2009 Super Bowl Preview
We are on the eve of the worlds most viewed sporting event, The Super Bowl. On average, 130 million people tune in every year to watch the Super Bowl and this year will be no different. Although the game is centered on football many of these people are joining in for different reasons, such as over indulging on chili and guac, the always famous commercials ( $3 million/30 sec to run an ad during the game) or the half time show which happens to be Bruce Springsteen this year.
The Arizona Cardinals are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow afternoon in Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium at 6:30 pm ET.
Arizona may be an older team than Pittsburgh but certainly do not have the same playoff experience. Arizona's only NFL title came in 1947 when they were based in Chicago and the Super Bowl didn't even exist. Over the next 62 years they managed to muster one playoff win against the Cowboys in 1998. This season they have a record of 9-3 and 3-0 in the playoffs. On the other hand Pittsburgh has had an overall successful season winning 12 games to capture their 5th divisional title in 8 years.
The Steelers " Steel Curtain" defense led by Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison allowed the fewest total yards, passing yards and points in the NFL as well as the second fewest running yards. Couple that with Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Hines Ward and you have your favorite to win for Super Bowl 43.
The Cardinals offense minded game allowed them to win their first 7 of 10 games this season and wrapped up their division in the first week of December. Arizona's quarterback Kurt Warner and his dread locked side kick Larry Fitzgerald upset Atlanta, Carolina and Phili to lead the team into their first franchise Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Fun Facts:
1) 8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday
2) 14,500 tons of chips assist #1
3) 5% of Americans watch the game alone
4) Budweiser has been the exclusive advertiser of Super Bowl for 13 years
5) Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because it spans over two calender years. ( So does hockey though)
6) There are more alcohol related car accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day besides St. Patrick's Day. Don't Drink and Drive
7) 35% of people who attend the game write it off as a corporate expense
8) Fans spend more than $50 million on food prior to kick off
9) This is the ninth time the Super Bowl has been held in South Florida