On the Agenda: Super Bowl LIII is (Almost) Here!

The big day is upon us—almost. Super Bowl LIII is this Sunday, February 3, and we are ready for some football! Although I am not covering the game this year (It’s on CBS), I want to share a few Super Bowl fun facts that’ll help you impress the football fanatics in your life.

  1. Super Bowl Sunday is the “second-largest food consumption day” after Thanksgiving.
  2. Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms was the first player ever to say, “I’m going to Disney World!” after his team won Super Bowl XXI in 1987.
  3. Here’s one for Snoop Dogg: His favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, holds the record for the most Super Bowl wins (six). They were also the first winning team to visit the White House, in 1980. Conversely, the Denver Broncos have lost the Vince Lombardi trophy the most (i.e. five times).
  4. In odd-number Super Bowl matchups (like this year’s), the NFC team (Los Angeles Rams) is called the “home” team, while the AFC team (New England Patriots) is the away. It switches from year to year.
  5. Super Bowl XLIX which aired on February, 1, 2015, holds the record for the most-viewed TV broadcast with more than 114 million viewers. Super Bowl XLIV, in 2010, (New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts), broke the record which was originally set in 1983 when the final episode of M*A*S*H was seen by more than 105 million viewers.
  6. The coveted Vince Lombardi trophies are made new each year out of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver.
  7. In 1989, the Super Bowl halftime show was broadcast in 3D and hosted by a magician dressed up as Elvis. (Maroon 5, you’ve totally got this.)
  8. The 2018 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons was the first to go into overtime in the history of the matchup (the Patriots eventually took home the trophy).
  9. When Michael Jackson did the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show, in 1993, the performance drew higher ratings than the actual game between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys.
  10. The most expensive ticket to Super Bowl I back in 1967 cost $12—which is roughly about $89 by today’s standards … and a whole lot cheaper than the $3,200 and up people now shell out to get into the big game.