Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XXXVII

As we continue to enter the modern-day NFL, former Buccaneers (and current Raiders) head coach Jon Gruden gets his first ring in a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII with a win over his former (and current) team.

Buccaneers Dominate Super Bowl XXXVII

A Super Bowl played in front of a total of 67,603 fans, the final score of Super Bowl XXXVII was 48-21, with the Buccaneers walking away victorious. The Dixie Chicks played the National Anthem and Shania Twain was the star of the halftime show.

MVP of the game was Dexter Jackson, safety for Tampa Bay. Jackson made history as being one of the only players in the secondary to be named Super Bowl MVP. Some remember this particular Super Bowl being nicknamed the “Pirate Bowl,” and this was due to both mascots looking like a pirate.

John Madden, the legendary former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, was yet again one of the announcers for the Super Bowl this time around. Al Michaels and Melissa Stark both joined him, along with Lynn Swann. There were a total of 88.6 million viewers watching the Super Bowl this time around, and the cost of a 30 second commercial was around $2.1 million. The game aired on the ABC network and the Nielsen rating was 40.7.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XVIII

Making their second-straight appearance on the road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami, the Washington Redskins are headed to Tampa, Florida, host of Super Bowl LV in 2021, for Super Bowl XVIII against the Los Angeles Raiders.

The Raiders Win Super Bowl XVIII

Entering the game as defending champions and odds-on favorites to capture their second-straight Super Bowl, it was a different story in 1984 for the Washington Redskins, as the team would get blown out by the AFC-champion Los Angeles Raiders by a score of 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII. With nearly 73,000 fans in attendance, the Super Bowl was hosted for the first time in Tampa, Florida, a city that would go on to host many more, including Super Bowl LV in 2021.

After jumping out to an early lead before halftime, the Raiders never looked back. For the second straight year, a record-setting running back would walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors, as Raiders running back Marcus Allen would carry the ball 20 times for a then-record 191 yards and two touchdowns.

In 1984, the cost of commercials during the big game actually dropped for the first time in years, clocking in at $368,000 for a 30-second spot. Super Bowl XVIII is also remembered by many as the birthplace of the Apple advertising campaigns, where the iconic Apple Macintosh commercial would go on air.

Around 77 million viewers tuned in to catch Super Bowl XVIII, with broadcasting duties being handled by Pat Summerall and former Raiders head coach John Madden. The national anthem was performed by singer Barry Manilow.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XV

Once again traveling through the state of Louisiana, the Road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami runs through Super Bowl XV between the current defending-champion Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Plunkett’s Perfect Performance

Despite the best efforts of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team wasn’t as lucky in 1981 as they were in the 2017 NFL season, eventually falling to the Oakland Raiders 27-10. Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, who executed a nearly flawless performance in Super Bowl XV, would lead the Raiders to their Super Bowl victory, as the first “Wild Card” Super Bowl champion.

This was, in fact, Oakland’s third overall Super Bowl appearance in 15 years, and Super Bowl XV was played in front of over 76,000 fans at the Louisiana Superdome, which at this point (and still to this day) is a Super Bowl hosting favorite.

Plunkett’s nearly perfect performance in Super Bowl XV, completing 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns, would make him the second NCAA Heisman Trophy winner to capture a Super Bowl MVP title.

The halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XV was none other than Jim Skinner Productions, providing a “Mardi Gras Festival” theme for the halftime show. Over 68.2 million viewers tuned into NBC to catch Super Bowl XV in 1981, and the cost a 30-second commercial continued to rise, checking in at $324,000.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XI

While the Minnesota Vikings are looking to take that next step on the Road to Super Bowl 54 in the 2019 NFL season, they were appearing in their third Super Bowl in four seasons back in 1977, as Super Bowl XI heads to the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California!

An Offensive Attack

Super Bowl XI between the Vikings and AFC-champion Oakland Raiders would go down in history as one of the most offensive Super Bowls to date, with the Raiders racking up a then-NFL record 288 yards in offense in just the first half alone. This would help Oakland get out to an early Super Bowl XI lead, eventually leading to a 32-14 victory over the Vikings.

