Today is Super Bowl Sunday (in case you didn’t know). But what is it about this day that makes it different from any other day of the year?
If you’re a football fan then this is about as stupid a question as can be asked (remembering “fan” is short for “fanatic”).
If you enjoy parties, either hosting them or going to them, then this is one of the best fellowship days of the year (Note: “Fellowship” is church code for “Eating”).
Here are some interesting facts:
- 117.7 million viewers watched the final minutes of last year’s game between the Giants and the Patriots.
- More food is eaten on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year except Thanksgiving.
- On the Monday following the Super Bowl, an average 6 percent of the workforce calls in sick. Did they just party too hearty? Maybe not. See #4.
- Antacid sales typically increase 20 percent the day after the game.
- How much food is actually eaten? An estimated 14,500 tons of chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn, and 8 million pounds of guacamole. No wonder so many people call in sick the next day.
But if you’re not a fan and you’re not particularly interested in food—uh, fellowship—then the Super Bowl offers you little.
Unless, of course, you like commercials.
Here are some interesting facts on Super Bowl commercials:
- One in twelve people watch the Super Bowl only for the commercials.
- 25% of women enjoy watching the Super Bowl for the commercials (in addition to the food and fellowship).
- 75% of viewers consider the commercials to be entertainment.
- The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial was $37,500 in 1967, $900,000 in 1994, and $3 million in 1999. This year some ads will exceed $4 million.
- In Super Bowl XLV, there were 90 commercials aired totaling over 46 minutes.
- It is estimated that nearly 58% of people would rather take their bathroom breaks during the game than miss the commercials.
Which brings me to the inevitable conclusion, the answer to the question you’re dying to know: “What is the most popular Super Bowl commercial of all time?” See for yourself.
Enjoy the game—or the food—or the fellowship—or even the