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What You Might Not Know about the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIV is right around the corner and fans across the country are getting prepared. Professional football’s ultimate game has a long history and with it comes several traditions and even some unique superstitions. Here’s a look at what you might not know about the Super Bowl.

When in Rome
Beginning with the fifth Super Bowl, the game became known by its Roman numeral. The idea was to eliminate any confusion because the Super Bowl is played in the following calendar year after the regular season. Super LIV is the 54th Super Bowl played after the 2019 season. No problems there!

Halftime Entertainment
Initially, local high school and college marching bands provided halftime entertainment at the Super Bowl. In the early 1990s, the NFL started to bring in national recording acts to play at halftime. When Michael Jackson played at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, it marked the beginning of the league searching for major pop stars to do the halftime show. It has worked as TV ratings have skyrocketed in the years since.

Many fans tune in to the TV broadcast just to watch the commercials. A 30-second commercial in Super Bowl I cost $40,000. This year, advertisers will pay $5.6 million for the same 30-second spot.

Big 33 Connection
What is the Big 33 you ask? It’s a high school all-star game that has been played every year since the 1950s. There has been at least one player in every Super Bowl who played in the Big 33 All-Star Classic when he was in high school. The streak continues this season. San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould and DT Kevin Givens and Chiefs QB Chad Henne, DE Frank Clark Jr. and even GM Brett Veach all played in the all-star game.

Place Your Bets
The Super Bowl is the most wagered-on sports event in the United States. Over $100 million worth of legal bets will be placed on Super Bowl LIV. Bettors can bet on everything from the game’s outcome to the coin toss, which team will score first, and which song will be played first by the halftime entertainment.

Jersey Color
Call it what you want, but some teams might be superstitious about the color of the jersey they wear in the Super Bowl. Twelve of the last fourteen Super Bowl winners have worn white jerseys. During this year’s regular season, San Francisco and Kansas City, the two Super Bowl LIV opponents, performed better when wearing white jerseys.

The 49ers were 7-1 in white while Kansas City was 6-1. San Francisco will be wearing the white jersey in Super Bowl LIV.

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