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San Fran host committee wants to lose the “L” from Super Bowl 50

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The NFL traditionally identifies the Super Bowl with Roman numerals.  The committee hosting the 50th edition of the game hopes to lose a one-letter designation that has become in recent years the universal designation for “loser.”

According to Alex Silverman of SportsBusiness Daily, the president of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee said Friday at the ’14 Intersport Activation Summit that the group wants to see the procedure for naming Super Bowls change.

“I think we’re at a point now with Super Bowl 50, it being recognized as 50, the NFL doing what it’s doing around the celebration of 50, that it’s probably time to introduce the Arabic ’50′ as opposed to ‘L,’” committee CEO and president Keith Bruce said.

Bruce added that the committee has already given its opinion to the NFL.  The NFL had nothing to say on the matter.

A change would be surprising.  After enduring Super Bowl XXX, the NFL can easily handle Super Bowl L and, in nine years, Super Bowl LIX.  Which is still a lot better than Super Bowl SUX.

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51 Responses to “San Fran host committee wants to lose the “L” from Super Bowl 50”
  1. kylexitron says: May 30, 2014 3:52 PM

    Is there anything that the Santa Clara 49ers won’t complain about?

  2. trollhammer20 says: May 30, 2014 3:53 PM

    I C VVhat you did there.

  3. tvguy22 says: May 30, 2014 3:57 PM

    Super Bowl 88 will be LXXXVIII.

  4. jonathanslayter says: May 30, 2014 3:58 PM

    They should just be thankful they aren’t hosting Super Bowl 509.

  5. chawkup says: May 30, 2014 4:01 PM

    It’s only fitting that Santa Clara gets the L!

  6. kamthechancellor says: May 30, 2014 4:02 PM

    They still won’t get the “L” out of “inferiority compLex”

  7. bassplucker says: May 30, 2014 4:02 PM

    They’ve changed virtually every other single aspect of the game in the last 5-1o years so why not just flush this tradition, too?

  8. uwsptke says: May 30, 2014 4:03 PM

    Roman numerals go hand-in-hand with the Super Bowl.

    Don’t be short-sighted just because people will poke fun at it for one year. Seeing “Super Bowl LXIV” is way cooler than “Super Bowl 64″. This isn’t the UFC.

  9. mathomp3 says: May 30, 2014 4:05 PM

    Leave it to Santa Clara to try and ruin a tradition.

  10. billytodd2013blbaad says: May 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    atleast they get to host it because their not playing in it until they get a real QB! ..LOL

  11. slugbaitspace says: May 30, 2014 4:08 PM

    The NFL would change it back to Roman numerals just before Super Bowl LXIX anyway…

  12. laxer37 says: May 30, 2014 4:08 PM

    Here’s a solution Santa Clara…bow out and let a more deserving city host the game.

  13. mrbgood315 says: May 30, 2014 4:08 PM

    Roman numerals are just like writing in cursive. Why are they still even a thing?

  14. mybrunoblog says: May 30, 2014 4:11 PM

    Why not make it a “L” surrounded by the 49 previous roman numerals in much smaller font? There are tons of graphic artists who could come up with great logos involving the L.
    I like the Roman numeral tradition.

  15. schmitty2 says: May 30, 2014 4:13 PM

    Sorry San Fran committee..you are not “above reproach”

  16. charger383 says: May 30, 2014 4:13 PM

    Roman Numerals are different and cool

  17. greenwhodat26 says: May 30, 2014 4:13 PM

    Wow, talking about being sensitive. Just Wow….

  18. andrewluck12 says: May 30, 2014 4:17 PM

    I miss when the super bowls had individual logos.

  19. deltaoracle says: May 30, 2014 4:19 PM

    The one in Minneapolis is really the one deserving of the big L.

  20. nfladdict says: May 30, 2014 4:23 PM

    So… if it changed would they go back for Superbowl 69?

  21. seahawks19081 says: May 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    Let’s just give every team a Lombardi Trophy that year so no one gets their feelings hurt.

  22. bassplucker says: May 30, 2014 4:25 PM

    Just make the “L” in the same font they use for Levi’s and it’s all good… right?

  23. bradybbgoat says: May 30, 2014 4:25 PM

    Stop trying to change my NFL.

    And get off my lawn!

  24. wallypecans says: May 30, 2014 4:27 PM

    San Francisco (fixed)

  25. donnymacjack says: May 30, 2014 4:34 PM

    Super Bowl 420 FTW! :)

  26. lanflfan says: May 30, 2014 4:39 PM

    If they are truly that distraught by that horrible L, I am sure another city would be more than happy to take over the chore of hosting a Super Bowl.

  27. eastcoastninerfan says: May 30, 2014 4:39 PM

    If the reason being that “L” is for loser, then that’s not a reason to change it…that’s just silly.

