Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 2/1/13
The Super Bowl is the most watched and most analyzed American sports event. Even casual fans can rattle off a litany of facts about the Big Game. But no matter how closely you follow professional football, there are probably some tidbits from the storied history of the Super Bowl that you aren’t aware of. So, in honor of Super Bowl XLVII, here are 47 trivial Super Bowl facts that you may or may not be aware of. The Origins of the Game I. The first two Super Bowls weren’t actually called the “Super Bowl.” They went by the less catchy, less concise moniker “AFL-NFL World Championship Game.” The National Football League and its younger rival, the American Football League, reached a merger agreement in 1966. The two leagues wouldn’t formally become one until the 1969 season, so in the meantime the winners of each league met in the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. II. The name “Super Bowl” was inspired by the “Super Ball,” a popular children’s toy from Wham-O (the company responsible for
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jose Fernandez statue may not be built with new Marlins ownership

Report: Porzingis ‘off limits’ in potential Kyrie Irving trade

NFL rips NFLPA for ‘shameful’ victim blaming in Elliott case

Atlanta Falcons: Moving on from last season’s heartbreak

Joe Thomas says Osweiler has 'it-factor,' expects him to start

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

AFC North Preview: Steelers have too much talent to lose

Public bets have made Raiders second-favorite to win Super Bowl

Saints CB Delvin Breaux to miss 4-6 weeks after misdiagnosis

Mike Glennon reportedly strong favorite to be Week 1 starter

Report: Elliott’s ex spoke about using sex tapes for blackmail

Report: Cavs approaching Irving talks as if LeBron will be leaving

The top 20 left-handed pitchers of all-time

Box Score 8/16: There is no stopping the Dodgers

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Box Score 8/15: Stanton's power surge has no end in sight

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: The Dallas Stars take a stand

BIG3 Week 8: A complicated playoff picture

Best of Yardbarker: Jay Cutler is back for more

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

BIG3 Week 8: A complicated playoff picture

Best of Yardbarker: Jay Cutler is back for more

Sports & Politics Intersect: The Dallas Stars take a stand

The 'Mike Gundy is now 50, even manlier' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker