10 Susceptible Super Bowl Records (and One That Definitely Won't Be Broken)

[Note: This story from 2012 is getting a ton of search traffic during Seattle's rout of the Broncos. Everyone wants to know if there's ever been a Super Bowl shutout. Not yet! The worst showing is the Miami Dolphins, who lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI.]

What else can we answer for you? Ever wonder how they make that magic yellow first down line?

Anyway, here's some other Super Bowl stuff that made a lot more sense when the Giants were playing the Patriots a couple years ago...

First, here are five records already held by those involved in Super Bowl XLVI:

1.  Patriots receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker are tied with Dan Ross and Jerry Rice for the most receptions in a Super Bowl game (11). It’s not inconceivable for either (or both) to break this record.

2.  Tom Brady has completed 100 passes in previous Super Bowl games, more than any other quarterback in NFL history. He’s also tied with Drew Brees for the most completions in a single Super Bowl (32).

3.  The New York Giants scored a record 30 points in the second half of Super Bowl XXI.

4.  In Super Bowl XX, the New England Patriots managed only 7 yards rushing the entire game, a record low.

5.  Time is important to the New York Giants, who hold Super Bowl records for time of possession (40:33 in Super Bowl XXV) and drive length (9:59 in Super Bowl XLII).

Now that we know where we stand, let's examine 10 records that could be tied or broken in Super Bowl XLVI:

1.  Should New England lose the game, the Patriots will become the fourth team in history to lose the Super Bowl four times. (The others who have done so are Minnesota, Denver, and Buffalo).

2. No team has ever scored more than 14 points in the first quarter of any Super Bowl game (The Patriots scored 14 in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXI).

3. In this “Year of the QB,” both Eli Manning and Tom Brady have a chance to better Kurt Warner’s record of 414 yards passing in a Super Bowl game.

4. If Deion Branch catches 12 passes, he’ll tie Jerry Rice’s record for career Super Bowl receptions (33).

5. Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice is the only player to score 3 receiving touchdowns in a single Super Bowl game. He actually did this trick twice, in Super Bowls XXIV and XXIX.

6. No field goal attempt of 55 yards or longer has ever been made in a Super Bowl game.

7. If New England’s Bill Belichick wins this game, he’ll tie Chuck Noll’s NFL record by winning his fourth Super Bowl game as head coach.

8. No Super Bowl team has ever been shut out, and no Super Bowl game has ever gone into overtime.

9. The Patriots and Giants have each allowed a safety in previous Super Bowls. If either team scores one in Sunday’s game, its opponent will set a new record for most safeties allowed in Super Bowl games.

10. While kickoffs have been returned for touchdowns 8 times in previous Super Bowls, there’s never been a punt returned for a touchdown in a Super Bowl game. Ever. The longest punt return in Super Bowl history was a 45-yard effort by the 49ers’ John Taylor in Super Bowl XXIII.

Finally, here's one NFL record that definitely, absolutely, positively will NOT be broken in Sunday's game:

Jim Turner and Mike Clark kicked record-short field goals of only 9 yards in Super Bowls III and VI, respectively. The goal posts were right on the goal line in those days. They were set back 10 yards into the end zone in 1974, rendering this record impossible to break today.

Warsaw Museum of Sport and Tourism
The POW Olympics of World War II
Warsaw Museum of Sport and Tourism
Warsaw Museum of Sport and Tourism

With the outbreak of World War II prompting a somber and divisive mood across the globe, it seemed impossible civility could be introduced in time for the 1940 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan to be held.

So they weren’t. Neither were the 1944 Games, which were scheduled for London. But one Polish Prisoner of War camp was determined to keep the tradition alive. The Woldenberg Olympics were made up entirely of war captives who wanted—and needed—to feel a sense of camaraderie and normalcy in their most desperate hours.

In a 2004 NBC mini-documentary that aired during their broadcast of the Games, it was reported that Polish officers under German control in the Oflag II-C camp wanted to maintain their physical conditioning as a tribute to Polish athlete Janusz Kusocinski. Unlike another Polish POW camp that held unofficial Games under a veil of secrecy in 1940, the guards of Woldenberg allowed the ’44 event to proceed with the provision that no fencing, archery, javelin, or pole-vaulting competitions took place. (Perhaps the temptation to impale their captors would have proven too much for the men.)

Music, art, and sculptures were put on display. Detainees were also granted permission to make their own program and even commemorative postage stamps of the event courtesy of the camp’s homegrown “post office.” An Olympic flag was crafted out of spare bed sheets, which the German officers, in a show of contagious sportsman’s spirit, actually saluted.

The hand-made Olympic flag from Woldenberg.

Roughly 369 of the 7000 prisoners participated. Most of the men competed in multiple contests, which ranged from handball and basketball to chess. Boxing was included—but owing to the fragile state of prisoners, broken bones resulted in a premature end to the combat.

Almost simultaneously, another Polish POW camp in Gross Born (pop: 3000) was holding their own ceremony. Winners received medals made of cardboard. Both were Oflag sites, which were primarily for officers; it’s been speculated the Games were allowed because German forces had respect for prisoners who held military titles.

A gymnastics demonstration in the camp.

The grass-roots Olympics in both camps took place in July and August 1944. By January 1945, prisoners from each were evacuated. An unknown number perished during these “death marches,” but one of the flags remained in the possession of survivor Antoni Grzesik. The Lieutenant donated it to the Warsaw Museum of Sport and Tourism in 1974, where it joined a flag recovered from the 1940 Games. Both remain there today—symbols of a sporting life that kept hope alive for thousands of men who, for a brief time, could celebrate life instead of lamenting its loss.

Additional Sources: “The Olympic Idea Transcending War [PDF],” Olympic Review, 1996; “The Olympic Movement Remembered in the Polish Prisoner of War Camps in 1944 [PDF],” Journal of Olympic History, Spring 1995; "Olympics Behind Barbed Wire," Journal of Olympic History, March 2014.

 All images courtesy of Warsaw Museum of Sport and Tourism. 

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President John Tyler's Grandsons Are Still Alive
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Here's the most amazing thing you'll ever read about our 10th president:

John Tyler was born in 1790. He took office in 1841, after William Henry Harrison died. And he has two living grandchildren.

Not great-great-great-grandchildren. Their dad was Tyler’s son.

How is this possible?

The Tyler men have a habit of having kids very late in life. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, one of President Tyler’s 15 kids, was born in 1853. He fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928.

We placed a somewhat awkward call to the Charles City County History Center in Virginia to check in on the Tylers.

After we shared this fact on Twitter in 2012, Dan Amira interviewed Harrison Tyler for New York Magazine. Lyon Tyler spoke to the Daughters of the American Revolution a while back. They were profiled by The Times of London. And Snopes is also in on the fact.


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