Not much is the same since the first Super Bowl was played more than 46 years ago. The game has certainly evolved; offenses are more complicated, and the game itself has become a spectacle around the globe. Yet amid all the changes since the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I, there is something that has remained the same - each winner has received the now-iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The origins of the Lombardi Trophy date back to the 1967 season, when then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle met with representatives from Tiffany and Co. to discuss crafting the trophy for the upcoming first Super Bowl. The result was the classic statue - which was rumored to be sketched out on a napkin during lunch - and Tiffany's has crafted the trophy ever since.
While it's known as the Lombardi Trophy today, that hasn't always been the case. After all, it would have been weird handing Vince Lombardi a trophy named after himself when he won the first two Super Bowls! It was originally known simply as the world championship trophy, but after Lombardi passed away in 1970, it was renamed in his honor.
The Lombardi Trophy is certainly a worthy prize for the Super Bowl champion. Made entirely of sterling silver, the 22-inch statue features a regulation-size football in the kicking position and weighs nearly seven pounds. According to the NFL, each trophy is worth an estimated $25,000. Given the value, and importance, of the Lombardi Trophy, Tiffany's goes to great lengths to ensure its security.
Each trophy is constructed in Parsippany, New Jersey, where it takes about four months to be completed. Then, once it is finished, it's put in the trusted hands of Brink's, a world-renowned security company. Once it arrives at its final destination (this year in New Orleans) it is put under lock and key until it's time to be presented at the end of the game.
While each sport has its own unique trophy for league champion, few are quite like the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This year should be particularly interesting, because the San Francisco 49ers have the chance to add the sixth trophy to their collection. That would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history. Will they do it? Find out when the Super Bowl kicks off on February 3! (And if you want to see it in person…the NFL Ticket Exchange can get you there!)
I probably don't have to tell you that we're only a few weeks away from Super Bowl 47, and you know what that means. It means gridiron intensity. It means the biggest half-time show of the year. It means eating your weight in hot wings (followed by a mad dash for the Tums). And, of course, it means some of the best commercials we're likely to see all year.
The Super Bowl ad is a grand tradition, and for many people (especially those whose teams were knocked out early on), Super Bowl ads are the reason to watch. There have been a lot of great Super Sunday commercials through the years (understatement of the week?), and we thought we'd put together 10 of our favorites, in no particular order. Enjoy!
1. Apple: 1984 (1984)
Not only is this an iconic Super Bowl commercial; it's an iconic Apple commercial. It was the first ad Apple ever created to promote a personal computer. Directed by one of the best sci-fi movie directors of our time (2 points if you know who it is without Googling!), Apple's 1984 commercial was the perfect ad for its time.
2. Volkswagen: The Force (2011)
VW's Star Wars-themed ad from two years ago was heartwarming and clever. There's really not much else to say about it (which is fitting, since the commercial itself is dialogue-free!).
3. Budweiser Frogs (1995)
Ah, a classic! Budweiser has had more than its fair share of hits and misses in the Super Bowl ad game, but this one really stands out.
4. Monster.com: When I Grow Up (1999)
Man oh man, who can't relate to this one?!
5. Reebok: Terry Tate: Office Linebacker (2003)
Ten years later, just thinking about this Reebok ad still makes me laugh out loud. That, my friends, is the sign of a great commercial.
6. Snickers: Betty White (2010)
A new classic! This Snickers commercial heralded the grand return of Betty White in all her comic genius.
7. Gatorade: 23 vs 39 (2003)
No one's better than Michael Jordan...except maybe Michael Jordan. In 2003, Gatorade was kind enough to grant us all a glimpse at the world's greatest one-on-one fantasy match-up.
8. EDS: Herding Cats (2000)
Honestly, I still have no idea what EDS stands for, or what the company does. But boy oh boy, was this a fantastic commercial!
9. Sprint: Crime Deterrent (2006)
Phones can do many things. Among them, hit faces. (Please, please, please do not try this one at home!)
10. Coca-Cola: Mean Joe Green (1979)
How could we make a list of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time and not include Mean Joe Green?! Mean Joe is practically the physical embodiment of Super Sunday ads! Coca-Cola really struck gold with this little gem.
Personally, I can't wait to see what commercials Super Bowl 47 brings. Of course, if you're more of a "see it live" type and are willing to forego the commercials, and if you can get yourself to New Orleans, I should note that you can get tickets to the Super Bowl at TicketsNow by clicking here! Otherwise, enjoy your couch, enjoy the game, enjoy your wings, and enjoy those Super Bowl ads!
The NFL season is already half over; and boy have things changed a lot since the first four games. Surprise teams many thought could make an unforeseen run into the playoffs have almost disappeared completely, while the defending Super Bowl champion Giants have seem to have hit their yearly mid-season slide. Yet, while the landscape has changed considerably over the last month or so, the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans are still the cream of the crop.
After the first month of the season, a lot of fans, me included, were singing the praises of the Arizona Cardinals. They were 4-0, and their wins included a surprising victory over the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots. Since then, the Cards are 0-5 and are slowly fading from playoff contention in the NFC. Plus, with inconsistency at quarterback - whether it's John Skelton or Kevin Kolb under center - it's unlikely they'll get back in the conversation.
The Cardinals fall from the ranks of the undefeated have helped right the ship a little. The familiar names are back in the thick of things - the Ravens, Patriots, Steelers, Packers, Giants and Bears, are all on pace to head back to the playoffs this year, even though the Giants have lost two in a row and have struggled on offense as of late.
But arguably the biggest story so far this NFL season is the success of both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Last year, the Colts released future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to make way for first overall pick Andrew Luck. The former Stanford star was expected to come into a work in progress, but the unflappable rookie has led the Colts to an impressive 6-3 record and on the cusp of a playoff berth.
As for the Broncos, who signed Manning after he was released, things could not be going any better. Manning seems to be showing no ill effects of his several neck surgeries that required a year off and is beginning to click with his receivers. Add that to the fact the Broncos defense is firing on all cylinders, and they are right in the hunt for a wide open AFC at 6-3.
After a wild start, full of crazy finishes and replacement referees, the NFL seems to have returned to more stable ground. Still, there's still half the season left so a lot can happen, but at this point I wouldn't be surprised to see the Patriots and Falcons squaring off in Super Bowl XLVII.