As in all recent Super Bowls, the U.S. military will be an important part of Super Bowl 48, not only in helping with security -- both in the air and on the ground -- but also by contributing to the ceremony and spectacle of the game.
Denver, thanks largely to Peyton Manning, has been putting up crazy video game numbers on offense. Seattle has the league's best defense. Rarely does the whole "immovable object vs. irresistible force" thing line up so nicely, but this year it does.
I wonder, as I prepare to host a Super Bowl party with my girlfriend for people who don't really care about the Super Bowl (aka artists and Buddhists), what future sociologists might think about the event.