Super Bowl - Our Other National Holiday

The Super Bowl has come a long way since the first end-of-season championship game back in 1967, when the Green Bay Packers were victorious over the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. The Monkees "I'm a Believer" was number one in the charts, and we were just two years away from landing on the moon. The name "Super Bowl" was officially used in 1969 and was a nod to the college championship "bowl" games - except this one was "super", so it must be better, right?

Super Bowl Sunday has been embraced since then as an unofficial national holiday - the only thing lacking is a day off work, as the game is on a Sunday (although some may be the worse for wear Monday and take a day anyway). As usual with such "Americana", we tend to go a bit nuts over the whole thing - but it's only once a year, right?

The Super Bowl party phenomenon is now well-established and the one with the biggest TV screen is likely the host - a LOT of big screen TVs are sold during the weeks before the big game. In recent times the TV commercials have become a big feature of the coverage, and the Half Time Shows have coughed up their share of memories - like the 2004 Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction"...

If you want a sneak peak at the new crop of Super Bowl commercials, check them here.

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