Good Day World!
It’s Super Bowl Sunday.
I’m also declaring today “Retro-Super Bowl Sunday.”
I’ve gathered some photos and facts for your amusement while you wait for today’s big game.
THE COST OF ATTENDING
For Super Bowl I in 1967, the listed ticket price was $10, according to the National Football League.
In 1967, that had the same buying power as $69.75 today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index calculator.
On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) smash the American Football League (AFL)’s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, in the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship, later known as Super Bowl I, at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
The Packers’ famed quarterback, Bryan Bartlett "Bart" Starr, completed
16 of 23 passes on the night. The score at game’s end stood at 35-10, and Starr was named Most Valuable Player.
Asked to comment on the match-up after the game, Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi expressed the common opinion that even the best of the AFL--the Chiefs--"doesn’t compare with the top NFL teams."
ORIGIN OF THE SUPER BOWL
For four decades after its 1920 inception, the NFL successfully fended off several rival leagues. However, in 1960, it encountered its most serious competitor when the American Football League (AFL) was formed.
The AFL vied heavily with the NFL for both players and fans, but by the middle of the decade the strain of competition led to serious merger talks between the two leagues. Prior to the 1966 season, the NFL and AFL reached a merger agreement that was to take effect for the 1970 season.
As part of the merger, the champions of the two leagues agreed to meet in a world championship game for professional American football until the merger was effected.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME ‘SUPER BOWL’
Hunt would later say the name was likely in his head because his children had been playing with a Super Ball toy (a vintage example of the ball is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio).
In a July 25, 1966, letter to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Hunt wrote,
"I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon."
Although the leagues' owners decided on the name "AFL-NFL Championship Game," the media immediately picked up on Hunt's "Super Bowl" name, which would become official beginning with the third annual game.
The "Super Bowl" name was derived from the bowl game, a post-season college football game. The original "bowl game" was the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California, which was first played in 1902 as the "Tournament East-West football game" as part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and moved to the new Rose Bowl Stadium in 1923.
Time for me to walk on down the road…