We Have Never Cancelled a Super Bowl

Written by Posted On Friday, 21 January 2022 00:00

It was January 2020 when we became aware of and have had to live with what can only be termed a global emergency due to COVID-19.

Remember the good old days when we were assured that it would only take three weeks to flatten the curve? Here we are in January 2022 and how we live our day-to-day lives has changed dramatically. How we play and watch sports has very definitely changed.

For instance, the 2021 NFL regular season has come to an end and the 2022 postseason began Saturday with 14 teams in the hunt to win the 2022 Super Bowl. But are we even positive where Super Bowl LVI will be played? As of this writing, it is still scheduled at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Feb. 13. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti is confident the Super Bowl will not move from SoFi Stadium. Let us hope that he is right.

No Super Bowl has been canceled, nor has it been changed from its scheduled date. Before COVID the only thing we really worried about was the weather. What would happen if a major weather event did threaten the safety of spectators on Super Bowl Sunday? A weather contingency plan would be enacted.

I was the head referee for Super Bowl VI on Jan. 16, 1972, in New Orleans, which to this day is still known as one of the coldest Super Bowls played. I had the honor of being chosen for the opening coin toss. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins by the score of 24–3, to win their first Super Bowl.

My point here is that we have never canceled a Super Bowl and we won’t this year.

How and where will you watch the Super Bowl this year?

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Dr. Jim Tunney

Jim Tunney had an exemplary career in sports. A former high school coach, teacher, principal and district superintendent, he had a 40-year career in officiating football and basketball.

Thirty-one of those years he was an NFL Referee working a record twenty-nine post-season games including four Super Bowls, ten NFC/AFC Championship games, six Pro Bowls and twenty-five Monday Night Games.

He officiated some of the most memorable games in NFL history. His book Impartial Judgment: “The Dean of NFL Referees” Calls Pro Football As He Sees It, chronicles his NFL career.

As a Professional Speaker, he is Past President of The National Speakers Association and a Charter Member of its most prestigious group – The CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame. Jim holds every professional designation of the NSA, including the Oscar of Professional Speaking – The Cavett. NSA named him Philanthropist of the Year in 2007.

Dr. Tunney (a doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California) continues to serve his community as  Trustee Emeritus of both Monterey Peninsula College and York School; where he once served as Headmaster. In 1993, he founded the Jim Tunney Youth Foundation to support local community programs that develop leadership, work skills, wellness and self-esteem in youth. He and his wife Linda live in Pebble Beach, California. They have six children and sixteen grandchildren.

As an author he has written and/or co-authored thirteen books: Impartial Judgment, Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, You Can Do It!, Super Bowl Sunday, Insights into Excellence, Lessons in Leadership, Build a Better You and his most recent book, It’s the Will, Not the Skill.

If you are looking for a keynote speaker who educates, motivates and entertains with a lifetime of stories about leadership, team building and sports 831-595-3258.


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