What is the Super Bowl?
|Buffalo Bills Game|
Credit: Nikhil Punnakkali
When is the Super Bowl?
The game is played annually on a Sunday as the final game of the NFL Playoffs. The game is currently played on the first Sunday in February.
Why is it called Super Bowl Sunday?
Because the Super Bowl is always played on a Sunday.
What teams usually play in the Super Bowl?
The champions of the National and the American Football Conferences (AFC & NFC)
Are there Super Bowl celebrations?
On Super Bowl Sunday, millions of people gather to watch the Super Bowl. Some such gatherings are known for the large amount of food that is consumed by attendees.
|Fellow Keralites "Couchgating"|
Credit: Jophis Eilas
I have heard of tailgating. Is this related to football? Is it done on the Super Bowl, too?
Yes. Tailgating is a strong tradition among American football fans, both college and professional.
What is tailgating, exactly?
The term tailgating derives from the tailgate of a pickup truck. People used to park at games, put down the tailgate on their truck and use it as a table for food and drinks that would be consumed before entering the stadium for the game. Now, tailgating is more sophisticated as people will drive motor homes, with BBQ grills, lawn chairs and other equipment in tow.
|Bills vs. Vikings Ticket|
Credit: Jophis Eilas
What kind of foods do people eat or drink at a football game?
Common foods are hamburgers and hot dogs, while soda and beer are the most popular drink selections.
How is football played? What are the rules?
See this post for video tutorials.
Is it expensive to go to a football game or the Super Bowl?
Because there are only eight home games and the demand is so high, ticket prices for football tend to be rather high. For the Super Bowl, since it is such a major corporate event, the prices are often too high for the regular fan. See more here about associated costs for attending Super Bowl 50.
How can I make small talk about football or the Super Bowl with my US colleagues?
Good questions to ask would be:
- What team do you root for?
- (If you don’t follow a team) I am thinking of following the NFL. What team do you recommend I begin rooting for and why?
At the football stadium
- Who is your favorite player on each team?
- Where are you watching/where did you watch the Super Bowl?
- How many times has your team won the Super Bowl? When was the last time?
- How long have you rooted for your team?
Are there any idioms or phrases people used related to football?
- Blitz: a term used to emphasize sending many defensive players to tackle the quarterback before he can pass the ball
- Interference: a term for when a defensive player hits a receiver before the ball has been received by the quarterback
- Downhill runner: When a running back runs quickly through blocking lanes and doesn’t hesitate
- Halftime show: the entertainment program that happens between the second and third quarters
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