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Deke: The Super Bowl is so much more than a game!

Did Lamar Hunt ever think while watching his daughter play around with a Super Ball that the game he coined "Super Bowl" would ever turn into this gigantic event?  Well, I'm not sure if the late Mr. Hunt thought his idea would blossom into what it is today, but the Super Bowl has become much more than a football game. In fact, it is a lot more!

The numbers are staggering; the money spent, made, and waged on the game is astronomical and there are no signs of any slowing in sight.  Folks, whether you like football or not, you, yes you, have all spent towards or been a part of a Super Bowl in some way, shape, or form.

Super Bowl Sunday has become the second-biggest food consumption of the year, behind only Thanksgiving Day.  More televisions are sold and bought during the week of the Super Bowl, and an estimated eight billon dollars will be wagered on a range of things that extend from the game itself, to what color Gatorade will be dunked on the winning coach.

Again, even if you can't stand football, you, yes you, have been a part of the most known day of the year when it comes to sports and television! The most-watched TV programs ever have all been Super Bowls.  The most expensive day to advertise on TV is Super Sunday.  

And if you don't have the right to use the words "Super Bowl," you best not!  That's why you see so many TV ads, newspaper and radio spots all searching for different ways to promote their Super Bowl announcements.  Most will use the "Big Game"  or say this "Sunday is Super." Well, you get the point, don't you?

It's the day where the most chicken wings are cooked and eaten. Enough avocados are eaten to the point that they could fill the largest football stadium 12 feet high in the delicious green fruit.  And yes, more antacids are used on this food-filled football day as well!

So instead of me bumping my gums, I've gone back, done a little research, and given you an idea of how far the Super Bowl has grown since the first AFL vs NFL Championship Game back in 1967.  Here goes!

                   1967                                                                           2013

Green Bay vs Kansas City            Teams                                        Baltimore vs San Francisco 
January 15, 1967                          Date of Game                              February 3, 2013
Los Angeles Colosseum               Stadium                                      Mercedes Benz-Superdome  
NBC & CBS                                 Network Carrier                             CBS
CBS (46) NBC (49)                       Market Share                                CBS (69)
CBS (24.4) NBC (26.7)                 TV Ratings (Est. Millions)               CBS 108.7 US / 164.1 total  
$7,500.00                                    Losing Team's Share                      $44,000.00
$15,000.00                                  Winners Share                               $88,000.00
$42,000.00                                  Cost of a 30 second TV Spot           $4,000,000.00 

A little extra sumpin, sumpin for y'all!  Did you know...

A.  It was not until the New York Jets shocked the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III that the words "Super Bowl" were the official title of the big game.  The Jets became the first AFL Team to win the game, as they shocked the world beating the Colts 16-7.  Wtih the ever so famous words "I guarantee we will win the game," Jets QB Joe Namath led the biggest underdog in Super Bowl history to a win.  The Jets were an record 18 point underdog to the heavily favored Colts.

B.  The first-ever Super Bowl Halftime Show featured the Grambling State University and University of Arizona Marching Bands along with legendary trumpeter Al Hirt.  Last year's halftime show shut down the lights, literally, as Beyonce' performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLVII.  

C.  Two major networks, CBS and NBC both carried the first-ever Super Bowl.  

D.  The coldest Super Bowl ever was played in the Big Easy!  In fact, the two coldest Super Bowls ever played were both played outdoors in Tulane Stadium.  On January 12, 1975 the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 in the second coldest day the Super Bowl was played with a game time temp of 46 degrees.  And in Super Bowl VI, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 with a game time temp of 39 degrees.

E.  Only 11 teams have won more than one Super Bowl Title.  Seven of those 11 teams have played at least one Super Bowl Game in New Orleans.  

F.  There is only one team in the NFL to have played their first three Super Bowl appearances in the same stadium.  Yes, the New England Patriots played three title games in the Superdome.  New England lost to the Chicago Bears 44-10 in Super Bowl XX, then came back to lose to the Green Bay Packers 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI.  And the third time was the charm for the Patriots as New England won their first Super Bowl Title as the second biggest underdog in Super Bowl History.  New England beat St. Louis 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI.  The Patriots first ever win in the big game was the only game in Super Bowl history in which a team scored the wining points on the final play of regulation.  

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01/31/2014 10:20AM
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