Are You Ready for the Super Bowl?




Just for the heck of it, here are a few bits of general trivia related to this Great American Tradition…



The first NFL Super Bowl held in 1967, was referred to as “The NFL-AFL World Championship Game”.  Apparently the “Super Bowl” name is derived from that little super bouncy piece of rubber – the Super Ball.  “Super Bowl” became the official name for the championship game in 1969.



The first Super Bowl was played January 16, 1967 in the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.  Green Bay defeated Kansas City by a score of 35 – 10.  The Universities of Arizona and Michigan played the national anthem before the game – and provided the entertainment for halftime.



The team with the best Super Bowl record is the San Francisco 49ers.  They won all 5 of their Super Bowl games.  The Dallas Cowboys have played in the most Super Bowls winning 5 of their 8 games.  OK, Steelers fans, settle down.  The Pittsburgh Steelers have also won 5 Super Bowl games and only lost one.



The Minnesota Vikings are tied with the Buffalo Bills for the worst Super Bowl records.  They both lost all 4 of their appearances.



The highest number of points scored by one team in a Super Bowl was by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1990 Super Bowl XXIV.  They beat the Denver Broncos with a score of 55 to 10.



The lowest scoring Super Bowl game (including the smallest number of points scored by a winning team) was Super Bowl VII in 1973.  Miami beat Washington with a score of 14 to 7.



Do you know what significant contribution Wesley Tallent, Suzanna Christy, Janet Maxwell, Joe Narcisse and Tom Cooney have made to Super Bowls?  They all performed the National Anthem in American Sign Language.  Just thought I’d mention that…



Likely the “biggest” exit from a Super Bowl halftime show was at Super Bowl XXX in 1996 as Diana Ross was taken from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona in a helicopter.



Should I mention the memorable “wardrobe malfunction” of Janet Jackson during the halftime performance of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004?  Nah… I’ll just let that one go…



By the way…


American football (an offspring of rugby and soccer) began life in 1876 when the first rules of the game were written.



The “oldest” continuously operating professional football team?  It’s the Arizona Cardinals who started life as the Racine (a Chicago street name) Cardinals way back in 1899.



Pudge Heffelfinger became the first “professional’ football player when he was paid $500 by the Allegheny Athletic Association to play in a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in 1892.  Considering that 500 bucks was a whole bunch of money back then, I suspect there was a bit of wagering taking place on that game.  Maybe…?



The first televised football game was October 22, 1939.  The National Broadcasting Company provided coverage of the game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Eagles.  (The Dodgers won 23 – 14.)



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