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Hosting a Super Bowl does not mean your team can't make the big game


As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to upgrade Lincoln Financial Field to make a push at hosting the Super Bowl, there is likely a divide among fans as to whether they should host the biggest game in the world. Typically, the "big game" brings plenty of financial success to the hosting area, but history shows that the hometown team is never a benefactor. Since the Super Bowl's inception in 1967, a hometown team has never played in the actual game.

However, while there has never been a hometown host, there is nothing that indicates that fact is not a by-product of circumstance. For instance, the Super Bowl has been mostly hosted by dome-stadium and warm weather teams. If you consider that only 4 of the last 15 Super Bowl winners were of that distinction, it is a clear indicator of why the hosting teams have not made the game. In recent history, the cold-weather teams have dominated the NFL's most important contest.

Largely hosted in New Orleans (10), Miami (10), Los Angeles (7), and Tampa Bay (4), the hosting team has been limited by its overall hosting locations. When you consider that the Saints were not a successful team prior to the mid-2000's, the Dolphins have been unsuccessful for the last 15 years and that Los Angeles has not had a team for 20 years, it is easy to see that the statistic is overblown but obvious. Of those teams that have have hosted the last 15 years, only the Saints, Colts and Buccaneers have won a Super Bowl.

Here is a list of the last 15 Super Bowls featuring the match-ups, hosts and winners:

Super Bowl (Year) Matchup Host Winner
XLVII (2012) Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers New Orleans Baltimore Ravens
XLVI (2011) New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Indianapolis New York Giants
XLV (2010) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers Dallas Green Bay Packers
XLIV (2009) New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts Miami New Orleans Saints
XLIII (2008) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals Tampa Bay Pittsburgh Steelers
XLII (2007) New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Arizona New York Giants
XLI (2006) Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears Miami Indianapolis Colts
XL (2005) Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Detroit Pittsburgh Steelers
XXXIX (2004) New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville New England Patriots
XXXVIII (2003) Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots Houston New England Patriots
XXXVII (2002) Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers San Diego Tampa Bay Buccaneers
XXXVI (2001) St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots New Orleans New England Patriots
XXXV (2000) Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants Tampa Bay Baltimore Ravens
XXXIV (1999) St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans Atlanta St. Louis Rams
XXXIII (1998) Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons Miami Denver Broncos

As you can clearly see, the northeast is prominently represented in the Super Bowls that have taken place over the last 15 years. While the setting of a Super Bowl technically cannot have any bearing on the success of a team; the success of a team can impact its Super Bowl chances. That fact implies that a team's success and their record are the only things that hold them back from a Super Bowl trip in their hometown. So basically, if your team is bad and your city is picked to host a Super Bowl, the chances of your team getting to the game are scarce to being with. That is why hosting a Super Bowl should not give a team the excuse of losing out on the "big game."

Given what we now can infer about the hosting of a Super Bowl, how do you feel about Philadelphia hosting a Super Bowl?

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