Got this in the mail from my friend Warren Hasse from Pampa, the former broadcasting great who's in the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.
Warren has always thought it interesting how much two-week hype, coverage, specials, stories, discussion -- you name it -- is spent on the Super Bowl compared to how little time of action there actually is. The action means from the snap of the ball or kickoff until the whistle blows at the end of each play.
With the help of the Chicago Tribune, he passed this along from the Feb. 7 Super Bowl between the Saints and Colts:
"Figuring kickoff to game's end at 3 hours, 13 minutes, 60 minutes per hour gives it 193 minutes. A total of 7 percent of that was actual game action provides 13 minutes and 51 seconds of action. This is the general time I recorded in three previous games. Not much action for the ticket price, two weeks of 3-plus sports pages daily in most newspapers, TV, radio time, etc.!! The three games I tried were in the 13-minute range."
When you put a watch to it, there's more time for the halftime than the actual game action.