On Sunday, February 2, 2014, the Denver Broncos from the American Football Conference will take on the National Football Conference’s Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The famed event has long been one of the most popular sporting events in the world, often garnering hundred of millions viewer worldwide. Some of the common events associated with the big game are the often crazy and very expensive Super Bowl commercials, the Halftime show,and one special victor telling the world where he is going afterwards.
Therefore, it would be fun to find some fun facts about this American pastime.
The Roman Numerals
Roman numbers are used to designate the Super Bowl because the football season overlaps two calendar years. In fact, Super Bowl III in 1969 became the first game to be called, the “Super Bowl”.
Two Leagues become One
Before 1969, there were two competitive leagues, the American Football League and the National Football League. The resulting merger created the single National Football League with the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference.
Winners and Losers
The record-setting Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowl championships. Of the current NFL teams in their current location, the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans have yet to play in a Super Bowl. Since 1987, the Walt Disney Company has sponsored a player from the winning team, often the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Super Bowl,for its now iconic commercial about the player’s immediate post-game plans.
A COLD Super Bowl
Interestingly, this Super Bowl will be the first to be played outdoors in a cold weather climate. There are evidently contingency plans in case of extremely low temperatures or a snowstorm. The Super Bowl has never been played on February 2. Two states, New York and New Jersey, are sharing hosting duties for the first time. Since MetLife Stadium is home to both the New York Giant and the New York Jets, this Super Bowl venue will be the first to have two host teams. Needless to say, everything is big in NYC!
Opera comes to the NFL
Finally, the NFL invited the first opera singer, renowned soprano Renée Fleming, to sing the national anthem. Some of Fleming’s many performances include signing at Pres. Obama’s 2009 Inauguration and Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert. Considering the highs and lows of previous national anthem talent, that was probably one of the better decisions of the NFL.