Super Bowl 2017 — Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots
Super Bowl LI
Super Bowl 51, or “LI” is just around the corner, and if you are like most Americans, you’ve already chosen which team you want to see win. But that’s not all you’ll be doing. Americans have a long history of engagement with the Super Bowl — football in general — as it has grown to become the most watched sporting event every year. It is fitting that so many Americans attend or tune in since no Super Bowl is complete without a tremendous display of thankful patriotism — our favorite part.
We thought it would be fun to share some of the history and patriotism that surrounds Super Bowl history with you. After that, there’s a sale in store, too. Read and enjoy!
Founding the NFL
The NFL was founded in 1920 and consisted of 14 teams — two of which (the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals) survive as modern franchises. The legendary Jim Thorpe was the league’s first president. From this time forward, the NFL would always be the foremost football league in the United States, but…
If you can’t beat them. . .
In 1960, a new league began play. The AFL quickly began to challenge the NFL in terms of quality of play and in attracting new, better players. By 1966, the NFL and AFL had arranged a merger, and Super Bowl I was played early in 1967. NFL teams won the first two Super Bowls, but the AFL won the third, a sign that the NFL had made the right decision…
Now the NFL is split into two conferences, the NFC and AFC, with a total of 32 teams and the 51st Super Bowl is just days away!
Full of tradition, even today
The Super Bowl is not a holiday, but so many Americans participate in activities directly related to the game, that the whole country and economy move in step with the event. In fact, commercials aired during the television broadcast of the Super Bowl have become just as popular as the event itself.
As for the game, it is always at the center of an epic celebration. Every moment that is not gameplay bears some historic and patriotic significance. It all starts at the pregame coin toss, which features a prominent celebrity or NFL Hall of Fame player, and continues through to the singing of the National Anthem and the presentation of the American flag, to the half-time show, and finally to the post-game award and trophy presentations.
Whitney Houston's famous performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 in Tampa, FL.
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