18 Fascinating Facts About Football’s Biggest Game

bears-ballWe have about a month until the Big Game! This will be the 49th Big Game — in those 49 years, an interesting history has built up around it. Here are 18 fascinating facts about football’s biggest game.

  1. In the first Big Game played in 1967, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs. It was broadcast by both NBC and CBS (only one network gets the honor today), but the broadcast was not recorded (sports were not preserved by the networks and VCRs didn’t become popular until the 1980s) and considered to be a lost treasure. According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2005 a man came forward with video of the game that his father had recorded for a TV station. He donated it to the Paley Center for Media to be restored.
  2. Big Game I tickets were sold for up to $12 in 1967 — with plenty of empty stadium seats on a sunny day in Southern California. In 2014, people paid between $1,640 and $449,000 to watch the game outside despite the threat of snow and freezing temperatures in New Jersey.
  3. How times and commercials have changed: in 1967 it cost about $40,000 for 30 seconds of airtime during the Big Gamel broadcast. In 2014, 30 seconds was priced at $4.5 million — and advertisers don’t lose sleep over the cost. packers-pants
  4. The NFL loves to treat its players: the winning team receives up to 150 Big Game rings that cost $5,000 each. The losing team also gets rings, but they cost half as much as the winning team rings.
  5. In addition to rings, the winning team receives the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy (named for the Packers coach who led the winning team for the first two Big Game titles). The Trophy costs about $12,500. It’s made by Tiffany and takes 72 man hours to produce.
  6. In Big Game V, though the Dallas Cowboys lost, their linebacker Chuck Howley was named MVP — the only Super Bowl MVP named from a losing team.
  7. The team with the most Big Game MVPs is the Dallas Cowboys with seven.
  8. During the post-Big Game XXVIII celebrations, the helmet of MVP Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith was stolen. Teammates and officials looked for it high and low for two weeks until someone came forward and returned it… anonymously.
  9. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have made it to the Big Game more frequently than any other teams — each have made eight appearances.Football-steeler-flag
  10. Pittsburgh holds the most championship titles with six.
  11. Denver, Minnesota and Buffalo tie for the most games lost with four each.
  12. John Elway of the Denver Broncos was the oldest quarterback to win a Big Game at age 38.
  13. Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the youngest quarterback to win a Big Game at age 23.
  14. Only four NFL teams have never been to a Big Game: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Detroit, and Houston.
  15. No Big Game has ever gone into overtime.
  16. Dallas hosted the Big Game for the first time in 2011. To accommodate football fans, temporary seats were installed — but not adequately. Some of the seats were unusable and left more than 1200 ticket holders without seats. 800 people were given seats in other parts of the stadium and 400 others weren’t so lucky. The NFL promised refunds three times the face value of the tickets for those who were inconvenienced.
  17. In 2005, Animal Planet unveiled Puppy Bowl to compete with the Big Game for viewers. It’s a 12-hour marathon of puppies playing and being cute. In 2014, Puppy Bowl won over about 13.5 million viewers while the Big Game had about 111 million viewers.
  18. Even with the brutal winter of 2014, Big Game XLVIII, held in East Rutherford, NJ, was not the coldest Super Bowl ever played. The temperature for the 2014 game was 49℉ but at Big Game V in New Orleans, 39℉ was the temperature recorded at game time.

You still have plenty of time to get pumped for your team to make history! But remember it’s not just football that makes the game memorable — just celebrating in the middle of winter can earn a spot on a list of fascinating facts about the Big Game.

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

The fall and winter holidays are not the same without incredible homemade food. Whether you are hosting this year or plan to be a guest, our excellent values will help you prepare your kitchen, take a favorite dish with you, or give a fun hostess gift. Here are our Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is a must-have for holidays, family gatherings and social events.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is a must-have for holidays, family gatherings and social events.

The Cut and Serve Spatula is an all-in-one utensil that lets you work smarter!

The Cut and Serve Spatula is an all-in-one utensil that lets you work smarter!

 

Wash dishes or clean up your home with a 10-Pc. Terry Kitchen Towel Set.

Wash dishes or clean up your home with a 10-Pc. Terry Kitchen Towel Set.

Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines.

Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holder looks distinctive empty or when filled with tokens from your favorite wines.

 

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks of the Week

As the week finally comes to an end, we are looking forward to spending some time with friends and family—including the furry kind! Having pets in your home is a delight, but it does require some extra organization for toys, not to mention ways to keep them relaxed and happy. It’s likely those fuzzy little guys will insist on climbing up on the sofa and bed with you, so don’t forget to grab a throw the two of you can snuggle up in together. Enjoy hanging out with your pets with our Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks of the Week.

Sherpa-Covered Pet Steps are designed for small and aging cats and dogs. They ensure that your best friend can still join you on the sofa or bed if he has hip dysplasia, arthritis, other joint problems, or if he simply has short legs.

