Ten interesting Super Bowl facts

  1. The name “Super Bowl” was reportedly derived from the name of a children’s toy used by the child of late Chief’s owner Lamar Hunt, a “Super Ball.”
  2. The franchise with the most NFL Championship appearances pre-Super Bowl has never been to a Super Bowl: The Cleveland Browns.
  3. The only team in NFL to go undefeated remains the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who went 14-0. When the New England Patriots lost the New York Giants, the bottle of Dom Perignon the remaining alums of that team keep for their annual “toast” was popped open quickly.

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    Still not as awesome as the Stanley Cup.  Just sayin.

  4. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl winner, is made of sterling silver.
  5. The first “Super Bowl,” known then as the First World Championship, AFL vs. NFL, was not a sellout. Played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it drew just over 63,000 fans for a stadium with a capacity of over 90,000.  It was also broadcast on two networks, due to the fact the NFL had a contract with CBS and the AFL with NBC.
  6. There has never been a Super Bowl played in overtime.
  7. Prior to September 11, 2001, only one game was ever played in official declared wartime, Super Bowl XXV, played in Tampa, Florida, home to U.S. Central Command which was relocated to Saudi Arabia to oversee command operations for Operations Desert Storm (Gulf War I).
  8. Super Bowl XXXVI, the first played after the attacked of September 11, 2001, featured a last-minute logo change to help unite the nation, as well as a special memorial performance by halftime entertainers U2. Lead singer Bono appeared on stage for “Beautiful Day” wearing a jacket with a American flag-inspired liner, and the names over thousands lost appeared on screens to either side of the stage.
  9. The largest Super Bowl odds spread in history was 18 points, and that was for Super Bowl XXIX, in which the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Charges combined for 75 points, a Super Bowl record to this day.
  10. The greatest upset in Super Bowl history remains Super Bowl III, in which the Baltimore Colts, the NFL Champions, were a 17 point favorite to defeat the AFL Champion New York Jets. The Jets won, 16-7.

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