16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE NFL
- During a regular NFL game, you are likely to watch the following:
- Footballs were never made out of pig skin
Pigskin refers to the crude soccer ball or "football" made from a pig bladder. NFL footballs come from cowhide. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the leather for a year’s supply of footballs for the NFL
- 11 minutes of actual playing
- 17 minutes of replays
- 3 seconds of 4 cheerleaders
- 67 minutes I of players just I standing there
- An NFL forfeit results in a 2-0 score
Why two-points? The two-point safety is the only score not accredited to any one player, so no player receives the statistic
- No TV broadcast tapes exist from Super Bowl I
The game was simulcast between NBC and CBS, but both networks taped over their film of the game (rumor has it that both films were used for soap operas)
- The smallest player in NFL history was the size of Carrie Underwood.
Jack “Soapy” Shapiro played Blocking Back for the Staten Island Stapletons in 1929 standing at 5T' and weighing in at 119 pounds
- The yellow line costs $20K per football broadcast. 16 games x 32 teams -r 2 teams per game = $5,120,000 (or the salary of 4.5 punters) worth of yellow line a year during the regular season.
- The Dallas Cowboys are the second most valuable sports franchise in the world with a reported value of $1.5 billion.
- Oakland originally named their team the Oakland Sehors
The Oakland Senors was the result of a Bay Area contest to name the new NFL team. After endless scrutiny from the media, the name only lasted a month and changed to the Raiders (which finished 3rd in voting)
- The Madden Curse
Since 2000, every player to appear on the cover of the Madden NFL video game has suffered a season altering gaff or injury (with the exception of Larry Fitzgerald)
- Ronnie Lott cut off his finger
After the 1985 season, Lott had his left pinky amputated after it was crushed during a tackle on running back Timmy Newsome
- On the November 23rd, 1970 edition of Monday Night Football, Howard Cosell was so drunk, he slurred his speech throughout the first half and vomited on Don Meredith’s boots at halftime.
- 80% of all Super Bowl tickets go to corporate sponsors
- Pizza delivery drivers are in more accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. '
9 million slices delivered - 44% more than a normal Sunday
- The Monday following the Super Bowl, antacid sales increase by 20 percent.
- An estimated 90 million people flush the toilet during the Super Bowl half time
If the average toilet uses two gallons of water per flush, that's 180 million gallons of water flowing at once - or 3 V2 minutes of flowing water on the Niagara Falls
- Mr. Irrelevant gets a week
The final pick in the draft, aka Mr. Irrelevant, and his family receive invitations to visit the annual "Irrelevant Week" in Newport Beach, CA. He also gets to keep this neat trophy: