And so it begins. And ends. As Chaucer said, “All good things must come to an end”, and although we can assume he was not referring to football, I can’t help but thinking he had a similar passion for jousting or another warrior’s sport of the day.
The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and this super convenient two-week break gives me a perfect opportunity to explore not only the game, but all of our girly options, in-depth.
I’ll cover food, fashion and all of the story lines in the next few days, plus the always-critical advertising preview…almost as important as the game itself. As a marketing executive by trade (and football writer by God’s grace!), I couldn’t think of a better combination of my two favorite things.
Back to the game. First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. “Richard Sherman’s rant” you ask? No, of course I’m talking about Bieber’s arrest. No one can focus on anything else and the Twittersphere in set on freakout. But besides that, there’s a little game gonna be played on Feb. 2, and I’m here to let you know exactly who to look for and what are the key story lines to follow. And there are many!
Are you going to a Super Bowl party? You know, five percent of Super Bowl watchers view the game alone. Wait, what? Come on people, grab a friend because if you’re not gabbin about it, it probably isn’t happening. Selfie or not.
If you’re like the normal people, who watch on average with 16 others, there are lots of things to be aware of. Fashion, food and super cool football foods are on your plate this week, because after all, this Sunday is as good of reason as any to overeat, overdrink and trash talk all your pals. And call in sick the next day – as 6 percent of people do!
Consider these crazy food facts –
• People around the world will consume an estimated one billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday!
• Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for pizza restaurants.
• More than $50 billion is spent on snacks for the Super Bowl.
While you’re munching on nachos, let’s turn our attention to the game. Specifically, the line of scrimmage. This is where I believe the game will be won or lost.
This is the first time since 1991 that the top ranked offenses and the top ranked defenses have met in the Super Bowl. This means, quite simply, that this will be a game of inches. Sure, the Broncos are the most prolific offense to EVER play the game…as evidenced by them scoring the most points by any team in NFL history. And yet in the games that they did fall short, teams found that the best defense was offense. The more the Seahawks can take Manning off the field, the better chance they have. They can do this with Marshawn Lynch, their “Beast Mode” running back with a thing for Skittles. While I don’t condone chucking Skittles on the field after touchdowns, I do think that if Lynch can’t be
contained, that will be the edge for the Seahawks. On the other hand, if Knowshon Moreno and the Broncos’ other two running backs are as effective as they’ve been in the past two games, the Broncos and their long drives could put the Hawks behind early, and they’re not a come-from-behind type of team.
Back with more all week long…I think of nothing but football this week, and I do it all for you!