Having written a lot about American soccer in a few of my previous posts, with my interest in sport that side of the Atlantic piqued I began looking into champions of the big three leagues in the United States, namely the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. I was particularly amazed at the spread of champions in American football.
Back on 1 February the New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title, a triumph that has since been tarnished by the disclosure that balls were, in fact, deflated during the AFC Championship Game. It was the Patriots’ eighth Super Bowl appearance in total, their seventh since 1997. This number of appearances in the championship game is a joint-best record along with the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cowboys and Steelers are two of the most successful franchises in NFL history. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, four of which came in the 1970s and two in the last decade. The Cowboys are tied second on five, alongside the San Francisco 49ers. For a team that is top of the pile, six titles for the Steelers seems rather a small number, considering the Super Bowl has been going since 1967. Compared with the significantly younger Premier League in England, which was established in 1992, there is a startling difference.