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Sunday is the Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos. You may think you're ready, with your beer and chips and salsa and betting pools, but are you really ready? Take this quick Super Bowl Quiz to see if you know everything you need to know in order to enjoy the game.

1. What is the Dirty Bird?

A popular football greeting involving the middle finger.
The latest incarnation of "The Chicken Dance"
The mascot of the Atlanta Falcons, kept in a cage of mud.

2. Denver Broncos Quarterback John Elway has said this may be his final game. Why?

He wants to concentrate on his lucrative Chunky Soup advertising career.
He's really old.
He won the Super Bowl last year, he's probably gonna win it this year, and he feels -- ala Michael Jordon -- that the challenge of the game is gone.

3. Denver Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Atlanta Head Coach Dan Reeves don't like each other. Why not?

Mike dated Dan's daughter a few years back and broke her heart.
Dan dated Mike's mother a few years back and broke her arm.
Mike helped get Dan fired as Head Coach of the Broncos, then took over.

4. Who's performing at half-time?

Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan.
Backstreet Boys and Neil Diamond.
Tori Amos, Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie and Phil Collins.

5. Atlanta has spent 30 years being one of the worst teams in the NFL, this year they're playing for the championship. What spawned their incredible turn-around?

A solid running game up the middle.
An aggressive defense that can score points.
They don't suck this year.

6. Last year, Luther Vandross sang the national anthem before the game? What was special about this event?

He beat the over/under odds by singing for more than 1 minute, 35 seconds.
He was the first black man to sing at the Super Bowl.
He forgot the words.

7. During Media week, Falcons star running back Jamal Anderson was quoted saying which of the following cliches?

You just got to take everything one day at a time.
I'm happy to be part of the game.
I thank the Lord for everything I got.

8. What dubious Super Bowl record could the Denver Broncos set this year?

Most points allowed in Super Bowl games.
Most Super Bowl losses of all time.
Most ex-convicts on a championship team.

9. During the course of an average Super Bowl, how many times do the commentators remark, "He's really giving everything he's got today!"


10. What is the biggest draw for the millions of people who will watch the Super Bowl on television?

The exciting contest between the top two teams in the NFL.
The pageantry, the extravagance, the showmanship of the event.
The commercials.

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