Maybe some of you have seen the Super Bowl 50 last weekend. We took the chance to discuss this major event, which was seen by more than 111 million people all over the world, with our photographer from Texas, Tim Bear, and asked him to do some modelshoots related to American football.
So in the last days Tim and his colleague John Hitt took some fantastic football pictures for us. Thank you for your efforts, gents.
As we were discussing this big event and looking to get some more inside to football and especially the Super Bowl itself, Tim introduced us to another photographer, Pat Carrigan, owner of FirstDownPhotos. Pat is a retired Texas High school Football, Track and Science Teacher. He graduated from Burnet, Texas High School and attended Angelo State University receiving a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Biology and receiving a Masters Degree in Educational Administration.
On this occasion Tim was able to win Pat Carrigan to give us an insight into the world of football and specifically the Super bowl 50 or Super Bowl L:
„FirstDownPhotos Over the course of the last 50 plus years our culture in America has been known for great sporting events. The Kentucky Derby, The Indy 500, The Masters, The World Series, The Summer and Winter Olympics, The US Open and The Iditarod to mention a few. But nothing compares with the ultimate game, The Super Bowl.
This year the Super Bowl featured 2 teams with very different histories. The Denver Broncos joined the American Football League in 1960 as one of its founding members. They were absorbed into the NFL in the merger of 1970.
The Broncos won the first-ever AFL game over the Boston Patriots 13–10, on September 9, 1960. On August 5, 1967, they became the first-ever AFL team to defeat an NFL team, with a 13–7 win over the Detroit Lions in a preseason game. The Broncos were the only original AFL team, that never played in the title game, as well as the only original AFL team never to have a winning season while a member of the AFL during the upstart league's 10-year history. They have appeared in 8 Super Bowls winning 3 and losing 5. All 5 loses were not close but John Elway did finally win 2 Super Bowls after many years of falling short. And the Broncos are best remembered for John Elway and "The Drive" in the AFC Championship Game in 1987 vs the Cleveland Browns.
The Carolina Panthers have a much shorter history having joined the NFL in 1995 as an expansion team along with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team finished its inaugural season with a 7–9 record, the best performance ever from a first-year expansion team. They performed even better in their second season, finishing with a12–4 regular season record and winning the NFC West division, as well as securing a first-round bye. The Panthers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round before losing the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. The Panthers improved to 11–5 in the 2003 regular season, winning the NFC South and making it to Super Bowl XXXVIII before losing to the New England Patriots 32–29 in what was immediately hailed by sportswriter Peter King as the "Greatest Super Bowl of all time". King felt the game "was a wonderful championship battle, full of everything that makes football dramatic, draining, enervating, maddening, fantastic, exciting" and praised, among other things, the unpredictability, coaching, and conclusion. The game is still viewed as one of the best Super Bowls of all time, and the Panthers' Super Bowl appearance represented the arrival of Charlotte onto the national scene. The Panthers are 0-2 in Super Bowls with 2 appearances.
This year's silver anniversary game featured 2 very contrasting styles. The Broncos relied on great defensive play, leading the league in total defense while the Panthers featured the NFL MVP Cam Newton and a league leading 500 points scored for the 2016 season. The keys to the game were, could the Panthers offensive line keep the pass rush off Cam Newton, could the Carolina receivers find openings vs the Denver secondary and could Peyton Manning and the Denver offense put up enough points to outscore the Panthers. The primary key was, could the offensive tackles handle the 5 techniques of Denver man to man or would they need tight end help or back help chipping the defensive ends. The left tackle for Carolina was Michael Oher of "The Blind Side" movie fame. This would put fewer receivers in the pattern. Also the Panthers had a 100 yards rushing in 31 straight games. This helps the passing game in play action passing by holding the linebackers and opening up receiver route lanes on crossing patterns and opens up the middle under the safeties. As stated above the Denver defensive ends played well and kept constant pressure on Cam Newton. Forcing 4 total fumbles and 1 interception by the Panthers. Two Cam Newton fumbles were devastating. The first one caused by DE Von Miller rolled into the end zone and was recovered by Malik Jackson for a touchdown. The second was, when Newton was sacked at Carolina 16 for -9 yards by Von Miller. Newton fumbled at the Carolina 18, and was recovered by Denver's T. J. Ward at the Carolina 9 and took it to the Carolina 4 where he was tackled by Mark Remmers. C.J Anderson scored on a 2 yard run to push the Denver lead to the final score of 24-10 after a Peyton Manning pass to Brian Fowler for the 2 point conversion.
Peyton Manning won his 200th game as a starting quarterback which is a league record. The Broncos became the 5th team to play in 8 Super Bowls and the 9th team to win 3 or more. The Panthers joined the Bengals and Eagles who are 0-2 in Super Bowls. There were 10 players from Texas high schools and colleges in this year's Super Bowl including MVP Von Miller from Desoto, Texas and Texas A and M. There was a record 132 million dollars bet on the Super Bowl this year 51% on the Panthers and 49% on the Broncos. 70% was bet on the over at 43.5. Since the game ended at 34 total points 70% lost that bet. Peyton Manning became the oldest quarterback ever to start—and to win—the Super Bowl, at age 39. Other new records include Jordan Norwood’s 61-yard punt return, a combined 12 sacks between teams, and the fewest total yards in a game by a winning team, with the Broncos amassing just 194. While it may not have been an exciting up and down the field game the NFL wants, people will still continue to watch as this year's game had a 49 rating and a massive 73 share among households climbing to the 3rd Most-watched TV shows in US history: 1. Super Bowl 49: 114.4 million 2. Super Bowl 48: 112.2 million 3. Super Bowl 50: 111.9 million.“
Thank you so much Pat for your introduction in this legendary sport and event. It was a great pleasure, that you took your time to provide us some insides.
But as enthusiastic Pat may be, we also liked to know, how our models celebrate or think about football. Lydia Underhill, who was the first to answer, answered us the following: „When I think about the Superbowl two things come to mind: Sunday parties with little football-shaped appetizers, and advertisements. I majored in marketing so I am always attracted to the commercials and get more excited for them than for the actual game. I’ll even go back afterwards(or for the past few years watch them ahead of time) and rewatch/dissect each one.
As for the game itself, it’s entertaining to hang out with my friends and see them get excited for this team or that, but I personally don’t typically care who wins. I’ll pick a team to root for, but I usually know nothing about that team other than what their mascot is.“
Finally Cara Marie Gritten told us, that „Football is some of the greatest entertainments on television. It is a very exciting game. It is a very unpredictable game, because there is many factors affecting the outcome of the game and that is what makes football exciting and fun to follow.“
Thanks to Tim Bear and his team for the opportunity, to get a little impression of the relation, Americans have to their major sport, and for the great photos.