Super Bowl Facts and Interesting Tidbits 2018
There is nothing cooler than facts, and that's a fact. And the more obscure the better. Don't trust me? Ask any friend what they look for in a life partner, and you can be sure that a strong grasp of trivia is way up near the top of the list. So you should be very thankful that we are here. We have gathered a big collection of Super Bowl facts. Study this list and commit it to memory, and by the time the big game rolls around you will be ready to fill any gap in the conversation with a little tidbit that will melt the hearts and enthrall the minds of everyone around you:
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- The guy with the biggest rooting interest in this game is Bill Belichick's boat dealer. A year ago Belichick had a boat called Six Rings. It celebrated, of course, the four Super Bowl rings he had won as a head coach and the two as a coordinator with the Giants. After winning another ring last year Belichick was spotted on his new boat - VII Rings. If you are going to have an incredibly arrogant boat it can't be out of date, and it's bad luck to change the name of a boat you own, so he's potentially 60 minutes away from another pricy shopping trip. Belichick absolutely deserves to be as arrogant as he wants to be. This is his 18th season as head coach in New England, and he just won his 15th AFC East crown. He's making his eighth trip to this game and has played in the AFC Championship Game 12 times, including the last seven straight. The guy is the best coach we have ever seen, and you can't really argue that it's close.
- The oldest player in the game is, not surprisingly, Tom Brady, who, like the best of us, is in his 40s. New New England linebacker James Harrison is a year younger and has three fewer Super Bowl rings. Want a sense of just how much experience Brady has? The oldest player on the Eagles roster - though he isn't active - is 36-year-old OT Jason Peters. The nine-time Pro Bowler has been in the league since 2004 and with the Eagles since 2009. Peters has played in three career playoff games. Brady is playing in his eighth Super Bowl.
- On the other end of the spectrum, the youngest player is Philadelphia DE Derek Barnett, who only turned 21 at the end of June. He had five sacks as a rookie and will be a big part of this game.
- For the second year in a row the heaviest player in the game is New England defensive end, and human mountain, Alan Branch. The former Michigan behemoth tips the scales at 350 pounds, which is well ahead of Philly's heavyweight, fellow Big Ten defensive lineman Beau Allen of Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, the lightest guy in the game is a kicker - Philly's Jake Elliott weighs a relatively svelte 170 pounds. Dion Lewis is the shortest player in the game at 5'8", while the tallest is Nate Solder, the reliable 6'8" OT for the Patriots. Behind Solder is a big group of guys at 6'6", including both Philadelphia quarterbacks, New England's two most important tight ends, and Branch.
- Halftime entertainer Justin Timberlake is making his third appearance during the Super Bowl. The first came in 2001 when he was still with 'N Sync - and in the 17 years since no one has yet to figure out how 'N Sync ever got chosen for that honor. The second appearance came in 2004 and led to the birth of the phrase "wardrobe malfunction". Shockingly, and in what I am sure is a total coincidence, Timberlake will be releasing his latest album two days before the Super Bowl kicks off. Maybe he'll even mention that fact on stage.
- Leslie Odom Jr. will be singing 'America the Beautiful' before the game kicks off. Broadway fans will know that Odom is famous for originating the role of Aaron Burr in the megahit musical Hamilton. This is actual the second straight year that original cast members of everyone's favorite history lesson have kicked things off with 'America the Beautiful' - Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, who were the original Schuyler Sisters in the show, sang it last year.
- Gene Steratore is the head referee. He will be making his Super Bowl debut after previously being named alternate referee in 2010. Steratore is one of two NFL officials who also officiates NCAA basketball. The other, Bill Vinovich, refereed the Super Bowl in 2015. Steratore is generally a reliable official, but he gained some notoriety in December when he was the official who pulled out an index card to measure whether the Cowboys had managed a first down against the Raiders.
- This is the fourth time in the last five years that the top seeds in each conference have met in the Super Bowl. The lone exception was last year, when Atlanta was a second seed. This streak is the new normal, but it hasn't always been this way - before this streak the top seeds hadn't met in 20 years.
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