Looking forward to Super Bowl 50? The Carolina Panthers are favorites to win in Vegas, but they’re not the only ones predicting a Panther victory. The National Chicken Council has tossed its wing in the ring for Carolina, too.
It’s nothing personal – the NCC merely did some pattern analysis and discovered a correlation between chicken wing sales and Super Bowl victors. In short, the city with the higher wing sales has won four of the last five Super Bowls. And Charlotte grocery store shoppers purchase nearly 300% more chicken wings than their Denver counterparts.
"It would be nice to see Peyton Manning go out with a victory lap like Elway, but the numbers don't lie," says Tom Super, vice president of communications at the National Chicken Council. "If history holds true, hopefully wing sales will prove to be a better 'scientific method' of predicting the winner. Follow the chicken."
Ag Super Bowl: NC Fans Eat More Wings
Wing fans might find their food a little less expensive at checkout, too. Average wholesale price of whole wings is $1.78 per pound, down from about $2.00 per pound a year ago.
All told, 1.3 billion wings will be devoured for Super Bowl XX, up 3% from last year.