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Welcome to New Jersey Super Bowl fans!

Since the NFC championship game I’ve engaged in way too many conversations (OK, heated debates) about Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman.

This is a no Richard Sherman zone.

I feel like we need a Brett Favre comeback story just to offset the non-stop Sherman chatter. I’m fatigued, I’m sure you are, so let’s move on, shall we?

The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of the sports calendar – the one event everyone in the country congregates around whether they are a super fan or a casual fan. Last year the Harbaugh Bowl (or the Ray Lewis Retirement Party, whichever you prefer) drew a 48.1 rating and a 71 share. Astronomical numbers.

Let me break that down for you:

  • 1 rating point equates to 1% of approximately 114.7 million homes nationwide – Nielsen estimates a 48.1 rating to be a total audience of 108.4 million viewers. (You can check their math if you want to)
  • A 71 share means: of the TV’s on at the time, 71% were watching the Super Bowl
  • The 108.4 million viewers makes last year’s Super Bowl the 3rd most watched TV program of all-time
  • What are #1 and #2 you ask? Super Bowl XLVI (which if you ask any Patriots fan is considered ‘the event that shall not be spoken of’) and Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers

Matter of fact Super Bowls account for the 21 most-watched programs in American TV history in terms of total audience. No Oscars or Grammys, no NBA Finals or World Series games, no Seinfeld finale or Bachelor wedding show.

The NFL is King, no further questions.

Whether you are watching for the commercials, to get free wings at your friends party or to cry as your team becomes World Champions – the point is, you’ll be watching.

And if you happen to be watching with others, maybe some people you know and some others you don’t, we want to arm you with some talking points that will raise your street cred at the chip table.

Go ahead, throw these facts around with impunity and impress the crowd:

  1. Tickets for the most expensive seats at Super Bowl I were sold for $12 – the cheapest ticket to this years game will be $500 and the most expensive (not on the open market) $2,600.
  2. New Jersey becomes the 10th state to host a Super Bowl
  3. In 47 Super Bowls, heads has turned up 24 times and tails 23

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    The Super Bowl in Dallas three years ago, prepared the Fox production team for bad weather

  4. Fox will have 52 cameras dedicated to the Super Bowl – most will be pointed towards the game, but there will also be one stationed in Times Square, a Blimp cam and other exterior stations.
  5. 14 of the Fox cameras are remotely operated, which is the most ever for a Fox game. There will be six 4k high resolution cameras – perfect for review plays – and eight high-speed cameras for super slo-mo.
  6. The coolest technology will be the Fox infrared camera, which they will be using to show how the body temperature of the players changes through the game.
  7. Fox is also debuting a technology that will show the impact wind is having on kicks and throws during the game. No word on if they will insert a duck call on any of Peyton Manning’s throws into the wind (or a rim shot on any of my jokes)
  8. The New York Police Department has quietly installed about 200 temporary surveillance cameras in midtown Manhattan to help spot trouble along “Super Bowl Boulevard,” a 13-block street fair on Broadway that’s expected to draw large crowds during the windup to the game.
  9. About 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend, according to the National Chicken Council’s 2014 Wing Report. That means Americans will ingest 4.6 billion grams of fat in the form of spicy, saucy chicken parts – and we wonder why there is an obesity problem?

An the most important fact of all – Thursday we will be announcing a crazy promo for new memberships to You can literally get two weeks of complete access to over 5,000 sports jobs for 1% of the cost of the cheapest Super Bowl ticket.

Keep an eye on your inbox – we’ll deliver the details tomorrow to all of our free members.

And if you aren’t a free member yet – sign up here by supplying your email – we share a ton of great free benefits with our community, not as good as the paid ones, but they are still pretty darn sweet.

Thanks to: Popular Mechanics, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Associated Press, Sports Video Group and The Washington Post for some of the fun facts used in this article.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the sports media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

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