So you’re not into football. That’s cool, that’s cool.
Perhaps you never had the opportunity to learn the complicated game, or its schedule always conflicted with the latest episode of Housewives of Three Blocks East of Your Current Location.
There are many reasons why this year would be a great time to do something other than stuff your face with fried foods and critique the ads if you’ve ever had an inkling to see what all the football fuss is about.
Below are some interesting facts you may not know about Sunday’s showdown between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks that may pique your interest ahead of the big game.
Witnessing a Modern Day Great – Peyton Manning
It’s so hard to compare him to legends from other sports like Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky, but Peyton Manning is on the verge of being in the talks for “greatest all time” by his skeptics with a win in Superbowl XLVIII. That’s because the rest of the world already acknowledges that he is a part of the conversation even prior to stepping on the field Sunday.
This season alone, the 37 year old broke some of the most prestigious records in the game such as most touchdown passes thrown, most yards amassed in a single season and a slew of others.
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
The Denver Broncos are statistically the best offense of all time. They led the league in two key metrics: touchdowns scored and yards amassed. The Seattle Seahawks by contrast are statistically the best defense in the league by the same two metrics (the flip being least touchdowns allowed and least yards against).
This match-up, between the top offense and the top defense has never, ever happened before in a Superbowl.
Fun party games that anyone can enjoy
Up until 2005, the only football game I would watch all year was the Superbowl. And I didn’t understand it. I would just try to match the moans and groans of the larger group, and cheer against whoever my best friend was rooting for.
Then I found out about fun little games like this:
It doesn’t take skill into account and literally everyone can play. The categories are imaginative, random and draw fun from all aspects of the event, on-field and off. My favourite has always been guessing the over/under for the national anthem singer. Where else can you hear a room of people curse as Christina Aguilera holds that last note a little too long? Okay, maybe it’s not that rare but you get my point.
All in all, what the Superbowl represents is much more than a sporting final. It’s become a social phenomenon and can be enjoyed by all. The game is not just a barbarian display of force if and only if you’re willing to give it a chance.