The big game is here. The 49th annual NFL Championship. It’s pretty much the Super Bowl of football. Two teams enter; one team leaves; the other team leaves a little later, feeling really bummed out because they just lost the f*cking Super Bowl.
But even the NFL losers are still winning at the bank. The league is dripping with dough. In fact, there are free-standing nations—with elected officials, deep cultural landscapes, and freaking self-contained economies—that are worth less than these gaggles of thyroid-cases in neon spandex. Seriously.
We calculated just how much the two teams appearing in this year’s Super Bowl are worth, and compared that with a list of 2014 Estimated GDP (Gross Domestic Product), to find a jock strap-full of nations that are technically valued less than the sum of our potential champions.
Behold: classic, beautiful, American excess. Now pass the wings, bro.