We’re just a few days away from the AFC Champion Denver Broncos taking on the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. There are plenty of things to talk about when discussing the big game, but we decided to cut it down to just six things that you need to know about this year’s Super Bowl.
1. Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars are all confirmed for the halftime show
Besides the game itself, the Super Bowl halftime show is the most highly anticipated event of Super Bowl week. This year’s version is primed to be one of the best so far. Coldplay is set to headline the halftime show, with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars also confirmed for the big event. Just like previous years though, there will most certainly be other big-time performers making surprise appearances. Some additional stars rumored to make an appearance include Jay-Z, Adele and Taylor Swift.
2. Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning is largest QB age gap is Super Bowl history
Thirteen years, 1 month and 18 days. That’s the age difference between 39 year old Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning and 26 year old Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton. A gap that breaks the record set by a then 37 year old Peyton Manning, the last time he made a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The game also represents two very different stories for the quarterbacks. Manning is most likely playing in his final NFL game, while Newton is on the cusp of being the face of the league. It will be interesting to watch how both storylines play out.
3. Prop bets are more fun than the game itself
Okay, so that may be an overstatement, but have you ever delved into the world of Super Bowl prop bets? They’re fantastic! A prop bet, or proposition bet, is simply a bet about an occurrence or non-occurrence that happens during a game. For example, after it was announced that Lady Gaga will be performing the National Anthem prior to the game, a betting line of 2 minutes and 20 seconds was set for the length it would take Ms. Gaga to complete the song. You can then wager on whether it will take more or less than that time (I’m taking the over).
That’s just one of many awesome prop bets to choose from. Bet on the color of Beyoncé’s footwear (I’m taking white at 11 to 4); or bet how the coin toss will end up (tails never fails for me); or maybe the color of the liquid poured on the winning coach (I got orange).
The prop bet lock of the week, however, is “How many times will the Golden Gate Bridge be shown?” with a line of just 0.5! Take the over and thank me later.
4. Prior to the game, all previous Super Bowl MVPs will be honored
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, the NFL has invited back all previous game MVPs to a ceremony that will take place pre-game. Among the great players that are expected to attend are Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman and many more.
The big question mark is whether three-time game MVP Tom Brady will attend the ceremony. The NFL has railroaded the undisputed greatest quarterback of all-time for over a year now, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of all New England fans and undoubtedly Brady’s as well. Will he show up or will he tell Goodell and his minions at the league office no thanks? Only time will tell.
5. Metallica will be playing a show in Pre-Super Bowl concert in San Francisco on Feb. 6
Metallica will be taking the stage at AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco for the Pre-Super Bowl concert on Saturday, February 6. The legendary rock band will be joined by Cage the Elephant, who will provide the opening act. It was announced that the concert will be available via a free live webstream, for fans across the country to enjoy. Of course, if you are going to be in the area, going to the concert beats a webstream any day – Click here to see available tickets.
6. You can already watch all the Super Bowl 50 commercials
For some people, they just tune into the Super Bowl for the commercials. Even for those people who are into the game, the commercials often provide some pretty great moments. Over the past few years, companies have decided to stop waiting for the game itself to start airing their commercials and have made them available on YouTube. Personally, I’ve avoided watching any of the commercials so I can enjoy them in the moment. However, if you aren’t as patient as me, enjoy the link above.