The game of Super Bowl and its supplementary festivities make up Super Bowl Sunday (sometimes called "Super Sunday"), which through the years has nearly become a genuine national holiday. The Super Bowl game is one of the most-watched television events of the year in America, attracting numerous companies to pay out millions of dollars on ads and commercials. Additionally, many popular musicians and singers have performed during the pre-game of Super Bowl's as well as during the halftime ceremonies.
The Super Bowl was started as part of the union between the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). After its setting up in 1920, the NFL fended away quite a few rival leagues prior to AFL has been involved in the game in 1960. The severe competitive battle for fans and players resulted in serious talks between the two leagues in 1966.
Name Super Bawl became official in 1969.
When both the AFL and the NFL united into one joint league prior to 1970 season, three teams from NFL joined the 10 teams of AFL to make up the American Football Conference, and the remaining 13 teams, in turn, formed the National Football Conference. Since that time, the Super Bowl has enrolled the champions of the NFC and AFC.
The team that wins Super Bawl is presented the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named in honor of the Green Bay Packers' coach, who helped his team to win the first two Super Bowl matches.
The Super Bowl games can be identified by Roman numerals, rather than by years of events. The NFL season stretches over two calendar years, therefore identifying the Super Bawl games by the year may cause some perplexity. For instance, the New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl XXXIX are in fact 2004 NFL season's champions, although the Super Bowl game was played in winter of 2005.
The Super Bowl games tend to have extremely high television ratings. On average, up to 90 million Americans watch the Super Bowl games at any given moment. One of the notable super bowl games watched by the record number of viewers was 1998's between the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos which assembled about 90 million viewers and received the highest TV rating of all Super Bowl games ever.
As a consequence of the great number of viewers that Super Bowl games generate, a number of popular musicians and singers traditionally have performed all through pre-game ceremonies, at the halftime, or even singing the United States national anthem. Super Bowl XXXVII alone engaged singers Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Branch and Carlos Santana who performed prior to the game; the Dixie Chicks performed the US anthem; Celine Dion sang "God Bless America"; and No Doubt, Sting and Shania Twain performed during the show in the halftime.