2) Everyone’s freaking out about the weather… for absolutely no reason
Super Bowl XLVIII takes place at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, shared home of the New York Giants, New York Jets, and a really nasty cold snap (I’m shaking my fist at you, Polar Vortex!). New Yorkers have been cursing frigid temperatures for well over two weeks, but a little snow’s not so bad for the Super Bowl. Metlife is an open stadium, and football games in snow–while not ideal for players–are beautiful, messy, and a joy to watch.
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The real concern is a huge snowstorm. Contingency plans are in place to postpone the game if push comes to shove. The teams competing are more than capable of handling a little bad weather, but I think my snowy Super Bowl dreams are dashed–the forecast is a brisk but manageable 28 degree evening low with a 20% chance of precipitation. Perfect football weather.
3) Player drama
What’s a show without some drama? Richard Sherman’s been getting a lot of mixed press after his heated and bizarre NFC Championship post-game interview with Erin Andrews, spurred by a conflict with 49er’s Michael Crabtree (Sherman was later fined $7,875 for taunting). Perhaps to balance out all the hoopla, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch just didn’t bother to talk at all on Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day.
4) Bruno Mars’ Halftime Show
Recent Grammy award winner Bruno Mars graces the Halftime Show stage this Sunday. Why am I so on board with this? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Exhibit A:
Bruno Mars was born to perform. Now, at 28, Mars is the youngest person to headline the Halftime Show in a decade. He’s a young man with an old soul and a talent for making music that feels timeless. With guest performers the Red Hot Chili Peppers (and no doubt a surprise guest or two) Mars will rock the stage. Halftime Show skeptics should put their remotes down before switching to the Puppy Bowl.
Romance facts: Mars’ It Will Rain is featured on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack. The Glee cast covered Marry You in a very special wedding episode. (Intrigued? Check out R@R’s Bruno Mars appreciation post this Saturday to learn more about the versatile crooner and his music.)
5) The (early) Ad Bowl
DVRs and instant video make it so easy to skip over commercials these days, but the Super Bowl delivers a reason to keep your eyes on the screen and your butt in your seat during breaks. The ads–fun, inventive, and sometimes verging on the ridiculous–can be more competitive than the football game itself, vying for your social shares, tweets, and good old watercooler conversation.
In an effort to get a head start on buzz, some of the ads are debuting early online. Here’s the banned Scarlett Johansson SodaStream commercial that will never make it to your television (Rule #1, don’t ever say anything bad about big sponsors Coke or Pepsi!) and let’s take a look at my favorite early contender from Jaguar.
Perfect actors? Check. British accents? Check. Tom Hiddleston? CHECK. Yes, it’s #GoodToBeBad
(But the verdict still stands. Nothing will ever beat Volkswagen’s Baby Darth Vader. Ever.)
What are you looking forward to most this Sunday? Watching the game? Skipping the game and reading? Sound off in the comments!
Super Bowl XLVIII airs this Sunday at 6:30 PM on FOX.