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 the
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

MLB drops death penalty on Braves, bans former GM for life

Report: Paxton Lynch will start for Broncos in Week 12

Ray Allen claims he was victim of man’s catfishing scheme

Joe Morgan to HOF voters: ‘Steroid users don’t belong here’

Jones confident he will get his way with Goodell contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clippers' Doc Rivers firmly on the hot seat

Report: Raiders fire DC Ken Norton Jr.

Cam Newton shares 2008 police photo to share message of hope

Report: Giants are the favorites to land Giancarlo Stanton

LeBron James to voice character in animated movie

Free beer promo at Wisconsin bar backfires amid Packers’ shutout

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

Winners and losers from NBA's first month

MLS conference finals predictions: Who will advance to play for Cup trophy?

Should the Broncos make Tyrod Taylor their next quarterback?

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.

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NFL Week 11 injury report

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

15 mid-majors you need to know before you hear about them in March

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