This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots square off against each other in Super Bowl XLIX, which is a fancy way of saying 49. Here’s everything you need to know BEFORE you watch:
If you ask a random person on the street, “What was the most scandalous moment in Super Bowl Halftime History?”, 99.9% of the time, they’ll tell you when we saw Janet Jackson’s tit. But how about these other, less remembered but equally scandalous moments?
- Players may only spend time with game balls in the presence of a court-appointed chaperone.
- Instead of loss of yardage, whenever the Patriots have a penalty, Tom Brady has to remove one piece of clothing.
- If you miss a field goal, you have to watch the Katy Perry / Lenny Kravitz Halftime show.
- If someone watching the Super Bowl at home yells out what play you SHOULD have done, you have to try it the next time.
- After a touchdown, teams will be given a five second window to shout “Keepsies,” allowing their team to keep the ball, rather than kick-off to the other team.
- Patriots are only allowed to cheat a little bit.
- After getting sacked, the quarterback must stand up and do a little baby dance while shouting, “owwee woweee, dat hoowurt my baby booty.“
- Seahawks fans no longer allowed to assemble into giant, murderous “12th man.”
- Someone scribbled “Pats touchdowns are worth 8 points now! Swear to God!” into the rule book so I guess that makes it true? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- If a team captain kicks the coin as it’s being flipped directly into the skull of the head ref, killing him instantly, the game is a tie and everyone goes home.
- Have fun out there.
- All game footballs must be named (e.g. “Terry,” “Tabitha,” etc.) and referred to as such by referees when that particular ball is in play.
- The team who is nicest wins, regardless of the score.
Ready for a fascinating Superbowl factoid? Janet Jackson’s nipple - the one unleashed by Justin Timberlake at the Superbowl Halftime Show in 2004 - has actually appeared in every halftime show since. Check out the photographic evidence below.