A schoolyard hand signal may be the reason why the NFL decided to drop the Roman numeral “L” from promotional materials for the artist now known as Super Bowl 50.
An NBC Sports report cites concerns from the Super Bowl
L 50 committee that usage of the letter “L” will provide a negative meaning because it’s used as a hand signal for losing.
Now, The Shield has gone full steam ahead with plans to use the 50 instead of going with the “L” of Doom.
I’m not totally sure why the NFL would want to use L instead of 50 considering some people don’t even understand Roman numerals.
Throughout my time as a college instructor in Pennsylvania, I’ll have to teach things that involve Roman numerals. When I ask the class about their familiarity with Roman numerals, they look at me like this:
Super Bowl 50 will take place on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California at Levi’s Stadium.
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