Monday, January 19, 2009

43 Stops to Super Bowl XLIII: #40-43

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.

#40-REMEMBERING 1944: Due to World War II, some NFL teams combined rosters in order to field a team. Most people remember the Steelers and Eagles merging in 1943 to form the "Steagles". Well, in 1944, the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers merged for form the Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers. Yes, the two teams that will be facing off in Super Bowl XLIII were once one franchise.

#41-ARIZONA DOES KNOW ABOUT RECENT SUPER BOWLS: Last year, the Super Bowl was played at the Cardinals home field in Glendale. Arizona has become only the second stadium to host a Super Bowl one year and then send their team to the Super Bowl the very next season. Super Bowl V was played in Miami and the Dolphins went to Super Bowl VI. It doesn't count since their home wasn't the Rose Bowl, but Super Bowl XVII was played in Pasadena and the Los Angeles Raiders went to Super Bowl XVIII

#42-STEELERS HIT SEVEN, HOPE TO HIT SIX: The Steelers will be making their 7th Super Bowl appearance. Only the Dallas Cowboys have been to more (eight). With a win, the Steelers will become the first franchise with six Super Bowl championships. They are currently tied with the Cowboys and 49ers with five.

#43-ZONA'S OFF THE LIST: You probably know by now that the Arizona Cardinals will be making their first Super Bowl appearance. That means only the Browns, Jaguars, Texans, Lions and Saints are the only NFL teams to have never appeared in a Super Bowl.

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