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The Super Bowl doesn’t just serve as the culmination of another NFL season, it’s become an unofficial American holiday of sorts. It’s an excuse to get together with family and friends, eat more than enough food and, more than ever lately, watch the New England Patriots win yet another Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Sports are unique, because there’s almost always a winner and loser. While being on the winning side is exhilarating, being on the losing side of the equation stings. Nevertheless, there are valuable lessons to be learned from both experiences, especially for children.
TGA coaches use teaching moments in class to help students see a silver lining after a loss. There are countless examples of athletes we can point to who have overcome defeats and gone on to be successful on the biggest stages. We encourage students to learn from any loss and focus on the opportunities that lie ahead of them to work hard and achieve their goals.
Winning is also a feeling that can often be overwhelming, and our coaches always make sure to remind students that it’s important to be a gracious winner. On Sunday, after the Patriots won their franchise record-tying sixth Super Bowl, quarterback Tom Brady could be seen both celebrating with his teammates and taking time to congratulate Los Angeles Rams players on a great season and hard-fought game.
It’s lessons like those that students can go take into their everyday life. Sports can be of great value to parents when it comes to teaching kids life lessons. TGA programs aim to exemplify those values each and every day.
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For the first time in Super Bowl history, there were two male cheerleaders on the sidelines. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies of the LA Rams, who also became the first male cheerleaders in league history this season, took the field to cheer on their team on the sport’s biggest stage. (pictured right)
According to the NFL Media Guide, Roman numerals were adopted to clarify any confusion that may occur because the Super Bowl is played in the year following a chronologically recorded season. The first Super Bowl to use the Roman numeral was Super Bowl V, but the league later added I through IV for the first four games. The NFL went away from the Roman numeral for Super Bowl 50 because they didn’t want a Super Bowl L.
In the past 15 Super Bowls, the team wearing white has won 13 times. Since the big game is played at a neutral site, the designated home team rotates between the NFC and AFC each year. The home team is given a choice as to which jersey it wants to wear and the road team must wear the opposite.
A 30-second commercial cost roughly $40,000 during the first Super Bowl in 1967. This year, average cost for the same commercial was $4,000,000.
At 36-years old, Mike Tomlin was the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl back in Super Bowl LIII. At age 33, LA Rams head coach Sean McVay was attempting to top that record, but his team fell short this year.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady owns 14 Super Bowl records, including most games played (9), most titles by a quarterback (6) and most Super Bowl MVPs (4).
If your child is inspired to play football after watching the big game, head on to our Chapter Locator to find the closest TGA Flag Football program to you.