Super Sunday

POLK COUNTY -- Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers has enough storylines to fill a lengthy novel.



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Super Bowl XLVII

POLK COUNTY -- Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers has enough storylines to fill a lengthy novel.

The game will feature the ultimate in sibling rivalry as brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, the head coaches of the 49ers and Ravens, respectively, pace opposite sidelines.

Then, there's the matchup between two of the game's rising-star quarterbacks, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Baltimore's Joe Flacco, who are making names for themselves in a league packed with standout signal callers.

If a poignant goodbye appeals to you, veteran Ravens' linebacker Ray Lewis will retire Sunday after playing his last game on football's biggest stage.

If there isn't enough intrigue on the field, there's the always entertaining commercials, and, of course, the food.

Super Bowl Sunday ranks second only to Thanksgiving in food consumption, which means local restaurants, bars and grocery stores were gearing up early to fuel all those viewing gatherings.

One of the most popular Super Bowl accompaniments is pizza and no one knows that better than Kevin Parnell of Ugo's Pizza in Dallas.

Baltimore Ravens (AFC)

Super Bowl Sunday has always been a big day for deliveries and take out orders, but the pizzeria may be even busier this year after recently installing a big screen TV.

He said the popularity of the teams dictate how busy Ugo's gets, so he's hoping for plenty of local interest.

"With San Francisco playing, maybe Duck fans might follow it a little more with (former Duck) LaMichael James playing," Parnell said.

For those still wanting to stick to their New Year's resolutions, the Dallas Health & Vitality Center offers plenty of snacks that won't derail your diet.

Owner Laurie Vail said after attending many a Super Bowl party, she thought there needed to be alternatives to the standard game day fare.

She said the health food store has plenty of gluten-free, organic and all-natural varieties of chips, cookies and crackers, cheeses, dips and sodas for Super Bowl parties.

"We have quite a bit that they could use," Vail said. "They could do a veggie tray with hummus dip, raw nuts ... light snacks like that."

For those who would rather go out to watch the game, there are plenty of Super Bowl-themed get-togethers at local bars.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest party of the year at Washington St. Steakhouse & Pub in Dallas, only behind its annual anniversary celebration. The pub starts planning for the event about a month in advance, and keeping with tradition, will again host an appetizer buffet during the game.

San Francisco 49ers (NFC)

"It's a pretty packed house," said Lauren Hoefler, Washington St.'s marketing director. "It's fun. It's like a big tailgate."

SUPER BOWL XVVII

Teams:

San Francisco 49ers (NFC) (13-4-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (AFC) (13-6-0).

Site:

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans.

When:

Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

TV:

CBS.

Radio:

KXTG-AM 750.

On the web:

www.nfl.com; www.CBSSports.com.

Betting line:

San Francisco favored by 3« points.

SUPER BOWL FUN FACTS

The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because the NFL's season runs over two calendar years. This year's game is Super Bowl XLVII.

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Of the top 10 most watched American television programs of all time, nine of them are Super Bowls.

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The toilet is flushed more times during halftime of the Super Bowl than at any other time of the year.

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The Super Bowl is expected to be broadcast in 232 countries with 32 different languages being used for color commentary of the game.

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The first celebrity to perform at halftime during the Super Bowl was Carol Channing in 1970 -- she sang a tribute to the city of New Orleans. This year's halftime performer? Beyonc‚.

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No matter how much we eat, it's going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States, just behind Thanksgiving.

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Don't worry if you feel a little sick after your gluttonous partying. Antacids sales are expected to increase 20 percent on the day after the Super Bowl. At least you can commiserate with others.

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On the Monday following the Super Bowl, on average, 6 percent of the workforce calls in sick. While it is often assumed that people are just faking, in reality, quite a few people are actually sick. Overdoing it with the food, drinks -- or both -- often causes people to wake up feeling sick.

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According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are more alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any day of the year aside from St. Patrick's Day. It even tops New Year's Eve/New Year's Day.

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The NFL has a policy against holding Super Bowl games in stadiums that have a climate of less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, unless it is an enclosed stadium.

SUPER BOWL TRIVIA

Q:

Which team won the first Super Bowl?

A:

Green Bay Packers.

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Q:

What current NFL teams have never played in a Super Bowl?

A:

Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.

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Q:

Which team has played in four Super Bowls but has never led at any point during the game?

A:

Minnesota Vikings.

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Q:

Which team has won the most Super Bowls?

A:

Pittsburg Steelers, six.

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Q:

Which city/cities have hosted the most Super Bowls?

A:

Miami and New Orleans, 10 each.

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Q:

Which player has won the Super Bowl MVP three times?

A:

Joe Montana.

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Q:

Three people have won a Super Bowl both as a player and a coach. Who are they?

A:

Mike Ditka, Tom Flores and Tony Dungy.

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Q:

Which team holds the record for most points scored in a Super Bowl game?

A:

San Francisco 49ers, 55 in Super Bowl XXIV.

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Q:

Which team holds the record for fewest points scored in a Super Bowl game?

A:

Miami Dolphins, 3 in Super Bowl VI.

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Sources: NFL.com; FoxSports.com; CBSSports.com; kidsworld.com; funtrivia.com.



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