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In an old Autofill Project post I mentioned that I added to Default the entry SUPERBOWLL (Super Bowl L),  presumed to be the name the 2016 NFL championship. According to news released this week, the NFL is not going to use that name, rather it will brand the 2016 game as “Super Bowl 50” and then resume with Roman numerals the following year. The article also reports that Roman numerals were not used until Super Bowl V, though the first four Super Bowls are popularly referred to as I, II, III, and IV in historical reference. It’s possible that “Super Bowl L” will eventually receive the same treatment when archivists decide that it looks better listed between Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI. I’ll check back in a few decades.

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