National Football League and Super Bowl 50


With Super Bowl 50 fast approaching, I thought it would be interesting to find out more about the history of the Super Bowl and the history of the National Football League.

Here are some interesting facts I learned about the Super Bowl and Super Bowl 50:

• With a television viewership of over 100 million people and hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year on tickets, concessions, and merchandise alone, the Super Bowl is the most watched and greatest sports game on Earth.

• Super Bowl 50 will be the 50th edition of the Super Bowl and the 46th modern-era National Football League championship game.

• In a departure from the NFL tradition of using Roman numerals, this game is marketed in Arabic numerals as “Super Bowl 50” instead of Super Bowl L (the Roman numeral for 50).

• The game is scheduled to be played on February 7, 2016, at 6:30 pm Eastern time at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This will be the first Super Bowl held in the San Francisco Bay Area since Super Bowl XIX in January 1985.

• It has been dubbed as the Golden Super Bowl because it will be located in the Golden State (California); held in the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, a team named after the miners of the California Gold Rush and because a 50th anniversary is traditionally the “golden anniversary.”

• CBS will telecast the game in the United States.

In an effort to learn more about the National Football League, check out some of the resources that are available at the Weinberg Memorial Library here at the University of Scranton:

• America’s game : the epic story of how pro football captured a nation
MacCambridge, Michael, 1963-
New York: Random House, c2004.
Call # GV954.M32 2004

• Close calls : the confessions of a NFL referee
Schachter, Norm.
New York: Morrow, 1981.
Call # GV939.S29 A33

• League of denial : the NFL, concussions, and the battle for truth
Fainaru-Wada, Mark.
New York: Crown Archetype, 2013.
Call # RC1220.F6 F35 2013

E-books (Accessible from our catalog)

• NFL football : a history of America’s new national pastime
Crepeau, Richard C., 1941- author.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014.

• Outside the lines African Americans and the integration of the National Football League
Ross, Charles Kenyatta, 1964-
New York: New York University Press, 1999.

• Tailgating, sacks, and salary caps how the NFL became the most successful sports league in history
Yost, Mark.
Chicago, IL: Kaplan Pub., 2006.

Swipe Access Only Today

Due to the inclement weather, the Weinberg Memorial Library will be closed today, January 23. Swipe access for students, faculty, and staff to the first and second floors will remain open.

Need a Little Christmas?

treeWalk into the Pro Deo room of the library and smell mint and coffee.  
Java City is offering festive drinks, including a Gingerbread Latte and “Merrimint:” a white mocha Javalanche with peppermint pops. Perfect
partners for a good book or movie.

Check out these holiday materials:



 Children’s Books

Movies (Media Resources, 3rd Floor)


Modern Classics

  •  Love Actually starring a conglomeration of British actors whose stories intertwine and culminate in a rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
  • Elf Zooey Deschanel sings “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
  • The Nativity Story A film depiction of the journey Mary and Joseph take to Bethlehem.


Thanksgiving Holiday and Remainder of Fall 2015 Hours

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Thursday (11/26) to Saturday (11/28). The library will reopen on Sunday (11/29) at Noon.

The library’s Pro Deo Room, Reilly Learning Commons, and 2nd Floor will remain accessible to students during this time. 

Starting Monday (11/30) the library will enter Extended Hours:

Monday (11/30) through Thursday (12/3), 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday (12/4), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (12/5), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday (12/6), Noon to Midnight
Monday (12/7) — Thursday (12/10), 7:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday (12/11), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (12/12), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday (12/6), Closed

On Monday (12/14) the library will enter End of Semester and Christmas Holiday Hours:

Monday (12/14) through Friday (12/18), 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday (12/19) & Sunday (12/20), Closed

Monday (12/21) through Wednesday (12/23), 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday (12/24) through Sunday (1/4), Closed

The library will reopen on Monday (1/5), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Win $500 for Describing Your Research Process in 500 Words

1863 united states 500 dollar demand note

Image by Flickr user ocean_of_stars via CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license (a human-readable summary of this license may be found here)

Are you working on a research project this semester? Did you use the library’s resources, services, collections, or spaces in order to complete your research? Then you should consider submitting your project for a chance to win the Weinberg Memorial Library Research Prize.

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every year to the winning Undergraduate and the winning Graduate submission. All you need to do is write a 500-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500-word essay you can about your research.

Then, submit the application materials for your project through the Library Research Prize website by the Fall 2015 deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015 by 4:00 pm. This deadline is for projects completed in Summer 2015 or Fall 2015. There will be another deadline for Spring 2016 research projects. Winners are announced at the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

Research projects can be individual or group projects, though winning group projects will receive one $500 prize for the group.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission, so be sure to let your course instructor know you will be submitting your project for consideration for the prize.

Details on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and what the selection criteria are, can be found at the Library Research Prize website. Any additional questions can be sent to Prof. Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator (

We look forward to hearing about your research!

Bike Scranton Season Wraps Up

The University’s 2015 participation in this bike share program was very successful. In 5 months we loaned bikes 312 times, with 188 of those loans being to undergraduates. Special thanks to the Lackawanna Heritage Valley for inviting the University to partner on this new program. Bike Scranton will be back in April of 2016. Thanks to everyone for your positive response to this green initiative!