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By Biyan Dooley
Bone-crushing hits, fumbles, interceptions,
touchdowns, dancing cheerleaders, funny commercials,
parties, flowing spirits and a champion crowned at the
end of the night.
According to Huffington Post, based on the Nielson
Co. survey, last year's Super Bowl attracted an estimated
111,000,000 viewers making it the most watched television
On Feb. 5, the Super Bowl will once again captivate
most American households, bars and troops abroad. It
has become a tradition for fans to hotly debate which
teams should play in the Super Bowl and which of the
two should ultimately hoist the Lombardi trophy as
professional football's champion.
The Lombardi trophy was named after Vince Lombardi,
legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the
first two Super Bowls.
"All of America watches," said junior Tatum Lemly.
"I'll probably go out somewhere and watch the
game with a bunch of my friends. I thought the
Packers would win, but now I'm pulling for
One thing the Super Bowl does is bring
friends together regardless of which team they
"It's America's game, that's what keeps
everyone watching;" said sophomore Saegan
Hilliard, who also plans on watching with
friends. "I'm now pulling for the Giants."
Of course, no Super Bowl gathering would
be complete without food and beverages.
"I'm going to a party and eat some wings
and food and other stuff," said senior Brad
Monroe, who likes the 49ers in the game.
Most fans agree that the best thing about
the Super Bowl is the camaraderie produced
as a result of tuning in.
"The Super Bowl brings people together
who wouldn't otherwise be together," said
sophomore Ryan Phillips, a 49ers fan.
The Super Bowl dates back to the merger
of the American Football League with
the National Football League in
1966. Kansas City
Chief Owner Lamar Hunt came up with the name "Super
Bowl" for lack of any other name. The original title was
"The NFL-AFL World Championship Game." That was
too long, so the media and fans chose the shorter "Super
Bowl." The name was officially changed to "Super Bowl"
There have been 45 Super Bowls so far. Generations
of fans remember significant plays and moments in all
those games and continue to argue controversial referee
calls years later.
"My favorite play happened during Super Bowl XXIV
in 2000," said junior JT Thomas. "The first year the
Tennessee Titans played in the Super Bowl. Steve McNair
of the Titans against Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis
Rams. It was the last play of the game. The tackle at the
one yard line and time ran out."
Mike Jones of the Rams tackled Kevin Dyson one
yard short of the end zone as time ran out, preventing a
game-tying touchdown for the Titans and preserving the
championship for the Rams.
"My favorite was David Tyree's catch in the Giants
versus Patriots game in Super Bowl XLII,'
In that game, the underdog, the New
York Giants, faced undefeated New
England Patriots. Giants quarterback, Eli
Manning, avoided a sack and completed a
32-yard pass to David Tyree. Tyree pinned
the ball against his helmet and although a
Patriot was wrapped all over him, Tyree was
able to hold on to the ball for the first down
and all but sealed the win for the Giants.
Despite the great memories and plays in
the Super Bowl, perhaps the importance lies
in the familial bonds it creates.
"My fondest memory is watching the Super
Bowl every year for years and years with my
dad," said junior Noah Ratner, a Patriots fan.
"Td like to see (Tom) Brady, (quarterback
of the New England Patriots) who has already
won three championships, win again."
Super Bowl XLVI will pit the favorite (3.5
points according to covers.com) New England
Patriots against the New York Giants at
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:20 PM
EST on NBC.
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- 2 steals
15 points - 8 rebounds
11 assists - 4 steals
#2 in I DOOM Freestyle
#2 in 500M Freestlye-
#3 in 200M Freestyle
28 points - 7 rebounds
4 assists - 4 steals
#2 in IOOM Breaststroke
- #2 in 1 OOM Freestyle -
#3 in SOM Breastroke
33 points - 11 rebounds
#1 in 100m Backstroke
#2 In 200M Freestyle -
#2 in SOM Backstroke
37 points - IS rebounds
- I assist - 2 blocks
33 points - 7 rebounds
- 3 assists - 2 steals - I
#2 in 200M Freestyle
- #3 in Freestyle(2) -
(placed 3rd in the 500M
Freestyle in two separate
meets for the week)
Players are listed in alphabetical order by last
name. IndividualsV statistics are from the past
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