Friday, February 02, 2007

It’s the Super Bowl!

Sunday, as any North American living in mainstream society, or even simply not living in a cave in the wilds of northern Saskatcheawn knows, is the Super Bowl. Apparently the top 10 most watched shows in the U.S. are all Super Bowls, which just goes to prove how popular this game is.

The game... and the commercials. For some reason it seems the commercials are a huge selling point. In Canada we get the game, but with Canadian commercials and in Montreal at least, bars are selling their Super Bowl by touting the fact that they have the U.S. feed, thus the real commercials. How weird is it that you sell the biggest sporting event in the U.S. for its commercials? How weird is it that it's the commercials that are attracting viewers? Is there something I don't quite understand here?

Anyhow, I don’t watch the Super Bowl. Neither for the game nor for the commercials. I never have liked American football – I’m much more of a soccer fan.

Still, in the interest of Super Bowl blogging, here’s some trivia I found most interesting.

  • According to Hallmark Cards, Inc., The Super Bowl represents the No. 1 at-home party event of the year. Believe it or not, it’s even bigger than New Year’s Eve.
  • Hallmark also figures the average number of people attending a Super Bowl partyto be 17 – what, did they count?
  • No fewer than $55 million is expected to be spent on food for The Big Game (spoken in a deep booming echo-y voice).
  • After spending an estimated ten million man-hours (give or take a couple of seconds) preparing all that grub, Americans are expected to consume the lot within approximately fifteen minutes, well before the first touchdown is scored.
  • Super Bowl Sunday marks the day on which Americans chow the second-greatest amount of food after Thanksgiving
  • In the week before the Super Bowl, sales for processed cheese go up 15%!
  • Almost 15,000 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten.
  • Lining up each and every chip would produce a trail of almost 293,000 miles (not quite 1-1/2 times the distance to the moon, or six feet per American).
  • A popcorn string consisting of all that popcorn would ring the Earth almost 5-1/2 times.
  • Some 12 million pounds of avocado are sold in preparation for the game so that Americans may gorge themselves on an estimated eight million pounds of guacamole. This is enough avocados to cover Miami's Dolphin Stadium football field end zone to end zone more than 20.5 feet deep.
  • There are more pizzas sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. Domino's will deliver twice as many pizzas as they would on a normal Sunday, and their delivery drivers will travel four million miles that day.
  • An average person watching the Super Bowl will consume around 1200 calories during the game.
  • 7-Eleven claims a whopping 20 percent in sales of antacid the day after the Super Bowl.
  • Statistics show that six percent of all working Americans will call in sick the day after the Bowl. (They have to go out and get all that antacid – still, I’d like to know the proportion of working Americans who call in sick on any given Friday or Monday. )

    Trivia gathered from here and here

    Not that this has anything to do with the Bowl, but here, because I adore avocados (cut in half with a light vinaigrette… mmmmmmm) here is a bit of avocado trivia I found along the way: Avocados will not ripen on the tree, but must be cut from the tree for ripening to begin. The leaves supply a hormone to the fruit that prevents ripening; when the fruit is harvested this cuts off the supply of this inhibiting substance and starts the production of ethylene. That is why the best way to store avocados is to leave them on the tree, sometimes for up to seven or eight months.


Steven Novak said...

I'm not even going to be watching it.

I know, it's blasphmey... ;)


Tai said...

You and me both, Steve...blasphmey indeed.

As for avacado's! Love 'em! Wish I had a tree I could store them on. Wouldn't that be lovely, being able to pick one whenever you needed it.

Jazz said...

Steve and Tai - That makes three of us. I'll probably watch a cooking show on Food TV about avocados!

Jocelyn said...

I haaaaaaaaaaate the Super Bowl and all its accompanying nachos. I even have trouble liking people who watch it.

*stomps off crankily*

Jill said...

Wow, I never knew the trees keep avocados from ripening. Learn something every day, I guess.

Jazz said...

Jocelyn - well you're in good company here it seems. At least you won't begin hating me.

Jill - Yeah, really eh? Who knew. My Gran used to say every day you learn something is a day you don't grow older. Course she's dead now, so I guess she missed some days here and there.

MWA said...

That is crazy about Domino's. I love their anything goes deal.

Evil Spock said...

Love avocados; Evil Spock just ate half of one. Didn't know that either about the hormone thing. Perhaps The Few's scienticians can figure out a way to apply the hormone to Evil Spock's longevity treatments .. .

Oh, and Evil Spock loves NFL football and will be watching Evil Spock's beloved Colts this weekend!

Take that haters!

Big Brother said...

And I thought I was the trivia nut... If I had to watch something on the boobtube on Sunday it certainly wouldn't be the Superbowl... especially not eating an avocado.

Malnurtured Snay said...

Fuck the Superbowl.

Carolyn said...

Hubby watched Superbowl.... me? nah...! Football is BORING! But I will watch the Stanley Cup if my Red Wings are in it, while eating Tim Horton's doughuts and drinking Canadian beer and wearing my touk. :c ) And then maybe I'll call in sick, but since I work all days of the week it won't necessarily be on a Monday or Friday.
... I'll pass on the avacados... yucky!

Jazz said...

Evil Spock - if the avocado hormone thing can be applied to Evil Spock's longevity treatments, I would think Jazz would be entitled to a cut of the profits.

BB - you are. You inspire me.

Snay - But yer a 'merican. Yer supposed to luuuuuuuuuuuuuurve it.

Carolyn - Tims and beer? *shudder*

choochoo said...

Superbowl... That's a football thing, right? Hehe - I can get away with saying stuff like that, since I'm not from over there. I knew there was a perk about being in Hellhole:D

Jazz said...

Choochoo - See? Even Hellhole has its good sides.