It's hard to believe it's been more than 40 years! I don't know about you, but I don't remember when there wasn't a Super Bowl. I'm not even a huge football fan (except for the Cleveland Browns--give 'em time)...and I don't think I've ever missed a Super Bowl...party!
 
The very first Super Bowl was played in 1967. Yep. It was at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on January 15 (seems early--but these are the facts). Who played? Well, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League went at it and the Packers blew the Chiefs away with an impressive 35-10 victory.

How did it come to be? "On August 14, 1959, Dallas businessman, Lamar Hunt, called for the formation of the American Football League. This league was organized and began play in 1960. Others in football thought the idea of the new conference was so crazy that the teams that formed this new conference were referred to as the 'Foolish Club.'

"As it turns out, this newly founded American Football League had a profound effect on pro football. On June 8 of 1966, the AFL and the NFL announced a merger. At the end of the 1966 season these new conferences played against each other in the first ever Super Bowl."

And the rest is history. And now it is a tradition. Over 22,000,000 TVs are tuned into the Super Bowl and of these 22,000,000 households, 13.5 million are having parties. These figures are, of course, pure fiction. But I wanted to emphasize the importance of celebrating the Super Bowl.

So there!
 
Game Date Result MVP
XLV
Feb. 6, 2011
Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25 Aaron Rodgers
XLIV
Feb. 7, 2010
New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
Drew Brees
XLIII Feb. 1, 2009 Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23 Santonio Holmes
XLII Feb. 3, 2008 New York Giants 17, New England 14 Eli Manning
XLI Feb. 4, 2007 Indianapolis 29, Bears 17 Peyton Manning
XL Feb. 5, 2006 Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10 Hines Ward
XXXIX  Feb. 6, 2005 New England 24, Philadelphia 21 Deion Branch
XXXVIII  Feb. 1, 2004  New England 32, Carolina 29  Tom Brady
XXXVII  Jan. 26, 2003 Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21  Dexter Jackson
XXXVI  Feb. 3, 2002 New England 20, St. Louis 17  Tom Brady
XXXV  Jan. 28, 2001  Baltimore 34, N.Y. Giants 7  Ray Lewis
XXXIV  Jan. 30, 2000  St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16  Kurt Warner
XXXIII  Jan. 31, 1999  Denver 34, Atlanta 19  John Elway
XXXII Jan. 25, 1998  Denver 31, Green Bay 24  Terrell Davis
XXXI Jan. 26, 1997  Green Bay 35, New England 21  Desmond Howard
XXX Jan. 28, 1996  Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17  Larry Brown
XXIX Jan. 29, 1995  San Francisco 49, San Diego 26  Steve Young
XXVIII Jan. 30, 1994  Dallas 30, Buffalo 13 Emmitt Smith
XXVII Jan. 31, 1993 Dallas 52, Buffalo 17  Troy Aikman
XXVI Jan. 26, 1992 Washington 37, Buffalo 24  Mark Rypien
XXV  Jan. 27, 1991 N.Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19  Ottis Anderson
XXIV Jan. 28, 1990  San Francisco 55, Denver 10  Joe Montana
XXIII  Jan. 22, 1989 San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16  Jerry Rice
XXII Jan. 31, 1988  Washington 42, Denver 10  Doug Williams
XXI Jan. 25, 1987  N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20  Phil Simms
XX Jan. 26, 1986  Chicago 46, New England 10  Richard Dent
XIX Jan. 20, 1985 San Francisco 38, Miami 16  Joe Montana
XVIII Jan. 22, 1984 L.A. Raiders 38, Washington 9  Marcus Allen
XVII Jan. 30, 1983  Washington 27, Miami 17  John Riggins
XVI Jan. 24, 1982  San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21  Joe Montana
XV Jan. 25, 1981  Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10  Jim Plunkett
XIV Jan. 20, 1980  Pittsburgh 31, L.A. Rams 19  Terry Bradshaw
XIII Jan. 21, 1979  Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31 Terry Bradshaw
XII Jan. 15, 1978  Dallas 27, Denver 10  Randy White, Harvey Martin
XI Jan. 9, 1977  Oakland 32, Minnesota 14  Fred Biletnikoff
X Jan. 18, 1976  Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17  Lynn Swann
IX Jan. 12, 1975 Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6 Franco Harris
VIII Jan. 13, 1974  Miami 24, Minnesota 7  Larry Csonka
VII  Jan. 14, 1973  Miami 14, Washington 7  Jake Scott
VI Jan. 16, 1972 Dallas 24, Miami 3  Roger Staubach
V Jan. 17, 1971  Baltimore 16, Dallas 13 Chuck Howley
IV Jan. 11, 1970  Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7  Len Dawson
III Jan. 12, 1969  N.Y. Jets 16, Baltimore 7  Joe Namath
II  Jan. 14, 1968  Green Bay 33, Oakland 14  Bart Starr
I Jan. 15, 1967  Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10 Bart Starr