Little Bits of History

Super Bowl I

Posted in History by patriciahysell on January 15, 2014
Super Bowl I

Super Bowl I

January 15, 1967: The first Super Bowl is played. This is the final game of the professional American football season which began back in the late summer of the previous year. It is the championship game for the National Football League. Super Bowl I was played at Los Angeles, California and the contestants were the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won, 35 – 10. Each new year is designated by a Roman numeral which began at I and is coming up to XLVIII for the end of the 2013 season. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winning team.

The game was created as part of the agreement between the American Football League and the National Football League. With the formation of the single entity NFL, the game with the American and National conferences was created. The AFL-NFL World Championship Game became the Super Bowl. While baseball may be the national sport, the designation of Super Bowl Sunday takes on a nearly national holiday status. The game is broadcast on television and is often the most watched program of the year. Super Bowl XLV (2011) is so far, the most watched program in television history with an audience of 111 million viewers. Because of the high viewership, the commercial airtime is the most expensive of the year ($4 million for a 30-second spot this year). Many companies spend extra care in their creation of their ads and the discussion of the commercials has become part of the event.

To date, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won the title six times – the most of any franchise. Following close behind with five wins each are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. Ten teams have played in the Super Bowl without ever managing to win the event. The Buffalo Bills played a record four years in a row without winning any of the games. The Minnesota Vikings also appeared at the game four times without winning but their years were not consecutive. Four teams (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans) have never appeared at the Super Bowl. However, both the Browns and the Lions won championships prior to the Super Bowl’s creation.

Not only does the venue for the game change, but the television broadcast network changes as well. Fox has broadcast the event six times with the last being in 2011. They are scheduled to broadcast for 2014 on February 2. ABC broadcast seven times and are not currently broadcasting the game. The schedule is set until 2023 without them. NBC has had 17 games and they are next scheduled for 2015. CBS has shown 18 games and they are next up in 2016. John Madden is the only game analyst who has broadcast a Super Bowl on each of the four networks. The game also features a half time show, some more memorable or fantastic than others. Out of the 47 games played so far, 27 of them have been played in three cities (New Orleans, Miami, and Los Angeles). MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will be hosting the game in 2014.

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy. – Bob Schieffer

The Super Bowl is Americana at its most kitsch and fun. – Sting

As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy… there’s something about winning a Super Bowl. – Terry Bradshaw

I think people really appreciate clever commercials, as do I. I think they’re very entertaining. You just have to wade through all the garbage. That’s one of the reasons people watch the Super Bowl. A lot of them watch it to see the commercials and not the actual game. – Kevin Nealon

Also on this day: The British Museum – In 1759, the British Museum opened to the public.
Snowflake Bentley – In 1885, William Bentley first photographed a snowflake.
Donkeys and Elephants – In 1870, “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion” by Thomas Nast was published.
Wikipedia – In 2001, a new website began.

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  1. vanbraman said, on January 16, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Hopefully San Francisco will join the Steelers with six after this year 🙂


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