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With the Super Bowl (or as many Redditors call it, the Superb Owl) mere days away, we decided to focus on the world of football — everything from how the Chicago Bears affect football stats, to unicycle football (really...and it's exactly what it sounds like).
We've decided to break the episode into four quarters, plus — spoiler alert — overtime. Listen to the episode for all the fun information, come here for the GIFs.
P.S. Go Pats!
We talk to two of the moderators of /r/nfl, Mat Wend and Emily Humphrey. If you like to talk football on the Internet, there's no better place to be. They've got a mega post up with specific topics up for discussion. (Boston, please prove us proud in the Trash Talk Thread).
One of the most interesting posts in /r/nfl was about how you can, with almost complete accuracy, predict the winner of a playoff game by looking at the outcome from the last time each team faced the Chicago Bears.
Next up: The halftime show. It's had some memorable moments:
We revisit the hot mess that was the Super Bowl XXVI halftime show. This was in 1992, which is also the last time the Super Bowl was held in Minnesota. Redditor /u/JaguarGator9 explains it all in this epic /r/nfl thread.
The show that year featured, among other oddities, the head of the Statute of Liberty; Christmas songs, about a month too late; and cover version of "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen, where every single lyric was changed.
After FOX grabbed viewers by showing an episode of "In Living Color" during halftime, the NFL realized it needed to get serious about its halftime shows. So they got the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, for Super Bowl XXVII. And the rest is history.
This quarter is a little more serious. A Redditor named Jason posted on /r/changemyview about his decision to not let his 8-year-old son play tackle football.
"I have talked to him about the dangers of the sport, the recent NFL testimony in front of Congress and the need to shift him away from football," wrote Jason. "He is simply too young, in my opinion, to make this potentially life altering decision."
Jason got lots of feedback, from folks both pro- and anti-football.
Jason's son is now 10 and has been playing tackle football for three years.
"And I don't know what the effect is on my son if I just pull his greatest passion away from him. So at this point, it's, let’s put you in the best helmet possible and with the best coaches that I know and keep on going," he says.
The fourth quarter of any football game is when fans start sweating their bets. So we devote our fourth quarter to just that — betting. But in this case, it's betting for a cause.
Rob Anderson runs /r/CharitableBets, a subreddit devoted to betting on major league sports. Except all the money wagered goes to a charity of the winner's choosing.
This year, Rob has put together a comprehensive list of charities in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania for people looking to bet on the Super Bowl.
And yes, the subreddit's title is a direct nod to this:
Unicycle football is a real thing and it's wild. Check it out:
The league was started by Marcus Garland, aka Larry Gunn (all the players have UFL names), in 2008. He was a street performer as a kid, and would pretend to be on the Houston Oilers with a football and his unicycle — tossing the football to himself and catching it on the unicycle.
A big thanks to Audrey McGlinchy who got the sound at the UFL game last week in San Marcos, Texas.
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