    But I did wish the Superbowls were not ordered numerically (either roman numerals or Arabic) but rather the year they played. Everyone remembers the ’85 Bears ’72 Dolphins. But do we remember that the Bears won SBXX and the Dolphins won SBVIII.

    That said, I do remember the Wrestlemania’s this way (WMIII: Hulk v Andre).

    But L for loser is not a reason.

  28. mrlaloosh says: May 30, 2014 4:41 PM

    San Francisco should get Super Bowl 69.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2014 4:42 PM

    If they “veto” the change, the host committee threatened to take it all the way to the “Republican” “Senate”. Oh, wait, those are all vestiges of the Roman Empire as well.

  30. aceakking says: May 30, 2014 4:42 PM

    The “L” reminds the 49ers of their visits to Seattle and hurts them emotionally.

  31. savojah says: May 30, 2014 4:55 PM

    Predictable for the San Jose 49ers. Always complaining.

  32. billybone says: May 30, 2014 5:09 PM

    santa cLara

  33. loubearkane says: May 30, 2014 5:14 PM

    Just accept the big L and move on.

  34. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2014 5:33 PM

    As a salute to Ancient Rome, the “L”osers of Super Bowl “L” will be fed to the “L”ions. Or, at least the sea lions, out there on the west coast.

  35. robgilman says: May 30, 2014 5:42 PM

    Agree. Tired of not knowing what superbowl is which

  36. thegreatgabbert says: May 30, 2014 5:43 PM

    In the time of Caesar “L” didn’t stand for loser, it stood for Lion food.

  37. jdphx says: May 30, 2014 5:56 PM

    Oh geeze… Something else that “hurts” someone’s feelings.

  38. juliusanonymous says: May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    They should stop complaining and realize this is the closest that Santa Clara fans will get to a Superbowl until that fire that clown Harbaugh and rebuild (i.e. draft an NFL-caliber QB).

  39. trollhammer20 says: May 30, 2014 6:11 PM

    seahawks19081 says:
    May 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    Let’s just give every team a Lombardi Trophy that year so no one gets their feelings hurt.
    _____________________

    Better make that an Ombardi Trophy. Wait, that might be seen to start with a zero, and who wants that?

  40. thesportgenius says: May 30, 2014 6:23 PM

    Why are there so many Seahawk trolls that give a crap about L vs 50? Maybe because your noisy little banjo box will never sniff hosting a Superbowl? Really though, who cares about the number attached to the game? Just call it by the year it is played in. That’s how fans remember it. Can anyone remember the roman numeral attached to the Steelers 3rd trophy, the Raiders 1 st championship, or the Washington’s Lombardi with Riggins? Fans of those teams remember the season not the numeral.

  41. gbart22 says: May 30, 2014 6:45 PM

    “But I did wish the Superbowls were not ordered numerically (either roman numerals or Arabic) but rather the year they played. Everyone remembers the ’85 Bears ’72 Dolphins. But do we remember that the Bears won SBXX and the Dolphins won SBVIII.”

    That’s very short sighted as the years will eventually start repeating and we’ll have the 85′ bears and the 85′ pick a team

  42. gbart22 says: May 30, 2014 6:48 PM

    Also I’m against the use of the year since though the bears were dominant in 85 they technically won the Super Bowl in 1986 so what year do you technically use? The year the Super Bowl is actually played the regular season that led to that particular Super Bowl? I’ve always tended to refer to the team as the year the game was actually played so to me it’s always been the 86 bears

  43. watermelon1 says: May 30, 2014 8:08 PM

    Can we at least be cool or “hip” about this and call it… Super Bowl FITTY?

  44. prospero63 says: May 30, 2014 8:12 PM

    I hear Romans find the use of “L” for loser offensive. They should change the name to ensure no one has to be subjected to such hate.

  45. britishraven says: May 30, 2014 8:33 PM

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard

  46. ptfpoetlovestheseahawks says: May 30, 2014 9:21 PM

    We should lobby to have the miners officially named. Santa Clara XLIX’s.

    #GOHAWKS
    #REPETE

  47. phinfanatic84 says: May 30, 2014 11:01 PM

    The only thing offensive is recommending the Arabic numeral 50 instead of Roman numerals.

  48. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 11:30 PM

    Send an email to season ticket holders teaching them how to root like the 12th man again will ya! I loved that!

  49. 49erlifer says: May 31, 2014 12:29 AM

    Who uses the word San Fran anymore!

  50. GenXJay says: May 31, 2014 7:07 AM

    if the ‘skins change their name, then yes.

  51. hawks1are1thebest says: Jun 1, 2014 3:05 PM

    it’ll be funny when seattle wins the super bowl in santa clara

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