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.
1. The “Catches”
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.
2. Speaking of quarterbacks - can you name the backups?
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.
3. Marshawn “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” Lynch
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.
4. Revis Island vs. Sherman Nation
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.
5. The Coach Connection
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.
Additional bonus facts:
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:
1. The basics: The game – which pits the AFC champion Patriots (14-4) and the NFC champion Seahawks (14-4) - kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. It takes place in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Seattle beat Denver last year in East Rutherford, N.J. The game will be televised on NBC (WKYC Channel 3).
2. Coin-toss odds: In 48 Super Bowls, heads and tails each have turned up 24 times.
3. Odds: While the point spread tends to shift slightly, many oddsmakers have New England as a 1-point favorite. The over-under – a predetermined number of total points to be scored – is at 48.
4. Past performances: Both teams have been to the game before. New England is 3-4; Seattle, 1-1.
5. Super singers: Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem, and Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz will perform during halftime.
6. Going to Glendale: Seattle is 1,400 miles from Glendale, Arizona while New England is 2,700 miles away. Officially, the Seahawks are the home team.
7. Glendale II: New England played in the only Super Bowl previously played in Glendale, in 2008. The New York Giants won, 17-14.
8. Pricey, pricey: Cheapest seat in the house is $800, but that’s face value and they head into the thousands pretty quickly. One eBay seller was offering four tickets (section 236, row 24) for $55,552. That’s around the 30- to 40-yard line for $13,888 apiece. Free shipping though.
9. Average ticket: Forbes.com reports the average ticket price will end up topping $5,000.
10. Shares: The winning team receives $97,000. Losers get less than $50,000.
11. Ring of honor: Winners also get Tiffany & Co. made rings. The ring’s inside band for the Seahawks, winners of the 2014 game, includes the engravings “Leave no doubt” “24/7” “Sea 43 Den 8” and “What’s Next?”
12. Tuning in: The 2014 game attracted a record 111.5 million television viewers. That’s about one person per 63 people on the planet.
13. Order up: Last year, the National Restaurant Association reported more than 48 million Americans would order takeout or delivery food while watching the game.
14. On air: Al Michaels will handle play by play, with Cris Collinsworth as color analyst. Michele Tafoya will be the sideline reporter.
15. Also on air: Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XI will pit Team Ruff and Team Fluff. Last year, 13.5 million viewers watched the pups go at it. It airs 3-5 p.m., then repeats. Viewers can vote on Animalplanet.com on game day to choose an MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl II is back at noon.
16. Adding it up: Ads are going for a whopping $4.5 million for a 30-second spot. That’s $150,000 per second.
17. Follow along: In the days right after the conference championships, @patriots had 1.15 million Twitter followers compared to 774,000 followers for @seahawks.
19. Super prize: The Tiffany & Co.-made Vince Lombardi Trophy is 22 inches tall and weighs only seven pounds.
20. You auto be on TV: Automobile companies usually have a decent presence in ads during the game. According to autoguide.com, BMW, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota will be back. Opting out are Ford, Volkswagen and Jaguar. In all, 11 automakers ran ads last year.
21. Gatorade wager: Of all the proposition bets, guessing which color Gatorade gets dumped on the winning coach might be the one to separate fun bettors from the degenerates. Last year, Seattle’s Pete Carroll was doused with orange.
22. MVPs: Last year, Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith became a rarity: A defensive player to win the game’s Most Valuable Player award. If he were to repeat, it would be only the ninth game with a defensive player honored, and only the third time the same player won in consecutive years. Only quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw (1979 and 1980) and Bart Starr (1967 and 1968) have won back-to-back MVPs.
23. Happy birthday: Former Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Thaddeus Lewis turns 30 on Super Sunday.
24. El Gran Juego: Sirius XM will broadcast the game in seven languages – Spanish, Hungarian, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Chinese and German.
25. Fishy wager: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants to risk lobster for salmon from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on the game’s outcome.
26. Place your bets: Expect somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million to be wagered legally on the game – just in Nevada.
