Sunday, February 3, 2013

"If winning isn't everything,

then why do they keep score?"  ~ Vince Lombardi

Today is "Super Bowl Sunday," and, in reality the event is "vintage" since it started in 1967.  It is actually named after a toy from that era...the Super Ball.  These balls were amazing in their day because they bounced wildly about.  Today kids would want them to be more creative than just bounce!  

A merger between the AFL(American Football League) and the NFL(National Football League) brought a "World" Championship game in 1966.  (I always love how our sports championships are "world" events!)  Kansas City Chief owner, Lamar Hunt, saw his daughter playing with that "super" ball and called this new game "Super Bowl."  He figured it would be temporary, and initially they called the game "The NFL-AFL World Championship Game."  No need to go into why the unofficial "Super Bowl" name stuck, is there?  And so, in 1969, it became the official name.  Hunt was also responsible for using Roman numerals (which can be good for a teaching moment) because he thought it made the game seem more important (guess he was thinking gladiators).

The Green Bay Packers won the first 2 games, and the NFL appeared to be stronger than the AFL.  The next year, the New York Jets beat the Baltimore Colts, and the AFL logged a win.  In 1970, a merger took place, and the NFL and AFL became the National Football League, and the teams became the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football  Conference).

The NFC still dominates, having won twice as many Super Bowls over the years. 
The winner of the Super Bowl receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first 2 Super Bowls.  It was an honor bestowed after his death and prior to Super Bowl V.
Super Bowl collectibles include jersey patches, pennants, jackets, and pins, even tickets and ticket stubs. Every Super Bowl has its own unique insignia, so some collectors try to accumulate items from every Super Bowl. Others acquire collectibles only when their favorite teams are in the game.  Of course, organizers have created an industry of "stuff," but sadly all of that can be easily reproduced which can make authenticating them tricky. 
Most people will be in front of the TV, surrounded by snacks and beverages, as the Super Bowl ranks in the top viewed programs...of the 44 most watched television broadcasts in US history, 21 of them are Super Bowls.  So, go _______ ! (Personally I would fill in  Ravens!) 

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. ~Vince Lombardi

1 comment:

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Wow thanks for sharing the interesting history behind the name "Super Bowl"! I was wondering about that myself. (I was also rooting for the Ravens, so happy day today!)

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