Two straight weeks of heated debate lead up to the Super Bowl each year, mainly focused on who will take home the Lombardi trophy when the clock hits 0:00. ..and after all that we can simply look at chicken wings for our answer.
A staggering 1.3 billion chicken wings are consumed by Americans just on Super Bowl Sunday, a day that ranks second is the biggest eating day of the year, falling short of Thanksgiving of course.
In Charlotte, $1,400 worth of chicken wings are sold per every million dollars registered at the grocery store versus just $480 in Denver, says the National Chicken Council, attributing the figures to market-research firm IRI. So what exactly does that tell us?
The city who sells the most wings ahead of Super Bowl Sunday has won 4 of the last 5 Super Bowls, and when it comes to playoff games, 7 of the last 10, which is a very compelling 77.5% success rate.
You heard it here folks, the chicken wings have spoken and the Carolina Panthers will cut Peyton Manning’s fairytale end of a career short and take back the Lombardi trophy to Charlotte.
Since we’re on the topic of chicken wings, here’s some wing/NFL facts:
- 1.3 billion chicken wings is enough for every man, woman and child in the United States to have four wings each.
- If 1.3 billion wings were laid end to end, they would stretch from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver almost 53 times.
- That is enough wings to put more than 600 on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums (Not including London, of course).
- Weighing in at about 162.5 million pounds, 1.3 billion wings weigh 6,325 times more than the combined weights of the Panthers and Broncos entire 52-man rosters.
- If one of the three Power Ball winners spent his/her entire lump sum on chicken wings (which we think they should), they could buy about 123 million lbs of wings, or only 76% of the 1.3 billion wings eaten Super Bowl weekend.
- 3 billion wings would stretch 10,468 times from the deepest part of the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean to the surface.