Yesterday was the 45th Superbowl in NFL history. As you know, in both the Superbowl and the NHL Stanley Cup finals, a champion is awarded in their respective sports. Let's take a look at some of the differences between the two championships:
Superbowl: The Vince Lombardi Trophy costs about $25,000 to make every year.
Stanley Cup: Originally purchased for $50, the Stanley Cup spends about $25,000 in air fare every year.
Superbowl: This year's half-time show is a reminder that maybe Tom Petty wasn't that bad.
Stanley Cup: Stan Lee, not Stanley, prepares his next Guardian adventure, where the teams in the Stanley Cup finals will most likely turn out to be the hero.
Superbowl: The Superbowl is the most-watched single event in America, averaging over 100 million views per year.
Stanley Cup: Pretty sure there were over 100 viewers in the state of Michigan for last year's Stanley Cup finals.
Superbowl: Since there are no teams outside the United States, the term "World Champions" makes no sense.
Stanley Cup: There are 6 Canadian NHL teams, but since none of them have won since 1993, the term "World Champions" makes no sense.
Superbowl: The NFL has a rotating TV contract so that multiple major networks can air the Superbowl, such as CBS, NBC and FOX.
Stanley Cup: Two games from last year's Finals were aired on Versus, a channel most Americans who don't live in North Carolina have never heard of.
Superbowl: The Superbowl MVP wins a trip to Disney World. Walt Disney founded Disney, one of the greatest influences of American childhood.
Stanley Cup: The NHL playoff MVP award is named after a guy who build the Toronto Maple Leafs, Conn Smythe. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the greatest influences of Canadian childhood.
Superbowl: Generally, the Superbowl is played in a southern venue, to ensure warmer weather.
Stanley Cup: Generally, teams in the south are completely irrelevant and have fans that throw rats onto the ice.
Superbowl: Pittsburgh's coach, Mike Tomlin, became the youngest coach to win a championship in 2009 all-time.
Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh's coach, Dan Bylsma, became the youngest coach to win a championship in 2009 at the time.
Superbowl: In Superbowl XXIV, the San Francisco 49ers put up 55 points.
Stanley Cup: In his career, Jean Beliveau had 62 points in the Finals.
Superbowl: Traditionally, commercials are much anticipated due to comedy, and cost $3 million per 30-second slot.
Stanley Cup: The NHL is happy to get any company that wants to advertise for $87.
Superbowl: The National Anthem is occasionally sung by someone who can't remember the words.
Stanley Cup: The National Anthem is occasionally sung by someone who can't balance themselves.
Superbowl: The Superbowl is the second most watched event in the world, second to the UEFA championship game, a game most Americans don't care about.
Stanley Cup: The Stanley Cup finals are the second most watched event in the Underwood/Fisher household, second to the Country Music Awards, an event most people don't care about.
Superbowl: Several Americans resort to front-running, or bandwagoning, so they have a team to root for every year.
Stanley Cup: Several Canadians resort to front-running so they have a team to root for every year.
Superbowl: The commissioner presents the Lombardi trophy to the champion.
Stanley Cup: If the Toronto Maple Leafs ever make the Finals, the commissioner will have to beware of flying objects, such as waffles.
Superbowl: Following the conclusion of the playoffs, speculation further grows about the possibility of an NFL lockout, due to labor issues with the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Stanley Cup: Ditto.