Saturday, January 31, 2009

43 Stops To Super Bowl XLIII: #4-7

The "43 Stops to Super Bowl XLIII" is a series that will feature stories, stats and interesting trivia that you can use to act smart as you prepare for Super Bowl XLIII. I've done this on SPORTZASSASSIN.COM for Super Bowls XL and XLI and for AOL's FanHouse for Super Bowl XLII.

#4-SUPER BOWL NEWBIES: As you know, Arizona is making its first Super Bowl appearance. This is the 7th Super Bowl in the last 11 years to feature a team making its debut in the big game. Those teams are the Cardinals (43), Seahawks (40), Panthers (38), Buccaneers (37), Ravens (35), Titans (34) and Falcons (33). Those newbies are 2-4 in the Super Bowl and none have been back since.

#5-RELOCATION IS FUN, KIDDIES: The Cardinals are yet another franchise to make a Super Bowl appearance after relocating during the Super Bowl era. The Colts (Baltimore/Indianapolis), Raiders (Oakland/Los Angeles) and Rams (Los Angeles/St. Louis) have all won Super Bowls in two different cities. Like the Cardinals, the Ravens (formerly Cleveland Browns) and Titans (formerly Houston Oilers) made their first Super Bowl appearance after their move.

#6-JOHN MADDEN HAS HIT ALL THE NETWORKS: John Madden will be the analyst for the Super Bowl on NBC. This means that Madden will have called a Super Bowl on each of the four major networks. He worked for CBS during five Super Bowls, FOX for three, ABC for two and now NBC.

#7-A BIRD OF ANOTHER FEATHER: The Cardinals join the Eagles (15, 39), Falcons (33), Ravens (35) and Seahawks (40) as the only bird-named Super Bowl participants. The Ravens were the only ones to actually win the game.

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