The Hidden Side of the Super Bowl (Ep. 59)
Our latest Freakonomics Radio on Marketplace podcast covers the upcoming Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. (Download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, listen via the media player above, or read the transcript.)
We figured that of the 100 million-plus people who “watch” the game each year, a lot of them aren’t what you’d call rabid football fans. Does that describe you? If so, this episode is a handy cheat sheet that’ll let you converse knowingly with your football-crazed friends, and maybe even one-up them.
We cover some of the sport’s most cherished conventional wisdoms and show where the reality doesn’t quite match the myth. (You can find more of this stuff at our Football Freakonomics project at NFL.com.)
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal is already a big Giants fan, but we also give him a new reason to love the team.