Super Bowl LV is almost here. Tom Brady‘s Tampa Bay Bucs proved doubters wrong and will take on the defending champs out of Kansas City. Will Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs have what it takes to defend their crown? It’s certainly going to be a game for the ages.
If you’re planning on hosting a watch party for the big game or checking out the game with friends on a Zoom call, we’ve got some incredibly interesting facts about America’s biggest game that you can use to make yourself look smart.
1. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year
Second only to Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
2. Sewer systems do not break due to an influx of people using the restroom during half time
Nope that’s just a big urban legend that’s been going around for years. Snopes actually debunked this myth.
3. Peyton Manning is the only starting quarterback to win a championship with two different teams
4. Disney paid Phil Simms $75,000 to yell “I’m going to Disney World”
New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was paid $75,000 to say “I’m going to Disney World” on the field moments after his team won SB XXI in 1987. That’s probably the easiest money he ever made.
5. The New England Patriots have both won AND lost the most Super Bowls
6. A ticket to the first Super Bowl only cost $12
7. Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 broke a 27 year old TV ratings record
It took over a quarter of a century for any television program to top the ratings for the 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H. Over 105 million people watched the final episode of the iconic TV show, only for the matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints to shatter the record years later. 106.5 million watched Drew Brees defeat Peyton Manning to win the franchise’s first and only championship.
8. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the first team to visit the White House after winning the big game
9. In 1971 a member of the losing team was named Super Bowl MVP for the first and only time
Although the Baltimore Colts beat Dallas in Super Bowl V in 1971, Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley was named the game’s MVP. This was the first and only time that has happened in NFL history.
10. Tiffany & Co. makes the Vince Lombardi Trophy
That’s right. The iconic jewelry maker known for its iconic blue box also makes the trophy awarded to the winning team at every year’s big game.
11. Crews install a fresh layer of natural sod on the field prior to each Super Bowl
12. Boston’s former mayor had to send a ton of Dunkin Donuts to New York after the Patriots lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino lost a high-stakes bet to then NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg when the Giants upset the Patriots in SB XLII. After the Patriot’s loss, Menino had to send a truckload of Massachusetts delicacies—including 42 pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and 12 dozen Boston cream pies to New York City, where the food was donated to charity.
13. There has never been a shutout in the Super Bowl
14. Only one Super Bowl has gone into overtime
That occurred during SB LI in 2017, in which the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 28.
15. The Buccaneers will be the first team to play in their home stadium of a Super Bowl
16. Cleveland has neither played in or hosted a Super Bowl
17. Lisa Simpson correctly guesses the winner of Super Bowl XXVI
In an episode of The Simpsons which aired on January 23, 1992, Lisa correctly guessed that Washington would beat Buffalo in SB XXVI.
18. The NFC had a Super Bowl winning streak from 1985 to 1997
19. Joe Montana once got distracted by actor John Candy while playing in the Super Bowl
20. The 1985 Chicago Bears were nominated for a Grammy
The Chicago Bears iconic song “The Super Bowl Shuffle” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. While the Bears won SB XX, they unfortunately lost the Grammy to Prince.
21. The Super Bowl used to have a much longer name
The championship game now known as the “Super Bowl” originally went by something lamer: “The AFL-NFL World Championship Game.” Although “Super Bowl” has been used unofficially since the very first game, the term wasn’t officially recognized by the NFL until a few years later
22. The website for Super Bowl XXX was banned by some Internet servers
Gee wonder why?
23. Tom Brady is the oldest Quarterback to win an NFL championship
Maybe TB12 will be able to top his own record this year. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!