The American Football “Superbowl”

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I did it.  I stayed up until after 3 o’clock in the morning to watch the entire Superbowl on BBC2….and boy am I glad I didn’t doze off during the geriatric half-time show (what’s up with the old rockers half time shows of late?)  The game was a bit slow for three quarter aggravated by amazingly bizarre commentary from BBC2 during all of the commercials breaks.  The BBC doesn’t air any commercials so I had to watch them all on Youtube today.  I was crashing at the Strains place where David was getting in deeper then he knew while I led him in strange american rituals of domino’s pizza, doritoes, and yelling at the referees. I didn’t really have a clear favorite at the outset.  My family has always rooted pretty faithfully for New England since the winningless 80’s….although I was pretty jazzed about supporting Eli Manning, brother of Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning.   In the end, I went with the Giants.  They just seemed to want it more.  Their defensive play was amazing and the BBC2 commentators were unflinchingly biased towards New York.  I was telling my colleagues about my evening and my polish co-worker wondered why they call it the ‘superbowl’?  I wasn’t really sure.  The nearest I can imagine is that football stadium’s look like giant “bowl’s”….like it’s a competition between what team has the biggest stadium.    

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2 responses to “The American Football “Superbowl”

  1. You are on to something there Bruce. It all started with the Rose bowl in Pasadenna. It was so named because of the Bowl shape of the stadium but then other big games started to copy the name: Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl… In the early years of the NFL Lamar Hunt, owner of the KC Chiefs and O.G. owner jokingly said that their championship should be called the SuperBowl and the name was decided on as interim name. Well 43 years later they still haven’t come up with a better name.

  2. (This is from Wikipedia, that bastion of truth!)

    One of the conditions of the AFL-NFL Merger was that the winners of each league’s championship game would meet in a contest to determine the “world champion of football”. According to NFL Films President Steve Sabol, then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle wanted to call the game “The Big One”.[3] During the discussions to iron out the details, AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt had jokingly referred to the proposed interleague championship as the “Super Bowl”. Hunt thought of the name after seeing his kids playing with a toy called a Super Ball.[4] The ball is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The name was consistent with postseason college football games which had long been known as “bowl games”. The “bowl” term originated from the Rose Bowl Game, which was in turn named for the bowl-shaped stadium in which it is played. Hunt only meant his suggested name to be a stopgap until a better one could be found. Nevertheless, the name “Super Bowl” became permanent.

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