One Sunday, every year, all Americans can relate to a common ground: football. May it be the game, the commercials, the food, the pre-game and half-time performances — everyone has a reason to watch the Super Bowl. That’s why it’s the most watched television program annually in America. That makes for a large calorie intake for, well, just about every American. Football, family, fun…food. Here’s some quick, quirky statistics from all across the board as we wind down to the big game.
– 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a pet turtle — Sammy — that weights 115 lbs. and has a lifespan of 150 years. The smallest 49er, Ted Ginn Jr., weighs 180 lbs.
– A 30-second commercial spot topped out at just over $4 million, the highest of all-time. That’s more than Kaepernick was guaranteed on his four-year rookie contract. Also worth noting the cost for the same spot in 1967 was $42,000, according to Time.
– An estimated 1.23 billion chicken wings will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s a lot of bleu cheese, a lot of celery, and a lot of meat (over100 million lbs., actually). (Source: National Chicken Council)
– Domino’s Pizza alone estimates that they will deliver over 11 million slices of pizza.
– According to the Calorie Control Council, Americans will eat 11.2 million pounds of various potato chips today. In other terms, 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat. 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips will be consumed. Who’s bringing the dip?
– 71 percent of Super Bowl parties will serve soda, 42 percent will serve beer, 33 percent will serve wine, and 22 percent will serve hard liquor. (Nielsen)
– Around one-third of American adults will bet on the Super Bowl. How about this: 92% of those surveyed by CouponCabin.com said they have lost money on the Super Bowl.
– Wilson produced 120 footballs specially for Sunday’s Super Bowl.
– 20 percent of people say they would skip the wedding of a family member or close friend, and 19 percent say they’d miss a funeral of a loved one for the big game. (CouponCabin.com)
– Superdome caterer Centerplate Catering will make 18,000 lbs. of smoked pork, 10,000 lbs. of Gulf Shrimp, and 3,000 pounds of alligator sausage. Yep — alligator sausage.
– Let’s talk about health food: 8 million pounds of guacamole will be consumed, according to the California Avocado Commission (yeah, that’s a thing). Also, vegetables are the most eaten food at homes at Super Bowl parties.
– Of the 10 most-watched programs in U.S. television history, nine of them are Super Bowls. 2010, 2011, and 2012 all were stages for the most watched show in television history. 2012 is expected to break the record again in 2013.
– The average fan will consume 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks. Yes, only snacks. (Calorie Control Council)
– 51.7 million cases of beer will be sold to Americans to consume at their parties on Sunday.
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