The game everyone has been waiting for - The defending Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahwaks and New England Patriots - 3:30 p.m. - Sunday, Feb. 1 - KSEE Channel 24 - A game that Las Vegas has declared about as even a match up as we’ve had in years, with a one-point spread.
Seattle returns to the ring for the second year in a row. Last February, they handily knocked off the Denver Broncos 43-8. Now they face the New England Patriots, winners of three Super Bowls, and one of a handful of teams to win back to back titles in 2003 and 2004.
If you are one of the estimated 184 million people expected to watch the contest, below is a cheat sheet of five fun facts you can use to score a touchdown in conversations with fellow viewers during the big game.
Russell Wilson, the good looking Seattle Seahawks quarterback is newly single. He’s 26, has major bling with his Super Bowl ring, and big endorsement deals with Bose and Mercedes. What’s not to love?
Danny Amendola, a wide receiver of the Pats, is 27 and unmarried. Taking over for Wes Welker as Tom Brady’s favorite target, he has also caught the attention of single women everywhere. Ladies, don’t let his father’s $1 million lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys stadium after a runaway golf cart injured him on the field deter you.
For the Pats, it’s Jimmy Garoppolo, a 23-year-old signal caller from Eastern Illinois College, who’s only playing time consisted of replacing Brady during the 4th quarter in the last game of the season and two brief appearances earlier in the season.
For the Seahawks, it’s Tarvaris Jackson, a 31-year-old QB from Alabama State, who was re-signed in the offseason despite having thrown only 13 passes since 2011.
Marshawn Lynch, the talented, skittles-loving running back of the Seahawks, has been fined to the tune of $100,000 this year for not talking to the media. During the annual Super Bowl Media Day in Arizona, Progressive Insurance ran a commercial showing Lynch getting interviewed by Kenny Mayne, a reporter with ESPN. The spot was a spoof on his reluctance to engage with reporters. In it, he claims he is “all about the Flo,” a reference to the Progressive spokeswoman. Lynch’s terms for the endorsement were not disclosed, but perhaps he used the proceeds were to fund his hefty fines.
Darrelle Revis, the showy cornerback of the New England Patriots, is best known around the league for his self-proclaimed nickname: Revis Island. He has even gone as far to trademark the term.
Sunday he will be playing against one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Richard Sherman on the Seahawks - who is just as outspoken about his prowess on defense. Sherman, three years younger than Revis at 26, has the benefit of less wear and tear from the grueling 16 game seasons.
Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000, was previously the head coach for the New York Jets (albeit for one day).
Pete Carroll, head of the Seattle Seahawks since 2010, was also the head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and the Pats from 1997-1999. Carroll revealed this week he was asked for his opinion by Pats owner Robert Kraft when he was deciding whether to hire Belichick. The rest is, as they say, is history.
Arizona is hosting its 3rd Super Bowl, the last one was in 2008.
Seattle has played in two Super Bowls, while New England has played in seven.
Last year 111.5 million people watched the contest.
The game will be broadcast in 34 languages
There will be 120 footballs ready to go on Sunday. Football fans are advised to soak in all the festivities on Sunday. As of Feb. 2, it will be another seven months until the next game, 221 days to be precise, but who is counting?
- Kelli Gail - freelance writer
More Super Bowl Fun Facts
Everything about Super Bowl XLIX, from entertainment to trivia, music to history, and much more. So before you settle in to watch the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, here are 49 things to know:
- Marc Bona - Northeast Ohio Media Group
Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving?
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event . On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking . That’s why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriffs, the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving . If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
The Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road .
The AVOID the 21 of Fresno and Madera Counties DUI Task Force’ will be deploying Roving DUI Saturations Patrols during and following Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup. Officers will deploy into communities where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests.
According to data from NHTSA, in 2013 there were 867 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in California - 29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state . A driver is considered alcohol impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. This February 1, don’t become another tragic Super Bowl stat.
“Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Chief Matt Basgall with the Clovis Police Department. “All it takes is a little planning .We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Don’t drink and drive.”
For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.
AVOID the 21 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers ! Call 9-1-1.’ OTS is offering a free mobile app - DDVIP - aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov.