Super Bowl History Highlights

5 02 2010

With only one day remaining, football fans are anxiously awaiting Super Bowl XLIV this Sunday. A heated match-up is cooking between the Colts and the Saints who will play in the Sun Life Stadium in South Florida. The Colts are back after winning Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears. This will be the Saints first time in the Super Bowl and they are eager to make their mark.

More Americans watch TV on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. Last year over 150 million viewers tuned in. Because of this high viewership, commercial airtime is the most expensive day of the year as well. Many people watch the game just for the commercials and the highly anticipated half-time show. This year The Who will be performing.

Super Bowl Sunday is also the second largest day for U.S. food consumption next to Thanksgiving. It’s not just a football game, friends, family and the community come together to participate in this all-American event. Playa Grill is offering happy hour prices all day this Sunday to celebrate the big game that will be showing on all 10 flat screens throughout the restaurant.

So why did this huge phenomena come to be?  How did the Super Bowl begin?

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The Super Bowl has been the official championship game of the NFL since January 15 1967, when the first game was played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It was created as a part of the merger between the NFL and it’s rival, the American Football League (AFL). The two leagues were forced to merge to avoid financial ruin after years of intense competition. The original name was the AFL-NFL World Championship Game to determine which league was really #1. Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and founder of the AFL, observed his kids playing with a Super Ball, an extremely popular toy in the 1960s. He half-seriously proposed to call the championships the Super Bowl, as post-season college football games were called “bowl games,” and the name stuck. By 1970, the AFL had absorbed into the NFL and the name “Super Bowl” was the official title.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Superbowls, which makes them the current reigning champs. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers come in close second each winning five Super Bowls.

So who will take home the highly coveted Vince Lombardi trophy? Come visit Playa Grill this Sunday to find out. Kickoff is at 3:25pm PST.

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