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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 8:55 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

It’s Super Bowl Week.

The big game this year between Baltimore and San Francisco takes place in New Orleans, the same place where the Rams lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Spygate, anyone?

The average price for a Super Bowl ticket this year is $3,236.33.

Tickets to the first Super Bowl cost between $6 and $12.

With a win, San Francisco will tie the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Super Bowl titles at six.

However, the 49ers are the only team to appear in multiple Super Bowls without losing. They are 5-0.

Minnesota and Buffalo both are 0-4 in the Super Bowl.

A 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl will cost you a record $4 million.

Americans will eat 1.25 billion chicken wings and 14,500 tons of chips on Super Bowl Sunday.

On a related note, antacid sales in the U.S. increase by 20 percent the day after the Super Bowl.

In the previous 46 Super Bowls, the pregame coin toss has come up heads 23 times and tails 23 times. But tails has won four straight years.

Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem. Beyonce will take the stage at halftime.

This year’s Super Bowl features brothers Jim (49ers) and John (Ravens) Harbaugh as the head coaches. It’s the first time two brothers have faced off as head coaches in the Super Bowl.

Jim and John’s brother-in-law is Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean. The Hoosiers have a huge home game on Super Bowl eve against top-ranked Michigan.

While Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will get much of the attention this week for this being the final game of his career, it’s a better story for Missouri fans that former Mizzou Tigers Justin Smith and Aldon Smith are key defensive players for the 49ers.

They call them the Smith brothers (they’re not really brothers) and the duo have been rough on quarterbacks in this league over the last couple of seasons.

Justin and Aldon both were stud defensive ends at Mizzou, maybe the two best defensive ends ever to play for the Tigers.

Justin played high school football at Jefferson City. Aldon went to Raytown High School.

With all the stars on the 49ers, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick, running back Frank Gore and linebacker Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith recently was named the team’s MVP, as voted on by his teammates.

In his two years in the NFL, Aldon Smith has 33.5 sacks. But only one of those sacks came when Justin Smith wasn’t on the field with him.

Super Bowl XLVII will be one of the most wagered on games of all-time, according to CBSsports.com.

Betting on the Super Bowl in Las Vegas is huge business.

This year’s game likely will top the $93.9 million risked in 2012 and has a chance to break the $94.5 million mark set back in 2006.

The 49ers currently are a 3.5-point favorite. The over-under currently is set at 47.5.

There are a ton of prop bets available as well.

Get this, there’s actually a prop bet available on how long the postgame handshake/hug will last between the Harbaugh brothers. The over/under is set at 7.5 seconds.

Also, the over/under on the time of the national anthem by Keys is set at two minutes and 15 seconds.

Some of the other more interesting prop bets that actually are available include:

• The color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach;

• Which Harbaugh brother will be shown on TV first once the game starts; and

• Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first when interviewed on the stage.

By the way, the odds of Kaepernick winning the MVP award are 7/4. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco comes next at 11/4.

Enjoy the Super Bowl, an unofficial national holiday.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Wednesday, April 9

Pacific 14, Borgia 8

Ft. Zumwalt East 7, Washington 2

Union 7, North County 6

Thursday, April 10

Washington 5, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

Union 5, Hermann 4 (8)

St. James 11, St. Clair 4

Pacific 20, New Haven 10

Friday, April 11

*Borgia 6, DuBourg 2

Warrenton 12, St. Clair 2

Saturday, April 12

Borgia 7, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 9

Windsor Tournament

Washington 2, Windsor 0

Union 4, Pacific 1

Thursday, April 10

Borgia 7, DuBourg 1

St. Clair 9, St. James 0

Windsor Tournament

Third-Place Game — Windsor 8, Pacific 1

Championship Game — Washington 5, Union 4 (2 OT)

Friday, April 11

St. Pius 5, Borgia 0

Fatima 2, St. Clair 1 (PK Shootout)

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Troy Tny, TBA

Hillsboro Tny, TBA

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Troy Tny    TBA

Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Golf

Wednesday, April 9

Borgia 162, Duchesne 182, Lutheran St. Charles 175 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

Sullivan 163, Pacific 181, St. James 201 (medalist P-C. VanLeer 37)

Thursday, April 10

Washington 148, Ft. Zumwalt S 176 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 29)

St. James at Union, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 11

Sullivan Tournament, 8 a.m.

Borgia 196, St. Dominic 214 (Medalist-C. Voss, Borgia, 33)

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Friday, April 11

Central Methodist JV at ECC, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

ECC swept Cottey in doubleheader

Sunday, April 13

ECC at Central Methodist JV, PPD

Monday, April 14

*ECC at St. Louis, PPD

Tuesday, April 15

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

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