The Super Bowl game each year is one of the most anticipated Sports Events of the year, especially for the men! It is another excuse to get together with friends and family, drink too much wine and beer, and over indulge on Super Bowl Food, which is typically just lots of Snacks! It's not unheard of, to sit and snack for hours on end!
Many people (like myself) are there for the commercials, and the half time show! (and the food!!)
When is the Game? The Super Bowl game is always played on the First Sunday in February, so in 2018, it will be on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Kickoff will be at 6:30pm EST.
Who is playing? New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles
Where is the Game? U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Halftime Show: Justin Timberlake
Type of Holiday: The game is just a Sports Event, and not a Holiday, but there has been a push to make the Day after the game a National Holiday (meaning - a day to recover from the game!!)
Justin Timberlake will be performing in the Half Time show.
It is estimated that the Super Bowl commercials will cost up to $5 MILLION dollars for a 30 second spot in 2018! One of the reasons for this high price, is obviously the record number of people who will be watching the game, but also because the commercials are usually pretty spectacular, they tend to have more people actually watching the commercials than the game (like myself!!).
2018 is the 52nd anniversary of the Super Bowl game!
The Patriots have been to nine previous Super Bowls and won five.
Tom Brady has been honored with four Superbowl MVP awards.
Fun Facts about Previous Superbowls
This is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) for the previous season.
The game uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held - XLVIII to determine the champion of the 2013 season.
The first game, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967
It is the second largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day.
The game is frequently one of the most watched television broadcasts of
the year, and is also one of the most watched sports events in the
Super Bowl XLV, played in 2011, became the most watched American
television program in history, drawing an average audience of 111
Many popular singers and musicians have performed during the event's pre-game and halftime ceremonies because of the exposure. It is a huge honor to be chosen to sing the National Anthem before the game. (2013 was Alicia Keys singing the National Anthem, and Beyonce performing during the half time show).
Lamar Hunt, the owner of the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, first used the term "Super Bowl" to refer to this game and the term stuck.
The National Football League's Green Bay Packers won the first two games.
The game is played annually on a Sunday as the final game of the NFL Playoffs.
The game is currently played on the first Sunday in February, although previously it had been held in January. February is televisions "Sweeps Month", so is a much better opportunity.
The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first two games.
The most games have been won by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won six games!
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have won five games each. The game in 2013, gave the 49ers a chance to tie it up for the most wins.
The Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants have won four games each.
Famous commercial campaigns include the Budweiser "Bud Bowl" campaign and the 1999 and 2000 dot-com ads. I've always loved the Budweiser Frogs and the beautiful Budweiser Clydesdale Horses.
Advertisers payed as much as $3.5 million for a thirty-second spot during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
Thirty minutes are allocated for the Super Bowl halftime show. Some of the first games included just marching bands from colleges or high schools, but now feature famous musical talents.
Michael Jackson was the sole performer during the half time for Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.
For the half time show Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, U2 sang their "Where the Streets Have No Name" song, and played under a large projection screen which scrolled through names of the victims of the September 11 attacks. (I remember this as being incredibly emotional!!).
The halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 had the famous Justine Timberlake, and Janet Jackson "Wardrobe Malfunction" which caused considerable controversy.
During the half time show at the Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, M.I.A. gave the middle finger during a performance of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with Madonna, which was caught by TV cameras. (Totally unnecessary and showed a lack of class in my opinion!)
Super Bowl Commercials
For me, as a "girl", when I watch the game, I'm usually more interested in the food, the half time show, and the great commercials during the game.
Because of the large audience watching the game, the Commercials during the game are the most expensive of the year!
Here was my favorite commercial from 2012 from Honda, promoting their 2012 Honda CR-V which looks like a great car. (I
had a Honda CR-V for awhile, until I was overcome with a mid-life crisis
and wanted to drive a sports car instead).
The video above is called,
"Matthew's Day Off" which is a take off on Matthew Broderick's, famous
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie that he did years ago. In this Extended
version of the commercial, Matthew calls in sick from work, then jams
around town in his new Honda CRV, and at one point, runs into his boss
on the road. I thought it was pretty hilarious!
We'll be adding a page devoted to some of our favorite commercials soon!
Please check out our Super Bowl Food page for some great advice on what Snacks and Unhealthy Diet Habits to Avoid, and some Super Bowl Snacks and Healthy Diet Habits to Practice. You'll feel so much better the next day!