SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: A super celebration of American sport

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 09:56 AM.

Any football fan can tell you the year's biggest game, the Super Bowl, will be played Sunday.

This is the 48th edition of the game that has become America's biggest sporting event. Forget the Daytona 500, The Masters, the World Series or college basketball's Final Four — nothing compares to the Super Bowl.

At 55, I'm old enough to remember the first Super Bowl, which was played Jan. 15, 1967 in Los Angeles between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. I was 8 years old at the time. The Packers won that game that was simply known as the AFL-NFL Championship Game.

By the time the New York Jets beat the Baltimore Colts in the third championship game, the title Super Bowl had been attached to the game and a piece of Americana had been born.

I was more interested in playing and doing things boys do than watching those early Super Bowls. I remember watching few minutes of the games before running outside to play with my friends.

I guess you could say I grew up with the Super Bowl and as both the big game and I grew my interest and love for the game increased. By the time I was in middle school the game was a must see event, and I've rarely missed watching the game since.

I have watched the Super Bowl from the lobby of my college dorm and the comfort of my own living room.

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