Randy Smith: Little-Known Super Bowl Facts

Friday, February 1, 2013 - by Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith

Both football and television will celebrate their biggest days of the year on Sunday as the Ravens take on the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The CBS network and its affiliate stations will likely have a record day in terms of advertising revenue, and the sport itself will continue to benefit from unbelievable ratings and more than a billion viewers.

Everyone knows by now, that brothers will oppose each other as head coaches for the first time in Super Bowl history. John and Jim Harbaugh will square off Sunday at 6 p.m. as most Americans fill their plates, glasses and get a good seat in front of the television. But……did you know these little known Super Bowl facts?

They say that one out of every 12 people who watch the game are strictly watching for the commercials. With more than three million dollars spent on each 30-second commercial, its become more of a prestige thing to be in the Super Bowl. Big time actors and big time sponsors paying big time money.

Antacid sales increase by 20 percent on the Monday after the Super Bowl each year, with an unusually high, six percent of the work force calling in sick. Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving Day for food consumption in the United States, with an estimated 14,500 tons of potato chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn, and eight million pounds of guacamole being consumed each year.

Only three men have ever been involved with a Super Bowl winner as both a player and a coach. Mike Ditka, Tony Dungy and Tom Flores all did it.

The San Francisco 49ers have a chance to win their sixth Super Bowl Title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place all time. The Detroit Lions on the other hand, one of the oldest franchises in the NFL have never been. By the way, the city of Cleveland is the only NFL city to have never hosted a Super Bowl or ever played in one. The city of New Orleans is hosting a Super Bowl for a record tenth time.

In the 46 years since the very first AFL versus NFL Championship Game was played, (The game wasn’t called the Super Bowl until 1969) ticket prices have really gone up. Tickets to that first one between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers cost no more than six bucks. Tickets to this year’s event cost hundreds of dollars for the very cheapest ticket.

Each Super Bowl is represented by a roman numeral. The 2013 contest is called Super Bowl XLVII (47), however, only three times has a Super Bowl been played with just a single roman numeral in place; Super Bowls I, V, and X. (One, five and 10) The next time a Super Bowl will have a single numeral in front of it will be in 2016, Super Bowl L. (50)

The NFC has won more Super Bowls (25) than the AFC (21).

And, finally, for you people who don’t like football at all, find something else to do on Sunday. Go watch an Andy Griffith marathon, or go for a long walk, anything but be anywhere near me asking stupid questions and talking while I am trying to watch the game. You may think football is dull and even barbaric, but keep your comments to yourself. Or how about this: feel free to tweet or text all you want. You can even send emails, just let me enjoy this last football game until August. By the way, my prediction: Ravens 28 49ers 23.



Randy Smith has been covering sports in Tennessee for the last 43 years. After leaving WRCB-TV in 2009, he has continued his broadcasting career as a free-lance play-by-play announcer. He is also an author and is a media concepts teacher at Brainerd High School in Chattanooga. He is also the Head Softball Coach at Brainerd. Randy Smith's career has included a 17-year stint as scoreboard host and pre-game talk show host on the widely regarded "Vol Network". He has also done play by play of more than 500 college football, basketball, baseball and softball games on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports, CSS and Tennessee Pay Per View telecasts. He was selected as "Tennessee's Best Sports Talk Show Host" in 1998 by the Associated Press. He has won other major awards including, "Best Sports Story" in Tennessee and his "Friday Night Football" shows on WRCB-TV twice won "Best Sports Talk Show In Tennessee" awards. He has also been the host of "Inside Lee University Basketball" on CSS for the past 11 years. He was the first television broadcaster to ever be elected to the "Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame", in 2003. Randy and his wife, Shelia, reside in Hixson. They have two married children (Christi and Chris Perry; Davey and Alison Smith). They also have three grandchildren (Coleman, Boone, and DellaMae).

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