Super Bowl XLIV: From A to Z
The Super Bowl is just days away and its only a matter of time before the Colts and the Saints take the field for what good be one of the best games in Super Bowl history! With every angle covered its time for a last minute look of the people, places and events that will lead up to super bowl XLIV from A to Z.
A is for Advertisements: advertisers can attract up to 100 million pairs of eyes — from a cross-section of demographics — which makes paying the reported price of $2.5 million to $2.8 million for each 30 seconds a bargain. Plus, that’s less than NBC’s $3 million price tag last year.
B is for Betting: The Super bowl is the most bet on sporting event in the world. The Top Ten Online sportsbooks are giving out great bonuses to get your business for the big game. Just Bet.com is offering a 70% sign up bonus and Bet Jamaica and Diamond Sportsbook is offering a $100 free play when you deposit $100.
C is for Coin Toss: Of the 43 coin tosses in Super Bowl history, 22 coins have come up heads, 21 tails. The odds, then, that the coin will come up heads are 1 in 1.95, while the odds the coin will come up tails are 1 in 2.05. One of the most popular betting props at Bet Phoenix is betting on the results of the coin toss.
D is for Dwight Freeney: The injury to the star defensive end has been the biggest news of the week, but there should be no mystery around this one as Freeney will play in the big game.
E is for E*Trade Baby: Commercials are always part of the fun during the Super bowl and the recent star of Super bow ads, is the E*Trade baby. The good news is he is back again for another year and will have a spot in the first quarter. The baby is new but the results are still funny.
F is for F.B.I.: This is such a huge security threat that this event will be highly protected. The FBI is running the Joint Operations Center, which houses in one place more than 200 representatives from about 68 federal, state and local agencies that are responsible for security and responding to any threats. F-16â€™s and dogs will be used too.
G is for Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XII: It’s where NFL players, streetballers, champion boxers, professional wrestlers, models, and other celebrities get together for a high-profile game of hoops to highlight the importance of “fostering hope, fostering care, and inspiring infinite possibilities” for abused, abandoned, and neglected children from Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed.
H is for Halftime Show: The Who will highlight this yearâ€™s halftime show. With all due respect to this great band isnâ€™t it time to trust someone to play at halftime that is a bit more recent?
I is for Injuries: Contrary to public reports this week from the media, Dwight Freeney is not the only injured football player coming into Super bowl XLIV. There is actually a long list.
J is for Janet Jackson: It seems like it was decades ago since the Janet Jackson incident made the term â€œwardrobe malfunctionâ€ a household favorite. I think its time to give her another chance, of course watching it again is always fun.
K is for Kim Kardashian: Can you guess how many times that Kimâ€™s name will be mentioned during the broadcast? She may be the most popular person not playing in the game on Sunday. She gave her pick, can you guess who it is?
L is for Louisiana: It may be over played for some but I donâ€™t think the recovery of this state or the city of New Orleans can be talked about enough. Itâ€™s about time this was talked about in a positive light and not a negative spin.
N is for National Holiday: Think the Monday after the Super bowl should be a national holiday? Youâ€™re not alone. There is a grass-roots political campaign dedicatedÂ toÂ making Super Bowl Sunday aÂ newÂ National Holiday,Â with observation on Monday following the big game.
O is for overtime: No Super Bowl game has ever gone into overtime play. The closest instances to overtime play were in Super Bowl V, Super Bowl XXXIV, Super Bowl XXXVI, and Super Bowl XXXVIII. This game would be perfect for it.
P is for Prop Bet: The proposition bet is the most popular bet in the Super Bowl. You can choose from a wide variety as some sportsbooks like Sportsbook.com offers over 300+. Here are my Top Ten Prop Bets for Sunday.
Q is for Quarterbacks: over the 43 years of Super bowl history the quarterback has been named the MVP 22 times and with the two on the field for Sunday there is a good chance that one of them may win the hardware again.
R is for rushing the ball: The team that has rushed the ball more times in the Super Bowl has posted that very impressive 37-4 SU record (note that there were two Super Bowls in which both teams had the same number of rushes). This is great news for New Orleans, as the Saints carry the ball on 45% of their plays, while the Colts only keep the pigskin on the ground 37% of the time. This trend can be found at Bet US.com
S is for Sportsbooks: The Top Ten Best Online Sportsbooks offer the sports bettor the luxury of betting from home and offer bets on the side, total and hundreds of prop bets. If you are betting on the big game, make sure you are using one of these sportsbooks to get the best bonuses from a trusted sportsbook.
T is for Takeaways: The Saints had 39 takeaways, second most in the league behind the Packers’ 40. New Orleans’ 26 interceptions ranked third, and were 11 more than its team total in 2008. This year’s Saints nearly doubled their takeaway total of last season (22).
U is for undrafted: with all the news about the star athletes no one focuses on the players that went unnoticed early in their careers but still play a vital role on the team. The Colts have 19 undrafted players on the team.
V is for Venue: The NFL awarded the 2010 Super Bowl â€” Super Bowl XLIV â€” to Miami at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. It is the 10th time the city, which last hosted in 2007, will play host to the championship event.
W is for Work Stoppage: The NFL could be on the verge of one of the best games in the history of the sport. Leave it to the league to threaten a work stoppage in 2011.
X is for Xbox 360: The New Orleans Saints pull the upset and march to a victory over the Indianapolis Colts with a score of 35-31 at Super Bowl XLIV, according to the official Electronic Arts simulation run by the award-winning Madden NFL 10 on Xbox 360.
Y is for Yards Gained: the record in the super bowl for most yards gained by a running back in one game is 204 by Timmy Smith of Washington. Most yards in one game by a QB is 414 by Kurt Warner, and most yards receiving in one game is by Jerry Rice with 215 in one game.
Z is for Zebras: Referee Scott Green will lead a seven-man crew in officiating Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. Green is finishing his 19th season in the NFL. He was a back judge in the 2002 and 2004 Super Bowls. He has been a referee since 2004 and will officiate his 13th playoff game.The other officials are umpire Undrey Wash, head linesman John McGrath, line judge Jeff Seeman, field judge Rob Vernatchi, side judge Greg Meyer and back judge Greg Steed.The crew has a combined 66 years of NFL officiating experience.
That is it the Super bowl from A to Z, so now we are finally ready to enjoy the big game!