Well, it's here. The weekend. And, its not just any weekend, it is Super Bowl Weekend. All week we have educated and entertained you (we hope) with history, stories and facts about past Super Bowls and the customs everyone associates with the event. Today, we want to give you insight into some more obscure and random info that we find interesting. So, if you have always wondered how commercials became such an intergral part of the game or why grown men feel the need to scream, 'I'm going to Disneyland' afterwards... keep on reading and enjoy!
1 - Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Hannibal...Apple's 1984 Macintosh commerical? World renowned Director and Producer, Ridley Scott, is the man to thank for making the Super Bowl the premier showcase for extravagant commercials. In 1984 he directed the commerical that introduced the Macintosh computer to the world. This commerical aired only once on daytime tv, during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl XVIII
2 - Do players really have a burning desire to immediately flock to Disneyland after they are presented with the Lombardi Trophy? No... they were paid to say that. The Walt Disney Company started this slogan in 1987 to promote both the Florida and California Theme Parks. The first use of the commercial featured an M&N favorite, Phil Simms interviewed by famed radio commentator, Mark Champion.
3- The Super Bowl is typically the most watched television program each year, with an estimated average of 80-90 million Americans tuning in at any given moment. Having said that, we find it ironic that the first six Super Bowls were blacked out in the host cities because the game was not a sell out.
4- Fans not quite lucky enough to witness a sporting event live do have one advantage over the in-stadium spectators...the aerial views. The Goodyear Blimp has become a staple in sports culture providing us with amazing shots of arenas and stadiums from high above. In 1960, the first images from a camera installed on one of Goodyear’s blimps were broadcast on national television from Miami’s Orange Bowl. From that point on, the blimps covered sporting events of all kinds... including the Super Bowl. Follwing the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the Super Bowl has become a National Special Security Event by the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security. Amongst other precautions, blimps and other non-military airspace traffic are grounded.
5- The Vince Lombardi Trophy, originally the Titletown Trophy, stands at 22 inches tall, is valued at $25,000 and is made entirely of sterling silver by Tiffany & Co. As pictured below, the trophy depicts a regulation-size football in the kicking position.
Well, we hope you enjoyed our themed posts all week... enjoy the game!