Monday, January 25, 2010

44 Stops to Super Bowl XLIV: No. 36-40

The "44 Stops to Super Bowl XLIV" is a series that will feature stories, stats and interesting trivia that you can use to act smart as you prepare for Super Bowl XLIV. I've done this on SPORTZASSASSIN.COM for Super Bowls XL, XLI, XLIII and for AOL's FanHouse for Super Bowl XLII.

#36-THERE IS AN EXTRA VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY OUT THERE: Excuse this one taken from my FanHouse post but it is rather interesting:

There have been 43 Super Bowls to date ... yet there are 44 Vince Lombardi Trophies (given to the Super Bowl winning team) out and about. How is that?

Well, that little ditty comes to light after the recent passing of Rams owner Georgia Frontiere. Frontiere's husband, former-Colts and Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom, is the reason behind the story:

However, when Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom, Frontiere's late husband, traded the Colts for the Rams in a franchise swap in 1972, he decided he wanted to keep the Lombardi Trophy the Colts won in Super Bowl V. When Super Bowl VII took place in Los Angeles, Rosenbloom told the Colts he was going to put on a display of Super Bowl trophies and asked them to bring it to the West Coast. They did. There was no display, and Rosenbloom never returned the trophy. After the Colts complained to the league office, former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle had a duplicate made for the Colts, which remains in Baltimore (it was originally shipped to Indianapolis when the team moved but a deal was struck and it was returned to Maryland). The original Super Bowl V trophy? It presumably was in Frontiere's possession and now belongs to her heirs.

So, there are two Vince Lombardi trophies awarded for Super Bowl V ... yet neither are with the franchise that won it. The original was in St. Louis with Frontiere with the other in Baltimore, the Colts old digs. Meanwhile, Indianapolis can only show off the trophy they won two years ago.

#37-SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN: The team who scores first in a Super Bowl is 28-15. However, the team who has scored first has lost five of the last eight Super Bowls.

*Teams who score at least 30 points are 21-1.
*Teams that score the first TD are 31-12.
*Teams leading at the half are 33-8 (there have been two ties)

#38-AFC LOVES FEBRUARY: The Super Bowl will be held on February 7th. Since the first February Super Bowl in 2002, the AFC is 6-1 in those games:

Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots beat Rams on February 3, 2002
Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots beat Panthers on February 1, 2004
Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots beat Eagles on February 6, 2005
Super Bowl XL: Steelers beat Seahawks on February 5, 2006
Super Bowl XLI: Colts beat Bears on February 4, 2007
Super Bowl XLII: Giants beat Patriots on February 3, 2008
Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers beat Cardinals on February 1, 2009

#39-ANOTHER FLORIDA SUPER BOWL: This will mark just the third time that consecutive Super Bowls will be held in the same state. This year's Super Bowl in Miami follows last year's in Tampa. Super Bowls II and III were both held in Miami. California hosted Super Bowls XXI (Pasadena) and XXII (San Diego).

#40-A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRO BOWL: For the first time ever, the Pro Bowl will be held before the Super Bowl ... and in the same city. The NFL moved its game to Miami, the host of Super Bowl XLIV and the plan is to keep it that way. Every Pro Bowl since 1980 was held in Honolulu. From 1973-1979, the NFL did rotate the site of the Pro Bowl every year but it wasn't held at a Super Bowl site. From 1950-1972, the game was held in Los Angeles.

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