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The Super Bowl - An American Classic (Wednesday Edition)

Seattle and Denver meet on Sunday in New Jersey in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Super Bowl is the top sporting event for millions of people worldwide. takes a daily look at the top championship event in sports.





INDIANAPOLIS – The Super Bowl holds a definite grip on the worldwide sporting landscape, and this Sunday's contest between Seattle and Denver should mark the sixth straight year the event will draw more than 150 million viewers.

From Super Bowl I to XLVIII, the game has grown – from 39.9 million viewers to 164.1.  With it have come "Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes" that entertain NFL fans everywhere.


A total of 164.1 million people watched all or part of Super Bowl XLVII, the most-viewed TV program in history.  It beat the 162.9 total from XLV, 159.2 from XLVI and 153.4 million of Super Bowl XLIV when the Colts played the Saints.  Super Bowl XLIV was the first program that out-drew the viewership total of the last episode of MAS*H in 1983.  A record average of 111.3 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLVI, up from the 111 million watched Super Bowl XLV.  There was an average of 106.5 for Super Bowl XLIV.  The total viewer number for the Colts' victory over Chicago in XLI was 139.8 million.

Super Bowl XLVI had 5,156 accredited media, the most ever and dramatically out-numbered the 338 credentials issued for Super Bowl I.

In the Colts' Super Bowl V victory over Dallas, the game's MVP, linebacker Chuck Howley, came from the losing team – the only time it occurred in history.  When Indianapolis won Super Bowl XLI, quarterback Peyton Manning was the MVP.

The Lombardi Trophy stands 20.75 inches tall, weighs 107.3 ounces and is valued in excess of $25,000.  Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay sent the Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl XLI on a tour through Indiana that included 50 stops more than 3,130 miles.  He later created a charity-related event that allowed five fans to receive authentic Super Bowl rings.

The winning player share in Super Bowl I was $15,000, while the losing player share was $7,500.  This year's winning share per player is $92,000, while the losing share per player is $46,000.

SUPER BOWL – Quote/Unquote

"With all due respect for baseball, this is really America's sport." – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

"Everybody envies the guys who win Super Bowls.  If you win one, you envy the guy who has won two.  If you win two, you envy the guy who has won three.  And the guy who wins four envies the guys who had the perfect season for Miami.  And the guys on that team envy the guys who are still playing football." – Steve Tasker, Buffalo Bills/CBS Sports

"I know they normally say that diamonds are a woman's best friend, but tonight, they're a man's best friend, too." – Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

"It's something you have forever to symbolize what you and your teammates accomplished.  It's so special to be able to win one as a player, and 20 years later, get one as a coach and become one of the few people who have ever done that." – Leslie Frazier, who won as a player with Chicago and as an assistant coach with the Colts


Peyton Manning (on comparing the teams he's played for in Denver to the teams in Indianapolis)

"I have really not made many comparisons to my teams here in Denver to the teams I played for in Indianapolis. There are different types of chemistries and personalities. I can make more comparisons from this year's Broncos team to last year's Broncos team. I was part of some great teams in Indianapolis, and the two that played in the Super Bowl are very special, and the one that won it was a great group of guys. It's hard to believe that we will be coming up on a 10-year reunion in just a couple of years, which that does make me feel quite old. I'm not sure you can still be playing and still go to a reunion in the NFL, so maybe that's the time I should be out of the NFL by then. We played the Raiders the last week of the season, and on that day, at halftime, they were honoring the 1983 Raiders Super Bowl champs – 30 years from that point. Boy, it really impacted our team. Coach (John) Fox made a point that those guys will always have that bond, no matter where they live, how much hair they've lost, how much weight they've gained, they will always have that bond. Coach Fox made a point that, if we were to win it, you will always have that connection. I always have that connection with that 2006 Indianapolis team, which is very special to me. It would be fun to have that same forever bond with this team."

Jacob Tamme (on Manning's intense side vs. prankster side)

"Nobody is more intense when we're preparing, when we're in a meeting, when we're in practice, but no one is more of a prankster when we're not. He's great to have in the locker room. He gets mad at me when I talk about this prank because it ruins it if it gets out to too many people, but if he offers you sunscreen on the golf course, don't take it. When you put it on your body, it will not protect you from the sun. It will actually make you feel like you're on fire. I had a great round that day."

Golden Tate (on if their offense feels disrespected with all the talk about the Seattle defense and the Denver offense)

"It's no secret; it's the number one offense against the number one defense. That's going to draw attention naturally. At the end of the day, in order to win a game of this magnitude you're going to need offense, defense and special teams. So we know as receivers and Seattle's offense, we're going to have to step up big. Not only in the passing game, but we're going to have to make some key blocks. The unique thing about our receiver group is we can play special teams; we can go out there and be very effective on special teams. We can go in there and stick our nose in there and block a linebacker or an end or whatever they ask us to do. I think we can do a lot of things that a lot of groups aren't as reliable as we are."

Doug Baldwin (on the Seahawks receivers)

"I think we are probably one of the most underrated receiving corps in the NFL. If you look at our stats, we're ranked at the bottom in pass attempts. We don't pass the ball that much, so we're not going to have big gaudy numbers with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady because we run the ball first. When we do have our opportunities to make plays in the passing game we do it. Golden Tate, you can't name a receiver who's forced more broken tackles than Golden Tate. You can't name a receiver that has a better touchdown break than Jermaine Kearse. Zach Miller is probably one of the best combination tight ends in the NFL in terms of blocking and receiving. We have talent."

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