With Super Bowl XLIX approaching this Sunday, February 1st you may be the casual fan, the person who only watches for the halftime performance or commercials, or even the die-hard fan. Whomever you are, here is a play by play of what is going down.
Who is playing?: In sunny Arizona, the Seattle Seahawks (14-4) will be versing the New England Patriots (14-4), both teams finishing first in their divisions. Looking for back to back victories, the Seahawks are led by quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, and safety Kam Chancellor. And hoping to put the “deflate gate” behind them, the Patriots are counting on quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, and defensive end Chandler Jones to lead them to victory.
Who is going to win?: Analysts are divided in their predictions. Despite who wins, the general consensus is: it is going to be a close game. Actors Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) have a fun friendly feud between the two with Evans for the Patriots and Pratt for the Seahawks. The following words were exchanged:
Who is performing?: The National Anthem will be sung by Frozen’s Queen Elsa, Idina Menzel and the halftime show will feature Katy Perry in a 12 minute “girl empowering” performance of all her hits with special guest, Lenny Kravitz.
- NFL’s “No more.” An ad to speak out against domestic violence
- Bud Light with a “Real Life Pacman”
- Nationwide featuring Mindy Kaling
- Budweiser with a missing puppy
- Danny Trejo as Marcia Brady for Snickers
- Victoria’s Secret featuring Lily Aldridge and the song, “I’m in the Mood for Love”
- GoDaddy.com had to pull their commercial because of controversy as the ad poked fun at puppy mills, upsetting many animal rights activists. There is reportedly a back up commercial. Will they resort back to their sexy women tactics?
Healthy Snack Ideas:
- Fresh veggies: You can never go wrong with carrots, celery, peppers, and broccoli with some ranch dip. Easy to eat and most trays are only 50 calories a cup compared to the 150 calories per cup for potato chips. Want an even healthier veggie tray? Substitute the ranch dip for Greek yogurt!
- Buffalo chicken strips: Coat boneless chicken strips with hot buffalo sauce and bake or grill to your liking.
- Guacamole: Give into the fad of avocados with some homemade guacamole dip. Made up of monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fats), one tablespoon only contains 30 calories.
- One bite desserts: Looking for something sweet? Drizzle some dark chocolate on almonds or have one bite brownies. Not exactly the healthiest, but healthier than other options!
- For more ideas, click here.
All in all, have fun! Kick back, relax, and enjoy the final 2014-2015 Sunday night football.