On Sunday the Seahawks and Patriots will kickoff Super Bowl XLIX. That would be Super Bowl #49 to those of us who didn’t study Latin in high school.
Why does the league use Roman numerals for its championship game?
Well, not just because they think it looks cool. Roman numerals were adopted by the NFL to clarify any confusion that occurs because the game is played in the year following a chronologically recorded season.
This year’s game, played on February 1, 2015, is the championship of the 2014 regular season. So would it be the 2014 or the 2015 championship game? To heck with it, let’s use Roman numerals instead.
DALLAS COWBOYS TRIVIA NOTE!!!!!
The use of Roman numerals started with game “V” (#5) which was played on January 17, 1971. The Cowboys played in that game, a 16-13 loss to the Baltimore on a field goal by Colts kicker Jim O’Brien with only 5 seconds left in the game.
Roman numerals I through IV (1 through 4) were later added to refer to the first four Super Bowls.
TUTORIAL ON ROMAN NUMERALS:
This year’s Super Bowl XLIX is Super Bowl 49.
X = 10
L = 50
I = 1
So how does XLIX = 49?
The X in front of the L equals 40 (because the X “10” is in front of the L “50”, it is 10 less than 50…so that makes 40)
The I in front of the X equals 9 (because the I “1” is in front of the X “10”, it is 1 less than 10…so that makes 9)
So think of it as XL (40) plus IX (9) which equals 49.
I know, too much math and too many X’s and L’x and I’s, etc. Let’s just call the game Super Bowl 49 and be done with it !!!!!
Next year’s Super Bowl will be super easy….Super Bowl L (50)!!!!!!