Sherpa-Covered Pet Steps are designed for small and aging cats and dogs. They ensure that your best friend can still join you on the sofa or bed if he has hip dysplasia, arthritis, other joint problems, or if he simply has short legs.

 

Wrap yourself up in comfort as you sit down for your favorite show with a Popular TV Show Fleece Throw.

Wrap yourself up in comfort as you sit down for your favorite show with a Popular TV Show Fleece Throw.

Pet Food Cabinet with Bowls is a handsome way to store your best friend's favorite food.

Pet Food Cabinet with Bowls is a handsome way to store your best friend’s favorite food.

AKC Calmcoat is the easy-to-wear anti-anxiety and calming coat for your dog.

AKC Calmcoat(TM) is the easy-to-wear anti-anxiety and calming coat for your dog.

 

This Oversized Utility Tote will be your go-to bag for carrying nearly everything!

This Oversized Utility Tote will be your go-to bag for carrying nearly everything!

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks for the Week

While everyone loves the sun and outdoor activities that summer has to offer, there are some days that are just too hot to handle. Climbing temperatures help us appreciate the modern comforts of the indoors, like air conditioning and ice makers.  Get your home ready for some chilling out with our Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week.

With a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains, you'll enjoy the luxurious look of suede, plus money-saving insulation in 4 decorator colors.

With a Set of 2 Insulated Sueded Curtains, you’ll enjoy the luxurious look of suede, plus money-saving insulation in 4 decorator colors.

Put an end to your search for those hard-to-find Extra-Long Nonslip Floor Runners.

Put an end to your search for those hard-to-find Extra-Long Nonslip Floor Runners.

Go casual with the comfort and style of this Women's Soft Knit Weekend Tunic.

Go casual with the comfort and style of this Women’s Soft Knit Weekend Tunic.

Stay cooler and sleep better with the Cool Pillow Pad.

Stay cooler and sleep better with the Cool Pillow Pad.

Lighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging.

Lighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging.

Pinteresting Picks for June

It’s the last day of June and summer is in full-swing — we can tell just by looking at our Pinterest boards. We looked at our most pinned products — they’re all very different, but there’s definitely a summer theme to the selections. Here is our list of Pinteresting Picks for June.

Splish-Splash

Your kids will jump at the chance to make waves in this Banzai Splish Splash Pool. Overflowing with nearly 8 feet of fun, this inflatable water playground gives toddlers a cool retreat from the heat. Six activity stations include a rainbow canopy, whale slide, water-spraying starfish stacker, baby dolphin rider, clamshell sprinkler and water-spraying pool rim. Simply attach to your garden hose and let the fun begin.

 

Gnome-Tree

Solar Gnome Tree House will put a smile on the face of everyone who sees it. This whimsical garden accent features windows that light up using the power of the sun. Turns on automatically at dusk.

 

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Prepare everyone’s favorite campfire treat on the grill with this S’mores Grill Rack. The stainless steel platform holds graham crackers and chocolate on top, while the sides can hold marshmallows on two of the four included skewers.

 

Body-Pillows

A 52″ Bright Body Pillow is a fun and comfortable addition to your bedroom. Cradle it for extra support while sleeping on your side. Lean back onto it when reading or watching TV. Works as a decorative pillow for your bed as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

It’s the first weekend in May and we are so excited to enjoy the weather and two days away from the office. Here are our product picks for the week we think will inspire fun and productive weekend activities.

muffin-cooker

Make a breakfast favorite quickly, easily and healthier with an egg muffin cooker. Use this set of 2 microwave cookers to cook a perfectly round egg to fit an English muffin. Just beat 1 or 2 eggs right inside the cooker, then add all the extra ingredients you love. The eggs cook in 1 minute! Plus, you avoid the grease and fatty butter or margarine that comes with pan frying.

bottle-lantern

Handpainted bottle lantern changes colors as it lends ambiance to your yard. Solar-powered lantern requires no cords or wires, so you can hang it anywhere. The light continuously cycles through colors from shades of red to green to blue. Automatically turns on at dusk. On/off button.

table-covers

A Textured Custom-Fit Table Cover brings a fresh new look to a worn or damaged surface. Use it every day or put it on for those special occasions. The textured design and secure fit make it a more stylish option than tablecloths. It’s an environmentally sound choice too, as no inks, dyes or chemical finishes were used in its making. Fade-resistant cover is great for indoor or outdoor use, and it easily wipes clean.

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Add a touch of playfulness to your yard with this Set of 5 Decorative Garden Friends. Place these statues together or scatter them around. You can even put them in outdoor planters. Each is decorated with colorful flowers and leaves.

