When it comes to the biggest event in American sport, there is no doubt that Super Bowl Sunday, the final of the NFL’s American Football championship, is the most watched and most popular. So much of the sporting year in the USA is geared towards the Super Bowl, which usually takes place in late January or early February, and is one of the biggest dates in the USA calendar.
Lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy, which is the great prize for winning a Super Bowl, is a great honor for any coach and any team captain in the NFL. It can also mean a big change and an air of optimism which can affect a whole city with a win on that day. There is no better example of this than the win of the New Orleans Saints in 2010, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which was indeed a great boost for the people of that beleaguered city superslot.
The team which has carried away the trophy on the most occasions is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are also tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the most appearances in the Bowl, with eight each. A less desired record is held by the Buffalo Bills, who have the most consecutive appearances, but as they lost all four of these, they also have the most consecutive Super Bowl defeats.
In terms of individual players who have excelled, Jerry Rice holds a raft of records, having the most points scored in Super Bowls with 48, is tied for the most points in a single game with 18, and also holds records for the most receptions and the most receiving yards.
When it comes to the vast amount of money and prestige that comes with the game, there is always a large amount of attention which is placed on a number of things during the evening.
One of the most popular announcements in the build up to the big day is the announcement of the band or singer that will provide the halftime show, with huge acts such as Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and Paul McCartney having played the half time show over recent years.
One of the biggest things about Super Bowl Sunday is how commercialized the day has become, and how much advertising on the host broadcaster. At the moment, CBS, Fox, and NBC are sharing the broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl, and coverage rotates between them every year.
The advertising slots which are sold for the commercial breaks on are the most popular and also the most expensive for a single advert, and the anticipation and hype that accompanies adverts from the major companies can become large and interesting in itself.
For many American sports fans, this is the biggest day on the calendar. And although commercial and entertainment interests are also well-represented, the key feature is that, every player in the game wants the chance to lift the trophy, and to win a coveted Super Bowl ring which will stay with them forever.