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On 04/02/2020 at 2:52 AM, Awsi Dooger said:

Same. Only one I attended was Jets/Colts in 1969 when I was in elementary school in Miami.

I wasn't surprised in the least that the Jets won. One month earlier my dad took me to see the season finale of Dolphins hosting the Jets. New York toyed with the Dolphins. It was something like 31-7. The Dolphins had a backup field goal kicker hit the upright on a 10 yard field goal early in the game. I can still picture the agony on his face when he missed it. We were sitting not far away in that end zone. Then the rest of the game was all Jets.

During that Super Bowl we were sitting in the same end zone as a family of four, but a higher row. Maybe the 30th row of the lower deck. The nearby fans were part of the Baltimore Colts Corral. They were like professional fans. Dressed impeccably. One guy was walking around with a sign that said, "Earl the Pearl will make Joe the Mouth eat his words." That became a famous sign. You still see it in videos of that game. I always scramble to look for myself and my family because we were right there. The guy holding that sign was literally 5 feet in front of us. But the photos and videos were taken from the wrong angle. We never appear.

That end zone had some of the famous plays from that game. Lou Michaels of the Colts missed a very short field goal early, something like 29 yards after Tom Matte had a very long run. Then a Morrall pass deflected off a shoulder pad near the goal line and went high in the air before being picked off. Just before halftime the Jets led after a Matt Snell touchdown sweep toward the opposite end zone. The Colts were near midfield and ran a flea flicker. Myself and my family gasped. We could see Johnny Orr running free down the left sideline. I mean, he was running smack toward where we were sitting and waving his hand in the air for the ball. I will never lose that mental image. It was a certain touchdown. 

Then somehow Earl Morrall never looked in that direction. We were in family disbelief when Morrall launched it deep over the middle instead. That still looked dangerous but then a Jets safety cut in front at the last second and picked it off. I think it was Randy Beverly. I'm not going to look it up. The Jets safeties Randy Beverly and Johnny Sample were very famous players, well known even to a third grader like myself. People underestimate how immensely talented that Jets team was.

There was only one guy sitting near us also rooting for the Jets. He was one row in front and sitting almost directly in front of me. The entire game he was cupping his hands over his mouth while saying, "Roll 'em Namath...roll 'em, roll 'em."

The Colts fans were mocking him early but soon shut up. They were in stunned silence most of the remainder of the game.

Johnny Unitas made a late appearance and directed a touchdown drive. My dad kept saying how sad it was, that Unitas was physically only a shell of his former self. 

But then Unitas went on to win a Super Bowl in relief a couple of years later, helped by the famous deflection play to Eddie Hinton. Funny how I remember all these 50 years ago names better than anything recent.

When Namath ran off the field waving his index finger in the air as #1, that was also smack toward us and into the tunnel. It is still easily the most colorful game I've ever attended. Field was in immaculate shape. Confetti everywhere as the game ended.

BTW, ticket prices were $15. My dad had me devote my weekly 40 cent allowance to the ticket for nearly an entire year. He wanted to teach me the value of money. But my sweet mom foiled his plans. She would secretly reimburse me the 40 cents every week during our trip to Publix. We delighted in that secret.

When we arrived for the game my dad was absolutely furious at the $4 parking fee. I mean beyond furious. This was in a new gas station smack across the street from the Orange Bowl. As we walked toward the stadium he wouldn't shut up about that $4. It was an unheard of fee at the time. Finally my mom asked him if he was intent on ruining the entire experience based on that 4 dollars.

I've never really wanted to attend another Super Bowl because the one I did attend is probably the most famous NFL game of all time. That will do.

Younger fellow Dolphins fans refuse to believe that Miamians were rooting for the Jets. But that was absolutely the case. The entire neighborhood was thrilled the Jets won, to validate the upstart AFL. My school was thrilled. We loved the Jets and thanked the Jets. Kids in PE class were pretending to be Joe Namath or Don Maynard. Then once the merger happened in 1970 the bitter division rival was the Colts, not the Jets. 

That my friend is a wonderful story, thank you for sharing. I've been watching since Da Bears killed the Pats in XX. My army buddies got me watching it during the playoffs for that season and I was mesmerised. Some guy I'd never heard of called Joe Montana was getting killed by the Giants D line. But I really admired this guy Montana who kept getting up despite the beating. So I thought I'd root for the underdog and became a 49er fan there and then. How little did I realise how fortunate my choice of team was. 

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Live - every one since Super Bowl 21, when the 86 Giants defeated Denver 39-20 in Pasadena, though I did watch the full game of SB 20 (Bears 46 Patriots 10) the following day.

Not bad considering I live in the UK and the game kicks off at 11.30pm here and finishes around 3am.

