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A Brief History of the Super Bowl Broadcast

© Anthony J. Causi/Icon SMI/Corbis Sunday will mark the 17th time that NBC has broadcast the Super Bowl, tying it with CBS for the most in NFL history. Here’s a brief history of the Super Bowl on TV. The AFL-NFL World Championship Game Simulcast In 1967, NBC and CBS simulcast the first Super Bowl between the Kansas City [...]

The Number of the Day: 250

Starting today, fans of the Green Bay Packers can purchase an official share of stock in the team for $250. The FAQs at packersowner.com offer further details for any Cheesehead thinking about getting into the world of professional sports ownership: You will not receive any special benefits with respect to tickets, preferential seating or discounts on [...]

Why Do the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?

Every year, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys host games on Thanksgiving, and every year, we run this story explaining why that is. Only this time around, we’ve had to cut out all the Lions jokes. © Icon SMI/Corbis Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how [...]

How the People of Green Bay Came to Own the Packers

© Mark Cowan/Icon SMI/Corbis At some point during each NFL season (or protracted NFL lockout), fans are bound to hear an announcer mention that the Green Bay Packers are “owned by the people of Green Bay.” Really? Let’s take a look. Are the Packers really publicly owned, or is that just a myth? It’s no myth. The [...]

U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

Attention all cheese lovers! The U.S. Championship Cheese Contest at Lambeau is now underway. For the next three days, 26 experts will examine, sniff and taste more than 30,000 pounds of cheese and butter. The best cheeses in 73 different classes will be awarded gold medals. Sarah “The Cheese Lady” is also there. This amazing cheese artist [...]

That’ll Cost You: NFL Fines Through the Years

In the wake of the NFL’s crackdown on concussions and the increasing number of player fines issued for helmet-to-helmet hits, here’s a look at 15 other offenses, ranging from the serious to the absurd, that have drawn fines over the years. Amateur Hour In 1925, the NFL fined the Milwaukee Badgers $500 and ordered owner Ambrose L. [...]

Why Do The Lions & Cowboys Always Play On Thanksgiving?

You hear the same phrases every Thanksgiving. “Please pass the gravy.” “Actually, can I have the gravy again? I missed a spot.” And “Ugh, why do we have to watch the Lions play again this year?” Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how bad [...]