Super Bowl XLII

By | Jan 29, 2008

For those of us living in a cave with no TV or radio, this coming Sunday February 3, 2008, the NFL will play their 42nd Super Bowl. The game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Phoenix was the host of Super Bowl XXX in January 1996. That game was played at Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium, on the campus of Arizona State University.

Nearly a year ago on February 6, 2007 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano along with the NFL and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled the slogan “Who Wants It More?”. During the same announcement Super Bowl XLII’s logo was unveiled. The logo features the state of Arizona in red with two horizontal white stripes in the middle represening the vertical lines on the University of Phoenix Stadium. The red star represents the AFC and the blue star represents the NFC.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are scheduled to perform the halftime show, with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks scheduled to do the National Anthem. Sparks was born in Phoenix is the daughter of former football star Phillippi Sparks, who played most of his career with the New York Giants.

The game will be played between the National Football Conference champions, New York Giants and the American Football Conference champions, New England Patriots. If the Patriots win they will become only the second football team to go the season and win the championship without a lost. The Miami Dolphins achieved that feat in 1972, although they only had to win 17 games to do it. The Patriots won their 16 regular season and both of their layoff games.

The Giants, too, are on a streak. they have not lost a road game this season. They won all of their regular season away games as well as their three road playoff games. The game will also be a rematch of their final regualr season game against the Patriot. A home game they lost 38 to 35.

For some the only reason to watch the Super Bowl is for the new commercials. Some of them may only appear during this one night. Cost for a thirty second spot is estimated to be 2.7 millions dollars. We’ll just have to see if any of them will be determined to be classics.


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