America’s biggest spectacle, the Super Bowl, is back tomorrow for the 49th time, and we’ve got the lowdown on what you need to know to understand what’s going on. If you’re an international student who’s spending your first year in the U.S., then you might be wondering what the fuss over this sporting event is all about. We have three words for you: food, halftime show and commercials! (OK, that's four, but whatever.) And, yes, there's the game itself. You may or may not know that this is American football, not soccer. It's kind of like rugby, but you can throw the ball forward. Tomorrow’s champions get to hoist one of the most famous trophies in professional sports, the Lombardi Trophy.
The Super Bowl, to be held this year in Arizona, is an important element of U.S. culture. It’s the most-watched event on American television every year, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been invited to watch the game at a viewing party. Know the teams – tomorrow’s game is a matchup of the National Football Conference’s Seattle Seahawks and American Football Conference’s New England Patriots. At some point in the long history of the Super Bowl, the annual ritual transcended football and became a pop culture bonanza with tons of hoopla. The halftime show, performed this year by Katy Perry, is a big part of the appeal, especially for non-sports fans. And let’s not forget about the food. By the end of the game, fans will have eaten 1.25 billion chicken wings and 4,000 tons of popcorn. Yes, this is also the Super Bowl of binge eating!
You might want to brush up on (American) football's rules and regulations, but don't worry too much about that; football is needlessly confusing. Just enjoy yourself!
If you get a chance to spend Sunday evening partaking in American tradition by watching the Big Game, then have fun and share your pictures with us on our Facebook page.