11 Things You May Not Have Known About The Super Bowl

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11 Things You May Not Have Known About The Super Bowl

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It's almost time for the big game - the one day a year when football fans, and non-fans alike convene around the television to watch football, throw parties, and, actually watch the ads. The Super Bowl's rich history has provided a bunch of memorable moments, and things not so memorable as well. 

With that in mind, here are 11 things you probably didn't know about the Super Bowl. 

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The First Super Bowl wasn't even called the Super Bowl

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The first game between the American Football League and the National Football League in 1967 was officially known as the "AFL–NFL World Championship Game", it wasn't until later that the game was retroactively named "Super Bowl I". 

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Players who play in the Super Bowl get a pretty nice bonus

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Players from the winning Super Bowl will earn a bonus of $92,000 each for winning the Super Bowl in 2015 (not to mention whatever bonuses will be in their contract).  Don't feel too bad for the losers, they'll still pocket $46,000 each.   

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Repeat success in the Super Bowl is very rare

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The Denver Broncos were repeat champions when they won Super Bowl XXXI and XXXII. Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images

Overall, only 8 Super Bowl winners have repeated their title in the following season. 

 

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Watching the game? It's likely to cost you money even if you're not there.

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According to research, the average Super Bowl viewer spends about $65 on merchandise related to the Super Bowl.  That's a lot of nachos.  

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Disneyland and Disney World do not become "ghost towns" during the game

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While business at the theme parks is slower on Super Bowl Sunday than on typical weekend days in January, but "not much slower." 

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Super Bowl XLIX will be the third Super Bowl played in Arizona

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The halftime show for Super Bowl XXX in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images

The two previous games were decided by 10 points or less. 

 

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People bet more than $10 billion on the Super Bowl each year

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Joined an office pool? Yep, you're included in that number.  Nothing feels as good as beating your co-workers and wearing a paper clip crown for a year.  

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You Can Eat Healthy At a Super Bowl Party

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Yes, it's especially tricky on a day full of food, you can enjoy a Super Bowl party without risking your waistline with a few timely tips.   

 

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Super Bowl winner's rings have gotten more valuable over the years

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Compare the humble beginnings of the Super Bowl I winners ring with the one Tiffany & Co. made for the winning New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.   Estimated value: Priceless to a football player - tens of thousands of dollars to a fan. 

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Yes, the "1%" do enjoy the Super Bowl differently than you do

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You and 29 of your closest friends could take a private jet to and from the Super Bowl, stay at a five-star resort, and catch the game from lower level sideline seats.  And that's only the beginning. 

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The Trophy Was Renamed for Vince Lombardi After Has Death

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The Vince Lombardi Trophy, the iconic prize the Super Bowl winners take home, was only named for the legendary coach after his death in 1971.  

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Ok, now you know!

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Now that you can wow your friends and coworkers with your new found Super Bowl trivia knowledge, make sure to follow up with these great tips from About.com Experts to make your Super Bowl day great!

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