Five Little-Known Facts About the Super Bowl

Feb 02, 2018

superbowl-thumbnailThis blog post originally appeared on The Watch in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50 in 2016. It has been updated for Super Bowl 52.

Whether you’re an NFL fanatic or your interest in the Big Game is limited to the halftime entertainment and multi-million dollar commercials, you likely know that the Super Bowl is the most popular television event of the year. But even if your job as a first responder takes you away from watching the game this Sunday, February 4, when the Philadelphia Eagles square off against the New England Patriots, you can still enjoy some trivia about the championship game of the NFL. Here are five interesting facts about the Super Bowl; use them for a contest, as an ice-breaker or simply to enhance your football knowledge:

The first Super Bowl wasn’t actually called “The Super Bowl”: The first AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between the National Football League champion Green Bay Packers and the American Football League champion Kansas City Chiefs. By the third year, this championship game was dubbed “Super Bowl III” and the two leagues officially merged before the 1970 season to form one league with two conferences.

Total game-action time is less than 15 minutes: While the Super Bowl telecast is typically four hours long, it features only about 11 minutes of actual game-action—with the average play in a football game lasting between four and 12 seconds. The majority of the broadcast is actually spent on commercials, replays, the halftime show, and shots of players between plays. And as of today, no Super Bowl has ever gone into overtime, although many wins have been determined by a final field goal in the closing seconds of a game.

Tickets will run you nearly $4,000 right now: As of February 2, 2018, the cheapest get-in price for Super Bowl 52 was listed at $3,600 (source: TiGlQ). Back in 1967, the most you would pay for admission to the championship game was $12 per person. These days, about 80 percent of tickets are provided to corporate sponsors, leaving most of us to watch the game at home or at a friend’s home.

The longest Super Bowl winning streak is two: No team has ever won the Super Bowl for three consecutive years. Teams that have won two years in a row include the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.

Only three people have won the Super Bowl as both a player and a coach: If the Carolina Panthers beat the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50, Ron Rivera will become the fourth person to win the Super Bowl as both a player and a coach, joining an elite group that currently includes Mike Ditka, Tom Flores and Tony Dungy.

A few words about safety during the Big Game

As a credit union that serves law enforcement and other first responders, we know that many of our members are experts on public safety and are well familiar with issues of security during Super Bowl festivities. Here are just a few tips for safety and getting around this weekend for the rest of us:

Be smart about consuming alcohol: Don’t drink too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself and be sure to eat, take breaks, and alternate with nonalcoholic drinks. If you’re hosting a party, stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and switch to dessert and coffee. And don’t for an instant consider getting behind the wheel if you’re impaired. Instead, get a ride home with a sober friend, call a cab or use Uber or Lyft, or have someone pick you up. If you need to, just stay right where you are and sleep if off until you’re sober.

Don’t leave valuables in your car: If possible, avoid driving by biking, walking or taking public transit. If you are parking a car, be sure to take all of your belongings with you.

See something? Say something: If you observe anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 and notify a police offer if there is one nearby.