It’s one of the most watched events of the year especially if both teams are popular or make an interesting rivalry. Since I don’t want to take too much time with your Game Day prepping, I will give a brief history of the Super Bowl (thanks to some research).

The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 on January 15, 1967 in what was called the AFL-NFL World Championship at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Each Packer received a $15,000 bonus (pocket change by today’s standards).  In 1969, AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt proposed the name change “Super Bowl” (too bad he didn’t copyright it, eh NFL?) along with the Roman Numeral designations. The NFL and AFL merged in 1970 and the Super Bowl was played by the winners of the NFC and AFC championship games.

 

The second Super Bowl (not officially called yet) was played on January 14, 1968. The Green Bay Packers played in and won again beating the Oakland Raiders in Miami’s Orange Bowl 33-14. In 1970, the World Championship Trophy was re-named the Vince Lombardi Trophy named after the Green Bay Packers coach who led his team in back to back victories. Vince Lombardi never received his namesake trophy as it did not get its moniker until after he died. The first team to receive the Lombardi Trophy was the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. Currently, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the most trophies.

It 1973, the Super Bowl moved from mere sporting event to Cultural Phenomenon. The most memorable ad was actress Farrah Fawcett (later of Charlie’s Angels) smearing Noxema face cream over Joe Namath’s face. In 1979, Pittsburgh Steeler, “mean Joe Green,” appeared in the famous coca-cola ad where he went from grumpy to happy after a kid hands him a bottle and he takes a swig. Ads reached their pinnacle when a little known computer company, named Apple, aired its slick ad set in a quasi- 1984 dystopia. Now, Super Bowl ads are almost as popular as the game which is probably why many corporations pay $4.5 million for a thirty second spot.

 

In 1982, Diana Ross sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XVI which forever linked celebrity with the Super Bowl. Since then, many top singers have performed at the half time show. 2004 marked what many have called the most controversial half time show with the famous, or rather infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction.” The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received over 200,000 complaints from citizens which resulted in a $500,000 fine for Viacom who owns MTV and CBS (MTV produced the performance).

Super Bowl has become a holiday in and of itself much like Thanksgiving or Christmas. So, thanks for reading and have a great #AZSuperBowl Sunday.

 

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