Friday, February 5, 2010

Some fun facts

Some fun facts from
"Did you know that 6% of Americans call in sick the Monday after Super Bowl? Also on that same Monday, antacid sales increase by 20%? I know you're dying to know how many pounds of guacamole get consumed today, so for the rest of my useless yet amusing tid bits, read more:
  • 8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole.
  • The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
  • 5% of Americans will watch the game alone.
  • Of the top 10 most watched television programs of all time, 9 of them are Super Bowls.
  • Budweiser has been the exclusive Super Bowl beer advertiser for the past 13 years.
  • The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because a football season runs the span over two calendar years. The year the season began in 2009 and ends in 2010.
  • Since the 1980s the Super Bowls have always started around 6pm Eastern Standard Time.
  • More drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year (except St. Patrick's Day), according to the Insurance Information Institute.
  • 35% of people who attend the game write it off as a corporate expense.
  • Over 700,000 footballs are produced annually for official NFL use and 72 of them are used for the Super Bowl.
  • The Dolphin Stadium in Miami has vomitoriums, which is actually an architectural feature, not an official place were people can puke. It's a passage below a tier of seats in an amphitheater through which a crowd can spew out after the game.
  • The Super Bowl has been played in south Florida 8 times, today's game will be the ninth.
  • Super Bowl fans spend more than $50 million on food during the 4 days prior to the super bowl.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year."

Monday, February 1, 2010

Welcome to Superbowl Week!!

Hello my loyal Chick 101-ites, Welcome to Superbowl week!

My goal this week is to make you into an adorably informative, game-watching, stat-spewing, keeping-up-with-the-guys SUPERSTAR during this weekend's big game (party). You can expect this to be an exciting game with lots and lots of heart-breaking--yet uplifting--back stories (my personal favorite part of Superbowl Sunday). If I flip on the hours and hours of pre-game while I cook, by the time the show starts, it feels like I know all of these guys and their dying grandmas personally. You want them ALL to win! We will be bringing some of these stories to Chick 101. But alas, there can only be one winner and one loser. Maybe this is why we gorge ourselves on food, to numb our sadness for the poor losers--who doesn't feel that they need to be rolled out of yet another Superbowl party? Mmmmm, makes me hungry just thinking about it.

This game will be the culmination of all you have learned this season--go out there and impress your people! (and actually have some fun watching the stuff in between the commercials, for once) Let's start off slow with a 2 minute recap of what's happened up until this point:

Last week, the Indianapolis Colts beat the NY Jets in the playoffs. Peyton and his ponies will be heading to Miami to represent the AFC in the Superbowl. They've been there twice in four years and won both times. The Colts will be playing against the New Orleans Saints and Peyton's family friend, Drew Brees. The Saints beat Brett Favre and his Minnesota Vikings last week in overtime. Kicker Garrett Hartley won it by kicking a field goal in overtime. The win was promptly celebrated on Bourbon Street in true New Orleans fashion. This is the Saint's FIRST ever trip to the Superbowl! Yes, ever!

So, for now, all you need to know that it's the COLTS vs. the SAINTS in Superbowl XLIV (um, I think that's 44. Either that or we've ditched the sequential numbers and are just trying to see if we can spell cool stuff with roman numerals. X...Live!) which starts at 6:25pm EST on CBS.

Is anyone having a Superbowl Party this weekend? Here's something I found on Martha if you're feeling particularly crafty:

Football-Field Runner and Football Coasters
Get started on your Superbowl Party decor!

I remember one year I actually bought a piece of astroturf and painted the lines and numbers on with fabric paint. It was pretty awesome. Either way, it really looks great on the table that is generally packed with delicious apps and dips. A note on the astroturf: it is pretty thick and stays rolled up unless you flatten it a day or two before with some heavy books. Nothing TOO heavy or you'll crush the lovely "grass."

Have fun and come back tomorrow for more...
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