Sunday, January 24, 2016

No Team Has Hosted A Super Bowl? No Team Has Even Been Close!!!

New Orleans has played host to the Super Bowl ten times,
but the hometown Saints have only been to one title tilt.

No team has ever played on their home field in the Super Bowl.  It has never happened.  Never.  Most fans know that.  But if you really look into it, it hasn't even been close.  First, some stats on this.

*Of the 50 Super Bowls, 43 of them were played in a stadium that was a home field for an NFL team.
*Since the Jets and Giants share MetLife Stadium, they were both hosts of Super Bowl XLVIII.
*Super Bowl VIII was played in Rice Stadium in Houston.  The Oilers used to play there but were currently playing at the Astrodome.
*Five Super Bowls were played at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and one was at Stanford Stadium.  Neither was home to an NFL franchise at the time.
*The Los Angeles Rams did play in Super Bowl XIV which was in Pasadena.  The San Francisco 49ers played in Super Bowl XIX in Stanford.  Those are the closest examples of a team playing a "home Super Bowl".  Neither were their home fields but both were certainly in their geographic footprint.

Here is the year-by-year records of the teams who hosted the Super Bowl:

I-Los Angeles Rams (8-6)
II-Miami Dolphins (4-10)
III-Miami Dolphins (5-8-1)
IV-New Orleans Saints (5-9)
V-Miami Dolphins (10-4)  Lost in Divisional Round
VI-New Orleans Saints (4-8-2)
VII-Los Angeles (6-7-1)
VIII-Houston Oilers (1-13) *Not Oilers home field at the time
IX-New Orleans Saints (5-9)
X-Miami Dolphins (10-4)
XII-New Orleans Saints (3-11)
XIII-Miami Dolphins (11-5) Lost in Wildcard Round
XV-New Orleans Saints (1-15)
XVI-Detroit Lions (8-8)
XVIII-Tampa Buccaneers (2-14)
XX-New Orleans Saints (5-11)
XXII-San Diego Chargers (8-7)
XXIII-Miami Dolphins (6-10)
XXIV-New Orleans Saints (9-7)
XXV-Tampa Buccaneers (6-10)
XXVI-Minnesota Vikings (8-8)
XXVIII-Atlanta Falcons (6-10)
XXIX-Miami Dolphins (10-6)  Won Wildcard Round, Lost Divisional Round
XXX-Arizona Cardinals (4-12)
XXXI-New Orleans Saints (3-13)
XXXII-San Diego Chargers (4-12)
XXXIII-Miami Dolphins (10-6) Won Wildcard Round, Lost Divisional Round
XXXIV-Atlanta Falcons (5-11)
XXXV-Tampa Buccaneers (10-6) Lost Wildcard Round
XXXVI-New Orleans Saints (7-9)
XXXVII-San Diego Chargers (8-8)
XXXVIII-Houston Texans (5-11)
XXXIX-Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7)
XL-Detroit Lions (5-11)
XLI-Miami Dolphins (6-10)
XLII-Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
XLIII-Tampa Buccaneers (9-7)
XLIV-Miami Dolphins (7-9)
XLV-Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
XLVI-Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
XLVII-New Orleans Saints (7-9)
XLVIII-New York Jets (8-8), New York Giants (7-9)
XLIX-Arizona Cardinals (11-5)  Lost Wildcard Round
50-San Francisco 49ers (5-11)

Look at that.  Not only has no team hosted a Super Bowl, of the 44 teams who could of ... only SIX EVEN MADE THE PLAYOFFS THAT YEAR!  Amazing.  Of those six, only two won a single playoff game and none of them even made the conference championship game.  Again, no team has even got close to playing a Super Bowl at home.

I found that a bit puzzling.  I mean, you'd think that there was at least one time a team was pretty close to getting there ... but no.  Not close.  You could joke that, well, the Super Bowl is usually in New Orleans or Tampa.  Miami was in 5 of the first 19 Super Bowls but not once played in the 5 times that the city also hosted the game.

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