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Soft-Sided Pet Playpen gives dogs ample room to play or nap as they stay safely contained. Portable and lightweight, this 8-sided pen has mesh panels for maximum comfort and ventilation. Easy to set up–just set it upright and unfold. The roof provides shade and security and zips off to give you access to your pet. 2 Double-zippered doors can be left open or closed with fabric-magic tabs. Removable floor panel is secured with fabric-magic and lifts out for cleaning. Playpen also features 2 side pockets to keep toys and snacks handy, an additional mesh side pocket, water dispenser hole and holder, water-resistant outer cover and interior floor, and stake straps to secure the playpen to the ground.

Pinteresting Picks for April

It’s the end of April and it seems as if the spring cleaning will never end. We’re always looking for new ways to refresh our homes and so are our Pinterest followers. Here’s a list of our most pinned products for the month — our Pinteresting Picks for April.

This 4-tiered, wall-mounted Spice Rack is an economical space-saver that every kitchen needs. Metal rack fits in any decor and it's easy to mount with the included hardware. The 4 levels of storage let you keep all your spices in one place, along with other small bottles or containers. 19-5/8" x 15-1/4" x 2-1/8".

We’ll take more kitchen space anywhere we can get it — this wall-mounted Spice Rack can store small bottles and containers taking up valuable real estate in your kitchen cabinet. It makes the kitchen more organized and cooking easier with the spices so accessible.

Memory-shadow-box

You keep every ticket stub to every concert, play and movie. What do you do with them all? Put them on display on a wall or table with the Ticket Memento Storage Box! It’s a decorative way for ticket collectors to remember all of their favorite evenings. The wooden box has an acrylic window so you can see the tickets and a slot on top allows you to easily slip them inside.

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Dress up your child’s artwork with a frame and hang it on the wall with Easy Change Artwork Frames. These frames are specially sized to hold the standard sizes of artwork created at school or home. Each frame holds up to 50 works and can be hung vertically or horizontally.

This Hair Station Organizer keeps all of your styling appliances together in a compact, space-saving piece. There are 3 front compartments to hold a hair dryer, curling iron, straightener or other items. The metal organizer can be set on a counter or vanity or tucked away in a cabinet, and the back hook can be used to wrap appliance cords when not in use. Or you can use the back hook to hang the organizer from a towel rack. The unit comes with hanging hardware so you can also hang it on a wall. 10" x 9-1/8" x 6-1/4".

Save yourself space and time in the bathroom with the Hair Station Organizer. It  keeps all of your styling appliances together in a compact, space-saving piece. There are 3 front compartments to hold a hair dryer, curling iron, straightener or other items. The metal organizer can be set on a counter or vanity or tucked away in a cabinet, and the back hook can be used to wrap appliance cords when it’s not being used.

Items We Adore: LTD?s Product Picks For The Week

magnetic clipboardsWe are officially one week into March, the month of green, Mardi Gras, and Irish pride! While you?re settling into the third month of the year, we?ve decided to list a few of our favorite tools for home organization. Check out these items we adore to help you organize your home before heading into spring-cleaning in the next couple of months.

Magnetic Clipboards

So here?s the thing: when you have kids, your life becomes a chaotic mess for eighteen plus years, and we get that. Despite stains on the hardwood floors and crayon all over the walls, we think these magnetic fridge clipboards can help you begin carving little pockets of organization in your home. Start with meal planning, to-do lists, grocery store lists, events, and weekday schedules. With this back of four, each family member can even have their own clipboard notepad for their own use. Just a little organization goes a lot way, and maybe this small success will permeate through the rest of your home.

Ladder Shelf Storage

Time to marry form and function in your living room or dining room design with this creative ladder shelf storage unit. You can display knick-knacks and books or store wine glasses and extra dinnerware in this stylish storage system. It?s a great place for organizing both attractive and unattractive home items, such as beautiful candles, or unsightly mail. Organize and conquer clutter!

Hanging Travel Organizer

Summer holidays and trips are right around the corner, and we absolutely love this hanging travel organizer. Perfect for keeping everything in one place and simultaneously saving space in small bathrooms, this organizer is a lifesaver! Imagine spending a few weeks in small hotels in Europe and looking around for counter space. Not even a thought with this great organizer that hangs on the towel hook, door knob, or right on the shower rod.

Neoprene Cable Sleeves

Cables are the bane of any home office organization, but with this clever zip-up neoprene cable sleeve, you never have to worry about loose cables again. You can use these sleeves to organize the cables in your home or work office, as well as those in your entertainment system, cables from your stereo system, or even your electronics chargers. And if you?ve got lots of chargers in your car, attach a piece of Velcro to the outside of the sleeve and secure it in place. So simple!

