What’s more American than the Super Bowl? Apple pie? Not in this day and age. February 2, 2014 marks Super Bowl XLVIII, which, if you don’t know roman numerals, means 48. One a year, for 48 years; the Super Bowl has been around for roughly a quarter of our nation’s history. Here are six bits of Super Bowl trivia and facts you may not have known.
What is the Super Bowl?
Today, the National Football League (NFL) is split into two conferences. At the end of each season, the best teams from each conference meet in the playoffs. The teams that survive the playoffs for each conference meet in the Super Bowl, and the winner of that final game is the best team in the NFL and crowned world champions.
Super Bowl Origin Trivia
The NFL has been around in one form or another since 1920. In the 1960’s, another league, called the American Football League (AFL), rose to prominence. In 1966, these two leagues began to merge, and were totally merged by 1970. Following the beginning of the merger, the best team from each league began facing off in a championship game.
Super Bowl II — The First Super Bowl?
While we’re on Super Bowl XLVIII, this is only the XLVIIth time the name ‘Super Bowl’ has been used. The first Super Bowl was actually called the “First World Championship Game AFL vs. NFL.” Sometime after that game, the NFL overlords oped for brevity, and it was determined that each subsequent championship game would be called the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Losers and No-Shows
All but four of the 32 teams in the NFL have made it to the Super Bowl in its 48 year history. Those teams are:
- Cleveland Browns
- Detroit Lions
- Houston Texans
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Of the 28 teams who have played in Super Bowls over the years, there are 10 that remain win-less. They are:
- Arizona Cardinals
- Atlanta Falcons
- Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Minnesota Vikings
- Philadelphia Eagles
- San Diego Chargers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Tennessee Titans
What Teams Have the Most Super Bowl Appearances?
The top two are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys, both with eight appearances in the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are right behind with seven appearances each. It should be further noted that the Broncos were in Super Bowl XXIV as well as XLVIII… Not sure that means anything…
No Super Bowl has Been Played in Cold Weather… Until 2014
The NFL has decided to allow stadiums in areas with cold weather to host Super Bowls now. Super Bowl XLVIII being the first one, playing on February 2, 2014 — Groundhog Day — at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The average high in New Jersey in February is right around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
So there are a few trivia facts about the Super Bowl to keep you satisfied for a while. I understand how you feel. You’re sitting here, pretending to work, searching the Internet for things related to the Super Bowl, because you can’t wait for the game itself. It’s an exciting time for everyone… The Super Bowl almost feels like a holiday. The day after the Super Bowl should definitely be a holiday…