With the Super Bowl fast approaching, the majority of football fans say they feel no guilt about snacking down heartily as they watch their favorite teams try to make it to the Super Bowl, according to a recent Supervalu Snack Down Survey by Harris Interactive. The majority of respondents readily admitted that few, if any, snacks they eat during games would be considered healthy or good for them. The survey also found that 54% of fans say they don’t confine their snacking to any special time but will eat throughout the game. Another 12% say they start snacking before the game as a warm-up, and 9% report that “I load up my plate at kickoff.” Their favorites are:
|Dips and spreads||32%||Pizza||14%|
|Chicken wings||23%||Salty snacks||14%|
Nearly three-quarters of the fans say they plan to prepare and
serve food and snacks to others at their home during the run-up to the
Super Bowl and during the big game.
When asked what current or former NFL player they would most
like to have at their Super Bowl party, former San Francisco quarterback
Joe Montana topped a long wish list of NFL greats, followed by current
quarterbacks Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos, Aaron Rodgers of the
Packers, Tom Brady of the Patriots, Peyton Manning of the Colts, and
former quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw, Brett Favre and Joe Namath. Pro
Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice was the sole
non-quarterback among the top picks.
Half of hosting fans will spend up to $100 or more on game-day fare, while 38% will spend less than $50.
As for game-day rituals, three-fourths of the fans say they
have none, but 16% say they wear the same lucky clothes each game; 7%
report watching games in the same place; 5% say they always eat and
drink the same thing on game day; and 3% avoid watching the game with
certain people (perhaps fans from the enemy team).
29% describe themselves as “the person shouting and screaming
at every play in the game,” 23% consider themselves “diehard” fans and
15% say they are “the 12th man on the team.” Another 16% say they only
watch big games, and 17% say “I’m the party fan, drinks and snacks are