Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Part 1

Two of the biggest reasons to watch the Super Bowl have absolutely nothing to do with the game. Reason # 1 - commercials, commercials, commercials! The commercials played during the Super Bowl are positively some of the most viewed and highly paid for out of any commercial run throughout the year. Reason # 2 - HALFTIME SHOW! The halftime show has become more and more entertaining over the years, though a few in between included mishaps, mess-ups, and wardrobe malfunctions that will be the topic of halftime show conversation for many years to come!

As we have already shared some of our favorite commercials with you, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite Halftime Shows throughout the years! Let us know what you think! Pick your favorites from our selection and share some of your own favorites!

Super Bowl VII (1973): Michigan Marching Band

Super Bowl XVI (1982): Up With People

Super Bowl XXV (1991): Winter Magic

Super Bowl XXXVI (2002): U2 - 9/11 Tribute

Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004): Janet Jackson & Justin timberlake

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The First of 44

As you all know, Super Bowl XLIV will take place this weekend.  Throughout this week we'll focus on the history of the games, the hype, the halftime and anything else Super Bowl related that we come up with.  We start today with the first Super Bowl.

Ticket to the first Super Bowl

The NFL and the AFL had faced off everywhere except on the field.  The two leagues battled for fans, television rights, players and finally, in 1967, they would battle for a championship. The merger of the leagues was finalized in December which left approximately four weeks to get ready for the AFL - NFL Championship Game (it was not yet called the Super Bowl.)  That certainly wasn't much time and it left some things somewhat unresolved. Like the balls.  There was the difference in the balls for each league and since no one could decide which one to use, the NFL squad would use the NFL ball on offense and the AFL squad used the AFL version when they had the ball.  Television rights raised another problem.  NBC had been carrying the AFL games while CBS had the rights to the NFL.  No one was willing to give up the opportunity to air the game so it was shown on both networks with Paul Christman as the color commentator for NBC while CBS had Frank Gifford behind the mic. 

The Packers, the best of the NFL, were heavily favored over the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs.  The betting line had the Packers by 14 and there was not much hope for a competitive game.  Tickets were priced at $6, $10 and $12, and a third of the 94,000 seats in Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles remained unsold.  Even with the odds on his side, Packers coach Vince Lombardi was very nervous about the game and the fact that the Packers were not just representing themselves and their fans, but the whole NFL.  In the days leading up to the game Lombardi received telegrams from some of the league's luminaries including George Halas and Wellington Mara.  They essentially all said the same thing, "go show them who's boss."

The underdog Chiefs and QB Len Dawson held their own in the first half. Green Bay struck first when Bart Starr hit WR Max McGee for a 37 yard td but the Chiefs didn't back down.  They found the end zone in the second quarter on a 7 yard td pass from Dawson to RB Curtis McClinton.  The Packers answered back in the second when RB Jim Taylor ran in from 14 yards out.  Once again the Chiefs came back, this time with a 31 yard field goal with :54 seconds left in the first half.

Bart Starr in the AFL - NFL Championship Game

Chiefs coach Hank Stram saw that his team was full of confidence going into the locker room.  "We were only four points behind at halftime.  We were confident that we could get that back and more" said Stram.  However, Lombardi unleashed his defense in the second half and it was too much for the Chiefs to handle.  Lombardi was not a fan of the blitz so when Lombardi called for it in the beginning of the third quarter it took everyone by surprise, especially Dawson.  Dawson was hit as he attempted to throw and the ill fated pass fell into the hands of Packers safety Willie Wood who ran it back 50 yards to the Chiefs 5.  Packers RB Elijah Pitts scored from there. Starr hit McGee again for a 13 yard td to finish out the third quarter and the Chiefs were never able to recover.  Pitts found the end zone one more time in the fourth quarter and the game ended with a 35 - 10 final score. 

Starr completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and was the game's MVP.  Lombardi couldn't resist getting a few digs at the AFL in his post game comments.

"The game ball, the players gave it to me.  It's the NFL ball.  It catches better and kicks a little better than the AFL ball."

Elijah Pitts runs in for the final td of the game.

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It's Coming...

The majority of people who will turn on the Super Bowl this year plan on watching the game. They will watch every second of the game. They will root on their team, waving their buffalo wing & potato chip greased fist in the air as they watch them score. And we love you for that. We really do. However, there are others who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Right? There are some of you out there. C'mon, admit it.

We found a few classic Super Bowl commercials from the 1980s that may bring back some memories for you. .... Mean Joe Green, Bert Jones, and LC Greenwood.  Enjoy. 

 

And even though the Chicago Bears did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, we had to show their Super Bowl Shuffle video again. Why? Just because. Just because it's awesome. 

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