What are your plans this Sunday, 2/2? Chances are good you’ll be with friends and family watching Super Bowl XLVIII. Now try to figure out what that roman numeral amounts to in our numerical system…48. I was fooled by that one as it looked like 68 to me before understanding more about roman numerals. Food is a big part of Super Bowl parties as many of us have witnessed first hand. It would be easy to put on 3-5 lbs. in one day which makes it tough on those with dieting in their New Year’s Resolution. Superbowl Sunday is the second largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving. It is also among the most watched sporting events in the world, almost all being North American audiences, and is second to soccer’s UEFA Champion League Final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide…really soccer? It is also Las Vegas’s biggest payday in regards to betting. Last year Las Vegas Sportsbooks reported $98,936,798 was wagered on the game. It will easily surpass $100 million this year. That amount represents only 1.5% of the money wagered legally, bets by people over 21 and physically present in the state of Nevada. The real action comes from office pools, bookies, bets made at SuperBowl parties and other so called illegal betting. It is estimated that over 10 billion dollars is risked on Super Bowl Sunday by more than 200 million people around the world. I think we all have seen the ” buy-a-square” pools at work or at the party….10-rows across and 10-rows down. All you have to do is buy a square for $2, $5, $10, $20, $100, well that’s my limit, I’m sure you could find $1,000 squares somewhere in 90210. A firm tallied 15,000 NFL games to find out what the most winning numbers are. It isn’t much of a surprise if your familiar with football scoring. The best square to get on the board is 0,7 which wins 8% of the time. The 4,7 square is the second best square with a 7% chance of winning. The single best numbers are 7 or 0. The worst square to end up with is 2,2 followed by 5,9. The number 2 is the worst number. Since the pool square game is 100% luck of the draw all you can do is hope for a 0,7 box…I’m sure my wife will get it, which at least keeps the money in the household. This year the NFL is worried about possible sub-freezing temperatures in New Jersey on game day. I personally think the game should be played in a moderate to warm climate every year and the NFL agrees. This is the first Superbowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather location. It’s also the first Superbowl in decades not to sell out…I think a warm fire and a big TV set is the more popular choice and a lot cheaper. The NFL prefers warmer climates such as Miami (10-superbowls held), New Orleans (also 10), and Los Angeles (7). One interesting note is that no team has ever played the Super Bowl in its home stadium. This year it’s the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks and Denver is favored to win by 2.5 pts. (can change by kick-off) and the over/under for total points scored in the game is 47 points. Craig’s tip of the day is take the over. On the darker side of Super Bowl it is also the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States. According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami for the 2010 Super Bowl. Super Bowl Sunday has turned into an unofficial national holiday and even those with no interest in football can enjoy the popular half-time shows. Carol and I will be at a good friend’s house to enjoy the food, friends, and football. One trivia fact that I could not find is the number of people taking a sick day the following Monday.