What is so “Super” about the Super Bowl?
The championship game of the National Football League (NFL) is called the Super Bowl. The best way to define the Super Bowl is to call it an unofficial American holiday—imagine Thanksgiving on steroids.It’s such a big deal because family and friends gather at houses, bars, and restaurants to watch a game that takes around 4 hours or longer from start to finish. The event consists of food, fireworks, a performance by world reknowned artists at halftime, and highly anticipated commercials. Not to mention that last year around 110 million people watched the Super Bowl live, that’s about one-third of the entire population of the United States. So what I am trying to say is, it’s not just your typical game, it’s an American experience.
History of the Super Bowl
The first Super Bowl took place a half century ago, and actually wasn’t called the Super Bowl, it was called the AFL-NFL Championship Game. Back in the 1960’s there used to be two professional football associations, the NFL and the AFL. So somebody had the idea to have the best team in the AFL play the best team in the NFL, and thus the Super Bowl was born. The Green Bay Packers were the first Super Bowl champions, and they were apart of the NFL. Eventually, the AFL collapsed and the NFL became the one and only professional football association. The Super Bowl had made it’s mark though, and this year the 50th Super Bowl was played, and the Broncos were crowned Super Bowl Champions.
“Are You Not Entertained?”
The Super Bowl is an entertainment event unlike any other. To set the stage, the NFL regular season consists of only 16 games, which isn’t much compared to every other professional sport. That makes every game special, for both the players and the fans. On your typical regular season games, fans gather in the parking lot of their team’s stadium, or at home, and tailgate before the game. Tailgating consists of playing yard games with friends, grilling food on the BBQ, playing catch, drinking beer, and supremely revolves around getting super excited for your team to play, and that’s just for your typical regular season game. For the Super Bowl, the tailgating/watch party increases to a whole other level. Where the parties get bigger, and well, you know, a whole lot more Super.
The Infamous Commericials
Let’s not forget about the commercials at every TV break. We have to remember that 1/3 of the United States population watches this event, which means that businesses and corporations are foaming at the mouth to get their company, product, or service some air time during the event. Talk about smart advertising. On average, companies pay 4.5 million dollars for a 30 second commercial, so you know that the company isn’t going to waste their money on a bad commercial or at least try not to. For the most part, Super Bowl commercials over the years have been great, which only adds to making the event even more entertaining.
The halftime show is another aspect of the Super Bowl. The halftime show is usually set up just like a concert, where world reknowned singers and bands rock out on live television. Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, and this year, Coldplay, are just a handful of amazing artists who have performed at halftime.
Something for Everyone
Between the commercials, halftime performances, watch parties, and of course the game itself, the Super Bowl has something for everyone, which is why the Super Bowl is adored by the American people.
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