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    Worldwide Sports: A Guide to the American Super Bowl for Brits

    Worldwide Sports: A Guide to the American Super Bowl for Brits

    Super Bowl XLVIII will be the thrilling culmination to an exciting year of sport in the American NFL, so we’re going to take a look at what’s in store across the Atlantic this February.

    Note: American-British translations provided.

    One of the highlights of the New Year for most Americans is the 48th Super Bowl: an annual holiday for sports enthusiasts, avid TV watchers, and those with a general affinity for snack foods. As a native Valley girl, and one without a home American football team, this is a ritual I usually participate in for the last two components.

    image by picturesofyouThis year’s showdown between two great football teams – the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos – takes place on Groundhog Day, Sunday 2nd February 2014. The Seahawks and their Quarterback, Russell Wilson, will battle the Broncos and Quarterback Peyton Manning for the title at the outdoor MetLife Stadium – home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants.

    image by Shawn CampbellNow don’t be confused, UK readers: these two West Coast teams are playing in a stadium on the East Coast that’s home to two New York teams, though actually located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  This town is across the river from the hometown of Frank Sinatra, Hoboken, and not too far from one of the greatest cities in the world, good old New York. If you’re lucky enough to hold a ticket to the Super Bowl or you’re just out and about in New York the first weekend in February, consider yourself lucky – and bring a warm coat, it’ll be chilly!

    Now enough about the sport: Bruno Mars has the honor of entertaining this year’s stadium full of enthusiastic football fans, and after Beyoncé set the bar last year, we’re all expecting a performance of ginormous proportions. That’s probably why he’s enlisted the help of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to spice up the frigid February festivities (points for puns and alliteration?). We’re all rooting for the guys to blow us away at halftime and make those attending forget that it will be whopping (-2C/2C).

    But besides the football, Bruno Mars, and the nachos, what we Americans really look forward to are those brand spanking new and entertaining commercials. Year on year, clever companies like Pepsi and Budweiser have wowed and entertained us with topnotch TV commercials we watch over and over again. My personal favourite is still the Old Spice commercial of 2010 with Isaiah Mustafa.

    Image by Paul JosephWhether you’ll be watching the game in person, on a screen in any of the restaurants and bars across America, or viewing the highlights the day after UK-time, Super Bowl XLVIII is sure to be one to remember. Good luck to the Denver Broncos, 49ers-defeating Seattle Seahawks, Bruno Mars, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – we’ll be watching!

    Are you one of the lucky thousands with tickets to the Super Bowl? Send us a snap! Let us know what you think of the half-time show with a tweet to @loveholidays or share your favorite TV commercial with us on Facebook!

     

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