McCollum's Column: Some weird stuff about Super Bowl and super eating

The big question:


Do people approach the Super Bowl for the game, the commercials or the food?

The best answer is “it depends.”

According to a recent survey, 56 percent of people watch TV on Super Sunday for the commercials and not the game.

Also, Super Sunday is the second greatest day (to Thanksgiving) for eating in the United States.

If that doesn’t whet your appetite, it’s because it is already whetted. The average fan will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat today.

Setting the bar is Molly Schuyler, who is the latest champion of Wing Bowl 22. In the competition (Disclaimer here: you may get sick from reading this), she set a record by consuming 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes, shattering the old record of 337 by noted professional eater Takeru Koboyashi. By the way, she’s 125 pounds. Wonder what she weighed before she ate the wings?

Today, football fans are expected to consume 1.23 billion chicken wings and 51.7 million cases of beer.

With those foodie appetizers, here are some notable citations about the Super Bowl.

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD: On Super Sunday, football fans eat an average of 14 billion burgers, 48 million takeout orders and the consumption of pizza doubles.

Also, fans are expected to put away 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and four million pretzels.

HOME SWEET HOME: Nine out of 10 viewers surveyed by, said they would rather watch the game at home.

PRIORITIES: Also according to, 23 percent said they would rather attend the Super Bowl than take a vacation, 21 percent said they would skip an important work task to attend the game, 20 percent would skip the wedding of a close (or formerly close) friends, 19 percent would skip the funeral of a loved one and 15 percent would skip the birth of a child.

WINDOWS INTO OWNERSHIP: The Seattle Seahawks are owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

GOING FOR A DOUBLE: Denver general manager John Elway has earned a Super Bowl ring as a player; now, he’s going for one as a member of management.

SMART ‘VILLAIN’: Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had a 3.9 GPA at Stanford.

BOTTOM LINE: Players on the winning team will receive $92,000. It’s $46,00 for the losers.

MOST OVERUSED, MEANINGLESS TERM THAT IS FODDER FOR COMEDIANS: The “Weed Bowl” since each team represents each of the states (Colorado and Washington) where recreational marijuana is legal.

WEIRDEST PROP BETS: Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first during postgame interviews? Going into the game teammate were slightly ahead of God. Or what color gloves will opera singer Renee Fleming wear when she sings the National Anthem?

THE WINNER: Eighteen of the last 21 Super Bowls have been won by teams representing the city with the lowest unemployment rate. This is a classic matchup because both Denver and Seattle have some of the lowest in the country, But the edge goes to Seattle, which has 6 percent compare to 7.2 percent for Denver.

So, when all is said and done, it may come down to the “economy, stupid.”

(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)