It's become a regular American holiday with family, friends, food and football on Super Bowl Sunday. As the Seahawks and Broncos prepare for their showdown, we might be seeing the big game a bit differently this year.
We always hear about television sales spiking this week, especially those bigger models, anything over 50 inches is most popular leading up to the Super Bowl. But even as these big screens improve and get cheaper, more and more are opting for smaller screens for the Super Bowl.
According to Nielsen, almost 3/4 of Super Bowl viewers will still catch the game exclusively on TV, but 11 percent will also watch through a tablet, 14 percent will use a computer and 15 percent will watch through a phone. Nielsen also predicts that 53 percent of Super Bowl viewers will turn to social media to share our own personal commentary.
Even as we bury ourselves in our own personal devices, likely tweeting #omahaomaha, this does remain one of the three most popular weeks of the year to invest in a television, along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Depending on what you're looking for, this can be the best time to buy as stores mark down to prep for the new round of televisions coming out in the spring.
As much as Americans love football, the Super Bowl is still divisive. We pick a team, argue over the entertainment and those costly commercials? You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. One area where we can all get along is the food.
Wings are easily one of the most popular Super Bowl treats. They turn 50 years old this year and on Sunday we're expected to down 1.25 billion of them. Had different teams made it to the Super Bowl, that number could have been a lot higher.
The National Chicken Council reports chicken wing consumption is much lower in Seattle where Seahawk fans are 44 percent less likely to eat wings than the average football fan. Bronco fans also have below-average wing consumption, five percent less likely to go for wings. The council says if teams from more wing-hungry cities would have made the Super Bowl, like the Patriots in the northeast or the Saints down south, Americans may have downed about 20 million more wings this weekend.
Salsa is one of four categories fighting for the top spot in the ultimate Super Bowl dip playoffs currently featured on Deadspin. Number one is onion versus pub cheese, Velveeta/Ro*tel versus ranch. Number two is guacamole versus refried bean dip, spinach/artichoke versus hummus. Number three is classic salsa versus mango pico versus chipotle salsa and number four, buffalo chicken versus loaded baked potato, seven layer versus crab.