Within a few days, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will play the Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey- if the weather permits. It is the first time that a Super Bowl is played in an open stadium in the north of the United States.

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Typically, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched events in the world (In the United States, 9 out of 10 most watched programs in history are Super Bowls – the other was the series finale of the M * A * S * H) Many people gather to make Super Bowl parties, which include large amounts of fried foods, snacks and guacamole, alcohol in bulks, and people yelling at the television. Many of the people yelling at the television are accompanied by people for whom the Super Bowl does not mean anything; they are not fans of the sport. Whatever your position is or the role you’ll perform this Sunday, here are 10 interesting things that can help you participate in the festivities.

 1. Roman Numerals

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The number that identifies each Super Bowl is represented in Roman numerals to indicate the number of the game, rather than the year in which it is played. This is because the NFL season is played during two years of different calendars, unlike what happens in other sports. The first Super Bowl was played in January 1967, at the end of the 1966 season.

2. A Little History

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Over the 47 Super Bowls played so far , the team  that has been the most successful has been the Pittsburgh Steelers , with six , followed by the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with five. The Steelers and the Cowboys also have been the teams with the most Super Bowls played, with eight each.

The Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos have been the teams with the highest number of defeats in Super Bowls with four each. In the case of Buffalo, were consecutive between 1990 and 1993, leading many to think that “Bills” was short for “Boy, I Love Losing Super Bowls.”

The Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks played in Super Bowls but have never won.

Finally , the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns have never been to the Super Bowl – and unless something cataclysmic happens in the NFL , is uncertain when are they going to make  it.

 3. Scores

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Throughout the history of the Super Bowl the games have been a very close match and others where one team outmatches the other. While there have been very tight games with the scores, they have never had to go to extra time in a Super Bowl.The match with the lesser score difference took place in the Super Bowl XXV, where the New York Giants beat by a point of difference to the Buffalo Bills, 20-19.Buffalo could have won the game, but Scott Norwood missed the field goal attempt that would have given the win to the 8 last seconds left in the game.The game with the biggest points difference occurred in the previous Super Bowl, when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10, for a difference of 45 points. That’s the most points a team has scored in a Super Bowl.There hasn’t been one team that has had a score of zero in the history of Super Bowls. While many teams have finished a game with a single score, only the Miami Dolphins have gone with 3 points, losing 24-3 against the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl VI.

4. Stadiums

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The venue of the Super Bowl is always predetermined, and so far has never been at the home of any of the participating teams. This year will be played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is home to the Giants and New York Jets. The Super Bowl has been performed 10 times in the cities of Miami and New Orleans, although in different stadiums. The stadium where more Super Bowls have been played is in the Superdome in New Orleans, with 7, the latter being the last year. After Super Bowl XLVIII, the following will be held in Glendale, Arizona, Santa Clara, California, and Houston, Texas.

 5.Denver & Seattle

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The cities of Denver and Seattle, whose teams will play in the Super Bowl, share some similarities. They have a similar population (Seattle: 634.535 inhabitants Denver: 634.235 inhabitants). The highest mountain in Colorado (Mt. Elbert: 4,399 KM) is slightly higher than the one in the state of Washington (Mt. Rainer: 4,392 KM). The states of Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize marijuana, so it has been called the Super Bowl XLVIII the “Weed Bowl”.

The producers of “Frasier” series wanted to base the series in Denver, but ended up in Seattle. Singer Judy Collins was born in Seattle but grew up in Denver.

The Denver station KQMT blocked from their transmission music from Seattle artists, including Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

6. The Mascots

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For the third time in the history of Super Bowls, two animal mascots will face each other. In 1999 the Denver Broncos played against the Atlanta Falcons, and in 2007 played the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. The official mascot for Seattle is Blitz, and the mascot for Denver is Miles. Blitz uses the uniform with the number “0” and Miles uses the “00”.

 7. Although…..

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Even though the Seattle and Denver teams are represented by animals; technically they are not animal names. There isn’t a “Seahawk” as such. The bird on which they based their mascot’s name is an “osprey”, but somehow Seahawks sounds better than Seattle Ospreys.

At the same time a “Bronco” is not a particular race or animal… it’s just a horse that has not been tamed.

 8. The ads on the Super Bowl

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If you have a small business and want to promote it during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII, prepare your checkbook, as for “only” $ 4,000,000 (Dollars not Pesos) you can have your own 30-second commercial. That equals $ 133,333.33 for each second. In contrast, the cost of an ad for the same period was only $ 42,000. Back then, the entrance cost to the stadium was only $ 6, $ 8 or $ 12, depending on the area. Now in 2014, prices vary between $ 500 and $ 2,600 at the box office.

9.  Half-Time Show

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It was originally decided that Bruno Mars would be in charge of the halftime show. After not receiving the expected answer in January they also decide to include the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the past they have participated artists like Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Madonna, LMFAO, U2 with a tribute to 9/11, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and others.

10. Who will win?

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For the upcoming game the bookies favorite Denver, but not by much. Denver had the best offense all season, while Seattle had the best defense. Denver has QB Peyton Manning, who already has experience in Super Bowls. Manning did not play all of last season because of an injury, and his return was doubtful. He returned with big plans. He underwent spinal fusion surgery with a new method (you will centrifuged blood and inject it into the affected area or something similar) if his team wins, he will be the only QB to win Super Bowls with two different teams (Previous win, Indianapolis Colts).  This week he stated that even if he wins the Super Bowl, he has no plans to retire. Seattle has Russell Wilson, who is playing just his second year in the NFL and already made ​​it to the Super Bowl. Manning’s experience against young Wilson and the Denver’s offense against Seattle’s defense are some of the questions. One of the biggest question is who will stop Marshawn Lynch, and whether that will be the difference.

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