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6 Reasons People Gave Up Their Super Bowl Rings

Courtesy of SCP Auctions Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s ring from Super Bowl XXV fetched $230,401 in an auction over the weekend. Over the years, several athletes and at least one owner have relinquished ownership of their championship bling for various reasons. Here are some examples. 1. Because a Little Girl Made You In 2008, New [...]

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 [...]

14 Super Bowl Sideshows and Subplots

At Super Bowl XV in New Orleans — my first Super Bowl — wildman defensive lineman John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders nominated himself as a most unlikely Bourbon Street chaperone. “I’m going to see that there’s no funny business,” The Tooz said. “I’ve had enough parties for 20 people’s lifetimes. I’ll keep our young fellows [...]

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 [...]

Bruce Jenner, John Wayne and a Newborn Baby: 18 Curious Draft Picks

It’s a guarantee that in this year’s NFL Draft, a future Hall of Famer will be selected after someone who never plays a down in the league. What we can say with equal certainty (well, almost) is that no team will try to draft a newborn baby, select a Hollywood movie star, scout from the [...]

Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay

This Sunday, the Packers battle the Steelers in the Super Bowl. You may be a fan of either, and you may know all there is to know about football, but how much do you really know about the two cities? Test your knowledge of Green Bay, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in this Lunchtime Quiz at [...]

The Origins of the Terrible Towel and the Lambeau Leap

Super Bowl XLV will take place on Sunday, February 6th. It would take far too long to detail the long, storied history of both teams. So, in the interest of brevity – and to avoid the Super Bowl overdose that is surely on the way – let’s just take a look at the origins of [...]

Woody’s Winners: NFL Week 10

NFL WEEK TEN I posted last week’s column a day late, on Saturday, and for whatever reason, the extra day seemed to make a world of difference. Somehow, I pulled a 12-1 record in Week 9, including Cleveland’s upset of New England. (My only slip-up was the Colts’ 3-point loss to the Eagles.) It probably won’t [...]