The NFL consolation game could outdraw the Super Bowl this year

Third place trophy

This year both NFL conference championship games ended with controversies.

  • The New Orleans Saints lost to the Los Angeles Rams in overtime. Some say the Saints should have won due to some officiating mistake.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots. Honestly, who wants to see the Patriots in another Super Bowl?

If the NFL had a consolation match for the losers of the Conference Championship, this year it would probably out outdraw the Super Bowl. People could ignore the Patriots in the Super Bowl by watching the Superb Bowl.

Yes, “superb” instead of “super”. Superb is such a great word. Just look at the etymology for superb:

1540s, “noble, magnificent” (of buildings, etc.), from Latin superbus “grand, proud, splendid; haughty, vain, insolent,” from super “above, over” (from PIE root *uper “over”). The second element perhaps is from PIE root *bheue- “to be.” General sense of “very fine” developed by 1729. Related: Superbious (c. 1500); superbly.

Interesting that “superb” appears to be an older word than “super”. According to the etymology for super, it’s only from 1837, three hundred years after superb.

“first-rate, excellent,” 1837, from prefix in superfine (1680s), denoting “highest grade of goods,” from Latin super “above, over, beyond” (see super-). Extended usage as a general term of approval is 1895 slang, revived by 1967. Rhyming reduplication form super-duper first attested 1940. Super Bowl attested from 1966; Super Glue from 1975; as a verb by 1983.

Would Superb Bowl be too confusing?

More names for the NFL 3rd place game

Great Bowl

Can be said ironically, “greeeeat”, or literally. Great!

Solid Bowl

Solid as in slang for something you might say in confirmation, or congratulations to someone who either did something tight, or when you are on the same wavelength (definition from urbandictionary). But also a play on solid gold. Or a literal solid, hard, bowl.

Bizarro Bowl

A play on Superman villain who is the opposite of Superman

Über Bowl

Almost rhymes with super, über is a leaning rhyme. In German, über means by, about, over, via. When über is used in the front of a word, it can mean superiority and elite. Too bad some other company has the name.

Do you have any names for the 3rd place bowl?

Please leave your ideas in the comments or on Twitter. Thank you.

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Tom Saaristo
5 years ago

As a life-long New England fan it’s always nice to see them in the Super Bowl. I like the idea of a consolation bowl. I wonder who would end up being the sponsor. I hope this comes true soon. I think the NFL is on the way out … next 10 years or so is my prediction

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