Tips for the Super Bowl-challenged
How to get through Super Bowl XLVII as if you know what’s going on.
Well, dip a nacho and relax. We’ve got you covered.
• First you should know that Super Bowl XLVII (that’s 47, for those not born in ancient Rome) is a cross-continental contest between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers will be in red jerseys, the Ravens in white. The game will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans, site of much post-Katrina misery back in 2005.
• The head coaches for the opposing teams are brothers. Jim Harbaugh coaches San Francisco and John Harbaugh coaches Baltimore — lending the nicknames “Har Bowl” and “Super Bough” to the big game. Dinner at the family’s table next weekend may not be much fun, as an unprecedented sibling rivalry will find one brother at the pinnacle of his career and the other wallowing in defeat.
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• Neither team has ever lost in a Super Bowl. The Ravens will have their second ring if they win, or the 49ers will have their sixth — tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins ever.
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• Though the teams are well matched, their quarterbacking approaches are polar opposites. Ravens QB Joe Flacco is a traditional drop-back passer; that is, the ball is snapped to him, and he throws it. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, a relative rookie, is among a new generation of QB’s who can both throw and run with exceptional skill.
• Expect some chatter about deer antler spray, a performance enhancer banned by the NFL. If you spot a linebacker frozen in place and staring blankly at an oncoming player as if caught in headlights, feel free the level the charge.
• You might also want to be up to speed on the controversy around comments made by 49er cornerback Chris Culliver to comedian Artie Lange, for which the 24-year-old Culliver has been accused of sounding anti-gay (he has since apologized). In the unlikely event that gay rights become a topic of conversation at your football party, also note that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has made headlines for his vocal support of marriage equality.
• The one French accent that is allowed in this game is the é on the end of Beyoncé. She’ll perform at halftime. To get a jump on other party-goers, prepare a lip-synching joke ahead of time. But do not confuse Beyoncé with Alicia Keys, who will perform the national anthem — this error would make you appear not only vaguely racist, but vaguely dumb. If you don’t know football or pop culture, what are you doing with your spare time?
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