The sublimely dorky Freakonomics blog breaks down, in must-read fashion, the odds of becoming the one cow lucky enough to be skinned and turned into the Super Bowl football:
To be on the safe side, the NFL orders 76 balls specifically for the big game. In total, then, we’re looking at 12,046 game balls used per year. That seems about right; in a phone interview, a Wilson representative told us that the company distributes about 12,800 footballs to the NFL every year, leaving around 750 extras for various uses.
Whatever on earth they mean by "various uses" aside ... those odds? One in over seventeen million. Dream big, bovines.