Jan 30th 2013

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Wednesday word: The 2 sources of the name “Super Bowl”

The Super Bowl is one of the most popular games in sports today, but where does its peculiar name come from?

1. A child’s toy called the “Super Ball.”

Lamar Hunt was the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs when the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) were having meetings prior to their merger in 1970.

It was agreed that prior to their merger, the two leagues would meet together in a championship game which Hunt casually referred to as the “Super Bowl,” likely because he had the name of his child’s toy the “Super Ball” stuck in his head.

2. A Bowl Shaped Stadium in California

Long before this AFL and NFL merger, post season American college football games were known as “bowls.” The football stadium in Pasadena, California where the tournament of Roses was first held looked so much like a bowl that people started calling this the “Rose Bowl.” The name stuck and today we have the 35 college level “Bowls” plus the professional “Super Bowl!”

Who will you be cheering for in Super Bowl 2013? The Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers?

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