Monday, January 12, 2009

5 Questions About The Super Bowl

Since last week’s “instructional” post was a hit I thought I’d do one more before I got back to interviews. I was inspired by a gentleman that I met today that knew seemingly nothing about football as I was trying my best to comfortably watch the Playoffs while indulging in a lovely black and tan and pasta (Yeah, I am still in NY). He asked some questions and I had some others recently so here we go…

1. What team has the best Super Bowl record?

That would be the San Francisco 49ers with a perfect 5-0 record. The Dallas Cowboys have also won five, but lost three and the Pittsburg Steelers are in the five win club but have losses as well. The Green Bay Packers have won 3 Super Bowls, but have 12 championships. They won the others before the current “Super Bowl” format.

2. Where, when, and who was in the first Super Bowl?

Bart Starr led the Green Bay Packers to a 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. It was on January 15, 1967 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

3. It seems like Super Bowl Games are always played in California or Florida, what gives?

Yes, someone asked me this. Since the Super Bowl has always been played in the winter, it is generally played in warmer places. Sure, you could have one at Lambeau Field, but it would be awfully cold and an unfair advantage to any team playing that always played in cold weather. Really, the idea is to have the conditions as neutral as possible and South Florida or Southern California are both well suited for this. There have been several games at the Louisiana Superdome over the years. In addition, there have been two Super Bowl games played in Michigan since the field has a dome.

4. Where do you find out records like who has the most sacks or receiving yards in Super Bowls?

The NFL has a very nice site that tells you all these facts and more. Oh, and by the way – sacks would be Reggie White and receiving yards would be Jerry Rice.

5. How much do Super Bowl ads cost this year?

Apparently it will set you back about 3 million dollars for a 30 second ad this year. This is one of the only games that fans actually pay attention to the commercials during the games since companies really go all out. For many fans, it is part of the whole watching the game experience.


Doret said...

In the near future someone playing ESPN trivial pursuit is going to scream out I love Apryl. You gave out more then a few answers. And just in case they need a little more help Brett Favre holds the record for the most interceptions in the playoff -6

Apryl DeLancey said...

Thanks! I had to hold myself back on this one and decide which to include. Thanks for throwing in the Brett Favre one too.

In college I used to keep John Elway's stats in my notebook since he had this monstrous amount of interceptions (a.k.a. failures) but an equally impressive amount of yards, touchdowns, and oh yeah - back to back Super Bowl wins. I kept it to remind myself that I would have to stumble a bit along the way if I wanted to succeed. And that is my corny advice of the day folks...

Lindsay said...

I was trying to think of a Superbowl question to ask you, but I couldn't come up with anything statistic-wise. I did think of this: Have YOU ever gone to a Superbowl game? What's the range of ticket prices this year? I know they're probably sold out already, just curious what people pay.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Well I have been NEXT TO the Super Bowl many times here in the Los Angeles are and once in Tampa but have never been inside the game (sad face).

The sky is really the limit with ticket pricing. People generally pay in the neighborhood of 4-5K per ticket as an average. I know, ouch!

Lindsay said...

Yikes, I didn't think it would be that much. Makes sense, though.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Oh my, I have hear of folks paying 10-15K this year...ouch!