LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- By Saturday of Super Bowl week, there is nothing new to report. Everyone is churning out information from the same pool of press conferences and interviews and storylines. (Hey, did you know that the coaches of the two teams are brothers?)
So I went digging around for a few stray nuggets that might not have appeared elsewhere -- or at least, not too many other places. A few odds and ends from off the beaten media path:
-- First things first. The coin toss. Somehow this fascinates me. RJ Bell of Pregame.com did some research into Super Bowl coin tosses and found that of the 46 that have been conducted, 23 have been heads, and 23 tails. The NFC has won 14 of the past 15 coin tosses. Only three teams in Super Bowl history have elected to defer, including the past two (Packers and Patriots), and Phoenix in Super Bowl 43.
-- Wait. I lied. The coin toss isn't really the first thing. The first rock/pop stars to perform in the Super Bowl pregame show were the Beach Boys before Super Bowl 21. The first mega-star? Bob Hope, before Super Bowl 3. Before the Beach Boys, the pregame was handled mostly by college marching bands, starting with the University of Arizona and Grambling bands before Super Bowl 1.
-- The national anthem has been performed by a diverse collection of musicians. Charlie Pride performed it before Super Bowl 8. Cheryl Ladd before Super Bowl 14. Others have included Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Wynton Marsalis, Neil Diamond, Herb Alpert and Billy Joel. Whitney Houston's rendition in Super Bowl 25 remains perhaps its most famous performance.
-- The coin toss was conducted by the game officials for the first 11 Super Bowls, with the NFL selecting Red Grange as an honorary coin tosser in Super Bowl 12. Since then, the coin has been tossed by such dignitaries as George Halas, Art Rooney, Bronko Nagurski, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, Gayle Sayers, Joe Montana, Mike Ditka, Tom Brady, Ronnie Lott, David Petraeus and Deion Sanderes.
-- Bart Starr has won the Super Bowl, tossed the coin and presented the Lombardi trophy.
-- Commercial break. According to Forbes, the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial broke $4 million this year.
-- For nine straight Super Bowls, from Roger Staubach in Super Bowl 6 to Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl 14, the winning quarterback wore No. 12. (Staubach, Griese, Bradshaw, Stabler.) The No. 8 had a four-year run with Troy Aikman and Steve Young.
-- Quarterbacks have been the Super Bowl MVP 24 times. The next highest number is for running backs, with 7, followed by wide receiver (6), defensive end (2), linebacker (2), safety (2), cornerback (1), defensive tackle (1) and return man (1). A defensive end and defensive tackle shared the Super Bowl 12 MVP award.
-- Only 14 players have won league MVP and Super Bowl (or NFL championship game) MVP in the same season: Norm Van Brocklin, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Bart Starr, Earl Morrall, Terry Bradshaw, Mark Moseley, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, Emmit Smith, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner.
-- Six quarterbacks are unbeaten in multiple Super Bowls: Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman, Eli Manning, Jim Punkett and Bart Starr.
-- Three quarterbacks are winless in multiple Super Bowls: Craig Morton, Fran Tarkenton and Jim Kelly.
-- Eight coaches are unbeaten in multiple Super Bowls: Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, Tom Coughlin, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Vince Lombardi, George Seifert and Mike Shanahan.
-- Three coaches are unbeaten in multiple Super Bowls (all 0-4): Bud Grant, Marv Levy and Dan Reeves.
-- The oldest individual Super Bowl game record is Tom Matte's 10.5-yards per carry from Super Bowl 3. After that, it's Terry Bradshaw's 14.71 yards per completion in Super Bowl 14 and John Stallworth's 40.33 yards per catch in the same game.
-- The highest career Super Bowl passer rating belongs to Joe Montana, at 127.8. Jim Plunkett (122.8) and Terry Bradshaw (112.8) follow.
-- All-time leading rusher in Super Bowl games: Franco Harris, 354 yards. Passing yards leader: Tom Brady, 1,277 yards. Receptions leader: Jerry Rice with 33 (also leads with 8 TD catches). Sacks leader: Charles Haley with 4.5. Interceptions: Larry Brown with 3.
-- Imports: Hines Ward (born in South Korea) and Mark Rypien (Canada) are the only Super Bowl MVPs born outside the U.S.
-- From USA Today: The average number of attendees for a Super Bowl party: 17. Percentage of Super Bowl partygoers who eat pizza: 68. Tons of popcorn eaten: 4,000. Tons of chips consumed: 14,000. TV sets sold the week before Super Bowl 39: 1.5 million.
-- According to AP, 80 percent of Super Bowl ticket holders are in executive, management, professional or sales positions. 35 percent attended on corporate expense accounts. 27 percent own their own companies. 25 percent are corporate officers. 22 percent are on boards of directors.
-- Long-distance telephone calls decrease 50 percent during a Super Bowl telecast but rise during halftime.
-- Dallas water department officials reported water pressure in the city dipped by five pounds during television commercials carried on the Super Bowl 6 telecast of the Cowboys and Dolphins.
-- Super Bowl weekend is the slowest weekend for weddings in the U.S. (USA Today).
-- The flushing of toilets at halftime of the Super Bowl uses an estimated 350 million gallons of water in the U.S., as much water as flows over Niagara Falls in seven minutes, according to halftimeflush.com.
-- From the Detroit Free Press: Wilson started making NFL balls in 1941. Its factory in Ada, Ohio (population of 5,400), is the only one in the world dedicated to footballs, turning out more than 700,000 a year. Just 72 of those 700,000 are Super Bowl balls. Each weighs 14-15 ounces and has 13 pounds of pressure, one lace, 16 lace holes, and four cowhide panels. The Super Bowl logo, team names, location of the game and game date are embossed on the balls.
Saturday, August 30 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:51:46 GMT
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