Fun Fact Friday: Super Bowl Edition

Super Bowl 50

*Normally, Super Bowls are denoted with Roman numerals and have been since Super Bowl V in 1971. But this year, the NFL announced this was to be Super Bowl 50, not Super Bowl L. But don’t worry; the Roman numerals will be back next year with Super Bowl LI.

*The Panthers are one of 13 teams that have never won a Super Bowl. They only have one other appearance, which was in 2003. No one from that team is still on the roster, and only two (Julius Peppers, Steve Smith) are still in the league.

*The age difference between Peyton Manning (39) and Cam Newton (26) is the largest between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. The difference is 13 years and 48 days, beating the previous high of 12 years and 250 days when Manning faced Russell Wilson in 2013.

*Super Bowl 50 marks the first time two QB’s taken No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft are going head-to-head. Manning was taken No. 1 in 1998 out of Tennessee, while Newton was taken No. 1 in 2011 out of Auburn.

*Peyton Manning is tied with Brett Favre with 199 career wins (regular season and postseason combined). If he wins the Super Bowl he can hold the all-time record.

*If the Panthers win and QB Cam Newton is voted the game’s MVP, he’ll become only the fifth player in history to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP. The only four to do it: The Cowboys’ Roger Staubach in Super Bowl VI, the Raiders’ Jim Plunkett (XV); the Raiders’ Marcus Allen (XVIII) and the Packers’ Desmond Howard (XXXI).

*NFL referee Clete Blakeman, who botched the coin flip before the overtime period of the Cardinals’ playoff win against the Packers, will conduct the flip and work the game.

Super Bowl Facts


*The name “Super Bowl’’ was conceived by Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt during a planning meeting in 1966 for the inaugural game. When owners were stuck trying to think of what to call the game, Hunt suddenly remembered that two of his children were obsessed with a popular toy of the era, the Super Ball. That’s when he blurted out, “Let’s call it the “Super Bowl!’’’ and it gained instant approval.

*Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 between New England and Seattle was the most watched telecast of all time, with an average viewership of 114.4 million. Five years earlier, SB XLIV was the most-watched program of any kind in American TV history (106.5 million viewers), beating the 27-year old record held by the final episode of M*A*S*H in 1983 (105.97 million viewers). Denver’s Gary Kubiak is the third coach to take a team to the Super Bowl in his first season of coaching the team (Kubiak previously coached the Houston Texans from 2006-13). It was previously done by San Francisco’s George Seifert (SB XXIV) and Indianapolis’ Jim Caldwell (SB XLIV).

*The Lombardi Trophy has been manufactured since SB I by Tiffany & Co. It is made of sterling silver, stands 22 inches tall and weighs seven pounds. The football atop the trophy is regulation size. Tiffany assesses the street value of the silver at about $3,500.

*The youngest head coach to win the Super Bowl was Mike Tomlin, who was 36 when his Steelers defeated Arizona in SB XLII in 2009.

*The oldest head coach to win the Super Bowl was Tom Coughlin, who was 65 when the Giants defeated New England in SB XLVI in 2012.


The Numbers

  • The ticket that sold for the highest price for SB XLIX (’15) was $17,800.
  • The highest-priced ticket for SB XVIII (1984) was $60.
  • The highest-priced ticket for SB I (1967) was $12.
  • The cost of a souvenir game program for last year’s SB XLIX was $20.
  • The cost of a souvenir game program for SB I was $1.00.
  • In Super Bowl I, the Packers’ winning shares totaled $15,000 per player. The losers’ shares for the Chiefs amounted to $7,500.
  • For winning Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, every Patriots player took home $97,000. The Seahawk players took home $49,000.
  • The cost of a 30-second TV commercial for SB I in 1967 was $37,500.
  • The cost of a 30-second TV commercial for SB XLIX in 2015 was a record $4.5 million.
  • It is estimated that this year’s cost of a 30-second TV commercial could be up to $5 million.
  • In SB I, CBS and NBC carried the game and used 11 cameras.
  • CBS will televise SB 50 and use 70 cameras.


The Food

The Super Bowl is the second largest “food day” during the year, with the top spot going to Thanksgiving. Most Americans double their daily calories on Super Bowl Sunday compared to any other food

Millions of pounds of food will be consumed during this Sunday’s big game. Below are just some of the items:

  • 1.25 billion chicken wings
  • 12.5 million pounds of bacon
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips
  • 10 million pounds of ribs
  • 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
  • 2.8 million pounds of popcorn
  • 3 million pounds of nuts


Below are some links for some great recipes for you big Super Bowl party


Sources: Forbes, Global News, MyNetDiary, Sport News