Do they still call today "Super Sunday?" That's so '80s, like when Up With People did the Super Bowl half time show - or before there even was a half time show. Super Bowl II (that's a 2) had the Grambling State University marching band at half time. That's ridiculous, having a marching band at a football game. Who ever heard of that? Football games are for Bono, Springsteen and tearing clothing.
Like many of you, I am far less interested in this game than I am usually. Let's face it, if you aren't in an office pool or have money bet on the game, you probably don't care very much. No more interested than in a regular season game between the Cardinals and ... well, anybody. It's a TV show more than a football game at this stage. I'm always curious as to what the other networks are programming, and it usually isn't much.
CBS has repeats of Cold Case, The Unit and The Mentalist, ABC is running 2 (or is it II?) repeats of something called Wipeout Bowl I: Cheerleaders vs. Couch Potatoes. Fox is running repeats of all their Sunday shows, including Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader, which I'm guessing nobody watches regardless of what's on opposite it. In a bold move, at 7:00 pm (or is it VIIpm?) CBS is running a new program, chronicling Barack Obama's rise to the White House. True alternate programming. What's the over-under for a rating number? 1?
Bruce Springsteen is performing at half time. I respect Bruce, but I've never been that big a fan. Whenever I ask someone, "How was the show?" when he performs around here, the response I get is "He played for 4 hours!" OK, so how was the show? Abba can play for 4 hours, but I'm not going to see them either. Ever since the Janet Jackson fiasco, the organizers have opted for safer entertainment choices. I'll be checking in to see if the instruments are plugged in and they're really singing. I'd bet they are, but you never know.
As for me, I'll have to pay scant attention to the game, since afterward, NBC is airing a new episode of The Office. New. I'm not sure that's any smarter than airing repeats opposite the game. If people are out at a party, are they going to stay tuned for an hour comedy after the game?
I'll be watching, but I'm not going anyplace, and nobody ever gauged the popularity of anything based on what I think.