Got the Munchies?

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

The quips have been rampant this week as we approach what has been dubbed the Bud Bowl. And it has nothing to do with the King of Beers.

The bud of which we speak is of the marijuana variety. Weed. Pot. Grass. Ganja. Sticky Icky. Chronic. Herb. Bud.

Football fans were quick to point out that the two teams playing in this year's Super Bowl - the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos - represent states where smoking Mary Jane is legal. They're playing in a "Super Bowl" - get it?

This all begs the question: With the Super Bowl traditionally being second only to Thanksgiving in the amount of food consumed in one day in the United States, will the munchies push this year's event into first place?
And speaking of munchies, any bar or lounge worth its salt on a margarita glass will be holding a Super Bowl party on SUNDAY (Feb. 2). Music clubs that normally host live music – like the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., and the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. – will be using their stages for snack spreads in celebration of the annual pigskin classic. Even dance party Mecca House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., is giving DJs a break for the big game and instead will host a chicken wing contest (details HERE).

By the way, did you know that 1.25 BILLION chicken wings will be consumed on Sunday? That figure, from the National Chicken Council's 2014 Wing Report (yeah, it's a thing), is 20 million more than last year. (Again, the munchies factor coming into play.)

Want more Super Bowl fun facts? Look below.

By the Numbers:
A little digit delight to prime yourself for Super Bowl XLVIII

  • First things first: Super Bowl XLVIII = Super Bowl 48.
  • According to the National Restaurant Association, the top three foods in Super Bowl-watching homes during the game are 1. Salsas, dips; 2. Chicken wings; 3. Pizza (Domino's estimates that it will deliver more than 11 million pieces of pizza on Sunday).
  • Singer Bruno Mars – ranked No. 1 on the Forbes "30 Under 30" – will perform at the Halftime Show, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Last year's Super Bowl had a TV audience of more than 114.7 million in the U.S.
  • Top face-value for a ticket: $2,600.
  • Ebay listings earlier this week included a 30-person suite (24 seats plus six standing-room-only) with food and beverages for $508,265. That's $16,942.17 per person.
  • Last year, the bonuses weren't bad: Players from the championship team earned $88,000 each while the losers received $44,000 each.
  • The cities are nearly identical in population: Seattle's 634,535 edges Denver's 634,265.
  • The price for a 30-second commercial during this year's Super Bowl: $4.5 million, or $150,000 per second.
  • Denver has played in six Super Bowls, Seattle, one.
  • It's going to be cold at New Jersey's dome-less MetLife Stadium for the 5:30 p.m game on Fox. The coldest temperature for a Super Bowl in a non-domed stadium was in 1972 in New Orleans, where the high was 43 and the low was 24. Sunday's game is expected to be much colder – and perhaps accompanied by snow.

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