By Ken Foote

Well, Super Bowl Sunday is only a few days away. The granddaddy of sporting events (or most events for that matter) is on CBS11 and America’s Most Watched Network……..CBS.

The first Super Bowl was billed as the sport’s “First World Championship Game”. It was created as a result of the merger agreement between the NFL and the AFL which was consummated in 1970. After the merger, the respective leagues would become “conferences” and the name of the new league would become the National Football League. And all Super Bowl “numbers” were to be designated in Roman numerals!

Super Bowl I was played at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on January 15, 1967, some 46 years ago. The NFL’s Green Bay Packers won that game against the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. Legendary QB Bart Starr was named MVP for the game. Vince Lombardi was the head coach of the Packers at that time, while Hank Stram was the head coach for the Chiefs. Each Packers player received $15,000 each for their win while each Chiefs player received $7500. This year, each player on the winning team receives $88,000 apiece while each player on the losing receives $44,000 a piece. And for the first time we have the battle of the brothers: Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers versus John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens.

CBS and NBC are tied with the most number of Super Bowl broadcasts on their respective networks: 17 apiece. ABC is second with 7 (although that network does not have NFL rights presently, only its cable cousin ESPN), and FOX with 6. It was CBS that carried the first Super Bowl from Los Angeles along with NBC, with both networks having their own announcers but carrying the same video feed.  For CBS, Ray Scott (who called most of the Packers games for CBS), Jack Whitaker (the guy who was later ejected from The Masters in Augusta GA for making remarks unacceptable to Augusta National management), and Frank Gifford (who later did play by play with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith on ABC’s Monday Night Football). For NBC, their team was Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman.

This weekend, CBS has a full schedule of Super Bowl events from its various subsidiary, from the Network, CBS News, CBS Sports (of course), Showtime, and our new 24 hour a day sports radio network, CBS Radio Sports Network.
Saturday at 8pm, CBS will air the 2nd Annual NFL Honors with host Alec Baldwin as the NFL salutes the best players, performance, and plays. Later that evening at 11pm, CBS 11 will air “Glory Days”, a one hour special featuring the legendary players for the Dallas Cowboys that took the team to the Super Bowl multiple times.

On Sunday, both CBS Sunday Morning and Face The Nation will originate from New Orleans. Then at 10am, CBS begins its Super Bowl coverage with the Road To The Super Bowl, followed by New Orleans: Let The Good Times Roll at 11am, then the Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition at 12nn. At 1pm, CBS starts with The Super Bowl Today with CBS Sports’ James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cowher,  and Greg Gumbel.
The Kickoff show is at 5pm, and then at 5:30pm Super Bowl XLVII begins with CBS Sports’ lead play by play man Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms. After the game and post game show, a brand new episode of Elementary airs. And after CBS11 News At 10 and The Score With Babe Laufenberg, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson will air from New Orleans, marking its second time The Late Late Show has aired on Super Bowl Sunday.

And of course, you can see all of this on CBS11!  If you happen to be away from the set and in the car travelling, you can catch the game on radio locally on CBS Radio’s 100,000 watt KRLD-FM, “105.3 The Fan” and in Houston on 5,000 watt Sportsradio 610 KILT.

Enjoy the game!  See you next time.

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