This week will be full of debate on who has the advantage in this week’s Superbowl. The relative strengths and weakness of the teams involved. The defensive and offensive matchups, the coaching styles, the various player comments etc etc etc.
While all of these things are very debatable matters there is a question that I want answered.
Why Superbowl XLIX? Why not Superbowl IL?
The Roman numeral standard is pretty straightforward I = 1 V=5 X=10 L=50 C=100 D=500 and M= 1000 Thus 8 – XIII (5 + 1 + 1 + 1) When the values are in descending order the number are all added.
When you have a letter that is of a lower value preceding a higher one that number is subtracted, Thus XLIX = Ten (X) subtracted from fifty (L) = 40 plus 1 (I) subtracted from Ten (X)9 for Forty Nine.
But hold on if you can subtract the first letter from the second why not use the following system IL instead since IL = one (I) subtracted from fifty (L) thus…49.
You save two whole letters considering that the Roman system can get kind of messy for example 1988 is MCMLXXXVIII why not use that method to save some carving in your marble when you can? Why wasn’t the year 1999 MIM (1000+ 1 subtracted from 1000) instead of MCMIX (1000 + 100 subtracted from 1000 plus 1 subtracted from ten)?
Yea this is slightly less important that the scourge of “manspreading” but if the City of New York can invest actual tax dollars into combating that dreaded scourge someone can tell me why I can’t get a Superbowl IL shirt if I wanted one.
Not that I actually want one, after all, it’s not like it’s something actually important…