The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will square off in the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, eastern time.
It is airing from the edge of the world – U.S. Bank Stadium in distant Minneapolis – and NBC is broadcasting it. The high temperature for the day is 8 degrees in Minneapolis. The low is zero, and there’s a 10-percent chance of snow.
That means Charlotteans will be watching on WCNC, which plans to begin its live Super Bowl programming at 6 p.m. It will also be available to Livestream on NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app. Optimists say the post game program will start at 10 p.m.
Justin Timberlake will perform at halftime, 14 years after he and Janet Jackson pulled off what CBSSports.com called “the most infamous Super Bowl halftime show in NFL history. That was in the allegedly “wardrobe malfunction that left Jackson's breast exposed to the world for a brief second.
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Odds makers are picking New England and Tom Brady to come out on top.
And what are Charlotteans most likely to be eating?
ThrillList.com says the most popular game day food in North Carolina is sausage cheese balls. Business Insider claims it’s buffalo wings. (We say split the difference and pick up something from Bojangles or get pizza.)
In South Carolina, it’s cowboy caviar, according to ThrillList, and pepperoni dip if you want to go the Business Insider route.
If you’re wondering what they’ll be eating in Minnesota, the top game day food there is Tater Tot casserole. (Insert your joke here.)
In Pennsylvania, it will be potato soup (seriously?) and in Massachusetts, the top game day food is buffalo chicken dip. (Insert your insult here.)
Americans’ Super Bowl spending is expected to reach $15.3 billion – or an average of $81.17 per fan – on food and beverages, team apparel and accessories, TVs and decorations, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s up 8.5 percent from last year.
Experts say 45 million Americans will host a Super Bowl party Sunday and 69 million plan to attend one. Bars and restaurants are expected to host 11 million people for the game.