The cheese never stands alone during the Super Bowl — that’s because there’s plenty of other food to enjoy during the biggest unofficial holiday of the year.
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Channel 10).
The game pits two of the most storied franchises in NFL history and both teams have plenty of fans in the Northwest Valley.
It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone decked out in Packers’ green and gold or Steelers’ black and gold.
Super Bowl fans can work up a championship-sized appetite while rooting for their favorite teams or waiting for new TV commercials.
Based on information from yummly.com, here are some culinary facts designed to whet your appetite or have you reaching for medicine to treat indigestion:
• Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving.
• The average Super Bowl watcher will consume 1,200 calories while snacking during the game.
• Football fans are expected to eat an estimated 69.6 million pounds of avocados during this year’s Super Bowl (mostly in guacamole).
• The most popular takeout and delivery items on Super Bowl Sunday are pizza, chicken wings and sandwiches.
• A report from 7-Eleven stores indicates there is a 20 percent increase in the sale of antacids on the day after Super Bowl.
If you don’t have time to stomach the food or the game, maybe you’d like to find out in advance which team is going to win the game.
There’s a glut of experts willing to help you out.
Some experts have instant credibility, such as Cardinals’ Hall of Fame lineman Dan Dierforf, who told The Sporting News the Steelers would win 27-24.
“I think the Steelers’ defense will make a game-changing play,” Dierdorf told The Sporting News.
Other Super Bowl picks border on the bizarre.
Cody, the orangutan at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas, has predicted a Green Bay victory while Alex, an orangutan at the Fresno Zoo in California, has sided with the Steelers.
At an animal shelter in Illinois, workers had cats and dogs pick the Super Bowl winner by choosing between identical treats on a card.
The vote was close, but the Steelers pulled through with both animal groups.
Cats picked the Steelers by an 18-14 margin while dogs picked them by a 4-3 vote.
I tried the same experiment with my dog, Henry, the English setter.
Unfortunately, I came out with inconclusive results.
I scratched a “P” in one dog treat for Pittsburgh and a “G” in another treat for Green Bay.
As I reached down to set them on the floor, Henry lunged for the treats and grabbed both from my hand simultaneously.
I guess that means the Super Bowl will end in a tie.
Rich Bolas is the managing editor of the Daily News-Sun. He may be reached at 623-876-2523 or via e-mail at email@example.com.