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks For The Week

why limit happy to one hourAnother week is over and it is finally time for the weekend! We think Fridays should be reserved for fun and relaxation, which is why we’re highlighting the perfect happy hour essentials for Friday happy hour at home. You don’t have to get dressed up; you don’t have to worry about crowded bars, and you don’t even have to put on real pants! Change out of those uncomfortable shoes immediately and kick up your feet for a fun happy hour at home. Now’s the time to send the invitation around to your favorite happy hour crew and have them join you at home for a relaxing night with your favorite friends.

Frosted Fun Stem-Less Wine Glasses

Stems make your glass look classy and elegant, all while trying to disguise the fact that you’re going to down that Chardonnay long before it gets warm. Ditch the stem and opt for these fun stem-less wine glasses instead. They’ve got great phrases like, ‘Why limit happy to one hour?’ and “Drinks well with others.’ The frosted sheen is perfect for hiding drying water droplets so you don’t have to worry about polishing them before placing them out on the table. They’re also great for serving fruit juice on the rocks and soda for the drivers.

Prescription Bottle Kooler

We love these great novelty coolers for keeping your beer cold and the mood light. Perfect for hiding a cheap-o bottle of beer, or for enhancing the humor of any beer you’ve got! We love the Prescription Bottle cooler, because self-medicating is what happy hour is all about, but you can grab the whole set of four and let your guests decide.

Playing Card Set Tin

Start up a friendly game of cards with The King himself this weekend using these great playing cards. Go ahead and make up a drinking game, or just play a few rounds of everyone’s favorite poker game. You deserve the opportunity to unwind with a little interesting competition.

Can Dispenser Shelves

If things are getting really out of hand on Friday, you’re sure to run out of classy wine and bottled beer. You might want to grab a box of wine just in case, and you’re definitely going to need back-up cans of beer. Well, what better way to keep those cans of beer cold than nestled together in the fridge on these can dispenser shelves? And, if you’ve got a few designated drivers in the bunch, this is a good place to store the soft drinks for the sober ones.

Party Snacks Cookbook

No happy hour is complete without the right spread of delicious snacks, and we recommend checking out this Party Snacks Cookbook for some great ideas at a bargain! With great snack-attack selections like stuffed mushrooms and veggie quesadillas to BLT bites and sweet peanut butter cup popcorn, you’ll never want to leave the house for happy hour again! (And, if you’re a guest for an at-home happy hour, all of these Party Snacks recipes travel well!)

Hors D’oeuvres Baking Set

Last but not least, you can make anything into fun bite-sized happy hour snacks with this great hors d’oeuvres baking set. Make your own little brownies, mini muffins, baked Brie bites, or stuffed spinach-artichoke sliders for your happy hour get-together. Everyone will love the tiny hors d’oeuvres and this baking set makes preparation a breeze! Now get outta here and enjoy your Friday!

Items We Adore: LTD Product Picks For The Week

silhouette garden planterWe see clearer skies and warmer days ahead, so today?s picks are all about your garden! It?s time to start thinking about the best ways to get things blossoming this year, and LTD Commodities can help! Here are our weekly picks for items to spruce up your garden this spring!

Silhouette With Wagon Planter

Set the right tone in your garden with this perfectly adorable silhouette with wagon planter! You can choose from either a boy riding a tractor or a girl with a bonnet pulling the wagon. You simply attach the silhouette to the planter and it looks like he or she is pulling your planter! We love the cute nostalgic charm this planter brings to the garden, and think everyone should have one on his or her spring decorating list!

Solar Metal Garden Birds

Want to get a little tropical in the yard without resorting to plastic flamingos? How about these cute solar metal garden birds instead? You have the choice of a cool blue peacock or a warm coral flamingo, both with glowing orbs that run on solar power! The panels save up the sunlight during the day, and then the solar power is used to light the orbs at night. This is the perfect addition to gardens that do a lot of evening entertaining!

Boy & Girl on Bench Garden Statue

We just had Valentine?s Day, but how cute is this bench garden statue? Reminiscent of the old Precious Moments knick-knacks, this statue is a cute addition to any garden d?cor. This detailed statue is durable cold cast ceramic, so it will surely outlast every plant in your garden! Set it up near your flowerbeds for the perfect effect.

Hanging Animal Bird Feeders

Do you like the sound of birds chirping in your garden? Are you always trying to feed your feathered friends? Whether you?re a bonafide bird-watcher or not, these great hanging bird feeders are perfect for every bird lover. Coming in a number of different animal shapes, including a frog, fish, and ladybug, these great feeders add the perfect touch of fun to any garden design.

Pocket Hose Ultra

Now that we?ve got the garden d?cor items covered, it?s time to talk about function! We love this pocket hose, which is available in both 50-foot and 75-foot versions. This clever hose features and expanding accordion design, so it fits perfectly in small spaces, but expands when in use. Made from rubber, nylon, and plastic, it is stronger than traditional hoses, and never kinks or knots while you?re trying to use it! When the dry summer weather arrives, you?ll be so glad you ordered one of these!