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

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.

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

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. “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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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