Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just about the game—it’s about the food! And this year, one party favorite will stand above the rest. Can you guess what it is?
According to the National Chicken Council’s 2016 Wing report, football fans will nosh on upwards of one billion chicken wings over Super Bowl weekend—1.3 billion, to be exact. That’s four wings for every person in America, and enough to place more than 600 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums!
Put another way: If you laid 1.3 billion wings end-to-end, they would cover the distance between the Panthers stadium in Charlotte, N.C., and the Broncos stadium in Denver, Colo.—53 times!
Put yet another way: Weighing in at about 162.5 million pounds, 1.3 billion wings weigh 6,325 times more than the combined weights of the Panthers and Broncos entire 52-man rosters.
“Any way you measure it, that’s a lot of freaking wings,” says Tom Super, senior vice president of communications at the National Chicken Council.
Still, wings are much more than a Super Bowl snack. In fact, chicken wing sales have determined four of the last five Super Bowl outcomes. If the same holds true for Super Bowl 50, the Panthers will roll over the Broncos—wings are sold in Charlotte at a nearly 3 to 1 pace over Denver.
“It would be nice to see Peyton Manning go out with a victory lap like Elway, but the numbers don’t lie,’ Super says. ‘If history holds true, hopefully wing sales will prove to be a better ‘scientific method’ of predicting the winner. Follow the chicken.’
Now forget the scientific chicken wing fact! My faith is in the Denver defense and the experience of Payton Manning. My prediction is Broncos defeating the Panthers 31 – 27.
Source: National Chicken Council