The Super Bowl!

Do you think that there is anything more American than Thanksgiving or Halloween? Well yes, there actually may be. On February 5 one of the most important sporting events in the United States, the Super Bowl, was played. The Super Bowl is the championship game played by National Football League (NFL) teams. It’s the faceoff between the two conference champions, the National Conference (NFC) and the American Conference (AFC).

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television broadcasts in The United States every year. People gather to celebrate the Super Bowl event. So, aside from being considered one of the most important sporting events in the country, it is seen as one of the most important social events in the United States, too.  People get together to see the match, and, after Thanksgiving, it is the day of the year when the most food and drink is consumed.

The game, like all other sporting events, begins with the American National Anthem.

One the song has been sung, there is a coin toss to see which team receives first and which one goes on defense. Then they play!

This year the Patriots and the Falcons faced off.  It looked like the Falcons would win, but the Patriots came from behind, and in overtime they beat the Falcons 34-28. This makes 5 Super Bowl wins for the Pats’ quarterback, Tom Brady.

On the day of the big game, there is often more than just a ballgame. The hosts organize activities around the football field, which are intended for all audiences. Most are related to American football, like being able to autographs of famous players or physical tests. However, they also organize concerts near the stadium with popular groups. Both teams can bring their teams of cheerleaders and they usually perform a halftime, show, too.

Great musicians like Michael Jackson, Katy Perry or Beyoncé have performed during the halftime show, too. This year it was Lady Gaga’s turn.  Check her out here!

Apart from that, football fans spend money for the game whether they are at the stadium or hanging out at home.

One the one hand, for those fans who travelled to the NRG Stadium in Houston this year for the Super Bowl, the average list price for tickets as of the Wednesday before the game was $4,243 without taking into account the flight tickets from their homes to Houston. About 12.4 million people were expected to stay partying at home or  at a local bar, a restaurant or at a friend’s party to watch the Super Bowl. Americans were expected to spend about $14.1 billion in total on Super Bowl this year, for food, decorations and team apparel, with each person spending an average of $75.

Apart from that, companies spend a huge amount of money on commercials during the game. A 30-second spot for Super Bowl 50 last year cost $5 million.

We cannot forget the Lady Gaga show, a  spectacle that cost more than $100,000 just to insure. Crazy!

Vocabulary

  • Aside from:  in addition to
  • Coin toss (v): It is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives, sometimes to resolve a dispute between two parties.
  • Cheerleaders (n): a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal cheering, esp. at a pep rally or athletic event
  • To hype (v): to create interest in or publicize in a showy way

What do you make of all of the hype around the game?

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