Our Super Bowl open thread is officially under way! Updates will be added at the top, in EST. Have at it!
Hahaha, long time NBC spokes tools Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric did a BMW commercial for the Super Bowl which mostly shows how unaware they were.
Heh, but Audi says, psst, she actually drives an Audi:
— Audi (@Audi) February 1, 2015
6:50 Brady intercepted!
Seahawk should have been called for roughing kicker, hit him in the planted leg. 15 yard penalty, automatic first down, not called. Got away with that one.
I don’t have a team in this fight. But if you’re wondering who to root for, here’s one reason to root for the Pats, courtesy of one of our readers, U.S. Patriot 1776:
Idina Menzel sings National Anthem. Not a fan of that rendition. Too stylized, guess I prefer the simple.
6:00 pm (EST)
Via NY Post:
The Seahawks will be led onto University of Phoenix Stadium field in Glendale, AZ by a 9-year-old augur hawk called Taima, a name of native American origin meaning “thunder.” The bird of prey has a 4 1/2-foot wingspan and usually stays on course — except that time last November at a Seahawks-Giants game when he went rogue and perched on a fan’s head.
As the technically visiting team, the Patriots will be in their white road jerseys, while the Seahawks will be in their home blue.
It’s the third time Arizona has played host to a Super Bowl, the last one in 2008. Aside from the glory in playing in the big game, players from either side get a few extra shekels: losers $49,000, and winners $97,000.
And for some, the most important part? The best commercial. The two best, at least in the first quarter, seem to be from Budweiser, who just seems to have a sense of Americana, and Snickers (funny!) (don’t click if you want to see it live):