Monday, January 21, 2008
Updated: January 24, 4:43 PM ET
The first 24 hours of hype
By DJ Gallo
The Super Bowl is still two weeks away. Actually, it is exactly this far away.
But the pregame show has already begun. Take a look at what's on tap for the next 24 hours of pregame coverage.
Tiki Barber interview
The ex-Giants running back discusses his feelings on his former team making the Super Bowl the season after he retired. (Note: Not suggested for children. Interview contains frequent profanities.)
Brett Favre interview
Favre talks about his excitement about playing in his third Super Bowl. (Interview was previously scheduled. May be bumped.)
Manning brothers interview
Eli Manning's two older brothers talk about what it was like to grow up with the superstar quarterback. Features oldest brother Cooper, a stock trader; and middle brother Peyton, a popular commercial actor.
Tour of University of Phoenix Stadium
Viewers get an inside look at the home of the Arizona Cardinals and the home of Super Bowl XLII. The stadium has hosted many historic games, such as that time the Cardinals beat the Lions.
Tour of University of Phoenix
Get an up-close look at the University of Phoenix Online, home to the demanding, world-renowned MySpace Page Design program and the popular LOL 101 class.
Junior Seau interview
The veteran Patriots linebacker discusses his second Super Bowl appearance and how to celebrate every tackle like it's your last.
Tom Coughlin interview
The Giants coach sits down for the most boring interview ever.
Bill Belichick interview
The Patriots coach sits down for the new most boring interview ever.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta interview
CNN's resident physician talks about what portions of Tom Coughlin's face, if any, will be able to be salvaged after Sunday's game in subzero temperatures.
1972 Miami Dolphins roundtable discussion
Members of the 1972 Dolphins talk about their undefeated season, the 2007 Patriots, lawn trespassers, kids today, the nip in the air, their balky hips, the diabetes and all that racket.
Two round tables are mic'd.
"Up With Awesome"
A documentary looking back at the Super Bowl halftime performances of Up With People.
Rodney Harrison interview
The star Patriots safety discusses his remarkable football instincts, saying his third ear allows him to hear things that many other players cannot.
Three hours of commercials
People watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, right? So why not watch our commercials? Sit back, relax and enjoy while we make some money. (Contains no new commercials like the Super Bowl broadcast does, just some of your favorites like "This Is Our Country" and that one local commercial that was apparently filmed on someone's camcorder in a poorly lit storage facility.)
"The Conventional Wisdom Hour"
A panel of NFL experts says things that everyone knows -- "Tom Brady is one of the best we have in this game" -- but does so in a very loud and forceful way, thereby making it seem as though very important and controversial wisdom is being imparted.
"The Screaming Hour"
A panel of NFL experts stops using words altogether. Instead, pictures and symbols of Super Bowl XLII are flashed onto the screen -- Bill Belichick, the Giants' logo, etc. -- and the panelists simply scream at an appropriate volume for each.
Tom Brady's photo
Nothing but a picture of Tom Brady is broadcast for three hours.
The Subway pitchman talks about his experiences with Michael Strahan and how Strahan prefers a foot-long to a 6-inch.
Randy Moss interview
The star Patriots receiver discusses his record-setting season, how he would never hit a woman, and how he once ran into that female traffic cop.
Rebroadcast of Patriots-Giants game, Dec. 29, 2007
Watch how the Giants shocked the nation by almost defeating the Patriots three weeks ago and hear analysts discuss ways in which they can almost beat them again in Super Bowl XLII.
The Patriots' punter talks about his limited role on the team and explains once again that he is not the "Dateline NBC" reporter who works to stop pedophiles.
There may not actually be any breaking Super Bowl XLII news at this time, but the pregame show will make something seem like it.
A Fox Business Channel financial consultant hosts this show and helps viewers come up with ways to afford Super Bowl tickets as well as airfare and lodging. Double mortgages and child-selling are discussed in depth.
Tom Brady interview
The star Patriots quarterback is interviewed while taking a few days off in Cabo with his supermodel girlfriend.
DJ Gallo is the founder and sole writer of the sports satire site SportsPickle.com. He is also a regular contributor to ESPN The Magazine and has written for The Onion and Cracked. His first book "SportsPickle Presents: The View from the Upper Deck" is on sale now.