Wednesday, February 01, 2006

American Football Factoids and the Non-Sports Fan's Guide To Super Bowl XL

James Alder on his piece, 'Interesting Super Bowl Factoids' writes, 'Along with 40 years of Super Bowl history come some rather incredible and interesting numbers that describe not only our priorities as a society, but our consumption habits before, during, and after the big game. For instance, did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving (American Institute of Food Distribution) and the sales of antacid increases 20 percent the day after (7-11 stores)? Seems logical, huh?'

Here's a great piece by Denise Hazlick of MSNBC for those of you who've been scratching their heads wondering what all the fuss is about the Super Bowl and why even for the non-sports individual, the event in and of itself in all of american sports telecasts is worth a look see if you haven't caught the drift and gist of what it's about.

From JT'S NFL Rant:
'Pittsburgh is a more hard-core sports city because of the success of its professional franchises — from Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run against the New York Yankees in the ninth of Game 7 the 1960 World Series to Mario Lemieux's strength and grace as he led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles from 1990-92. We remember the “We are Family” 1979 Pirates lead by Willie Stargell, and who could forget “Franco’s Italian Army” and the “Terrible Towel?” '
-- JT the Brick, Contributor

plus in the astrological order of the stars why, writes Andrea Mallis who carries the curious title of 'Sports Astrologer' (yes there are people who write about american sports at this level of Uranus) Pittsburgh is seen as holding an edge over Seattle according to the lineup of the planets on game day. So go figure.

and finally for those who would just like to brush up on the simple explanation of the ground rules as to how american football is played and would like to just have an idea as to what to expect when they watch this mysterious spectacle on the tube, this site goes about the basics well.


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