Superbowl Sunday- the only Sunday on my calendar where dinner is a bigger deal than brunch. With the big event being 2 days and some change away, I’m sure everyone is finalizing their menus and, while I hate being the one who points out all of those fun facts that everyone detests hearing, I think you’d rather have the Giants win than be a giant yourself… bad joke? Listen, I’m not going to even pretend like I know what I’m talking about when it comes to football- that’s what the Chris Collinsworths, Jim Nantzs, and Shannon Sharpes of the world are for (impressed yet?), but in the end it comes down to the numbers… and I’m not just talking about the scoreboard.
True Life: I’m Just Here for the Food
Superbowl XLVI may be the second time the Patriots meet the Giants where they will pour blood, sweat and tears into becoming the reigning football champions of the 2011 NFL season, but its also the second largest food consumption day in the US, waddling just behind Thanksgiving.
The National Chicken Council (NCC, yes it really exists) is predicting that 1.25 billion wing portions will be consumed on Sunday alone, that translates to 100 million pounds of wings, or 500 million individual wings or 250 million chickens. That bodes in comparison to the 1.4 million individuals who have considered calling in sick monday… what? are you planning on getting a doctors note with an official medical diagnosis of wingoverdositis?
Add to that the 80 million pounds of avocado, 15,000 tons of chips, over 4,000 tons of popcorn and estimated 50 million cases of beer that are poised to be consumed on the holiest of American holiday’s and I think we’re getting close to the 300 million dollars in revenue that NBC is predicted to make on this day from commercials alone.
No wonder there’s a 20 percent jump in antacid sales this weekend…
So, will you be one of the 171 million viewers, 40 percent of which aren’t actually football fans, who will consume, on average, over 1200 calories just in snacks? Or are you one of the lucky individuals who spend an average of $3,982.00 on one ticket, therefore becoming broke and unable to afford food?
Let’s get real- there’s nothing Patriotic about the Giant amount of food eaten in a 4 hour time frame… that’s something only a Titan can be proud of!
Check out these Crispy Baked Chicken Wings from Bon Appetit!