Roman numerals and the Super Bowl
For the millions of football fans across the country and the millions of non-fans who watched at least parts of the Super Bowl game last Sunday, tell me what happened to the “L.” For 49 years the Super Bowl has been named by Roman numerals, but this year it is just referred to as the “50th.” Miss Lela Hobrock tried and failed in teaching me the Roman numerals when I was in the sixth grade. It was many years later that I learned that X is ten, I is one, V is five, L is 50, C is 100, D is 500 and that MCMLXXV is 1975. I never see those Roman numerals used except on the first page of books in the copyright paragraph, or maybe in the credits at the end of a movie. Now when many others understand the Roman numerals the NFL used to identify the game since the dawn of time they decided to abandon them. Maybe next year they will call it the “CI” or will it be the 51st.
Memory time: For about 15 years Christine and I had a Super Bowl party in our small Texas Park Model. We would have four couples, the Petries from White Hall, Bernice and Glen Massie and Bob and Martha Millard; Martha is Glen’s sister. They would always be in Texas with their trailer at that time of the year as they would be on their way to Florida. A double connection there, as the Millard’s son Brian is married to Cara Roegge, one of my better lifeguards at the Park District swimming pool 35 years ago.