I was watching the Pats yesterday when CBS aired a commercial for Super Bowl 53 aka Super Bowl LIII.
Like really, already, dude?
It's fucking September. Can we let the season breathe for two seconds?
This is like if stores had Halloween candy out in March, or if someone sent you a save the date for a wedding three years in advance. Relax, NFL.
Look I get it CBS, everybody is back...you're excited, you wanna spread the news that 85% of football fans already know (that you have the Super Bowl this year) but just chill out man. I don't wanna be thinking about the Super Bowl during week one. Can you let me enjoy the life of this season before you start advertising its funeral on its birthday (basically)?
Speaking of the Super Bowl, George Foreman has been more creative naming his children than the NFL has been with Super Bowl logos since 2011.
This is the logo for Super Bowl LIII:
Guess what 52's looked like?
Wanna take a stab at 51?
In the league's defense they really thought outside of the box for Super Bowl 50.
You could argue this lack of creativity stems all the way back Super Bowl XL...but at least then there were colors in the mix. Ever since Super Bowl XLV they've been pretty much the same, boring, trophy-centered design.
It's just such a let down. Like this league has more money than God, and not only can they not provide former players proper health benefits, but they can't even spend the $500 to get a junior in college graphic design major to come up with something cool and unique to the city? It really isn't that hard.
I know this is a kind of stupid hill to die on, but seriously this is just another case of the No Fun League. I remember being a kid and getting excited to see what the logo would be and now it's just add a digit to last years. It's lazy and sad, and not getting the attention it deserves. The NFL already killed throwback unis and now they're killing the arts too!
This is the NFL's official quote on the matter:
“Historically, the National Football League (NFL) commissioned a new logo for the Super Bowl every year; the design’s theme was inspired by the host city. But starting with Super Bowl XLV in 2011, the logo no longer changed from year to year…A sports event of this stature needed a consistent, iconic identity — a symbol that fans could immediately recognize, much like the Olympic rings. The Vince Lombardi trophy, bestowed on league champions each year, was the ideal inspiration for a lasting symbol. Working with the NFL’s in-house designers, we created a logo befitting the trophy’s prominence.”
It's stupid and so full of themselves to compare the Super Bowl to the Olympic rings. That's way more historic than the Super Bowl, and newsflash idiots......
The Olympics have a different logo every time that's unique to the city in addition to the rings.
Look at how fire these used to be. Here are some of my personal favorites.
Obviously biased, but Super Bowl XXXVI is the goat (not-so fun fact: this is not the original design-it was changed after 9/11)
Super Bowl XXII was played at The Rose Bowl.
Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX. Famous for the 7 bridges.
The San Diego one is cool too. Who doesn't love lighthouses?
It's just a lame change that corporate ass holes never seem to care about. I just read that quote from the league for the first time as I wrote this blog and it makes my blood boil. That answer is such league headquarters hogwash. If you're gonna use the Olympic analogy at least do 4 seconds of research and realize that every Olympics has a unique-to-those-Olympics logo. Just like the Super Bowl should have too! Sports are supposed to be fun and while it may seem like not a big deal to some, to me changes like this are bad for sports. Taking the fun out of the game. This is like the Yankees antiquated hair rule times 1000. Plus if you go to a Super Bowl and get some league gear to commemorate your time there wouldn't you want something with a little swag?
Fuck Roger Goodell and RIPIP Super Bowls being hosted in San Diego :/