Super Sunday: Her's the 12-hour rundown

OK, by now we should be geared up for Super Bowl Sunday. My two previous blogs offered an overview and a profile of Terry Crews, former pro football player who reaches the Super day via acting. Now here's the third of the three stories I sent to papers; it offers a chronological rundown.


Here’s a quick journey through Super Bowl Sunday; starting
at noon, everything is on Fox:

Early and late: Endless cable coverage. This is a key time for
Fox Sports 1, which started less than six months ago. “We are the network of
the Super Bowl, all week long …. We’ve always viewed this as kind of a second
coming-out party” for the channel, said Eric Shanks, the Fox Sports president.

Noon ET: “The Road to the Super Bowl,” the annual NFL Films

1 p.m.: “Football America: Our Story.” The passion for the
game is discussed by celebrities (Whoopi Goldberg, Rob Lowe) and regular
people, including five whose stories won tickets to the game.

2-6 p.m.: Pre-game studio show. The Fox people – Terry
Bradshaw, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, etc. – have a lot of time to talk. Stories
include bad-winter games, New York title games and Vince Lombardi’s New
York/New Jersey roots. Visiting the tailgate party, the show is expected to
catch music from Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry; the party also has the
Broadway casts of “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages.”

Shortly before 6 p.m.: This is what Fox calls its “God and
Country” section. It has a new version of a film with people reading the Declaration
of Independence. The National Anthem is sung by Renee Fleming – the first time
the Super Bowl has had an opera star; “America the Beautiful” is sung by Queen
Latifah, who also sang it (with Carrie Underwood) in 2010.

Close to kick-off, the players come back out, Shanks said.
“The NFL has changed the timing around to make sure (they) aren’t standing out
there too long and freezing.”

6:25 or 6:30 p.m.: Kick-off, for what could be a classic
game. These are “two old-school defenses,” Long said, but the offenses are
opposites. Menefee calls it “a match-up of a classic, old-school quarterback
(the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning) and this new generation” of scramblers
(the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson).

Halfime: Bruno Mars was hired to perform and added the Red
Hot Chili Peppers. It’s “a really cool mash-up that Bruno kind of concocted,” Shanks

Post-game: Locker-room interviews. Whooping and moaning.

Post-post game: Two youthful comedies get a chance to find a
new audience.

On “New Girl,” Jess and Cece get invited to a party at
Prince’s mansion; the guys – Nick, Schmidt, Winston and Coach – conspire to get
in. Guest stars include Prince – “he was fantastic,” said Hannah Simone, who
plays Cece – and others.

On “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a case is worked by Jake and Amy,
who often feud. “We have kind of a sibling rivalry,” said Andy Samberg, who
plays Jake. Meanwhile, the captain and sergeant (Andre Braugher and Terry
Crews) re-organize. “We decide we’re going to do a little housecleaning in a
very, very hilarious way,” Crews said. Guests include Fred Armisen, Joe
Theismann and more.