The Super Bowl is one of the most iconic events in the history of American sports. Every year, it attracts millions of viewers from around the world to witness the best athletes in the world compete for the ultimate prize. As history has shown us, the Super Bowl is no stranger to the weird and wonderful. From streakers to wardrobe malfunctions, this event has seen some of the strangest moments in sports. Here are 10 of the weirdest moments at the Super Bowl.
1. The “wardrobe malfunction”
At the 2004 Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed a duet on stage. During the performance, Timberlake removed a part of Jackson’s outfit, revealing her right breast. The incident was dubbed the “wardrobe malfunction”, and it caused a huge controversy. The Federal Communications Commission fined CBS, the network that broadcast the Super Bowl, a hefty sum of $550,000.
2. The streaker
At the 1977 Super Bowl, a fan ran onto the field during the second quarter of the game. He was wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a white jacket, and no pants. The streaker, Mark Roberts, was quickly apprehended by security and arrested. He later revealed that he had done it as a stunt for a British television show.
3. The blizzard game
The 1982 Super Bowl was held in Pontiac, Michigan, and it was the coldest Super Bowl in history. Temperatures dipped to -9 degrees Fahrenheit and a blizzard hit the area during the game. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21.
4. The power outage
At the 2013 Super Bowl, the lights went out in the third quarter of the game. The power outage lasted for 34 minutes and it caused a great deal of confusion. After the lights came back on, the Baltimore Ravens went on to win the game 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers.
5. The halftime show controversy
At the 2004 Super Bowl, the halftime show featured a controversial performance by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. As mentioned earlier, Timberlake removed a part of Jackson’s outfit, revealing her right breast. This sparked a huge controversy and it led to the FCC fining CBS $550,000.
6. The animal rights protest
At the 1989 Super Bowl, an animal rights protestor named Amy Martin ran onto the field during the pregame show. She was wearing a fur coat and carrying a sign that read “Stop Animal Abuse”. She was quickly apprehended by security and arrested.
7. The streaker II
At the 1999 Super Bowl, another streaker ran onto the field. This time, it was a woman named Tracy Wigginton. She was wearing nothing but a G-string and a smile. She was quickly apprehended by security and arrested.
8. The halftime show controversy II
At the 2012 Super Bowl, the halftime show featured a performance by Madonna. During the performance, Madonna was joined onstage by M.I.A., who made an obscene gesture to the camera. This led to the NFL fining M.I.A. $1.5 million for violating its decency standards.
9. The coin toss fiasco
At the 1998 Super Bowl, the coin toss was botched by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He was supposed to flip the coin in the air, but instead he dropped it on the ground. The coin landed on its side and the crowd went wild. Tagliabue eventually got the coin to flip properly and the Denver Broncos won the toss.
10. The streaker III
At the 2004 Super Bowl, a third streaker ran onto the field. This time, it was a man named Mark Roberts. He was wearing nothing but a G-string and a smile. He was quickly apprehended by security and arrested.
The Super Bowl is no stranger to the weird and wonderful. From streakers to wardrobe malfunctions, this event has seen some of the strangest moments in sports. These 10 moments are just a few of the many weird and wonderful occurrences that have happened over the years.