Thursday, January 27, 2011

45 Stops to Super Bowl XLV: #26-#30

The "45 Stops to Super Bowl XLV" is a series that will feature stories, stats and interesting trivia that you can use to act smart as you prepare for Super Bowl XLV. I've done this on SPORTZASSASSIN.COM for Super Bowls XL, XLI, XLIII, XLIV and for AOL's FanHouse for Super Bowl XLII.

#26-SUPER BOWL CONSUMPION: Some nice stats for you:

8 million: Total pounds of popcorn consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.

28 million: Pounds of potato chips consumed.

53.5 million: Pounds of avocados consumed.

222,792: Number of football fields worth of farmland to grow all that corn, potatoes, and avocados.

11.8: Depth, in feet, of guacamole consumed if it were spread across the football field.

293,000: Number of miles of potato chips, laid end to end, consumed during the game.

1 billion: Number of chicken wings consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.

325.5 million: Gallons of beer drank by Americans that day.

493: Number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with all that beer.

20%: Increase in ant-acid sales the Monday after the game.

7 million: Number of employees who will not show up to work Monday.

#27-BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: This will be the first Super Bowl between teams with at least 3 Super Bowl titles since Super Bowl XXX when the Steelers (then a 4-time champion) battled the Cowboys (also a 4-time champ at the time).

It's the first Super Bowl between teams with multiple Super Bowl victories since the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl a couple of years ago. The only other times it has happened was in Super Bowls XXX and XIII (both Steelers-Cowboys).

#28-SUPER BOWL GLEE: In a rather odd bit of programming, Fox will air a special episode of Glee after the Super Bowl. Nothing chases a great day of football like an episode of Glee!

The trend recently is for the network broadcasting the Super Bowl loves breaking in new shows or extended shows following the game. CBS debuted "Undercover Boss" after Super Bowl XLIV. It joined Extreme (ABC-1995), Homicide (NBC-'93), Davis Rules (ABC-'91), Grand Slam (CBS-'90), The Wonders Years (ABC-'88), Hard Copy (CBS-'87), The Last Precinct (NBC-'86), MacGruder and Loud (ABC-'85), Airwolf (CBS-'84), The A-Team (NBC-'83) and Brothers and Sisters (NBC-'79) as shows who debuted after the Super Bowl.

Some other big-time heavyweights have also appeared right after the game. Lassie, All in the Family, 60 Minutes, CHiPs, Archie Bunker's Place, Friends, The X-Files, The Simpsons, Survivor, Grey's Anatomy, House and The Office all have been post-Super Bowl shows.

#29-FUTURE SUPER BOWL SITES ARE PRETTY INTERESTING: No team has ever played a Super Bowl in their home stadium -- we know this after Dallas' chirping about that in the offseason. It really is remarkable that this has never happened. Well, it could happen soon.

Indianapolis (XLVI), New Orleans (XLVII) and New York (XLVIII) will be hosting games soon. The Colts and Saints met in last year's Super Bowl while the New York Jets have been to the last two AFC title games.

#30-BIG BEN'S BAAAAACK: 18 quarterbacks have started multiple Super Bowls. This will be Ben Roethlisberger's third Super Bowl appearance. John Elway leads the pack with 5 Super Bowls, while Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly and Roger Staubach have all started four. Only Craig Morton and Kurt Warner have started Super Bowls for two different teams.

A Steelers win means Big Ben will be just the fourth QB to start at least three Super Bowls and not lose one. Only Montana, Bradshaw and Troy Aikman have done that.

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