Super Bowl Sunday has arrived and it’s a safe bet that nearly half of all Americans will be tuning into the game that will decide which team is the season’s champions; the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks. The road to Super Bowl XLIX has been one that I’m sure the NFL would like to have over with quickly and never repeated again. From allegations of domestic violence, deflate-gate, a high profile murder trial involving a former Patriots tight end and other serious issues; the league seems to have spent the majority of the season in damage control trying to protect its $25 billion image. A recent ESPN poll revealed that more than 49 percent of Americans are football fans. That figure is down by about seven percent compared to last year, however it still makes professional football the nation’s most popular sport.
For non-football fans however, Sunday is going to be a pretty long day. With so much focus on the game, networks in recent years have been very jittery when it comes to pitting new episodes up against the most watched annual sporting event in the United States. More people will be watching than those who will not. As a result, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something new to watch on Sunday night. Showtime’s “House of Lies” and “Shameless” are definitely alternatives to the game. So is “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo. If those shows aren’t exactly your cup of tea, there’s always “Downton Abby” on PBS and of course you have good ol’ Netflix or Redbox to keep you entertained. But wait, there is the half time show!
Katy Perry is scheduled to perform this year and she’s bring a few favorites with her. It’s been rumored that Perry will be rocking the stadium with Taylor Swift who is riding a wave of success with her latest album “1989”. Other performances include Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz.
Another alternative to watching the Super Bowl; watching the commercials for the game. They have become just as talked about and anticipated as the game itself, Super Bowl air time will cost about $4.5 million for a 30 second spot.
What I’ve been waiting for since the beginning of the holidays; the return of “The Blacklist” on NBC. The show starring James Spader as the charismatic international fugitive turned FBI informant Raymond “Red” Reddington moves to a new night and time starting February 5. It will now air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. So whether you end up watching repeats of “Shark Tank,” enjoying Super Bowl festivities or renting or going to a movie, have a wonderful Super Sunday evening.