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History of The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), during which the National Football Conference (NFC) winner plays against the winner of the American Football Conference (AFC).

This historic sporting event is the culmination of many months of games played during the regular season, which begins in late summer of the previous calendar year.

The NFL officially formed in 1920; however, the first Super Bowl didn’t occur for another 40-plus years. In 1960, another group of men wanted to own a football franchise apart from the NFL but were denied in 1960, so they created an alternative league known today as the American Football League (AFL). It wasn’t until 1986 that the owners negotiated an agreement to merge the leagues in 1970 after years of rivalry.

The first Super Bowl took place in 1966 under the name “AFL-NFL World Championship Game” played by the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The name changed in 1967 when the league began to use the term “Super Bowl,” which ultimately caught on. Each annual Super Bowl is identified by Roman numbers.

This year’s Super Bowl LIV—or 54—will take place Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The highly anticipated event garners a massive following every year; it is broadcasted to more than 170 countries nationwide and features a half-time show that has included past performers including Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Lady Gaga.

The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The award is named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers, the winners of the first two Super Bowl games. The team additionally won three of the preceding NFL championships in 1961,1962 and 1965. The first award given as the Vince Lombardi Trophy went to the Baltimore Colts following their win in 1971’s Super Bowl V, played in Miami.

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium is a stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida. Not only is it the official home to the Miami Dolphins, but it also hosts the Miami Hurricanes during the team’s regular football season and the Orange Bowl. The multipurpose stadium is home to many global events as well, from the Miami Open to soccer games to concerts. Hard Rock Stadium will also be host to the highly anticipated Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

Hard Rock Stadium has been renamed several times since it first opened in 1987 as “Joe Robbie Stadium.” Former names include "Pro Player Park,” "Pro Player Stadium,” "Dolphins Stadium,” "Dolphin Stadium,” "Land Shark Stadium,” "Sun Life Stadium” and “New Miami Stadium.” In August 2016, the Miami Dolphins announced that Hard Rock Cafe International bought the stadium’s naming rights. Since then, Hard Rock Stadium’s name has remained the same.

Local Team: Miami Dolphins

Anyone who lives in South Florida knows the official football team for the region is the Miami Dolphins, also known as Florida’s oldest professional sports team. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) and are a part of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) Eastern division, with home games taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The team made its Super Bowl debut in Super Bowl VI in 1972, but lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys. In 1973, the Dolphins had the NFL's only perfect season by winning 14 of their regular season games, the three playoff games and ending on a strong note by dominating Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins were the third NFL team to accomplish a perfect regular season. The next year, the Dolphins went back for victory and won Super Bowl VIII. For the first time, the Dolphins were the only team to play three back-to-back Super Bowls, as well as being the second team to win consecutive championships.

4 Super Bowl Party Recipes By South Florida Chefs

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most anticipated nights of the year whether or not you’re a sports fan. No matter if you tune in to root for your favorite team or to catch the iconic commercials, there’s one common denominator that everyone can agree is the best part of any Super Bowl soirée: the snacks.

If you’re hosting a football fête or attending as a guest who promised to whip up some epic eats, bring a dish that sparks more conversation than the game itself. We turned to four of South Florida’s most renowned chefs for their takes on must-make Super Bowl 2020 snacks.

Boia De: Co-chef Alex Meyer’s Crispy Potato Skins

These crispy potato skins by Boia De’s co-chef, Alex Meyers, are not your run-of-the-mill restaurant potato skins. These are the artistic, well-traveled siblings of the ever-so-salty snacks our taste buds are accustomed to. Blow every other Super Bowl Sunday potato-based dish out of the park with these works of st(art)ch.

Ingredients:

4 russet potatoes

Canola oil

Sliced chives

Burrata

Caviar of choice  

2 eggs

Directions:

Clean the potatoes with a vegetable brush or clean sponge under running water and poke all over with a fork. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, place the eggs in a small pot of cold water. Bring them to a boil, then turn off the heat and cover for 10 minutes.

Transfer the eggs to an ice bath, then crack them open and remove the yolks. Press the yolks through a wire mesh strainer, and put it to the side.

Once cooked, allow the potatoes to cool thoroughly for secure handling, then cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out all but a half-inch layer of cooked potato whites. 

Use your hands to tear the potato skins in half. It is essential to use your hands rather than a knife as the rough edges turn extra crispy when done.

Fry potato skins in a tall pot with canola oil at 375 F using a slotted spoon to gently drop into the oil. Cook until golden, and move to a paper towel-lined tray. Season with kosher salt.

Scoop burrata onto the potato skins and top with crumbled hard-boiled eggs, sliced chives and a dollop (or two!) of caviar. Serve immediately.

III Forks: Chef Tommy Nevill’s Lamb Meatballs

Tommy Nevill from III Forks in Palm Beach Gardens adds a swanky twist to your average party meatballs with ground lamb, fennel seed and ciabatta bread crumbs. These mini spheres of flavor will enhance the sweet victory of watching your team reign, or cushion the blow of witnessing their untimely downfall in real-time.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds ground lamb

2 eggs

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup julienned basil

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 tablespoon toasted and ground
fennel seed

1/4 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 cup ciabatta bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup chicken broth

Directions:

•  Preheat oven to 400 F.

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix gently; do not overdo the meat mixture.

•  Weigh two-ounce portions of meat, and roll into loose meatballs.

  Place rolled meatballs on a sheet pan,
leaving a space between each one.

  Bake meatballs in a 400 F convection oven for 20 minutes.

  Remove, and serve hot.

Burlock Coast: Chef Brooke Mallory’s Shishito Peppers

Start your Super Bowl LIV festivities on a spicy note with these shishito peppers by Burlock Coast’s chef Brooke Mallory. The goat cheese and lime wedge add a tangy touch to the kick of the peppers that will satisfy even the pickiest snackers—and distract the famished fans of your opposing team.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups shishito peppers

Maldon salt

2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

Lime wedge

Directions:

•  Rinse and dry the peppers.

•  Heat a skillet on high, then add peppers to the pan and sauté while slowly drizzling olive oil.

•  Continue to sauté the peppers on high heat until they begin to blister or pop and char.

•  Transfer to a bowl and season liberally with salt, then crumble cheese over the peppers. Serve with a lime wedge.

Pizza & Burger by Fontainebleau Miami Beach: Chef Michael Mina’s “Vice Night” Punch Bowl

Wash down your Super Bowl snacks with “Vice Night,” a massive, thirst-quenching punch bowl by Pizza & Burger’s Michael Mina. 

Ingredients:

32 ounces Absolut Vodka

16 ounces lemon juice

16 ounces jalapeño hibiscus syrup

32 ounces watermelon juice

Ice

Directions:

Pour the vodka, lemon juice, jalapeño hibiscus syrup and watermelon juice in a one-or two-gallon punch bowl. Stir and add ice at your discretion.