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By Marc Lawrence — Here are some delectable fast facts to chew on between now and Super Bowl LV in Tampa on February 3: Tickets for the first Super Bowl in 1967 cost an average of $6, which was apparently too pricy for many as there were 30,000 empty seats! Last year the average price of a Super Bowl ticket was reported to hit $10,835 on the resale market … These six words have been imprinted on every Super Bowl game football since day one: “Commissioner,” “Wilson” and, “Made in the U.S.A” … It’s been reported that 92% of the people who bet on the Super Bowl have lost money doing so. All I can say is, shame on them for not first reading the Playbook Football Newsletter Super Bowl Report. To read more Super Bowl Fun Fast Facts click here.

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In a season unlike any other, Super Bowl week also will not be like any other. Super Bowl teams always arrive in the city of the game one week in advance, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this season’s participants are not allowed to arrive in Tampa, Florida, any earlier than the Friday before Super Bowl LV. Kansas City does not plan to arrive in Tampa until the day before the Super Bowl. As a result, teams now will be approaching the Super Bowl like it’s any other road trip during the season, rather than a trip to the biggest game of the season. And this year it will be just that, a road game, with Tampa Bay the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl in its own stadium.

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Following positive tests for a new coronavirus strain within Michigan athletics, the state department of health and human services has closed all facilities and paused all University of Michigan teams and activities for up to 14 days. The state is taking a cautious approach to the new SAR-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 strain of the virus, which is “approximately 50 percent more transmittable.” All athletes, coaches and staffers are required to quarantine, beginning Saturday, possibly for two weeks. At this point it’s unclear how games and other teams might be affected beyond the potential two-week quarantine.

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