Super Bowl Sunday can be considered a national holiday. It is one of few occasions in the year when tens or millions of Americans participate simultaneously. Today may surpass Thanksgiving in terms of the variations in meal times.

The Super Bowl Is reliably the year’s most-watched broadcast, a status that reflects football’s dominant role in contemporary culture. Years ago, before cable television and the internet, other forms of mass entertainment — sitcoms, dramas and the nightly news — also drew enormous audiences. Few do today, and it’s only a modest exaggeration to say that football is Mainstream American Culture

Take a look at this chart from Ashley Wu, my colleague:

We’re devoting much of today’s newsletter to the Super Bowl, with help from colleagues around the Times newsroom. You’ll find that coverage below our summary of the day’s news.

Start time is 6:30 p.m. Eastern. And if you are not interested, it’s a great time to do some shopping without having to wait in any lines.

American men are accustomed to being treated with respect. What they really want is purpose. David French argues.

Joe Biden, for over 50 years has dreamed of being President. He’s not about to kiss it away because some fret about his age, Maureen Dowd writes.

The Sunday question: Is China’s spy balloon a punchline or a threat?

The The humiliation that comes with being caught exceeds the balloon’s surveillance value, Michael A. Cohen Arguments in The New Republic. However, the incident is dangerous for both China and America. into a Cold War-style conflict, The Economist notes.

Sometimes, the playoffs are a hot spot for a team that isn’t as good and can sneak into the Super Bowl. But not this year. The By many measures, the Kansas City Chiefs was the most successful team while the Philadelphia Eagles was the second best.

Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ quarterback, is the heir to Tom Brady, the best of his generation. Mahomes is only 27 and has won his second M.V.P. This year, Mahomes won his second M.V.P. The Today’s big question: What is the value of today? his injured ankle healed?

Jalen Hurts, the Eagles’ 24-Year-He is a young quarterback who has had a great year. A strong running style, and an offensive line that is powerful, enabled him to rush 13 touchdowns, more than any other quarterback.

Field Yates from ESPN recently noted that the teams were evenly matched. Both teams went 14-3. Each have six all-Pro players. They both scored 546 points in this season. Both have members of the Kelce clan on their rosters.

The Because they have balance, Eagles can be so great. Hurts, the quarterback is just as adept at running than he is at passing. Philadelphia’s defense can attack a quarterback (it led the league in sacks) as well as it can bottle up receivers.

Kansas City’s success stems from a perfect pairing. The Chiefs have their fourth Super Bowl appearance in four years with Andy Reid and Mahomes at quarterback. Reid is a fan of a pass-first offense, filled with creative formations that take advantage of Mahomes’s mobility and strong arm.

— Emmanuel Morgan, N.F.L. reporter

Each Super Bowl alcohol commercial has been for Anheuser since 1989.-Busch product. This is all changing today. The company that owns Budweiser gave up the exclusive rights to advertise last summer. Now, there are many competitors. Commercials will feature Miller Light, Coors Light, Heineken and Coors Light for the first-time. Spirits such as Rémy Martin and Crown Royal will also be in the mix. Still, Anheuser-Busch is the company that will spend most advertising dollars this year.

— Lora Kelley, business reporter

Rihanna, this year’s halftime headliner, isn’t just a hitmaker — she’s also a mogul. She has founded three successful companies, which have helped make her the world’s wealthiest female musician, with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. She has brought that business savvy to tonight’s performance: Her cosmetics brand, Fenty Beauty, is selling a special edition “Game Day Collection” (With a soccer-shaped sponge) while her clothing line Savage x Fenty sells a $60 graphic T-shirt that expresses a feeling many of her admirers share. “Rihanna Concert Interrupted by a Football Game, Weird but Whatever.”

— Lindsay Zoladz, pop critic

Two types of Super Bowl Party People exist: those who attend the Super Bowl for it and those who don’t. there for the food (or maybe the half-time show). If you don’t want to take your eyes off the screen, stick to make-ahead dishes: A Homemade sweet-and-salty snack mix can’t lose. Dips win, too. Pulled pork You can also sit on the stove. chili. Check out if you are looking for a way to make a hot dish and still have fun. these baby back ribs — glazed with grape jelly!

— Genevieve Ko, Cooking editor

This year’s Super Bowl might become the biggest gambling event in sports history. Roughly half of legal wagers won’t be on the outcome of the game; they will be on prop bets, which allow people to gamble on more obscure subjects. These include:

  • What number of punts are there? (The The odds are in favor of more than six.

  • How much Gatorade color will be poured on the champion coach? (The The most popular choice is yellow.

  • Chris Stapleton is a country superstar. Will he miss any words singing the national anthem. He is highly favored to sing all of them.

More: The Supreme Court approved legal sports betting in 2018. Five years later, over half of the United States states have legalized gambling. This is partly due to lobbying in capitals.

Today’s spectacle can distract viewers from an uncomfortable truth: Football players face danger every time they take the field. This was clear when Damar Hamlin, of the Buffalo Bills, collapsed following a seemingly simple tackle. The majority of injuries are invisible and accumulate over years.

Poem: “Lost in America” Writes about killings and workers, as well as a particular type of bread.

The complete issue is available here.

  • The U.S. consumer prices data for the last month will also be published on Tuesday.

  • Valentine’s Day is Tuesday. According to historians, the holiday’s origins lie in an extravagant Roman bacchanal.

  • Former Republican governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley is likely to make her announcement on Wednesday about her 2024 presidential candidacy.

  • The On Wednesday, the state will bring criminal charges against the gunman responsible for last year’s racist attack at Buffalo’s supermarket. He is likely to receive a life sentence.

  • Carnival will begin in Rio de Janeiro this Friday. This is the first Carnival since Covid’s debut.