10 things to know about the Super Bowl
1. Live or lip sync?
When the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, donít walk away at halftime! Unless, of course, you want to miss Beyonce in concert. And who wants to do that? Watch closely to see if she really sings or lip syncs. Beyonce hasnít said which she did when she performed the national anthem at President Obamaís inauguration.
2. Dance, dance, dance
Ravens fans will rock the building during Ray Lewisí pregame Squirrel Dance, a YouTube sensation that Lewis surely will perform for the final time before retiring. Will smoke and flames accompany the star linebackerís ritual?
3. Rogerís reception
Forget the hated Falcons, the biggest football enemy to fans in the Big Easy is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The Superdome will likely ring boos for the commish, who suspended the Saintsí beloved coach Sean Payton (among others) for all of this season for his role in the teamís bounty scandal.
4. Tattoo U
Count the tattoos, from the Ravensí Lewis to 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to, well, just about everyone on the field. Try to count how many players donít have tattoos.
5. Raginí Cajun soiree
Welcome back. This is the first Super Bowl in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005.
6. Take that!
The NFL might be all about offense and lighting up scoreboards, but this Super Bowl features some of the hardest-hitting defenders in the league, with Baltimore led by Lewis, while San Francisco features linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
7. Super perfection
With a win, the 49ers would match Pittsburgh with six Super Bowl crowns. The Steelers, though, have lost twice in the big game. The 49ers are 5-0 in championship games.
8. Big stars/small schools
While national champion Alabama, LSU, Oregon and other college powers are represented, look for the guys from Delaware, New Hampshire, Washburn, Lane, Central Missouri and Idaho. Harvard, too.
9. Hand jive
After the game, keep your eyes on the traditional postgame handshake between the coaching Harbaugh brothers, John of the Ravens and younger brother Jim of the 49ers.
Viewing this Super Bowl will be cozy even at $850, $950, or $1,250 per ticket, compared to the 2014 Super Bowl. Enjoy the warmth in the Superdome: New Jersey hosts the game in a year at MetLife Stadium. Yep, outdoors.