Super Bowl XI would be played in front of over 103,000 fans strong, making this Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl one of the most heavily attended.

Despite a strong showing by Raiders defensive back Willie Brown, who recorded a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, it was wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff that would walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors, registering four catches for 79 yards.

By Super Bowl XI, the halftime show had transitioned to becoming more of a performance instead of it being marching bands. Disney presented the “It’s A Small World” production with the Los Angeles Unified All-City Band for halftime of this Super Bowl.

Another interesting fact about Super Bowl XI remains that the national anthem was not sung, but instead, singer Vikki Carr performed “America the Beautiful” before kickoff.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 54: Training Camp Headlines

With the 2019 NFL preseason in full swing, teams are in the heat of their training camps and preseason preparations. And as teams continue working on their goals of heading to Miami for Super Bowl LIV in 2020, we’re taking a look at some of the top training camp headlines to dominate the league over the opening weeks of the season.

Antonio Brown’s Helmet Debacle

“When the All-Pro receiver threatened to retire from football completely if he wasn’t allowed to wear his old helmet, the news set the NFL on fire. The problem was Brown’s favorite helmet is more than 10 years old and therefore cannot be certified as safe by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. Brown pushed the issue in a way never before seen, which included attempting to sneak his original helmet onto the practice field on multiple occasions — driving an early wedge between himself and the Oakland Raiders in the process.” — Read more at CBSSports.com.

Cowboys QB Prescott seeking “record money”

“Dak Prescott turned down a contract offer that would’ve averaged $30 million annually, according to NFL Network’s Jane Slater.

Slater reported Prescott is looking to get $40 million a year, which would make him the highest-paid player in the league, per Spotrac. Tom Brady and Russell Willson own the current mark as they each earn $35 million a season.” — Read more at BleacherReport.

Inspiring story: Browns wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi

“On Thursday night, with less than four minutes left in the game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, the Redskins punted the ball to the Browns’ 24-year-old receiver, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, who, in a flash, ran it back 86 yards for a touchdown.

Four months ago, according to the Browns, Sheehy-Guiseppi was a guy sleeping outside of a Miami gym. He had spent his last dollars traveling there from his home in Arizona in the hopes of impressing NFL scouts at their annual tryouts in North Miami. But, to complicate matters, once he arrived, the broke athlete didn’t have a formal invite to the tryout — those are usually reserved for college football standouts and Sheehy-Guiseppi hadn’t played college football for the past two years.” — Read more at CNN.com.

Washington Redskins refuse to trade tackle Trent Williams

“With the relationship between Washington and left tackle Trent Williams fractured, the Washington team president continues to believe that the passage of time will somehow unfracture the relationship, resulting in Williams walking through the door, reporting for duty, and playing for the team.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Washington has told multiple teams that Williams will not be traded. Teams repeatedly have inquired, per Schefter, and teams repeatedly have been rebuffed.” — Read more at ProFootball Talk.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl II

Two teams looking to rebound in the 2019 season — we’re taking a look back at the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II on the Road to 2020 Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

The NFL vs. AFL: Act II

Held at Miami’s Orange Bowl Stadium on January 14, 1968, the Green Bay Packers would make their second-straight appearance in front of more than 74,000 fans in Super Bowl II. Officially known as the second NFL-AFL Championship game, a second-straight victory for the NFL, providing fans with belief that the NFL was much more talented than the AFL.

After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the first “Super Bowl,” the Packers would take on the feared Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. Reporters and fans alike expected the Packers to dominate the game, and in that they were correct. In fact, the Oakland Raiders were only able to score twice throughout the entirety of the game.

Don Chandler, the Packers kicker, was able to make four field goals and defensive back Herb Adderley added a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown en route to the Packers’ second straight championship, a 33-41 victory over Oakland.

Not to be forgotten was Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who not only was the first two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, but was the first two-time Super Bowl MVP as well. Just two Super Bowls played, two championships and two Super Bowl MVP awards would help to cement Starr’s status as one of the all-time greats.

 


 

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