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The Numbers behind the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LII is officially set for February 4 between the AFC Champions, the New England Patriots and the NFC Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles however it’s not all about football but it’s all about the commercials.

Official Super Bowl Logo, photo from nfl.com
Official Super Bowl Logo, photo from nfl.com

While the die-hard football fans will be ignoring the commercials, the common fan or that one person who enjoys the $5 million (yes, they cost that much and more.) commercials. Here’s the behind the numbers on the commercials and the “Big Game” itself.

$7.7 million and Gone in 30 Seconds

This year’s cost for a 30 second commercial in the Super Bowl this year is $7.7 million dollars. To put that figure in retrospect, The average player in the NBA barely makes over $5 million a yearwhile the average players in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and MLS make less than that amount in a year. If your company wants a minute long commercial, prepare to add another $5 million to the original amount for a grand total of $10 million. Now that’s a lot of dough but the amount of viewers watching the Super Bowl, it’s all worth it

The World is Watching

The 1st Super Bowl in 1967 had over 51 million viewers and it has only grown since.  Last year’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons had an average of 111.3 million viewers while a grand total of 172 million Americans watched the game at one point. That’s more Americans that watch the game than Americans who had voted in the 2016 election (137.5 million).

FOOD… and partying 

We all love food right? Well just like Christmas and Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl has a case to being a holiday. During last year’s Super Bowl festivities, it was projected that Americans would eat 1.33 billion Chicken Wings, and spend $1.2 billion on beer and alcohol ( for fans to celebrate their team’s win or to drown out their emotions after their team loses). Domino’s last year sold 11 million slices of pizza and they said the Super Bowl is their 3rd-busiest day of the year (only behind Halloween and New Year’s Eve). Now that’s a lot of food and dough (PIZZA DOUGH).

“Sick Day”

The most important number here is over 16 million. That’s how many estimated people who are going to miss work the day after the Super Bowl.  That doesn’t even count how many students would missing from school (from Pre-K to College.)  Just last year, Heinz, the ketchup makers gave their salaried workers the day off following the Big Game, noting that the U.S. would lose over $1 billion in “productivity losses.” Maybe one day, we will see the day after the Super Bowl added as a national holiday but until then, don’t miss class just because of one game.

There are so many numbers behind the Super Bowl that the game itself over shadows everything in your life. On February 4th just like many, I will be watching the big game and to the two teams, may the best team win.

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch police have a new ally in the fight against illegal drones

Bald eagles have long been a symbol of freedom, justice, and downright bad-assery for Americans. The bald eagle is such a majestic creature that is widely adored by many, but Dutch Police are taking these creatures to a whole new level of awesome.

Eagles and falcons have many uses, but Dutch police are using them to solve a relatively new problem: drones. Just about anyone can buy a drone, and as awesome as that is, it’s also caused issues with privacy and safety. Drones have even become an issue at sporting events. Just recently, Marcel Hirscher, a skiing star, just barely evaded being hit by a falling drone which was being used by a broadcasting company. The drones operator was told to stay outside of the the course and at least 15 meters away from the athlete. The operator failed to do this and the drone fell from the sky, narrowly missing Hirscher. Because of this incident, The International Ski Federation banned camera drones from all of its events.

Bald eagles are expert drone-catchers. Graphic from Daily Mail
Bald eagles are expert drone-catchers. Graphic from Daily Mail

Although drones have been banned in many scenarios and by many organizations, event officials and police have had a hard time confronting the issue without causing even more issues. Drone-catchers, which are larger drones that expel an net and capture illegal drones, aren’t exactly fool-proof just yet. Other methods, such as shooting the drones out of the air, cause another safety issue because many times, the drones are overhead of large crowds.

Dutch police have come up with a pretty graceful solution to this issue: bald eagles. That’s right, bald eagles are being trained to scoop drones out of the sky. Just as falcons and eagles have been used in sporting events to fly over the crowd, sometimes with a GoPro camera, eagles are now being trained to take down illegal drones. The reason this is the ideal solution? While drone catchers may swing their nets and hit an unintended target, or knock a drone out of the sky and onto a crowd, eagles can swoop in to grab the drone and take it to a safe area.

While there have been some concerns for the safety of the birds, eagles scaled feet and sharp talons protect them from the blades that enable the drones to fly. The eagles also have excellent vision which allows them to see the blades separately instead of just a big blur. This allows the birds to very accurately grasp the center of the drone and avoid injury. Besides their physical ability to stop drones in their tracks, the birds naturally dislike drones and tend to show a bit of territoriality towards the machines when they’re used in the birds natural habitat.

Overall, this is a huge win-win for both man and beast: man uses the beast to serve a security purpose, while the beast gets to spread his wings and tackle something they see as a threat. Along with full-fledged attacks on the drone, we can harness the birds intelligence and abilities to actually retrieve the drone without endangering any by-standers.

The only regret I have about this idea is that the Dutch thought of it first, and not the country that adores eagles and taking down domestic terrorists (the United States).