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Quarterbacks Tom Brady, Jared Goff betting on a Super Bowl win

Fred Jeter | 2/1/2019, 6 a.m.
What would the Super Bowl be without betting and, with that, the office pool? You can lay a friendly wager ...
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The Patriots’ White, nicknamed “Sweet Feet,” has 87 receptions and is Brady’s preferred target streaking out of the backfield.

The Rams’ Woods has 86 catches for 1,219 yards and is Goff’s deep threat.

The first receiver named MVP was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Lynn Swann in 1976, and the most recent was the Steelers’ Santonio Holmes in 2009.

If you’re thinking of betting on a receiver to become MVP, you might be wise to pass.

History lesson: The first Super Bowl, played on Jan. 15, 1967, wasn’t even called the “Super Bowl” at the time. It was the AFL-NFL World Championship game.

It wasn’t until 1969 that football’s climactic game got its current name. Kansas City Chiefs’ owner Lamar Hunt is credited with creating the name based on the Super Ball, an ultra-bouncy ball popular among youngsters at the time.

The first Super Bowl — Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10 — wasn’t the big deal it is now. The game was played in daylight like any other game at the time.

The Super Bowl party, rivaling New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July celebrations, didn’t come around until later and continues gathering momentum. Now, since the gala affair coincides with the evening meal, it’s even come to be tagged “Supper Bowl.”

The only thing more traditional on Super Bowl Sunday than the ever-present Patriots, it seems, is a table full of goodies.

Expecting some hungry company Sunday night? Now that’s a sure bet if ever there was one.