Super Bowl LVI preview: Rams-Bengals predictions

Fans can own a piece of Super Bowl history after the NFL released the latest ‘Road to the Super Bowl NFTs.’

The NFT’s are available in the Marketplace for Super Bowl LVI.

Get your ‘Road to the Super Bowl’ NFT here. NFT’s are on sale for $249 apiece. The NFT’s are available to all fans and there are 100 per participating team.

To learn more and check availability, visit nfl.live-nfts.com.

An NFT is a unique and non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a digital ledger. NFTs can be associated with easily reproducible items such as photos, videos, audio and other types of digital files as unique items.
As the home team in Super Bowl LVI – despite playing at the Rams’ home, Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium – the Cincinnati Bengals announced their uniform choice Wednesday.

Black jersey. White pants with orange stripes. Orange socks.

From the Bengals via Twitter:

The black jersey is part of the Bengals’ standard uniform when they play at Paul Brown Stadium. They’ve worn it with white pants and black pants.

The combination of white pants with orange stripes and orange socks is similar to what the Bengals wore in Super Bowl XVI on Jan. 24, 1982 – the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.

The Bengals wore white in their other Super Bowl appearance – in Super Bowl XXIII on Jan. 22, 1989.

The Bengals wore white with white pants with black stripes in their AFC Championship win against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

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The home of the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams is being prepared for the spectacle of the Super Bowl.

The game is scheduled for Feb. 13, but some preparations were underway even before the Bengals and Rams won their respective conference championship games.

The photos below will be updates as preparations continue in Inglewood.

The 2022 Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13, and air live on NBC and the streaming service Peacock. The broadcast will begin at 3 p.m. PT, with a kickoff time set for 3:30 p.m.
Washington, DC (RestaurantNews.com) Football fans might be surprised at the matchup, but one thing is not surprising: America’s love for chicken wings. This is never more apparent than on Super Bowl weekend, when wings are at their hottest.

Americans are anticipated to devour 1.42 billion wings while watching the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams battle for the Lombardi Trophy, according the National Chicken Council‘s (NCC) 2022 Wing Report.

“There will be no wing shortage,” said NCC spokesperson Tom Super. “Like almost anything else you buy right now, wings might be a little more expensive, but they’ll be stocked. I just wouldn’t wait until kickoff to be in line or order online.”

Bengals and Rams fans have not only rallied around their teams, they’ve rallied around the chicken wing. Wing sales in Cincinnati have seen a 27.6 percent growth during the NFL playoffs and Los Angeles a 37.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year (Source: IRI, 4 weeks ending 1/23/22).

Wholesale wing prices are down 19 percent from their high last May, according to USDA data. Retail wing prices are up about $0.30 per pound on average from the same time last year. Why the uptick? Many costs, like the price of chicken wings, have increased because of unusually high demand, record input costs, labor shortages that have reduced the supply of many goods, and government spending programs that have flooded the economy. Greater demand and less supply equals higher prices, ultimately resulting in the highest inflation our country has seen in 40 years.

“Demand for chicken wings has been through the roof since the beginning of the pandemic,” Super added. “A shift from sit-down restaurants to takeout and quick service has boosted chicken wing consumption. Restaurants like wing joints and pizza places were built around takeout and delivery, and as long as people are sitting around watching TV and maybe drinking a beer, wings will remain in the game.”

To help meet increased demand last year, some chicken producers diverted birds traditionally marketed as whole birds for parts instead, like wings. More good news is the end-December frozen wing inventory totaled 73.2 million pounds, up 70 percent from last year, which should provide some cushion. Chicken companies, retailers and restaurants have planned ahead for the Big Game.

How do 1.42 billion chicken wings stack up? Picture this:

It would take 17,108 bitcoin to purchase 1.42 billion wings (as of 1/28/22, one Bitcoin is $36,418).
Assuming Molly Schuyler, the world record holder for eating 501 wings in 30 minutes, could keep this pace up – it would take her 162 years to eat 1.42 billion wings.
If 1.42 billion wings were split between all the TikTok, Instagram and Spotify downloads in 2021, each individual could get 1 wing per download.
1.42 billion wings could circle the circumference of the Earth 3 times.
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As we mentioned last week, the Big 33 Football Classic’s Super Bowl streak is alive-and-well at 56 straight. Now, we know which Big 33 alums will be playing at SoFi Stadium in Los Angles on February 13 when the Cincinnati Bengals face the hometown Los Angeles Rams.

Related: Each team in the AFC and NFC Championships have former Big 33 players
In all, there will be three former Big 33’ers in the game.

For those of you not familiar with the Big 33 (as it’s affectionately know), it’s an all-star high school football game played annually in Pennsylvania since 1958. Over the years, Pennsylvania high school all-stars have squared-off against all-star teams from Maryland, Ohio and Texas. On other occasions, Pennsylvania has faced an all-USA team.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd, a Clairton High School graduate, played for the Pennsylvania stars in the 2013 game played in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In that game, Boyd turned-in one of the all-time best offensive performances, earning him the Most Valuable Player Award for the Pennsylvania all-stars.

Boyd, who went-on to play his college football at Pitt, finished with 244 all-purpose yards, including 144 return yards. He returned the game’s opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.

The two-time Mr. Pennsylvania also had five receptions for 89 yards with two touchdowns. Boyd also scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, of a direct snap, and also tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass.

Noah Spence of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg was picked for 2012, but didn’t play, is on the Bengals practice squad.

Rams’ Pro Bowler Aaron Donald is a Big 33 alum, however, he never played in Hershey. The Penn Hills High School (Pennsylvania) grad, He was picked for the 2010 Pennsylvania team, but didn’t play.

The streak started when Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Herb Adderley played for the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I. Adderley was a Big 33’er from Northeast High School in Philadelphia.

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This year’s Big 33 game will be played on Memorial Day at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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