3 Things Canadians should know about the Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is on its way. Just because you're a Canadian doesn't mean you can't love it (or at least appreciate it for what it is).
1. You can be a fan of the Super Bowl
"Which is better? Super Bowl or Grey Cup?" Canadian football fans ask. Well, it's a bit like comparing a Madonna stadium tour to a live mic night at your local bar. The Super Bowl is the championship of the biggest professional football league on the planet. The NFL is made up of 32 teams; the Grey Cup consists of eight. When it comes to the NFL stadiums, salaries and franchises, there's simply no comparison. You can carry on loving the Grey Cup for its century-old traditions and amazing Canadian quirkiness, and still enjoy the staggering spectacle that is the Super Bowl.
2. Commercials are a huge part of the Super Bowl
It's no surprise we Canadians don't realize this, as we don't see most of the halftime ads on our television screens. To give you an idea of the value of those ad slots, did you know that the corporations willing to fill them have to be prepared to dish out close to $4 million for 30 seconds of on-air time? Unfortunately all of us north of the border have to stream the game on the internet to see the world's most-watched TV commercials (or wait until they're on YouTube).
3. It's about so much more than football
Not a fan of the sport? Doesn't matter. The halftime entertainment alone makes it worth tuning in for. Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Beyoncé have all played the halftime show. Last year it was Bruno Mars. This year Katy Perry is getting ready to take to the stage.
The Super Bowl takes place on Feb. 1, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.