Rich Galen

As to wireless, the NFL has announced that it will block wireless access inside the stadium for the Super Bowl. Not because they want to sell more hotdogs and beer, but because there will be so many of the 88,000 fans watching the game live while streaming it on their wireless device to get stats and commentary, and uploading photos of the field as well as untold numbers of "selfies" that they will overload even the upgraded systems installed for the game.

This was not a problem in 1967 as the first cellular phone - the Motorola Dyna-Tac - would not be available to the public until 1983, 16 years later. That first phone weighed almost two pounds, had a retail price of $3,995, and wouldn't do much more than allow a user to send and receive telephone calls.

According to the Pew organization, in 2013 about 91 percent of all adults in America had a cell phone of any type and 56% of adults owned a smartphone - a category that didn't even exist prior to June 2007 with the introduction of the iPhone.

So, as you prepare to watch Super Bowl XLVIII on your HD TV with your tablet by your side for extra coverage and your smartphone at the ready to Tweet clever comments, eating tortilla chips and salsa (rather than potato chips and onion dip) remember that none of the technology around you existed when the first Super Bowl was played in 1967 and one of the two teams - the Seattle Seahawks - was still nine years away from playing its first game.

Pass those chips over here, please.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the NFL's official history of the Super Bowl and to the history of both the Seahawks and the Broncos.

Also a Mullfoto of one of those crucial infrastructure projects we keep hearing about.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at