Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl XLII athletes will visit Disneyland?

Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes for the Giants, including a 13-yard toss to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining in the National Football League's championship game winning the Superbowl.

Los Angeles: Disneyland is making preparations for Monday, February 4, 2008 for the "What's Next" athlete from Super bowl XLII that will participate in a series of events at Disneyland Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including a parade with local Pop Warner football players and various activities in Disneyland Dream Suite, an in-park apartment originally designed for Walt Disney himself. It is on top of Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

The athlete will be determined after the conclusion of Super Bowl XLII, with the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots, a day that was supposed to be reserved for 19-0 in favor of the Patriots which turned into a Giant upset, as New York stunned New England to win Super Bowl XLII.

Trailing late into the fourth quarter, Eli Manning drove the Giants 83 yards down the field, and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Manning was named MVP of the game after going 19-of-34 for 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

While we wait for Disneyland's official press release on who will be attending, how about some quick facts about the Super Bowl straight from the NFL:

There are 7.5 million parties on Super Bowl Sunday (National Retail Federation), and, of course, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears will try to hit about half of them.

1.5 million TV sets will be sold the week leading up to the Super Bowl (National Retail Federation) and it's no surprise sales of big screen TVs generally show a fivefold increase during that time (National Electronic Dealers Association).

The Super Bowl is the top at-home party event of the year, ahead of New Year’s Eve (Hallmark Cards, Inc.).

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving (American Institute of Food Distribution), which makes it not a surprise at all that antacid sales increase 20 percent the day after the Super Bowl (7-11 stores).

On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans consume 8 million pounds of guacamole (California Avocado Commission). Rumor has it nearly two thirds of all the avocados sold in the United States are purchased during the three weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, but Urban Legends Guide David Emery says that statistic is exaggerated.

Super Bowl weekend is the slowest weekend for weddings (multiple sources) for one simple reason. What bride in her right mind would want to start off her marriage by making her husband miss such a big event? I mean, it is the Super Bowl after all.

A ticker tape parade is being scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2008 for the Giants in New York City.

(Compiled by Jay Fermin ppp-usa)