10 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Super Bowl
There is a lot of excitement building up surrounding Super Bowl LVI. Like music, sports bring us together and people really need a break from the reality of COVID, inflation, talks of war, and all the other depressing things happening in the world today. Super Bowl Sunday is stacking up to give us all the relief we need as the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals in SoFi Stadium.
The wagers are being made, the stage is set for an epic halftime show and plans have been made for the Super Bowl parties. Most fans think they know all there is to know about football and the teams that are all about to play are. However, I came across a few interesting facts that might surprise some diehards out there. Did you know players win $150,000 playing bonus if the win the Super Bowl and the losing players get $75,000? Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the Super Bowl.
1.) The artists that perform the National Anthem or the halftime show do not get paid.
2.) SoFi Stadium was completed in September 2021 by HKS. It is home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. It is the only indoor-outdoor stadium in the world.
3.) SoFi Stadium has the largest video board in the world, measuring 70,000 square feet, and weighing 2.2 million pounds.
4.) This is the Rams first Super Bowl appearance with Los Angeles. They won the Super Bowl in 2000 when they were still the St. Louis Rams beating the Titans 23-16. They made three other Super Bowl appearances losing to the Patriots twice,13–3 in 2018 and 20-17 in 2002. They also lost to the Steelers in 1979.
5.) Before the Super Bowl era the original Cleveland Rams won the NFL championship in 1945. They did it again six years later after moving to Los Angeles the first time in 1951. They moved to St. Louis in 1999 and moved back to L.A. in 2016.
6.) The Cincinnati Bengals have only appeared in the Super Bowl two times. Ironically they played the same team and lost both times. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Bengals in 1981 and 1989.
7.) The Los Angeles Rams moved and changed their name 4 times.
8.) Where did the name “Super Bowl” come from? The first appeared in 1969 along with the use of Roman numerals.
9.) Coldest NFL game in history took place in 1981 during AFC Championship Game between the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals. The wind chill was -59° F wind chill and the temperatures dropped down to -9° F
10.) Who Dat vs Who Dey, who had the football chant first?
The earliest documented use of the phrase is in a July 30, 1852 article published in the New Orleans Daily Picayune. "Who Dat?" in music originated with vaudeville acts and minstrel shows of the late 19th. The jazz and big bands performers of the early 20th centuries also chanted the phrase. The term "Who Dat" origin associated with football is a borrowed phrase with a proud history that can be traced to St. Augustine High School from the Seventh Ward as they tried to rally for their 3rd state championship in 1971. Even though St. Aug. lost to Brother Martin 23-0, the "Who Dat?" football chant was born and New Orleans Saints fans started chanting "Who Dat?" at all the games. NOLA music legend, Aaron Neville recorded the first "Who Dat?" song on a French Quarter balcony with five New Orleans Saints players: John Hill, Louis Oubre, Reggie Lewis, Dave Waymer and Brad Edelman in 1983.
The "Hu-Dey" slogan dates back to the Hudepohl Brewing Company established in Cincinnati, in 1885 by founder Ludwig Hudepohl II. "Hu-Dey" was widely known and associated with special Hudepohl beer cans to celebrate the Bengals run for the Super Bowl XVI in 1982 and Super Bowl XXIII in 1989. However, it’s widely believed that the New Orleans Saints’ "Who Dat?" chant has.