Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday: Very Little Game Action, Extreme Over-Eating

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

America's unofficial holiday of Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. And while FOX television's pre-game show is a whopping four-and-a-half hours long, the game broadcast itself is another three-and-a-half hours.

Despite the hours of coverage, there is actually very little action during an average game. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2010 that the length of time that a football was in play is a mere 11-12 minutes. the rest of the 60-minute game clock is eaten up by replays and a lot of standing around.

Which, of course, means a lot more time for snacking for the television audience.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day of the year—behind only Thanksgiving.

The USDA estimates that on an average Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will consume:

-80 million avocados

-325 million gallons of beer

-1.23 billion chicken wings

-11 million pounds of chips

-3.8 million pounds of popcorn

And Dominos says it expects to deliver 11 million slices of pizza today. Lining those slice end-to-end would be the length of 21,388 football fields.

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