Congratulations to the Packers and the Steelers on their victories last weekend, and also congratulations to Ben K. and Jamie T. for picking them. They both won $10 gift cards to Express Wireless. Thanks again to our friends at Judy’s Country Store, Express Wireless, and Basil’s Restaurant who participated in the Coach Vail’s click your picks video last week. A lot them picked it right.
I thought with the Superbowl coming up I’d post a brief history of the game’s origins and all the results of every Superbowl. All the information was gathered at http://www.superbowlhistory.net/superbowl/scores.php. It’s interesting info, check out how your team has done over the years.
Both teams in Superbowl XLV have storied pasts. Green Bay has been in four Superbowls, winning three and losing one. They won the first two Superbowls ever, under Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and went to back to back Superbowls in the nineties giving Brett Favre is only Superbowl victory.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the winningest team in Superbowl history, having won six times while losing only once. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2 wins) in trying to catch up to his legendary predecessor Terry Bradshaw (4 wins) in all time Superbowl wins. It should be a great game. Stay tuned for information and more “click your pick” videos in the next two weeks leading up to the Superbowl.
The history of the Super Bowl starts with two things: the merging of the American Football League with National Football League, and a bouncy rubber ball.
The NFL – AFL World Championship Game was created as a piece of the merger agreement between the NFL and the AFL in 1966.
During the negotiations between the NFL and the AFL, Kansas City Chief owner, Lamar Hunt, thought of the name “Super Bowl” for the Championship game, after observing his daughter playing with her toy Super Ball. Hunt only meant the name to be a stop-gap until the powers that be could think of something better. Not having thought of one, the game was named “The NFL-AFL World Championship Game“.
The first Championship took place in 1967. With the official title being quite a mouth full, the fans as well as the media took to the short, unofficial name, Super Bowl. In 1969, the name, “Super Bowl” became official.
The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls convincingly, causing many people to question if the AFL teams could compete. The very next year, the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts for the AFL’s first Super Bowl Title. The Chiefs won the 4th Super Bowl, evening the record at 2-2.
In 1970, the NFL and AFL merged into one combined league with two conferences, which resembles today’s National Football League. Three NFL Teams joined the 10 AFL teams forming the AFC (American Football Conference). The remaining 13 teams from the old NFL formed the NFC (National Football Conference).
Since the construction of the combined league, former AFL teams have won 10 Super Bowls while original NFL teams have taken 23. Two Super Bowls have been won by teams created after the merger.
The Winner of each Super Bowl receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after Vince Lombardi, the great coach for the Green Bay Packers who led his team to victory in each of the first two Super Bowls. Following his death, the trophy was named prior to Super Bowl V in his honor.