An average of 97.5 million viewers tuned in last year to watch the Super Bowl — the result of which shall not be mentioned here — making it the most watched NFL championship game in history. This year’s Super Bowl, which will be broadcast in 232 countries, should not disappoint.
If you tune in to the game for the musical acts, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the halftime show. No wardrobe malfunctions there (hopefully). Jennifer Hudson, making her first public appearance since the murders of her mother, brother, and nephew, will sing the National Anthem prior to the game.
For those of you who enjoy the commercials, advertisers spent an average of $3 million for 30 seconds of air time, so the ads ought to be good. After all, it’s the one time people don’t fast forward through the commercials.
For those of us who actually watch the football game: there are two reasons I think the Pittsburgh Steelers will defeat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. First, the Steelers will wear their white road uniforms. Pittsburgh’s record in Super Bowls when wearing white? 2-0, defeating the Seahawks in 2006 and the Vikings in 1975. Second, the Steelers’ defense has been dominant this season, ranking 2nd in yards allowed per game (behind the Titans) at 244.
One reason the Cardinals could win: Faith Hill will sing “America the Beautiful” during the pregame festivities. The last time the Grammy-winner performed at a Super Bowl was in 2000, when she sang the National Anthem before the Titans played the Rams.
As for the outcome of the game? Mike Jones tackled Kevin Dyson one yard away from the end zone as time expired and secured a 23-16 win for the Rams; Kurt Warner was named Super Bowl MVP. Now, nine years later, Warner has a chance to make history as the only starting quarterback to lead two different teams to victory in the Super Bowl.
Will the Cardinals win in their first Super Bowl appearance or will the Steelers secure their record-setting sixth NFL championship? I found two reasons for the Steelers and only one for the Cardinals, so I have to go with Pittsburgh.
Prediction: “Tough to say …”