The Super Bowl and the Constitution


To promote the NFL championship game, in July of 1966 Kansas City Chief’s owner Lamar Hunt coined the phrase “Super Bowl”, remembering his children playing with a Super Ball toy. The name stuck, and the “Super Bowl” is the biggest sporting event of the year.

In 1787, our nation’s founders held a big event, the Constitutional Convention. Like the Super Bowl, this phrase is capitalized, indicating an historic event. Otherwise, the words “super” and “constitutional” are just adjectives, modifying nouns.

Original opponents of an Article V “convention for proposing amendments” understood the opportunity to change the narrative during the 1960’s push for a convention focused on limiting the abuse of an activist Supreme Court. Leading liberal constitutional professors began deliberately labeling the state-initiated amendment process, clearly defined in Article V, as a “Constitutional Convention”. Their goal — to instill fear in We the People, fear to apply the constitutional remedy to an overreaching federal government.

They had significant success; even proponents of an Article V convention, including Ronald Reagan, referred to it as a “constitutional convention.” Well-meaning state legislatures began passing applications for a “constitutional convention” to propose a balanced budget amendment, using the phrase in a context for which there was no historical precedent.

Today, the Convention of States Project is active in all 50 states, a grassroots movement to rein in the federal government. We’re educating We the People that this is not a Constitutional Convention; it’s an amending convention. Neither the founders, the State legislatures, nor We the People are to be feared! Find out more at

Paul Hodson