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XI Jan. 9, 1977 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) Oakland 32, Minnesota 14
XII Jan. 15, 1978 Superdome (New Orleans) Dallas 27, Denver 10
XIII Jan. 21, 1979 Orange Bowl (Miami) Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
XIV Jan. 20, 1980 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
XV Jan. 25, 1981 Superdome (New Orleans) Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10
XVI Jan. 24, 1982 Silverdome (Pontiac, Mich.) San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21
XVII Jan. 30, 1983 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) Washington 27, Miami 17
XVIII Jan. 22, 1984 Tampa (Fla.) Stadium Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington 9
XIX Jan. 20, 1985 Stanford (Calif.) Stadium San Francisco 38, Miami 16
XX Jan. 26, 1986 Superdome (New Orleans) Chicago 46, New England 10
XXI Jan. 25, 1987 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) New York Giants 39, Denver 20
XXII Jan. 31, 1988 Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego) Washington 42, Denver 10
XXIII Jan. 22, 1989 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami) San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16
XXIV Jan. 28, 1990 Superdome (New Orleans) San Francisco 55, Denver 10
XXV Jan. 27, 1991 Tampa (Fla.) Stadium New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19
XXVI Jan. 26, 1992 Metrodome (Minneapolis) Washington 37, Buffalo 24
XXVII Jan. 31, 1993 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) Dallas 52, Buffalo 17
XXVIII Jan. 30, 1994 Georgia Dome (Atlanta) Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
XXIX Jan. 29, 1995 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami) San Francisco 49, San Diego 26
XXX Jan. 28, 1996 Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.) Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17
XXXI Jan. 26, 1997 Superdome (New Orleans) Green Bay 35, New England 21
XXXII Jan. 25, 1998 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego) Denver 31, Green Bay 24
XXXIII Jan. 31, 1999 Pro Player Stadium (Miami) Denver 34, Atlanta 19
XXXIV Jan. 30, 2000 Georgia Dome (Atlanta) St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16
XXXV Jan. 28, 2001 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7
XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002 Superdome (New Orleans) New England 20, St. Louis 17
XXXVII Jan. 26, 2003 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego) Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21
XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004 Reliant Stadium (Houston) New England 32, Carolina 29
XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005 Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville, Fla.) New England 24, Philadelphia 21
XL Feb. 5, 2006 Ford Field (Detroit) Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10
XLI Feb. 4, 2007 Dolphin Stadium (Miami) Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
XLII Feb. 3, 2008 University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) New York Giants 17, New England 14
XLIII Feb. 1, 2009 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
XLIV Feb. 7, 2010 Sun Life Stadium (Miami) New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
XLV Feb. 6, 2011 Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25
XLVI Feb. 5, 2012 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) New York Giants 21, New England 17
XLVII Feb. 3, 2013 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans) Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31
XLVIII Feb. 2, 2014 MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) Seattle 43, Denver 8
XLIX Feb. 1, 2015 University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) New England 28, Seattle 24
50 Feb. 7, 2016 Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.) Denver 24, Carolina 10
LI Feb. 5, 2017 NRG Stadium (Houston) New England 34, Atlanta 28
LII Feb. 4, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis) Philadelphia 41, New England 33
LIII Feb. 3, 2019 Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta) New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 3
LIV Feb. 2, 2020 Hard Rock Stadium (Miami) Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20

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This is going to sound like a dumb joke but it's 100% real. First one I actually saw live is Panthers vs. Pats in 2004 and my father tried to get me to keep watching with him after the first half by joking that they were going to show **** on TV. Then Janet Jackson came up on stage and the rest is history.

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I was born in 1986 and I'm sure my Dad had them all on - I vaguely remember being at a Super Bowl party for one of the Bills/Cowboys, but I was playing Super Nintendo with other kids.

I remember, vividly, the Steelers/Cowboys for the 1995 season. Watched everyone since, EXCEPT - I truly had no desire to see the Patriots cap off their perfect season, so I didn't tune into that game until late in the 4th quarter.

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On 2/10/2020 at 4:31 PM, FrantikRam said:

I was born in 1986 and I'm sure my Dad had them all on - I vaguely remember being at a Super Bowl party for one of the Bills/Cowboys, but I was playing Super Nintendo with other kids.

I was also at a party for one of the Bills-Cowboys SB's. Me and my hockey league teammates got together for the first one.

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Heck idk.

 

I mostly just remember the one where me and the bros agreed to do shots for every score.  Bears Colts and immediately we're all re-thinking things.  Hadn't even cracked the beers and we're doing like Orange Sourpuss shots and worried if it continues.  Teenage times.  Aside from a few particularly memorable ones...i find how memorable each Superbowl was, to be at least halfway a product of how i spent the game.

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