Dear Friends of Adams Bench:
Welcome to Super Bowl weekend 2016, the 50th anniversary game, first one recently in which the local team, rather than competing, will watch the event on flat screens and eat nachos just like the rest of us.
The first game in the series, January 15, 1967, a sunny 72 degrees in LA’s Memorial Coliseum, actually then called the “NFL-AFL Championship Game”, between Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers and Hank Stram’s Kansas City Chiefs, a step in the evolution toward a merger of rival leagues.
An opportunity for the NFL and Packers to demonstrate their dominance over the upstart league and Chiefs by winning 35 to 10, Packer quarterback Bart Starr the game’s MVP.
The game was telecast simultaneously on two major TV networks, CBS and NBC, total estimated viewers slightly more than 51 million, average cost for a 30 second commercial $42,000.
The expected viewership on CBS TV this coming Sunday, game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers to be played in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium, about 115 million, average cost of a 30 second commercial closer to $5 million.
The halftime entertainment at that first game, the University of Arizona and Grambling State University marching bands performing with the Anaheim High School drill team.
The halftime show this coming Sunday, probably watched by more people than those actually focusing on the game itself, a combination of the British rock group “Cold Play” and American artist “Beyonce”, (chronically referred to by my Father in either a Freudian Slip or simple mispronunciation as “Bounce” or “Bouncie”; just saying, Dad, there are three syllables in her name, not one or two).
Bless the nachos and bring-em on…..enjoy the game.
Tim and Erica Blue
Published by: Tim Blue in Newsletter