Now, the longest and biggest countdown to the most hyped and anticipated game in sports is underway. It seems like each February there is some type of historic news being hyped about the big game, and this year there is more to talk about. For the first time ever the Super Bowl will feature two brothers as head coaches of the teams in the big game. The San Francisco 49ers can match the Pittsburgh Steelers with most titles won at six if the 49ers defeat the Ravens.
So as I stroll the Morial Convention Center on Radio Row and attend Media Day and hit on all the other hot spots, I’ll give you a inside perspective of the Super Bowl. Here are a few notes to get us started. Time to stock up the fridge and get your Super Bowl Party list together!
It’s the perfect 10 in two weeks when the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. This match-up marks the 10th time the Super Bowl has been played in New Orleans with the first three games in the Big Easy being played in old Tulane Stadium, and the next seven in the Superdome.
The first-ever Super Bowl played in New Orleans took place on January 11 1970 as the KC Chiefs battled the Minnesota Vikings in SB 4. The Chiefs won that game 23-7 in front of 80,562 fans in Old Tulane Stadium which was a record for people in attendance at the Super Bowl.
When it comes to the TV broadcast, the networks battle to land the big game as hard as the teams do, and this year’s game also sets a record for CBS. The Columbia Broadcasting System will televise the game for a record 18th time. NBC is not far behind with 17 SB broadcasts. ABC is a distant 3rd with 7 SB while Fox is in the rear with 6 SB broadcasts!
The Super Bowl Title itself has also produced the title "Super Bowl Sunday" and folks love to get involved! Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, with folks tanking up on plenty of goodies usually at many SB parties. And the SB is usually the most-watched program of the year on national TV.
Some of the greatest players ever have played in a SB in New Orleans. Just the QB position alone has seen some of the best players of all time…QB’s like Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Fran Targeton, Joe Montana, John Elway, Jim Plunket and of course Tom Brady. Just another reason why the history of the SB in the Big Easy is second to none!