The Dark Side Of The 2011 Super Bowl
The Big game is almost here – Super Bowl Sunday is the top at-home party event of the year. It`s time to be finalizing that guest list or figuring which artery-clogging recipe is going to be in your starting lineup for Sunday.
Need a guide to the do`s and don`ts of Super Bowl Sunday?
Dave B has compiled a quick checklist of things to include and things to avoid for the Big Day.
Playing For: The Lombardi Trophy
Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, February 6, 6:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
Packers vs. Steelers Super Bowl Betting Odds from Bodog.com
Packers: -3 (105)
Steelers: +3 (-115)
1. Choose your guest list wisely
This is first and foremost – it is the most important decision that you can make ahead of the Big Game. Remember, an average of 130 million people watch the Super Bowl – 40% of which are not Hardcore Football Fans like yourself. If you don`t want to be spending 4+ hours talking about ugly beards, the tacky green on the Packers uniforms or Fergie`s heroin issues, choose your guests carefully.
There will be know-it-alls, those who are more interested in pop-culture and those who are simply there to eat. Embrace all but just know that annoyances are assured on Super Bowl Sunday!
3. Upstairs/Downstairs Party
Suggest to the wife that both TVs in the house be used – that way the wives and kids can be upstairs and the boys can be downstairs cursing and ogling at the latest GoDaddy.com commercial! To enjoy the game to its fullest, separation is key!
4. Food – Unfortunately, you will be judged on the quality and quantity of food at your party. Health is secondary – flavor and cholesterol are primary!
Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest food consumption day in the USA – right behind Thanksgiving. Here are some examples of the gluttony of Super Bowl Sunday.
-$55 million will be spent on food alone for the Big Day. Examples:
- Tortilla Chips — $10.2 million
- Light Beer — $9.2 million
- Regular Beer — $8.7 million
- Potato Chips — $7.8 million
- Regular Cola — $7.7 million
- Frozen Pizza — $7.3 million
- All remaining Carb Bev — $5.5 million
- Mexican Sauce — $5.3 million
- Ice Cream — $4.7 million
-About 8 million pounds of guacamole (13.2 million pounds of avocado – or approximately 26 million individual avocados) and 15000 tons of chips will be eaten on SB Sunday. 4000 tons of popcorn and 12 million pounds of potato chips are also consumed.
-It is estimated that Americans will eat 90 million pounds of chicken wings, which breaks down to 450 million individual wings!
-Super Bowl Sunday is Domino’s Pizza’s biggest day of the year, selling more than 1.2 million
Pies – mostly at Half Time.
5. Have a plan for the Monday After
-Antacid sales increase by 20 percent on the Monday after the Super Bowl.
-6 percent of all working Americans will call in sick the day after the game.
There it is – pretty simple I’d say. Enjoy the game, the hangover and the first trip to the bathroom on Monday morning!
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