America's biggest sporting event brings USA to a halt as Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos in the final on Sunday
Washington: Akin to how everything comes to a standstill when fierce cricketing rivals India take on Pakistan, the same happens in America as far as the Super Bowl is concerned.
Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse (right) and Tont Carter of Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl in New Jersey on Sunday. Pics/AFP
And that scenario didn’t change when Seattle Seahawks faced off against Denver Broncos in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.
The thrill and euphoria extended from US President Barack Obama to a football fan who eagerly looked forward to the “Super Bowl Sunday”.
But the game isn’t anything like the football played in the rest of the world as two teams of eleven players, each dressed in helmets and thick shoulder pads, try to advance an oval ball down the field by running with or passing
Seattle Seahawks' Byron Maxwell (left) tackles Demaryius Thomas of Denver Broncos
Originating from the sport of rugby, the first game of American football was said to have been played on November 6, 1869, between two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton.
Obama celebrated the Super Bowl by having the White House tweet a picture of him throwing a football. He also gave his sixth traditional Super Bowl Sunday interview on TV. The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title beating the Denver Broncos 43-8.
Seattle Seahawks' cheerleaders celebrate after the win
> Nine out of 10 Americans watch the Super Bowl on TV and consume an estimated 50 million cases of beer. Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest day for US food consumption after Thanksgiving.
American singer Bruno Mars performs during the half-time show
> A 30-second Super Bowl ad was going for about USD 4 million. That’s USD 133,333.33 per second!
> Tickets for the inaugural Super Bowl were sold for USD 6. Prices now range between USD 500 and USD 2,600. And even more on the secondary market!
> Nearly one-third of US adults were expected to bet on the big game.
> Several people collapsed in an overcrowded Secaucus Junction train station in New Jersey train station while waiting in long lines to get to the Super Bowl needing medical attention.