Tomorrow is a big day for many as millions will be watching the Super Bowl.  I apologize to all my football fans as I have not written a post about football all season long.   Honestly though, I don’t really understand football, personally I think it’s one of the most complex sports out there.  What does baffle me the most however, is how (mainly) men, can recite football stats, rules, dates, and player names.  After all aren’t these the same group of people who can’t remember to put the toilet seat down and anniversary dates?!

Never understood football, will I ever?

 

Anyway, if you’re like me and only watch football once a year (mainly for the half- time show and commercials) here are some random facts about football history and Super Bowl tidbits, so you won’t be the only clueless lame-o on the couch tomorrow afternoon.

 

"Father of American Football"

– American football resulted from changes made by Yale coach, Walter Camp in 1879

-The NFL was formed in 1920

-Green Bay Packers has the record for longest use of an unchanged team name (since 1921)

– Soldier Field in Chicago is the oldest stadium still in use in the NFL (built in 1924)

-The first Latino to play for the NFL was Lou Molinet who played for the Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1927, he was born in Cuba.

– NFL bosses changed the shape of the football in 1934

-40 years after the NFL was formed, AFL was born in 1960

-1964 was an important year in the history of professional football, as that was the year when the league integrated.  The LA Rams signed two African American players, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode.

-ABC’s Monday night football premiered in September 1970 (I wonder how people spent their Mondays before?)

– NFL is the world’s richest professional sports league, bringing in close to $1 billion each year

Super Bowl XLVI will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

-“The Greatest Game Ever Played” was at Yankee Stadium, Baltimore Colts against the New York Giants; the first NFL game to go into sudden death overtime

– Cheerleaders first entered the professional football world with the Colts.

Nine out of 10 will be watching the Super Bowl at home or someone's home.

-According to the USDA, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.

In the past 20 years, 17 Super Bowls have been won by the team that hails from the city with the lower unemployment rate.

-According to the National Chicken Council (yes, they do exist) more than 100 million pounds of chicken wings will be consumed on Sunday.

If you aren't having wings, you aren't doing Super Bowl right.

The California Avocado Commission states 8 million pounds of avocados will be consumed. (Holy guacamole!)

 

There you have it, pick your favorite random facts and use them at tomorrow’s couch conversation.  Who knows maybe you’ll score a date, extra cash or a “Wow, you really know your stuff,” remark.