A Bluffer's Guide To Appearing Knowledgable About Superbowl 50

How to look like you know what you're talking about this Sunday

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Worried that you won't know what you're talking about when the biggest event in American sports rolls around this Sunday? Panic not, we've compiled a sly cheat sheet with all the facts, stats and talking points to get you through Super Bowl 50.

The Stadium

This year's Super Bowl will take place in California for the first time since 1985, with the 75,000 capacity Levi's Field (yes, after the jeans), home of the San Francisco 49ers, the chosen venue. Kick-off is 11.30pm GMT, Sunday 7 February, so brace yourself for bleary eyes at work the next morning.

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What To Say:

"Just an FYI, Levi's Field is known as 'The Big Bellbottom' to locals. You know, like the jeans?"

 

The Carolina Panthers

In the white and teal corner, we have the deserved bookies favourites in the form of the Carolina Panthers, the undisputed best team in the league, with only one loss to their name all year.

Their style pairs infectious arrogance (call it self-belief) with grit and guts. Younger and hungrier than nearly all their rivals, keep a look out for the bone-crunching presence of star defensive player, Luke Kuechly, and of course the team's talisman Cam Newton (more on him later).

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What To Say:

"Did you know the guy from the Blindside plays for the Panthers? His name's Michael Oher, but his friends call him Big Mike."

 

The Denver Broncos

In the orange and navy corner, we have the veteran-led Denver Broncos, written off and ridiculed in certain circles for their pedestrian offensive play, they are neverthless a fearsome defensive prospect (only four losses), led by the ferocious linebacker pairing of Elvis Dumervil and Demarcus Ware, who hound quarterbacks like hyenas. 

What the Broncos lack in flair and aura they make up for in experience and history, having been to the Super Bowl seven times, including back-to-back wins in 1998 and 1999.

What To Say

"Denver's Mile High Stadium is actually 5,280ft above sea level, the liars."
 

The Quarterbacks: Cam Newton

One of the most intriguing narratives from this year's Super Bowl story is the quarterback battle that sees a wily vet face off against America's media darling.

Carolina's golden boy is the ever-beaming Cam Newton. A swaggering, charismatic maverick who runs like a sprinter and is built like a heavyweight boxer - 6 foot 5 and 17.5 stone to be exact. A prodigal talent coming up through the college ranks, there were nevertheless reservations over how well he could adapt to the NFL, reservations that have been made to look ridiculuous after the season he's just had. One in which he threw for 35 touchdowns and ran for 10, just for good measure. 

What To Say

"Cam Newton was the first player chosen in the 2011 player draft, which I watched all the way through, obviously."

 

Peyton Manning

The man and arm looking to squash the dreams of America's favourite new superstar is the veteran presence of Peyton Manning, another former golden boy, but now entering the twilight of his career, the 39-year-old will be hoping to have one more stab at the biggest prize of all.

While his form this season has been somewhat derailed by injuries and patches of poor form, the one time Super Bowl champ is still one of the calmest and most cunning operators around...He just doesn't fit the fairtyale.

What To Say

"No one has thrown an American football for as many yards as Manning - 71,940, if you were wondering..."

 

The Half Time Show

The Super Bowl half time show has become a calendar event in itself, with everyone from Michael Jackson to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers treading temporary stages to croon maniacally to a half-interested crowd.

This year's show comes courtesy of the crown princes of beige, Coldplay, as well as a showing from Beyoncé.

What To Say

"Beyoncé is all well and good, but the left shark's dance in Katy Perry's 2015 performance was truly the most haunting expression of artistry to ever grace a stage."

 

The Adverts

Only in America could adverts take such prominence in a sporting event, with each passing Super Bowl unveiling higher-budget and more viral-friendly offerings from brands who spend up to $4.5 milliion for a 30 second slot. 

Company's have even taken to releasing their half minute masterpieces before the day itself, like T-Mobile's corporate riff on Drake's Hotline Bling sensation

What To Say

"I miss the halcyon days of 2011, nothing has ever come close to that Volkswagen ad."

 

10 Quick-fire Facts to Subtly Drop Throughout The Game

 

The only time Cam Newton and Peyton Manning have faced each other was in 2012. Manning's Broncos won 36–14.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most succesful team in Super Bowl history. They've won it 6 times. 

The Buffallo Bills made it to the Super Bow four consecutive years in a row between 1990 and 1994. They lost every single one.

Super Bowls have typically been marked with Roman numerals ever since Super Bowl V in 1971. But this year, the NFL announced this was to be Super Bowl 50, instead of Super Bowl L. If you don't like change, don't panic; the Roman numerals will be back next year with Super Bowl LI

Peyton Manning at age 39, is 13 years, 48 days older than Cam Newton, who is 26 —the largest gap in Super Bowl history.

6 72 footballs are used for the Super Bowl

The most points scored in a Super Bowl were 55 by the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 against Denver. 

The fewest were Miami's three in 1972 against Dallas.

The largest ever crowd was Super Bowl XIV in 1979, with 103,985 packing into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

10 At face value, Super Bowl tickets typically go for between £550 and £1,300, but can easily go for £7,000 and more.