Super Bowl XLII Cheat Sheet: Who, What, Where!

Super Bowl XLII Cheat Sheet: Who, What, Where!

Fake some serious Super Bowl swagger with Tango's comprehensive cheat sheet.

You may not understand football, but now you’ll be able to fake it like a champion. Firstly, it’s Super Bowl XLII (that’s forty-two to you, Caesar) and it is being played in Glendale, Arizona on February 3rd.

Other key facts:

A) The AFC (American Football Conference) is being represented by the New England Patriots. They were once known as the Boston Patriots but changed their name when they began playing in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Their logo is the stylized profile of a minuteman. Their principle colors are Nautical Blue, Red, White, and silver (so-called New Century Silver).

B) The Pats (as they are called) are an all-around juggernaut and excel in all aspects of the game. They have won and incredible 18 games in a row. Only one team has ever gone undefeated, the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Head coach Bill Belichick is viewed by many to be a mastermind. Their most visible star is quarterback Tom Brady. You may recognize Tom Brady from being the most handsome man alive. He also dates super model Gisele Bundchen. In addition to his off-field whatnots, he is very cool under pressure and one of the most accurate passers to ever play. Pressuring Brady may be the only chance that the opposition has. The Pats have an all-around good defense with veterans at every position. However, many of those veterans appear to be wearing down as the season grinds on. The less time they’re on the field, the better it is for the Pats.

C) The Patriots will be playing the NFC Champion New York Football Giants. The word ‘Football’ is often thrown in to differentiate between the football team and the baseball club formerly of New York (and currently in San Francisco). The Giants actually play their games in the Meadowlands of New Jersey. Their logo is a lower-case ‘NY’. Their main colors are Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White.

D) The Giants are also a team on a roll. They’ve won 10 games in a row on the road including a miserably cold win against the heavily favored Green Bay Packers on January 20th. It’s hard to say what makes the Giants so special. It could be an us-against-the-world attitude. Or it could be addition by subtraction. One of the all-time Giants great running backs, Tiki Barber, retired after last season and was very critical of the team. They are also missing star tight-end Jeremy Shockey and linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka. The team is anchored by veteran defensive end Michael Strahan (pronounced STRAY-HAN). He provides on-field leadership and almost missed the season for personal reasons. The Giants have several standouts on offense but the team is most reliant on running back Brandon Jacobs. They need a consistent game from quarterback Eli Manning (who you may recognize from ESPN commercials with brother Peyton) as well. If the Giants can keep avoid turnovers (fumbles and interceptions) they can win. It may come down to kicker Lawrence Tynes.

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