I'm a sports guy, so what I'm about to say isn't too surprising.
Every second of the Super Bowl broadcast is must-see TV. Sure, I'm talking about the game, but I'm also talking about the commercials, the halftime show, the gambling and the Gatorade shower.
If you have your game-face on, like I do every week, (and you do since you are presumably reading this column) you couldn't have asked for a better contest between two tradition-rich teams. The NFL's Lombardi Trophy, given to the winner of the Super Bowl, is named after the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. For us young folk, digitized clips of Lombardi wearing his dark trench coat and matching fedora pacing down the sidelines on the way to one of his five NFL Championship victories is the only true memory of the guy. And how many times do you think we'll hear the name Brett Favre on the Sunday broadcast? A win would not only give Green Bay its fourth Super Bowl title, but will give quarterback Aaron Rodgers some breathing room after replacing the future hall-of-famer Favre.
On the other side, the Steelers have a much more recent Super Bowl history to go along with a storied past. Pittsburgh is going for a seventh Super Bowl title, or as many Pittsburgh fans like to tweet, "Stairway to Seven." Larger than life Ben Roethlisberger is going for his third Super Bowl title as a quarterback, which would tie Tom Brady for most by an active QB. Say what you want about Roethlisberger off the field, on it, he's a gamer. The Pittsburgh teams of the past are known for having a filthy defense. The modern day version of "Mean" Joe Greene is Troy Polamalu. His hair puts him "Head & Shoulders" above much of the NFL in popularity. On top of that, he's a pretty darn good football player.
There are quality storylines on the field, but between the action is just as intriguing. During the last 15 years, the Super Bowl has become known for super commercials. From the Budweiser Frogs to the more modern and risqué GoDaddy.Com commercials, every 30-second spot creates a memory and makes an impression. Because eyes stay glued to the TV at all times during the big game, advertisers are willing to pony up $3 million for every 30 seconds of ad. If that's not American gluttony, I don't know what is.
And then there's halftime.
In my younger days, halftime meant video game time. I could just about get a game of Tecmo Super Bowl in (two minute quarters) over the course of halftime. But ever since Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson stole the show seven years ago with "Nipplegate," there's been an added buzz around halftime. It's not only who's performing but it's what will they do? Even the most seasoned performers, Bruce Springsteen, had a halftime snafu. Remember the slide? This might sound weird, just Google: "Bruce Springsteen crotch."
If you are a gambler, there might not be a better day than Super Bowl Sunday. You can bet on anything from the coin-toss to the final score. But a lot of money can be made this year, even before the famous flip at midfield.
Betting sites are putting out odds on the length of Christina Aguilera's version of the national anthem. The Web site I looked at, Bodog.com - put the odds at over/under 1-minute, 50-seconds. Aguilera's rendition of Francis Scott Key's song lasted 1:54 before game 7 of the NBA Finals. She also star-spangled it up for game 6 of the NBA Finals and was clocked at 1:52.
And finally, what better way to end your night than watching a bunch of millionaires act like kids after the game? When pro athletes well up over winning it all, it really puts into perspective the magnitude of the event. There are plenty of all-time greats who never had the experience of winning a Super Bowl. So to watch a group of men really show they are playing for the love of the game - instead of the love of money - is refreshing.
So there you have it -- my reasons why you should watch Super Bowl XLV on Sunday. If you're still not sold on the annual game -- get out of the house and go to a Super Bowl party. You'll be hooked like the rest of us.