27. Media credentials: The Boston Globe is sending 22 staffers while the Boston Herald is sending 15, which includes five photographers. Five writers and photographers will travel for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times is sending 21 staffers.
28. Big bucks: According to celebritnetworth.com, team owners Paul Allen (Seattle) and Robert Kraft (New England) have a combined net worth of more than $21 billion. Both are among the wealthiest five people in their respective states.
29. Play ball: The starting quarterbacks, New England’s Tom Brady and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, share a few traits. Both were on Big Ten teams that made it to the Rose Bowl (Michigan for Brady, Wisconsin for Wilson). Both played on the winning side in the Super Bowl (Brady: 2002, 2004, 2005; Wilson: 2014). And each was drafted by Major League Baseball teams (Montreal drafted Brady, Colorado and Texas previously selected Wilson).
30. Taking stock: One of the proposition bets is to guess whether the Dow Jones Industrial Average will go up or down the day after the game. Last year it was an even-money wager, and the Dow dropped more than 300 points.
31. Slice of pie: From azcentral.com comes this breakdown of the ticket pie: The NFL league office receives 25.2% of tickets, while each participating team gets 17.5%. The host team (Arizona Cardinals) is entitled to 5%. And the remaining 29 clubs receive 1.2% each.
32. Beer here: Super Sunday is believed to be the second biggest day for beer consumption. (July 4th is No. 1).
33. Jersey Boys: Wilson and Brady have the third- and seventh-most popular selling NFL jerseys, respectively, according to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
34. On the go: Domino’s Pizza delivery folks will drive 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday.
35. On the ball: From si.com comes this gem: For verification purposes, a dye is added - visible under special lighting only – to the laces of Wilson-made footballs for the game. The balls are produced in Ada, in the northwest corner of Ohio.
36. Be careful: The folks at BeMyDD.com (Be My Designated Driver) tell us Super Bowl Sunday is “one of the most dangerous times of the year in terms of DUI-related deaths.” The five-year-old company cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures, saying 43% of all traffic fatalities on the day are caused by drunk driving, with the average for the year as a whole at 31%. Go to BeMyDD.com for discounted ride offers on game day.
37. Flying high: The FAA will enforce a no-fly zone over the University pf Phoenix Stadium.
38. Around the world: The game will be broadcast in 180 countries.
39. Winging it: About 1.25 billion chicken wings are expected to be munched on during the game. That’s about 4 wings per every American.
40. Miss the game? Wallethub.com, which tracks a variety of pop culture and economic statistics, says 20% of Americans would miss the wedding of a family member or close pal to attend a Super Bowl if their favorite team was competing in it.
41. All in a name: Both the Seahawks and Patriots were named through submissions for nicknames in public contests. New England’s first year was 1960 - the Seahawks began play in 1976.
42. Tweets fury: During last year’s game, 24.9 million tweets were posted.
43. Volunteer spirit: The Arizona Super Bowl Committee sought 10,000 volunteers to staff the game and its surrounding events.
44. Celebrity with a microphone: Make of this what you will: Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson will be a special Super Bowl correspondent for “Inside Edition.”
45. Anagram battle: New England Patriots have “A Talented Prong Wins” and “A Talented Wrong Spin.” Seattle Seahawks have to endure “Athletes Weak Ass.”
46. Super drawing: The NFL does not sell tickets to travel agents, but the league holds a random drawing for people hoping to buy tickets. Submissions are accepted usually Feb. 1 through June 1. About 50,000 to 75,000 entries are mailed each season for 500 fortunate spots. One submission per address is allowed: Super Bowl Random Drawing, P.O. Box 49140, Strongsville, Ohio, 44149-0140. Go to nfl.com/help/faq for details.
47. After the game: “The Blacklist,” a crime drama starring James Spader, will air. Networks covet the post-game viewing slot. Last year Fox aired “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
48. Next year: Super Bowl 50 – roman numerals get put on hiatus for a year - will be held for the first time in San Francisco, at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 7. Only the 2010 game has been scheduled so late.
49. In the future: The 2017 game (Super Bowl LI) will be in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The 2018 game (Super Bowl LII) is scheduled for Minneapolis.
- 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.