About a year from now

Inevitably, this came up today:

Super Bowl 50 logoWell, actually, none of the above:

The NFL announced … that Super Bowl 50 will be graphically represented using standard Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals, which the league has been using since Super Bowl V in 1971.

It’s a one-year break, said Jaime Weston, the league’s vice president of brand and creative, because the “L” isn’t as pleasing to the eye.

“When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter L,” Weston said. “Up until that point, we had only worked with X’s, V’s and I’s. And, at that moment, that’s when we started to wonder: What will happen when we get to 50?”

The NFL assures us that this is not a permanent change or anything:

The NFL will go back to using Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI in Houston in 2017.

I’m not even going to think about Super Bowl C/100/whatever, presumably to be held in 2066.


  1. McGehee »

    1 February 2015 · 9:04 pm

    That 2017 game out to be played somewhere east of Brooklyn and Queens (though still in New York of course).

    But seriously, this really should be the last Roman-numeraled one.

  2. CGHill »

    1 February 2015 · 9:12 pm

    Come to think of it, they weren’t even called Super Bowls until III.

  3. stixx23 »

    1 February 2015 · 10:54 pm

    Time to also move the game to Saturday. With two weeks between conference championships and the Super Bowl, there’s no reason it has to be on a Sunday. It also provides a little flexibility should the game be outdoors in a place that gets snow.

  4. McGehee »

    1 February 2015 · 11:51 pm

    This year at least, playing it on Saturday would have avoided violating the natural law that says there’s no football in February.

    Though from what I’ve read on Twitter, XLIX didn’t really violate that law anyway…

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 February 2015 · 5:21 am

    I’m guessing the switch was to avoid the inevitable-for-some thought of

    “She was looking kind of dumb, with her finger and her thumb, making the shape of an L on her forehead.”

    Or any of the other associations thereof.

  6. backwoods conservative »

    2 February 2015 · 9:48 am

    The ghost of L. Ron Hubbard is very disappointed.

  7. Roger Green »

    2 February 2015 · 11:36 am

    We need to keep the Roman numerals so that people realize one doesn’t add I before L or higher, only V or X. Likewise, 99 will be XCIX, not IC.

  8. CGHill »

    2 February 2015 · 1:28 pm

    Because that will be on the exam.

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