The Super Bowl is almost upon us and I don’t know about you, but I’m psyched. What more is to be said for a great show of physical stamina, coordination, precision and overall execution between two equally talented lineups? Well, that and the great Super Bowl parties, snacks and entertaining commercials, of course!
This year’s matchup brings us the illustriously loved and hated Pittsburgh Steelers against the determined Green Bay Packers. Being an avid fan of one team (although I won’t say which), I found myself wanting to find out more interesting tidbits about these teams and the overall spectacle that becomes the Super Bowl every year. Where do I turn? StumbleUpon of course! So in honor of one of the most popular sporting events in the U.S., let’s talk football – StumbleUpon-style.
Steelers vs. Packers
In addition to stumbling through our 500+ topics, users can see what sites have been discovered in user-created tags by navigating to www.stumbleupon.com/discover/tag (and replacing “tag” with their interest). Give it a shot! I found some great sites by going to the discover pages for the Steelers and the Packers:
The pride of the Steeler Nation truly takes over the city of Pittsburgh, from their yellow Terrible Towels whipped at every game to the fan pride sung in “The Steelers’ Polka.” The Packers also have a loyal fan base, otherwise known as the Cheeseheads, who have been with the team since its beginning. The 3rd oldest team in the NFL, the Packers have always been owned by their fans – literally, by way of 200,000 public shares.
Both teams have quite the dynasty behind them and neither team is a stranger to the Super Bowl. Green Bay has a record 13 league championship wins to their name and has appeared in 4 Super Bowls, winning 3 (including the very first Super Bowl ever played). The formidable Steelers have 6 Super Bowl wins, the most in history, underneath their jerseys. Check out this awesome infographic, Super Bowl XLV By The Numbers, to get a complete idea of the match-up and the hard-fought seasons both have battled through.
Super Bowl Frenzy
The Super Bowl is one of the most highly anticipated and watched events in America; last year’s Super Bowl became the most watched program of any kind in American history with 106.5 million viewers. This year’s Super Bowl is preparing to be another one of epic proportions.
Wherever you’re watching the game, prepare for some interesting commercial breaks. With advertisers shelling out $2.5 million per 30-second slot, let’s hope they come out with something creative and compelling to really fire up our water cooler talk on Monday morning. Doritos, Snickers, and Bud Light brought us some of the most memorable commercials last year – will they amuse us again?
If you managed to snag tickets to the game, we’re all jealous and it’s probably best if you refrain from mentioning it. An interesting infographic on ticket sales, pricing, and audience demographics around the Super Bowl captures an impression of the growing spectacle the game has come to be; prices start at $2,000 for a ticket to the current Super Bowl compared to the $10 per ticket the event sold for in its inaugural game.
Throwing a party? Heading to a friend’s house or your favorite sports bar? The frenzy continues there as American consumers are expected to spend over $10 billion on Super Bowl parties and paraphernalia. Top purchases include food, drink, team apparel, televisions, decorations and furniture (and I’m already guilty of at least 3 of these).
Mmm…Seven Layer Dip!
Fabulous party snacks for game time help make a great Super Bowl experience, minimizing any breaks from the game so you don’t miss any Hail Marys (“Oh my God, you didn’t see that?!”). Exploring the “Snacks” discover page brought me this Seven Layer Taco Dip, a Homemade Salsa Recipe, as well as these more gourmet Sweet & Savory Super Bowl Party Menus with serving time suggestions broken down by quarter and halftime. If you want something really substantial, these Football Snacks that Double as Dinner, including meatballs, nachos, and chicken wings, will be sure to fill you up.
Wow, finding all this great Super Bowl info on StumbleUpon has made me even more anxious for Sunday. Will the Packers bring home the Lombardi trophy named after their fellow Packer? Or will the Steelers lock down any sign of offense with their steel curtain defense once again? To discover more great Super Bowl related sites on your own, stumble Super Bowl, Football, the NFL or Sports.
And…Go Steelers! (Being neutral is overrated).