Some NFL and Super Bowl Facts

The National Football League (NFL) is the premier organization of American Football in the United States of America. It is considered the top professional American Football league in the world.

  • The league consists of 32 teams, divided into two conferences [the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC)] and eight four-team divisions, with four divisions per conference.
  • Teams play a 16-game schedule, running from September to January, with each team given one bye week per season. The four division champions, as well as two "wild card" teams from each conference compete in the postseason, with the final two teams competing in the Super Bowl in early February.
  • The winner of the Super Bowl receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The current Super Bowl Champion is the Green Bay Packers, but that will change today February the 5th 2012.
  • The NFL was founded in 1920, and was the most popular football league in the country for most of its early history. In the 1960's, it received a challenge from the American Football League, a new league that began to compete with the NFL for the best college prospects. Rather than risk a destructive competition, in the 1966 the leagues agreed to merge, beginning with a championship game that would be played each January between the winner of each league.
  • This was the beginning of the Super Bowl, which has been played every year since 1967. The AFL-NFL merger became official in the 1970, designating the start of the "modern era" of pro football.

The Super Bowl

  • The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League's postseason tournament. The winner receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first two Super Bowls.
  • For the first three years it was played, this game was known as the AFL–NFL World Championship Game. After the leagues officially merged in 1970, it became known as the Super Bowl.
  • Each Super Bowl is designated by a Roman numeral rather than a year. Super Bowl XLV – played on February 6, 2011 in Texas – was won by the Green Bay Packers, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers by 31-25.
  • The Super Bowl is traditionally one of the most watched television events in any year, with the cost of advertising during the broadcast costing more than any other primetime show. As a result, companies use it as a launching pad for their most expensive and outlandish advertisements.
  • In addition, the Super Bowl halftime show has become an increasingly elaborate spectacle that in recent years has featured performances by prominent popular musicians.
  • The NFL is the most popular American sport in terms of television ratings and revenue, with several franchise valued at more than $1 billion.

Fun Facts about the Super Bowl

  • It is not a bowl, but rather, a football game.
  • The 2010 Super Bowl would have been won by the Minnesota Vikings had the New Orleans Saints not cheated.
  • It is not true that if your city is destroyed by an Act of God that you get to win the Super Bowl for that reason at a later time. Were that true, the Port-au-Prince football team would have won the Super Bowl by now, surely (hat tip: JAF).
  • New Yorkers do not automatically like New York Teams.
  • The New England Patriots were disowned by Boston, New Haven and all of the other cities of New England until the year they won their first Super Bowl, then everybody was mad that that they had their party in Providence.
  • There is not really a Super Bowl Baby Boom and not everyone in New Orleans is clear on the concept of where babies come from.
  • The search phrase "super bowl healthy snack" yields 465 Google Hits.
  • More food is consumed in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day.

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