The Super Bowl murders 22 cows, figures Meghan Walsh:
“Every cowhide makes about 10 balls, according to Kevin Murphy, the general manager of Wilson Football, official NFL ball-maker since 1941. Wilson wouldn’t say exactly how many balls it produces in a season, but the Chicago company did share that the Super Bowl alone requires 216 footballs — each team gets 54 for practice and 54 for game day (the Pats and Hawks had theirs within 24 hours of winning the AFC and NFC championships last year). Wilson, true to its roots, favors cattle from the Midwest — Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska — but all the leather eventually makes its way to a factory in Ada, Ohio.”
–“How Many Cows Does It Take to Make a Football?” Meghan Walsh, OZY
And then there are the 650 million chickens who died so the game’s TV viewers can eat their wings ….
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