We're heading into the homestretch of the National Football League playoffs, and getting close to Super Bowl Sunday on February 5.
Whether or not your favourite team ends up playing in the big game this year - or whether you even have a favourite team - the Super Bowl is always a great reason to get together with friends and enjoy some good food and drink, all while taking in the biggest sporting spectacle of the year.
If you're going to host your own Super Bowl party on February 5, we've found a few websites with great tips on making your bash a success.
A Super Bowl Party checklist from realsimple.com:
Tips from the good people at The Food Network:
Finally, some ideas if you're looking to hold friendly wagers with your guests – for entertainment purposes only, of course:
During halftime, you can amaze and astound your guests with these Super Bowl facts.
- It's estimated that on Super Bowl Sunday, North Americans will drink an estimated 325 million gallons of beer. Yes, gallons. We will also eat about 1.25 billion (with a 'b') chicken wings.
- The team with the most Super Bowl victories? The Pittsburgh Steelers, with six. The team with the most losses? The Denver Broncos, with five. However, the Broncos have also won three times, so don't shed too many tears for their fans.
- In 1967 (the year Super Bowl 1 was played), the cost to place a 30-second commercial during the game was $42,000. During Super Bowl 50 last year, a 30-second ad cost $5 million. That's $166,666 PER SECOND.
- The winner of the game receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach who guided his Green Bay Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls. The trophy, made by Tiffany & Co., is built from scratch out of sterling silver. With an estimated value over $50,000, it takes four months and 72 man-hours to complete.
If you're planning on watching the game, I hope it’s as entertaining as our Grey Cup seems to be each year. Sit back and enjoy, and just be glad it's not you getting tackled by eleven 300-pound men every time you touch the ball!