Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday: A Sacred Day for All American Football Fans

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Super Bowl Sunday has evolved over the years into an unofficial national holiday for football fans. The day is usually filled with feasting, festivities, and pageantries that transcend beyond the stadium and host cities to every place where football fans and their families and friends get together to have fun. It is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) and has served as the final game of every NFL season since 1966. In 2004, the date of the game was moved permanently to the first Sunday in February and has been held on that day since then. The team that wins the game is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach who won the first two Super Bowl games.

Before the game kicks off in the early evening, football fans get to watch hours of programming showing the glories of past Super Bowl games, interviews of present and past NFL superstars, and detailed pre-game analysis. Towards the kick-off and at intervals during the game, fans at the stadium and viewers at home enjoy performances by some of the most well-known musical artists. They are also treated to the best of creative television advertisements. The Super Bowl game came to life as a merger agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and the rival association American Football League (AFL) to have the best teams in each of them compete for an overall championship trophy.

At its inception, it was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game until 1969, when the moniker “Super Bowl” was adopted at the third game. Between 1967 and 1970, the four Super Bowl games were played before the merger, and AFL won two while NFL won the remaining two. In 1970, three NFL teams and ten AFL teams formed the American Football Conference (AFC), while 13 teams from the NFL formed the National Football Conference (NFC). Since Super Bowl V in 1971, all Super Bowl games have been played by the two best teams from each conference, and so far, the NFC has won 26 while the AFC has won 25.

The teams with the most Super Bowl titles are Pittsburg Steelers and New England Patriots, with six wins. The Denver Broncos and the Patriots have the most defeats, with five losses each. At the same time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFC and Baltimore Ravens of the AFC are the only undefeated franchises in multiple Super Bowls with two wins each. The Super Bowl has an interesting history behind it as it has maintained its status as the most-watched sporting event in the world after the UEFA Champions League. Brands have also recognized the importance of the Super Bowl Sunday over the years and have always created their most expensive advertisements for the Super Bowl broadcast. Commercial airtime is the most expensive of the year; so, companies always put their best foot forward with their adverts. After Thanksgiving Day, the Super Bowl is the second-largest day for food consumption in the United States.

References

  1. https://www.britannica.com/story/super-bowl-sunday-an-unofficial-holiday
  2. https://www.insider.com/facts-about-the-super-bowl-2018-2

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