What Is This? Super Bowl 50, the NFL’s championship game for the 2015 season, is played Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The winner gets to declare their fans as greatest in the world. The loser has to clean up the confetti.
What’s 50 In Roman Numerals? L. Yes, just L. You can see why the NFL went with 50.
Is It On TV? Yes, on CBS. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the game with Tracy Wolfson reporting. The last time CBS aired a Super Bowl, there was a power outage that suspended the game for 34 minutes.
How Many People Watch It? An average audience of 114.4 million watched last year’s Super Bowl on NBC, making it the most watched broadcast in U.S. TV history.
Is It Commercial-Free? No, and those commercials aren’t free, either. A 30-second TV spot costs about $5 million.
Can I Lose Money On It? In more ways than you ever thought possible! You can place prop bets on stuff like the coin toss, length of the national anthem, what people are wearing and what silly stuff Nantz and Simms will say. Vegas profited $3.2 million off the $115.9 million wagered last year.
Who Will We Complain About At Halftime? Moody British rockers Coldplay will perform at halftime, giving viewers something to moan about on Twitter.
Is There Football? Yes, there is some football played in there somewhere. Who is playing? We don’t know at presstime, and, frankly, we don’t care.
Football? Stupid Football. Some alternate viewing options: Puppy Bowl XII (Animal Planet), Kitten Bowl III (Hallmark Channel), Pineapple Express (Comedy Central), Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (Syfy), A Star Is Born (TCM), Into the Badlands marathon (AMC), women’s college gymnastics (ESPN2) and the Petticoat Junction Season 3 DVDs you got for Christmas.
Can I Stay Tuned For 60 Minutes After? A live edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert follows all the CBS postgame stuff, the first time a late-night series gets the post-Super Bowl spot. — Ryan A. Berenz, Hopper Magazine