We're just three days away from the Super Bowl, and hopefully you've already got a party lined up. While we can't tell you who will win the Big Game, we can help you impress your fellow sports fans with your vast depth of knowledge. Want to know what commercials to expect, or how to bet on the game, or the complicated history of the Super Bowl itself? Read on!
While it's nice to think that everyone is tuning in to see the Seahawks take on the Broncos, the fact is that many viewers are mainly in it for the commercials. And we already have a pretty good idea of what sorts of commercials to expect on Sunday. From Arnold Schwarzenegger as Bjorn Borg to a Full House reunion, our Advertising expert gives us a sneak peek at the Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about Monday morning.
An event as big as the Super Bowl inevitably gives rise to a lot of urban legends. And like most urban legends, a lot of them turn out to be false (or at least grossly exaggerated). So when some know-it-all at your party declares that the local water system is going to crash during the first commercial break when everyone flushes their toilets, you can confidently tell him that he's wrong.
Okay, so what are some Super Bowl facts that are actually true? Glad you asked. For starters, there's the fact that the NFL holds the trademark on "Super Bowl," but failed to do the same for "The Big Game" (which is why you see that phrase in so many commercials). And the game itself has a long and storied history, including the fact that the hero of Super Bowl I didn't even expect to play, showing up to the stadium with a hangover.
The networks make big bucks on Super Bowl advertising. The players and teams are rewarded handsomely, too. So why shouldn't you get in on the action? One of the more common ways to bet on the game is a box pool, which is actually quite simple to create. And if you can also check out the strange world of prop bets, which let you wager on everything from the coin toss to the songs performed in the halftime show.