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Miss Universe Dabs with the Panthers

Carolina Panthers Ryan Delaire and Bene’ Benwikere hit a dab with Miss Universe. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Carolina Panthers Ryan Delaire and Bene’ Benwikere hit a dab with Miss Universe. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Remember Miss Universe? Pia Wurtzbach of the Phillippines was originally named runner-up before Miss American pagaent host Steve Harvey owned up to misreading his card and proclaimed Wurtzbach the winner.

Well, courtesy of the celebrity TV show “Inside Edition,” Miss Universe was sent to the Super Bowl for media day Monday. She took photographs and answered questions. She also dabbed with Panthers players Ryan Delaire and Bene’ Benwikere. She asked questions of players from both teams.

"I know this is the biggest game in America, and now I can see why,’’ Wurtzbach told the Associated Press. "I can’t believe I haven’t been here years before. It’s a lot of fun.’’

Random Numbers

▪ Wallethub.com, which hopes to help consumers make better financial decisions, has ranked the country’s best and worst cities for football fans. To do so, it compared 245 of the largest U.S. cities with at least one college or pro team based on two key dimensions: 1. “Team and Performance.” 2. “Costs and Fan Engagment.”

Green Bay was the No. 1 city for football fans. Clemson -- home of Dabbin’ Dabo Swinney -- was No. 2. Denver, whose Broncos face Carolina in Super 50 Sunday, was No. 6. Chapel Hill was No. 16.

Charlotte? The Queen City was No. 48. It ranked No. 49 in “Team and Performance” and No. 107 in “Costs and Fan Engagement.”

▪ A few more facts from Wallethub: For the first time in 46 years, roman numerals aren’t being used in this year’s Super Bowl 50. Next year, No. 51 will be known as Super Bowl LI; the NFL sent commerative gold footballs to the high school attended by each of the 3,000 players who appeared in the previous 49 Super Bowls, including several local heroes; this year’s average Super Bowl ticket is $6,008, up nearly $2,000 over the past five Big Games.

Broncos beat Panthers -- on Twitter

The Denver Post reports that the Broncos have doubled their Twitter followers this season. The Broncos started the season with 757,096 and have risen to more than 1.5 million as of Feb. 1. That’s 102 percent growth.

Carolina? The Panthers had 499,052 followers on Sept. 10 and have grown 149 percent, to more than 1.2 million today.

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