Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and millions of people are looking forward to seeing a hot match while drinking cold beer, chewing on some extra cheesy nachos, making bets and booing/ admiring the hyped commercials.
The traditions surrounding the Super Bowl have long transcended the actual game itself. Sure, plenty of people care whether it will be the Ravens or the 49ers who win big this Sunday, but honestly, that’s not the real fun part.
For those of you who are huge Super Bowl fans without being too big on football, here are some sweet moments from Super Bowl history that will get you excited about the match.
Franco Harris Makes MVP History
Harris’ career is filled with records and wins, but one of the greatest on that list is being the first African American AND Italian American Super Bowl MVP. This was in 1975, when the Full Back was playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. If you’re wondering about his mixed heritage, his father was an African American GI who met his Italian mom during service in WWII.
Thurman Thomas Loses His Helmet
It’s fine to have a quirky superstition, as long as it doesn’t mess up a huge event like the Super Bowl. Thurman Thomas learned that firsthand when he lost his helmet just before the game in 1991. The Running Back had a ritual of placing his helmet on the 34-yard line before each game. On that specific day, the helmet was moved. Thomas actually missed his team’s first two offensive plays because of that.
Christina Aguilera’s Version of the National Anthem
Many people had a problem with Christina Aguilera’s interpretation of the Star-Spangled Banner. Not only did she turn the anthem into a two-minute long vibrato, she mixed up the lyrics! Instead of singing “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming”, Aguilera sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming” – Awkward moment if there ever was one.
Apple’s “1984” Commercial
In 1984, Apple decided to go for a themed tribute to George Orwell’s classic with a super impressive commercial for Macintosh computers. Almost 30 years afterwards, Apple products seem to have a reverse effect than what is seen in this ad. Big Brother iPhone, that is.
Ace Ventura’s “Laces Out”
Ok, this may not have taken place in actual Super Bowl reality, but there are enough real moments in the game’s history that justify this classic parody. If you remember Jim Carrey’s 1994 hit, you remember how it all revolves around Dan Marino, the Miami Dolphins and an unfortunate kick at the Super Bowl XVII. Laces out Dan!
Janet Jackson’s & Justin Timberlake’s Dirty Dancing
The biggest Super Bowl halftime controversy involves Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and a piece of skin. So much has been written on the 2004 incident, it leaves little room to add anything else. Just watch the vid if you want to see a rerun.
Barret Robbins Goes Missing
A day before the 2002 Super Bowl, Barret Robbins of the Oakland Raiders simply disappeared. Family members were worried, as Robbins’ mental state was known to be flaky, and the team was starting to sweat. He later explained in an interview that he went partying in Tijuana.
The Most Expensive Super Bowl Commercial Ever
This infamous title goes to Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” commercial, aired in 2011. The total cost of the ad was about 12.4 million dollars!! Many viewers were impressed by the 2-minute long mashup of Eminem and the hardworking folks of Detroit. Pretty soon though people started wondering – should a company that received a government bailout waste money like that?
Super Bowl Making Twitter History
Last year, the Super Bowl actually made it to Twitter’s record book, with 12,233 tweets per second at the end of the Giants vs. Patriots game and 10,245 during Madonna’s halftime performance. That is A LOT of tweets.
Bruce Springsteen’s Crotch Slide (2009 Super Bowl)
What was going on in the cameraman’s mind as he noticed Bruce Springsteen’s crotch moving towards his lens at full speed? Was it fear, or perhaps pride? I guess we’ll never know for sure, but The Boss’ own expression does tell us a lot about how he felt about it.
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