We will do the updates tomorrow unless any of you would like to do them today. Before turning our attention to the Super Bowl just want to send prayers out to Dona, Kaye, DanaRae, My Mom, and anyone that needs them.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday, one of the best Sundays in February, the other being the Oscars. Some of you may not be football fans but get sucked in to the magic because of party invitations or family pressure. Here is some information to help you out with the conversations that may take place.
Super Bowl Fun facts.
35% of people who attend the game write it off as a corporate expense.
Half of all Americans would rather go to a Super Bowl party than a New Year’s Eve party.
The average Super Bowl party has 17 guests.
Over 11 million (5%) Americans watch the game alone. Another 9 million watch the Super Bowl at a bar or restaurant.
1.5 million TV sets are sold during the week of Super Bowl.
9 out of 10 of the most watched TV programs of all time are Super Bowl games.
Research shows that 25% of women actually enjoy watching the big game. The others only watch for the commercials, the food, the friends and the overall atmosphere.
58% of people would rather take their bathroom breaks during the game than miss the commercials.
There are more drunk driving accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year (except St. Patrick’s Day), according to the Insurance Information Institute.
8 million pounds of guacamole and 14,500 tons of chips are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
6% of Americans call in sick the Monday after Super Bowl.
Antacid sales increase by 20% the Monday after Super Bowl.
Super Bowl weekend is the slowest weekend for weddings.
SUPER BOWL CONVERSATION HELPERS FOR THE NOVICE FAN.
49ers are favored by 4 points. The line started out with the 49ers being favored by 4 1/2 then was bet down to 3 1/2 (which means a bunch of moola was bet on the Ravens) and then came back to 4 (which means 49er fans put their money where their mouth is)
The over/under is 47 which means if you bet the over the total points both teams score must total more than 47, if you bet the under, it must total less than 47. For example 31-28 the over wins, 24-21, the under wins.
You can bet the money line. That means you pick the team you think will win straight up. No points. You win more money than if you take or give the four points.
This is Ray Lewis's last game. The Baltimore Raven linebacker retires when it is over. Watch before the super bowl starts when Ray Lewis does The Squirrel Dance.
Don't go away at half-time. Beyonce performs and you can bet on whether or not she lip syncs. My guess is she performs for real.
This Super Bowl is being called the HarBowl because the two head coaches, John and Jim Harbaugh, are brothers.
Neither the 49ers or Ravens have ever lost a super bowl. 49ers are 5-0, Ravens 1-0. 49ers win they tie the Steelers for the most wins. Steelers, however, have lost twice and wouldn't have six wins if it wasn't for a horrible call when they played the Seahawks.
If you hear a lot of boos before the game chances are the NFL commissioner is in the house. New Orleans hates the dude due to his suspensions of Saint players before the 2012 season.
While Michael Oher was quoted as saying "I'm tired of the movie. I'm here to play football." He is still loves the Tuohy family who will be at the game to watch their adopted son. Then the Tuohys and Sandra Bullock will have dinner after the game.
In a twist of fate. 49er QB Colin Kaepernick is also adopted.
Don't wait to the start of the game to tune in. Twenty-six Sandy Hook Elementary school children will sing America The Beautiful. This group was formed shortly after the shootings and has been performing at various venues including Good Morning America.
The experts picks are as follows:
The majority of ESPN's writers picked the 49ERS (9 of 12)
CBS Sports picked the Ravens.
The Sporting News and USA Today picked the 49ERS.
Sports Illustrated picked the Ravens.
Madden's 2013 Simulation Game ended in a Ravens Victory.
My pick is Baltimore 31-49ERS 28
HAVE A GREAT DAY. EAT HEARITLY. DRINK RESPONSIBLY. DRIVE CAREFULLY. AND REMEMBER THE TWO WORDS THAT WILL SAVE LIVES, "DESIGNATED DRIVER"