10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Super Bowl
Super Bowl XLVIII is being played tomorrow night at 6:30 PM EST between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Both teams have records of 15-3, and the game looks to be pretty evenly matched. Oddsmakers have the Broncos with a slight edge, but anything can happen in professional football. The game is being played in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City, at Metlife Stadium, the shared home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. This will be the first Super Bowl played in an outdoor venue in cold weather, and there were fears that inclement weather could ruin football’s grandest spectacle. Fortunately or not, depending on how much you like icy football games, the forecast calls for a Super Bowl played under clear skies with temperatures in the mid-40s. I have to say that I was hoping for snow. Lots of snow.
You’d think that with this being the 48th Super Bowl played, football fans would know pretty much everything there is to know about the Super Bowl. But there’s always more to learn, isn’t there? For instance, did you know that the team wearing their white jerseys has the edge in Super Bowls? Do you think there’s something to that, or is it just coincidence? How could wearing white create an advantage? Is it psychological? Teams usually wear white when they play away from their home stadium, so maybe there’s a psychological advantage to wearing white when preparing for a game away from home. Another interesting fact, and this one seems to be a valid predictor, is that the team from the city with the lower unemployment rate has won 18 of the last 21 Super Bowls. That makes a lot of sense. The team from the economically better off city could reasonably afford to spend more to hire top quality players, resulting in a Super Bowl advantage. Seattle’s unemployment rate is currently .01% lower than Denver’s. All signs point to this being a tight game. Learn more random facts about the Super Bowl in the video below from BuzzFeed.