|Sun, Feb 1, 2015
University of Phoenix Stadium
|5:30 p.m. CT
||New England (14-4)||vs||Seattle (14-4)|
Break out the party snacks and adult beverages! It's time for America's second major national holiday of the calendar year: Super Bowl Sunday. Although K-State's involvement in tonight's affair is limited to the presence of some guy who's related to Glenn Gronkowski in some fashion suiting up for one of the teams, we're still here to help you out with all the vital information you need.
NOTE: There is no K-State Slate today, so this is your all-day open thread of doom.
The game: The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. This is the eighth appearance in the title game for the Patriots; amazingly, their victory over Indianapolis tied them with Pittsburgh and Dallas for most conference championships in the Super Bowl era. The Patriots are 3-4 all time in the Super Bowl. Seattle, meanwhile, has reached the title game on two previous occasions; they lost Super Bowl XL to Pittsburgh back in 2006, and of course defeated Denver last year.
This will be the 17th meeting between the two clubs, and each team has won eight times. This will only be their fourth meeting since 1994, however; New England has won two of those three contests. Although both teams were in the AFC from 1977-2001, this game marks the first post-season meeting between the clubs.
Odds: Seattle opened as a two-point favorite, but now the line is anywhere from pick'em to New England -1.5, depending on the source. The over/under is 47.5.
Want more? The over/under on the national anthem (more on this in a bit) is two minutes and one second, you can get 33-1 on the first score of the game being a safety, and, well, all sorts of other crazy prop bets are over at OddsShark.
Kickoff: Sunday, February 1 at 4:30pm CT, University of Phoenix Stadium (63,400) in Glendale, Arizona.
Tickets: Hey, if you're in Phoenix and you want to go -- and the stories of ticket brokers screwing people over this week haven't scared you off -- you can go to the game by yourself for the low, low price of only $7,141; the average price is running at $13,230. Oh, you'll also have to buy a parking pass. That'll only run you $95-$140.
Television: The overall host for this year's Super Bowl broadcast on NBC is Bob Costas. The Super Bowl Pre-Game Show kicks off at 11am CT, featuring Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Mike Florio, Peter King, Liam McHugh, Randy Moss, Carolyn Manno, Doug Flutie, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh. The always-fabulous duo of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will also be on hand to report on pre-game events (including an interview with Chris Pratt), Savannah Guthrie will interview President Barack Obama during the pre-game show, Rebecca Lowe will drop in to recap the day's Premier League action with Patrick and Dungy, and Men in Blazers will also have a featured segment.
And all that, of course, leads up to the game itself. Coverage starts at 5:00pm CT with Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, and Michelle Tafoya.
The game also serves as the launch of NBC Universo, NBC's new Spanish-language channel. If you're into that sort of thing, you can catch their broadcast on most major cable and satellite providers -- TimeWarner being a notable exception from the provided list -- as part of a free preview. Rene Giraldo, Edgar Lopez, and Veronica Contreras handle the call.
Radio: Westwood One Sports, with Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, James Lofton, and Mark Malone. That broadcast kicks off at 1pm CT with plenty of pre-game chatter. In Manhattan, the game airs on KMAN. The game also airs on WHB 810 in Kansas City, KTOP 1490 in Topeka, KSHQ 100.7 in southeast Kansas, KFH 1240 in Wichita, and on the Sports Animal in Oklahoma. If you're somewhere else, here's Westwood One's handy affiliate locator. This feed will also be available on Sirius/XM 88. There is also a Spanish-language national radio broadcast on ESPN Deportes with Noe Menendez, Rene Alernan, and Tony Pena; satellite users can find that on Sirius 232/XM 157.
If you're in Seattle, the game will air on 710 ESPN and KIRO 97.3, with the normal Seahawks announcing crew of Steve Raible, Warren Moon, and Jen Mueller. That feed's also available nationwide on Sirius 93/XM 225. For New Englanders, 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston has the broadcast with the Patriots team of Bob Socci and Scott Zolak. That feed will also be available nationwide on Sirius/XM 85.
WHEW. That was thirsty work.
Online: Video streaming via NBC Sports LiveExtra; that's a free stream, coverage beginning at 11am CT. There is, however, a catch: while you can do this on a wifi device, you cannot do it on your tablet or phone if you're not wifi-connected. For that, you'll have to have the NFL Mobile app, and to use that, you have to be on Verizon.
The only audio streaming available is the NFL Audio Pass, which is a subscription service whose annual subscription expires... tonight. So if you haven't already subscribed, you're going to end up paying 10 bucks just to stream one game. Someone might get mad that we're saying this, but you may as well listen to the video stream. Live stats via, well, pretty much everyone; you can follow the box score and play-by-play at NFL.com, ESPN, Yahoo!, wherever.
Other stuff: The Thunderbirds, flying out of Luke AFB, will perform the pre-game flyover. Servicemen from Arizona's military installations will, along with Arizona national guard members, comprise the joint honor guard. Idina Menzel, star of Frozen, will belt out the national anthem. The honorary captains for the coin flip will be former Seahawk Kenny Easley and former Patriot Tedy Bruschi.
The half-time show will star Katy Perry, with guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, and the traditional post-Super Bowl Big Television Event will be the spring return of The Blacklist.
And with that... let's watch some football, eh?