This evening see’s American sport take over the world, as the American Football season comes to a close in dramatic style. The Super Bowl is the landmark of the American sporting calendar, pitting the two remaining sides together to see who will be crowned National Football League Champions for the 2011/12 season. Super Bowl XLVI (or 46 for those of us that don’t understand Roman Numerals) puts NFC champions New York Giants against AFC champions New England Patriots.
The 70,000 seater Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, will play host to one of the most watched sporting events in the world and I’m sure it will create an atmosphere to fit the occasion. With 169 million people watching worldwide, the size of the event is undeniable! The historic half-time show, this year will be played by pop icon Madonna.
Having won their division with an impressive 13 wins and just three defeats, the New England Patriots are the favourites for the game. Their star Quarter-back Tom Brady has featured in every single game and has had the best season of his 12 year career. However, Brady is not the only star Quarter-back on display this evening. Eli Manning is also having the best season of his career, leading the Giants to the Super Bowl. The Giants edged out the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 to reach the Super Bowl.
I have loosely followed the NFl since 2001. I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Raymond James Stadium. I realised then that I do enjoy watching the sport, but just rarely find the time. There is something about the Super Bowl that re-ignites the world’s (and my) interest in American Football. The sheer scale of the event just brings in the crowds.
Having not watched a game from start to finish all season, I have found myself organising a “Super Bowl gathering” at my house this evening, where we will be dining on hot dogs, fries and potato chips and drinking our American beers. Although, I am disappointed by the choice of artist for the Half-time show. With classic bands like The Who playing in previous years, I wasn’t happy to hear that Madonna and Nicki Minaj were to be the acts to entertain the millions of viewers.
Despite this minor disappointment, I think that the crowds will be more than entertained by the game this evening. Although I know very little about American Football, I am backing the New England Patriots to edge the game, so the smart money is on the Giants!