February has arrived and with this month a tradition, since 2004 February has become Super Bowl Month. However, this was not always the case, since Super Bowl # 1 until super bowl # 35 all these NFL final showdown was played in January, Super Bowl # 34 was the exception, because it was played in February 3.
The tradition return to January in 2003, the 37th game was played on January 26; but since 2004 the final NFL game, the Super Bowl, has returned to February.
Super Bowl Origins
The first super bowl was played on January 15, 1967 a Sunday. This annual championship game is the culminating game between two professional football rival teams. The Football season begins in the late summer months and ends in Jan/Feb of the next year.
Originally the Super Bowl was created as part of a merger agreement between the two mayor professional American football leagues of the time, the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). Once the merger ended each league was re-designated and converted into a conference, now all sport teams will be playing competitively against each other at a professional, collegiate or high school level.
The success of the Super Bowl made it possible for this tradition to continue; today, the day the Super Bowl is played is consider an unofficial American national holiday, called by many: "Super Bowl Sunday”.
Super Bowl # 1
As mention, the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. During the game, the National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs; the final score was 35 – 10.
This first half game was very competitive, the Chief had out-gained the Packers in total yards, 181–164 and at the Packers were winning 14 – 10. In the third quarter the Packers scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, in the end the Packers gain the upper hand and won Super Bowl I.
Fact: Super Bowl I is the only Super Bowl to have been simulcast in the United States by two networks: NBC and CBS.
During the half-time show, the entertainment largely consisted of college bands, instead of featuring popular singers and musicians as we see it today.
Half Time Show
The famous Half-Time shows is a tradition that has been growing stronger and stronger each year. According to Nielsen ratings, Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show headlined by Bruno Mars in 2014 is now the most-watched halftime show in history.
Fact: Super Bowl XLVIII had 115.3 million viewers according to Nielsen ratings.
Super Bowl fans have been able to see the evolution and change Half Time shows have gone through; during the first decade the shows were presented by University Marching Bands, however in 1990’s the halftime featured popular recording artists and other well-known celebrities.
The first famous artist to revolutionize the idea of the Halftime show was Michael Jackson, in 1993. This legacy has continue since, with famous apperances like:
- Jan. 27, 1991 || Theme: Small World Tribute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl || Performers: New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), Disney characters, Warren Moon, 2,000 local children, audience card stunt
- Jan. 26, 1992 || Theme: Winter Magic, salute to 1992 Winter Olympics || Performers: Gloria Estefan with Olympic Figure skaters Brian Boitano & Dorothy Hamill
- Jan. 31, 1993 || Performer: Michael Jackson
- Jan. 25, 1998 || Theme: Salute to Motown's 40th Anniversary || Performers: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Grambling State University Band
- Jan. 30, 2000 || Theme: Tapestry of Nations || Performers: Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir,Edward James Olmos (narrator)
- Jan. 28, 2001 || Theme: The Kings of Rock and Pop || Performers: Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
- Feb. 3, 2002 || Theme: Tribute to those killed in the September 11 attacks || Performer: U2
- Feb. 1, 2004 || Theme: Rock the Vote || Performers: Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake
- Feb. 7, 2010 || Performer: The Who
- Feb. 6, 2011 || Performers: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash, Dallas/Ft. Worth-area area high school drill teams and dancers
- Feb. 2, 2014 || Performers: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Super Bowl the Legacy
The Super Bowl is an annual game that help determine the best team in the country between two leagues, in Feb. 01, 2015, the New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Who will win? Sani Dental Group invite you to see the big game, spend time with the family and enjoy the game.
We know that many memorable events have occurred at the Super Bowl, whether it is because of the players, the celebrities, the location, the family traditions, the BBQs or the rivalries; the Super Bowl has left a beautiful memory in US citizens through many generations.