Watching the Super Bowl with friends can leave a lot of us feeling like information haves and have-nots. While some of us have been following the teams, their players, strategy, and statistics since the day we were born, others at least know who the quarterbacks are and that they are the ones who throw the ball.
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 2013.
Five Fun Facts About the Super Bowl
- This year, a 30-second commercial costs $4 million, up from 3.5 million last year and $42,000 in 1967, according to Time.
- Football fans are anticipated to consume an estimated 79 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 to Nielsen Co. That record was broken again last year when 111.3 million people watched the Giants beat the Patriots, according to ESPN.go.com.
- Heading into the game, the 49ers are 5-0 in Super Bowls and the Ravens are 1-0 in Super Bowls.
- Super Bowl XLVII is the first time in professional sports history that siblings will play each other.John Harbaugh coaches the Ravens and Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers, according to SB Nation.
So who will come out with the title? Finally, here's some actual useful knowledge to have heading into Sunday.
Who: The Ravens vs. The 49ers
Kickoff Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: New Orleans, LA at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Here are five places to watch the game around Swampscott:
- Uno Chicago Grill at 970 Paradise Road. The lounge has 10 televisions and the dining room 5. A large crowd of regulars will be among the fans in the house. 781-595-8667
- Swampscott VFW Post 1240 at 8 Pine St. will be cheering for the Patriots as the game plays on their three televisions. The post will serve snacks and put out a cold plate. People who want watch the game and sign in as a guest of the Post are welcome to do so. 781-599-1240
- At Home. We've asked readers where they plan on catching the game on several occasions, and home seems to be a favorite place to catch the big game. Enjoy your flat screen, that big comfy couch and the company of loved ones.
Tavern in the Square in Salem
- Interested in catching the game at Tavern in the Square with televisions everywhere in sight? We recommend staking out your seat of choice early.
- The Landing - Cozy up in this English Pub atmosphere and watch some American football at the bar while trying their famous chowder.