Super Bowl 2016
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl and is expected to be bigger and better than ever with Coldplay headlining the half-time show.
The Super Bowl is the final championship American Football game in the NFL. It dates back to 1967 and was instigated as part of a merger between the two major American Football leagues when the winner of each league would compete against each other in the Super Bowl. The name originated from a children’s game, and although it was only intended as a temporary name, it stuck. The Super Bowl is buried deeply in the Psyche of the American nation, and is the major sport event of the year, drawing the largest television audiences and creating a huge party atmosphere.
The Superbowl is traditionally played on the first Sunday in February though originally it was played some weeks earlier. The winner of the Super Bowl is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The late Vince Lombardi died prematurely in 1970 and was a football coach who coached the Green Bay Packers, a legendary team which won the first two Super Bowl games.
The match is always staged with a huge party atmosphere, and celebrity guests traditionally provide entertainment during the breaks and before the game starts, sometimes creating controversy as exampled by the famous so-called wardrobe malfunction that happened to Janet Jackson.
The venue of the Super Bowl is decided in a bidding system where candidate cities are selected using a number of criteria which include the standard of the available facilities along with their perceived management abilities. In 2016, the Super Bowl will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and will return to Houston Texas for the second time in 2017 before Minneapolis stages the event for the first time since 1992 at the Vikings Stadium in 2018.
Winning the Super Bowl is the pinnicle for any American Football player. To get their a team must win it’s division or be lucky enough to qualify as a wildcard entry and then emerge top of the AFC or NFC Conference playoffs. It is the two teams which manage to beat the odds on the long journey who have the honour of contesting NFL’s showpice event.
The enormity of the big event is not lost on bookmakers and in the build up to the Super Bowl right through the NFL Playoffs there will be plenty of opportunities to pick up a free bet.
Super Bowl 50
The 50th edition of the Super Bowl in American Football will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers.
Super Bowl 50 has been aptly dubbed as the Golden Super Bowl on three counts; due to being played in the Golden State of California, held in the home stadium of the 49ers, a team named after the miners of the California Gold Rush, and because a 50th anniversary is traditionally known as a golden anniversary.
The NFL took the decision to market the game with the Arabic numeral 50, as opposed to sticking with the usual Roman numeral system as logo designers felt it would be difficult to come up with an attractive design for “Super Bowl L”.
AFC Contenders For Super Bowl 50
Defending champions New England Patriots will attempt to become only the second franchise in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice, while the side who hold that record, Pittsburgh Steelers are only given an outside chance of making the play-offs by online bookmakers.
Super Bowl XLVIII runners-up Denver Broncos are thought to be the sides to give Patriots the most to worry about along with Indianapolis Colts in the AFC, while Super Bowl XLVII winners Baltimore Ravens are available at a tasty price.
NFC Contenders For Super Bowl 50
One of the winningest teams in Super Bowl history, the New England Patriots are likely to clinch the top seed in the AFC and the Denver Broncos are a likely 2nd. In the NFC the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals look like they are ready for the big dance.
Top 5 Most Successful Super Bowl Teams (Appearances, Wins, Losses)
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8, 6, 2)
2. Dallas Cowboys (8, 5, 3)
3. San Fransisco 49ers (6, 5, 1)
4. New England Patriots (8, 4, 4)
5. Green Bay Packers & New York Giants (5, 4, 1)
Denver Broncos have an unwanted record as the side which has lost the most Super Bowls with five defeats in seven appearances.