bowl has gone into overtime play.
● There has never been a shut out in a Super Bowl game.
● The Dallas Cowboys have had seven Super Bowl MVP players, despite winning only five Super Bowls.
● Billy Joel, Cirque du Soleil and Prince will all be performing this Sunday. For Joel, it’s actually his second Super Bowl appearance. He last sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXIII in 1989.
For more on the Super Bowl phenomena and its players, check out:
Driving Home: My Unforgettable Super Bowl Run by Jerome Bettis.
The Making of the Super Bowl: The Inside Story of the World’s Greatest Sporting Event by Don Weiss.
The NFL Super Bowl Companion by John Wiebusch.
Taylor by Lawrence Taylor.
Moving the Chains: Tom Brady and the Pursuit of Everything by Charles Pierce.