Sports fans are history devotees! Nothing brings that home more than the media coverage during the two weeks between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. Every year Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers roll out to the Super Bowl and fill the media waves with reminisces and reflections. The two teams playing are loaded with tradition and heritage and their particular histories are being picked apart and debated, recalled and rehashed. One team had the coach, Vince Lombardi, for whom the trophy they are fighting over this Sunday was named; the other team has the most Lombardi Trophies of any team in the league!
ESPN hosts a debate about which team, the Dallas Cowboys (hosting the Super Bowl), the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers, is actually America’s Team. Articles and sports shows are dropping Titletown, USA and the City of Champions 100 times a day. NFL Network is running past games and discusses heritage and legacy; the Top Ten series which ranks any number of football games, positions, teams, statistics, milestones, eras, etc., and spans the football ages, is rerunning topical top ten lists to reflect the upcoming battle!
I love both sports and history, so there is nothing better for me than to mix the two. I am fortunate to be teaching a special topics history course, Sports in America, at CCBC (MD) this semester. Check out the class’s blog, America’s Pastimes Unwound, sportsrewind.wordpress.com, and keep an eye on it throughout the spring!
In the meanwhile enjoy all the tradition, legacy, heritage and history of the NFL as these two titans, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, with all their lore, continue the Super Bowl tradition while the nation watches in Super Bowl XLV!