So, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t entirely sober when I agreed to be a guest blogger. When my brother-in-law and Michelle came to visit over the holidays, my wife and I sat across from them at a small sushi spot in the West Village one night.
Michelle started describing “The Toque Girls” site and suggested that, given my love of football, I should write a Super Bowl guest blog.
Well, here’s the thing…. Get a few drinks in me and I’ll tell you that I’m capable of anything. I work in sports marketing, but if Michelle was a cardiologist and suggested she needed a guest surgeon on an upcoming procedure…. “SURE! Scrub me in!”
“Oh, you’re an architect?? Yeah, let me take a look at those blueprints in the morning.”
Part of me was hoping Michelle would forget our conversation in the morning. Maybe she regretted the suggestion as much as I regretted taking the bait! But, if this is some sick game of journalistic chicken, I’m about to win. Here we go….
What’s special about the Super Bowl? Well, here are some facts and figures that demonstrate why this one football game has become an unofficial American holiday:
* Super Bowl Sunday is consistently the second largest day for U.S. food consumption every year, after Thanksgiving Day (Yup, Americans are fat).
* Last year’s Super Bowl became the most watched American television program in history, averaging an audience of 111 million viewers.
* Ever wondered why Super Bowl commercials are entertaining? Well, the average cost of a 30-second spot during this year’s Super Bowl is $3.5 million. That’s a lot of pressure to create something memorable.
* Want to actually purchase a ticket to the game this year? No problem! That’ll be around $4,000, please.
Michelle suggested that I outline some key things that girls should know before attending or hosting a Super Bowl get-together. I could put together a list of pointers to avoid potentially insensitive moves like “don’t talk during key plays,” but I’m going to take a different angle….
Don’t know much about football and want to impress someone who you will be watching the game with? Well, keep reading…. Here are some reasons why this year’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants is so intriguing (full discloser: I’m a Patriots fan):
* RE-MATCH! – The Patriots and the Giants faced each other in the Super Bowl just four years ago. The Patriots were undefeated and HUGE favorites to win the game, which would’ve made them the first Super Bowl Champions ever to go 19-0. The Giants pulled off the upset, thanks to an absurd catch by a Giants player no one had even heard of. If you watch any pre-game coverage, you’ll see this clip played 3 to 4 thousand times. So, the key takeaway here is that the Patriots are seeking payback for the Giants wrecking their perfect season.
* Quarterback Love Triangle! – Well, not really. The Patriots’ quarterback is Tom Brady. You probably know who he is because even heterosexual men think he’s hot, and he’s married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Tom has won 3 Super Bowls and is in the discussion for “Best QB ever.” His arch nemesis over the last decade is the equally talented QB of the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning. Peyton’s younger brother, Eli Manning, is the QB of the Giants. So Peyton is going to watch his nemesis battle his little brother in the Super Bowl, and to make things even crazier, this year’s game is being played at Peyton’s home stadium in Indianapolis!
* Other Storylines:
o The Patriots’ last loss was 10 games ago against… The Giants.
o If the Giants win, Eli will have 2 Super Bowl victories… one more than his older brother.
o If the Patriots win, Brady will have his fourth Super Bowl ring, which will tie him for most in NFL history.
But, I’ll leave you with this…
Everyone has their own favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday, and for some, it has nothing to do with what actually happens on the field. Pay attention during the National Anthem on Sunday. As the camera pans to players and coaches on the sideline, you’ll see the prideful faces of people realizing their childhood dreams. They all come from different walks of life and have their own stories of perseverance. Collectively, they wrote a script that earned them right to play on one of the world’s largest stages. They have no idea how the story ends, but as the last note of the national anthem fades into the swelling roar of the crowd, they know they’ll never forget the next 3 hours of their lives.
That’s my favorite part.