Super Bowl XLVI ... the big game ... a diet buster of a day ...
Whatever the reason to watch the Super Bowl, sometimes the company we share while watching it can leave us feeling like information haves and have-nots.
While some of us have been following the NFL, chances are good our scope didn't expand much beyond the Vikings and their dismal season. So there's a good chance we're going to get smoked by the football nerds in the room who know more about Tom Brady than his girlfriend's name. Gisele Bundchen is her name, by the way.
Whether you're looking to impress the sports nerds in the room with a few of your own facts, or you're simply a true connoisseur of arguably useless knowledge, here's some fun trivia for you about Super Bowl 2012.
Five Fun Facts About the Super Bowl
- This year, a 30-second commercial costs $3.5 million, up $400,000 from last year, according to Superbowl-ads.com.
- Football fans are anticipated to consume an estimated 71.4 million pounds of Hass avocados during Big Game gatherings this year, according to the Hass Avocado Board.
- If you still think the 1983 season finale of M*A*S*H was the most-watched broadcast in the U.S., think again. The 2010 Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts stole that title, only to be beaten exactly one year later when 111 million people tuned in to watch the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, according toNielsen Co. Will this year's game top the 2011 record?
- Heading into the game, The New York Giants have three Super Bowl titles (XXI in 1986, XXVin 1990, and XLII in 2007). They also have four titles in the pre-Super Bowl era: 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956).
- On the other hand, The New England Patriots have also won three Super Bowl championships (XXXVI in 2001, XXXVIII in 2003, and XXXIX in 2004).
So who will come out with a fourth title? Finally, here's some actual useful knowledge to have heading into Sunday.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Kickoff Time: Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Halftime show: The halftime show also is an extravaganza. This year, Madonna will perform. So let's revisit some other star-studded halftime performances.
Social media and the NFL HQ: Social media has arrived as an advertising vehicle. Read how advertisers plan to use Facebook and Twitter to promote their products. And speaking of social media, the NFL itself has established a social media command center in Indianapolis for Sunday's game. It will put out such things as traffic info.