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Football: Super Bowl Fun Facts and Records
The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League. It is the single most popular sporting event in the United States with more people watching the Super Bowl game each year than any other TV show.
The game began in 1966 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then the game has become increasingly popular. Many people have Super Bowl parties each year with the spectacle around the game becoming a huge event itself. The half time show, the week leading up to the game, and the trophy celebration are all big events. Even the advertisements have turned into an event with people tuning in just to see the ads!
Here are some fun facts about the Super Bowl:
The 2012 Super Bowl Fun Facts
Past Super Bowl Facts
- The 2012 Super Bowl has the Roman Numeral XLVI. This is the number 46.
- The halftime is a big deal at the Super Bowl. Famous musicians such as Paul McCartney from the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, The Rolling Stones, U2, and The Black Eyed Peas have performed. This year it will be Madonna.
- This is the first time the game will be hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2014 the game will be held in the New York/New Jersey area for the first time.
- Each player on the winning team this year will receive $88,000. The loser gets $44,000. Not bad for losing!
- The Vince Lombardi trophy is made by Tiffany & Co. of New York. It cost $25,000.
- The 2011 Super Bowl was the most watched show in television history. It's estimated that in North America 169 million people saw some portion of the game with an average of 111 million people watching at any given time!
- U.S. Military personnel were able to watch the 2011 game from 132 different countries via the American Forces Network.
- More food is consumed in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day except Thanksgiving.
- Over half of the Super Bowls have been played in the cities of New Orleans, Miami, or Los Angeles.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with six wins. Two teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys have won 5 Super Bowls.
- The teams with the most losses are the Buffalo Bills, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Denver Broncos who each have lost 4 times.
- The most points ever scored by a team in the Super Bowl is 55 by the San Francisco 49ers. The fewest points ever was 3 by the Miami Dolphins.
- There has never been a Super Bowl that went to overtime. Maybe this will be the year!
Interesting Super Bowl Records
- The youngest coach to win a Super Bowl is Mike Tomlin with the Pittsburgh Steelers who led his team to a win at the young age of 36.
- The player who won the most MVP awards is quarterback Joe Montana who won the MVP three times!
- The most points ever scored by a single player is 18. This has been done by four players and they all scored three touchdowns to get the 18 points. Jerry Rice has scored the most points in a career with 48 points, or 8 touchdowns in the four Super bowls he played.
- The fastest score ever was 14 seconds into the game when Devon Hester of the Chicago Bears returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
- Steve Young holds the record for most TD passes in a game with 6.
- The most rushing yards in a game was 204 by Timmy Smith of the Washington Redskins.
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