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Let’s get ready to rumble! Whether you are a football fan tuning in to cheer on your favorite team, a music lover looking to rock out during the half-time show, or a jokester waiting for the big budget commercials or wardrobe malfunctions, the Big Game has something for everyone.

Tune in on Sunday, February 5th, 2012 and watch as the New York Giants play the New England Patriots in hopes of becoming the Super Bowl XLVI Champions and winners of the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy.

Now before you grab the remote, chow down on some nachos and wings and turn the television set to the most watched American television broadcast of the year, take a look at these questions about the Super Bowl:

How many Super Bowls have the New York Giants played in?

The New York Giants have qualified for five Super Bowls and won three of them:

Super Bowl XXII (1-25-87) — New York 39, Denver Broncos 20.
Super Bowl XXV (1-27-91) — New York 20, Buffalo Bills 19.
Super Bowl XXXV (1-28-01) — Baltimore Ravens 34, New York 7.
Super Bowl XLII (2-3-08) — New York 17, New England Patriots 14.
Super Bowl XLVI (2-5-12) — New York vs. New England.

How many Super Bowls have the New England Patriots played in?

The Patriots have qualified for seven Super Bowls and won three of them:

Super Bowl XX (1-26-86) — Chicago 46, New England 10.
Super Bowl XXXI (1-26-97) — Green Bay 35, New England 21.
Super Bowl XXXVI (2-3-02) — New England 20, St. Louis Rams 17.
Super Bowl XXXVIII (2-1-04) — New England 32, Carolina 29.
Super Bowl XXXIX (2-6-05) — New England 24, Philadelphia 21.
Super Bowl XLII (2-3-08) — New York Giants 17, New England 14.
Super Bowl XLVI (2-5-12) — New England vs. New York Giants.

How many times has the Super Bowl been played in Indianapolis?

Super Bowl XLVI which will be played on February 5th, 2012, will be the first time in the history of the NFL that the Super Bowl will be played in Indianapolis. It is also the fourth time that the Super Bowl is going to be played in a cold-weather location. Other locations have included Detroit and Minneapolis.

How much do NFL players get paid for winning the Super Bowl?

Besides winning the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy, the winning team of the Super Bowl gets a serious cash bonus. Under the NFL’s current agreement with the players, each player will get $88,000 for winning the Super Bowl. This agreement will expire in 2012.

Keep in mind that this is the minimum bonus guaranteed by the NFL Players Association. Other star players and MVPs might have millions more written into their contracts.

What is the cost of a Super Bowl ring?

The NFL pays up to $5,000.00 per ring, with up to 150 rings per team. If the rings are over the $5,000 limit, the team owners must make up the difference.

Recent rings have been appraised in excess of $20,000 but manufacturers keep this information confidential.

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Rich Lavene

    February 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Good fodder for my get together on Sunday, thanks! I thought the rings were much more expensive then that.

  2. Ben S.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I’d like to know why Super Bowls are defined by Roman Numerals?

    • CJ

      February 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Here’s what I could find on the subject:

      The use of Roman numerals to designate Super Bowls began with game V in 1971, won by the Baltimore Colts over the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 on Jim O’Brien’s 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining. Numerals I through IV were added later for the first four Super Bowls.

      “The NFL didn’t model after the Olympics,” said Dan Masonson, director of the league’s corporate communications. Instead, he said, the Roman system was adopted to avoid any confusion that might occur because of the way the Super Bowl is held in a different year from the one in which most of the regular season is played.

      Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs, credits the idea of using Roman numerals to Lamar Hunt, the late Chiefs owner and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. (History also credits Hunt with coming up with the name “Super Bowl” for the big game.)

      “The Roman numerals made it much more important,” Moore said. “It’s much more magisterial.”

      Or as Michon put it: Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur – “Anything stated in Latin looks important.”

      • Francesco

        February 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        Interesting find on the subject of Roman Numerals.

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