Roman Numerals Return For Super Bowl LI

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Super Bowl week is underway in Houston, Texas. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off in the big game this Sunday. Reporter John Kucko joins us now with a preview. 

Great to be with you, it’s a beautiful night here in Houston. We are situated outside NGR Stadium, the venue for Sunday’s Super Bowl 51. The activity this evening centering around Minute Maid Park, the home of baseball’s Houston Astros.

That’s where media night is taking place, the NFL moving this into a primetime slot to take advantage of the national TV audience, the primetime audience.  And so, players from the falcons and patriots, all of them will have access to the reporters and vice versa. When I say reporters, I’m saying four, five, six thousand from all over the world that are here to cover the game and in a lot of cases, just cover media night because a lot of the reporters that are there right now and doing this event are not credentialed to cover the game. 

This has been a super bowl tradition for many years to hold his on Monday, it used to be on Tuesday’s during the day, they moved into a Monday situation to allow the public to come in for a fee of course, and they moved it into primetime the past couple of years so the NFL a marketing machine unlike any other in sports using it as an opportunity to further their brand when it comes to their showcase game which is quite a spectacle. 

John, Atlanta arrived yesterday, the Patriots late this afternoon. Any reason why New England came in a day later?

You know, I think they are so well-versed playing in this game — going for their fifth Super Bowl championship — that they felt it was the thing to do. 

And while the league likes to see the teams arrive here on Sunday evening, the Patriots obviously in no hurry to please the NFL these days.  And so, they had a sendoff this morning in Foxboro. Arrived here hours later, and that’s the way they do it. They are well-versed in this type of thing. They didn’t want to come any earlier than they had to.  I think they wanted to use the extra day Sunday to game plan and prepare because they realize once you get here, it’s a big distraction until you get to kick-off.

Thanks John. We are now six days away from the kick-off Super Bowl 51 right here on Fox. And even though we say “51,” it’s really Super Bowl LI. Andrew Marden explains why the game is back to using roman numerals.

Wherever you look…Super Bowl LI… Super Bowl LI… Super Bowl LI. After a one-year break, the game often referred to as the ‘biggest spectacle in sports’ has gone back to using its traditional method of counting.

“They’re part of the allure of the Super Bowl. They obviously go back to the early days of the game and there is something powerful that resonates with fans. That connection, that makes it feel very special.”

The Super Bowl has used roman numerals every year since 1971…Super Bowl Five. The only exception? Last year, in northern California…Super Bowl 50.

“50 was powerful, it was that golden year so we brought the ’50’ out. But we are committed to roman numerals. Our feedback from fans is stick with it, there is a strong sentiment that there is some nostalgia there so we’re keeping it alive.”

There’s plenty of Super Bowl nostalgia here in Houston. This city has already hosted two Super Bowls; once in 1974 and again in 2004.

“It’s finally coming together and we really are excited about that. Houstonians being able to showcase their city through the city of the future, the next 50 Super Bowls, taking us to Super Bowl 100, right?”

That would be “Super Bowl C” unless the NFL decides to make another exception. There’s plenty of time to decide. In Houston, I’m Andrew Marden, now back to you.

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