Daily Dirt: You might want to think about marrying your future wife on Super Bowl Sunday

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Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan needed 2 minutes and 17 seconds to sing the national anthem at last year's Super Bowl.

Daily Dirt for Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

Read each of those medal-winning comments closely. There is a lot of truth and wisdom in all three. Welcome to today’s troika of thoughts and Vol. 209 of The Daily Dirt.

1. Super Bowl Sunday is in two days. Here are three comments from through the years that illustrate what this particular game means to America:

  • Gold medal: “When you’re good at something, you tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” — Walter Payton, Chicago Bears running back
  • Silver medal: “The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.” — Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins.
  • Bronze medal: “The easiest way to remember your wife’s birthday is to marry her on Super Bowl Sunday.” — Matshona Dhliwayo, author.

2. These are 10 of the most popular and/or strangest prop bets for Sunday’s game:

  • 1. What color of liquid will be poured on the winning coach?
    Orange, green, none, yellow/green/lime, blue, red/pink or purple. Last year the winning color was blue, but orange has been the most frequently used color over the past 21 years.
  • 2. Who will the Super Bowl MVP refer to first in his speech?
    Teammates, God/religion, city, friends, coaches, team owner
  • 3. The first Anheuser Busch brand to show up in one of its commercials?
    Budweiser, Bud Light Next, Michelob Ultra, Cutwater Spirits, Bud Light Seltzer Hard Soda, Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer.
  • 4. What color will Snoop Dogg’s shoes be at the beginning of the halftime show?
    Blue, yellow/gold, black, white, gray/silver, orange, green, purple, red, pink
  • 5. Who will be shown first during the gamer?
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kim Kardashian
  • 6. Will a player leave the game not return due to concussion symptoms?
  • 7. Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes to sing the national anthem?
  • 8. Which company’s commercial will be the first to air following the coin toss?
    Bud Light and Budweiser are each 15-1 wagers.
  • 9. How many times will the chains be used for a measurement?
  • 10. How long will it take to sing the national anthem?
    Over her under 1 minute, 35 seconds. The last time a national anthem was under that length was way back 2012 when Kelly Clarkson finished in 94 seconds. Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church had a rendition last year that lasted 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Mickey Guyton is singing the anthem this year.

3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial was $37,500 in 1967. This year it is $6.5 million to $7 million. As far as tickets are concerned, the least expensive ticket on the NFL’s official ticket marketplace earlier this week was going for $4,500 and the highest at $55,000. Both of those prices, however, do not include various fees, which range from $1,000 to as much as $10,000, depending on the ticket’s initial cost.

Steve Fact O’ The Day
Steve will be watching the Super Bowl from home, thank you. In a recliner. With a Coke. Possibly a Mountain Dew. And chips. And probably pizza, too. 

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