Finally, Super Bowl XLIII is upon us and the NFL fans' eyes turn to football on the biggest stage of them all. This year's game between the favored Pittsburgh Steelers and the ultimate underdog Arizona Cardinals has plenty of great storylines: Kurt Warner's return to the big game, the possibility of the Steelers taking their second Super Bowl win in four years, the chance that the Cardinals might cap off their unlikely story with a potential championship win, and the tough Steelers' defense going up against the high-flying Cardinals offensive juggernaut. It's an intriguing matchup that's as unlikely as it is fascinating.
But what if you're not that into football or, worse yet, what if the game turns out to be a lopsided blowout? Well, that's where GameSpot's Super Bowl XLIII day-planner comes in. You see, we're of a mind that you don't have to sacrifice the television all day Sunday just to watch six hours of pregame, a (minimum) four-hour game, and a load of overly hyped, mediocre commercials. Instead, why not mix things up with some gaming to keep things interesting?
So we present to you here our detailed plan on how to get the most gaming out of Super Bowl Sunday. Grab some friends and follow our plan to the letter, and we can absolutely guarantee* the following: 1) Even if Super Bowl XLIII turns out to be a snooze, you will have a good time; 2) Your Super Bowl party will be more fun than your next-door neighbor's; and 3) Your favorite team will win the big game.
What You'll Need:
- A television. Preferably two, so you can watch the Super Bowl and play some games at the same time.
- Consoles, PC, handhelds, natch.
- A friend or two.
- Snacks. Many, many snacks.
All times shown are Pacific.
* Not an actual guarantee.
By now, the Super Bowl pregame show is in full swing. If you can stomach it, try turning on the television at random times and see if you can spot the following:
- An inspirational feature about Kurt Warner's inspiring 2008 comeback set to stirring inspirational string music.
- Any mention of the Arizona Cardinals that includes the phrases "struggle," "turnaround," or "Cinderella."
- Any mention of the Pittsburgh Steelers that includes the phrases "hard-nosed," "rock-solid," "blue-collar," or "terrible towels."
- Bonus points if you spot the first on-air analyst who cracks and admits that a 9-7 team from the NFC West has absolutely no right to be in the Super Bowl.
- Step 1: Cardinals' backup QB Matt Leinart is shown on television sitting on the bench, causing you to feel pity for the former USC standout.
- Step 2: Remember that Leinart once dated Paris Hilton. Immediately replace feelings of pity with scorn.
- Step 3: Recall the pseudofamous heiress's mobile game: Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest. Replace scorn with unsettled gloom.
- Step 4: Realize that Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest was never released. Replace gloom with unbridled glee.
- Step 5: Camera cuts to Matt Leinart, holding a clipboard. High-five the American flag.
It's time to bust out your Wii Balance Board and take your first steps on the long road to getting back in shape. After all, there's not another drop-everything, do-nothing televised sporting event until...well, March Madness! Here's to a full month of physical activity!
Oh yeah, and X-box_box_boy, it was a 100 yd td, longest in Super Bowl history... Product placement ads... how Gamespot has fallen. Shameless, just shameless.
The whole thing is like a product placement ad. Left4 Dead moment? Just a stupid ad. They probably got paid $ for every L4D moment. "Who cares about Bruce Springsteen when you can be the star of your own halftime show? Grab your friends, strap on your axe, load up Rock Band 2 or Guitar Hero World Tour, and get to wailing. And hey Springsteen fans, if you can't face a halftime without the Boss, you can always download and play two of his songs in Guitar Hero World Tour. A little "Born to Run," anyone?" Can anyone say product placement ad? I may sound critical, but it is the truth. "Kurt Warner throws his first touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald and his amazingly sticky hands. Celebrate by completing a level or two from the just-as-sticky World of Goo." The just-as-sticky World of Goo? Really, people.
This schedule stinks.(Like every other team in the NFL except 4 the STEELERS) Welcome to SIX-BURGH NATION Gastman!
First off - this blog is about a better way to spend your time than watching (a good I must admit - although the commercials were lacking this year) Superbowl. Where was Mass Effect? - or some World at war.. East vs West (NFCvsAFC...) Worldcraft? some of those lineman would have given some orcs a run for the money... and the Cardinals defense in the last 2 minutes was similar to an army of the dead... Yoshie Cookie and Hallonsteroids - do a little research - heck you can even use Wikipedia (this is paraphrased from several posts)- the name soccer is an abbreviation given to the name association football (in 1863, and from the British - who created both games...) and american football took it's name from rugby football....The word "soccer" is an English, _not_ American word derived from the second syllable of the word "association". Rugby [Union] Football became "rugby", and then "rugger". Association Football was better know as "assoccer" and naturally evolved into "soccer. The name caught on. Spread by the British...
Wow this schedule sucks and is just about being a nerd and playing some horrible games. Well more like playing 15 minutes of a game and then switching to another.. hm... sounds like... fun...
to uwlbpwnd- you are a moron, ANYONE who watched the super bowl (doesn't matter which team they were rooting for) saw one of the most exciting games ever. The "plays no one recognizes once set in motion" is probably one of the stupidest things I've ever seen someone say. Do you think that in the huddle they just say "everyone, just do your own thing, we'll see how that works out" or that it even makes a diference that the average spectator can't pick out the name of a play they just ran? There's no need to tell you how off you are on your claim of hockey being the sport of a "true sportsman", but I will let you know that your opinion doesn't determine the sport of a "true sportsman". Deflate your head a little, and realize that every sport has fans, and it just so happens that hockey has far less fans. Which if anything else, should tell you that you are in the minority, and since general consenses are determined by the majority, you are wrong.
American football isn't really that big in New Zealand so the schedule doesn't really apply (apart from the awesome game lineup)
haloonsteroids2, Football is good, but frankly, I'm pissed that they took the most popular sport in the world's internationally accepted name and gave it to American football... Probably just to make people think it was good... (It's okay though). Like the others here, you make me sad to be an American citizen
Man I just watch that game, I wanted the Cardinals to win the game because I hate the Steelers and second I am a Ravens fan. I hate the Steelers ever more.
I Started my day playing some Call of Duty World at War here on the East Coast. While taking advantage of the Double XP weekend I leveled up 3 times to level 43. Then I downloaded the Springsteen tracks on GH World Tour and played them both and turned it off. Finally I waiting hours or downloading the Skate 2 Demo and was disappointed when I couldn't figure out how to jump. I will delete it and then D/l Bioshock. After a long day of gaming, I had time to watch the Super Bowl. Funny schedule though, I enjoy reading this site!
uwlbpwnd he is right on the money. I don't under stand the entertainment that peolel get from watching 3 -4 seconds of hut, pass and tackle.
Wow Christian2393, what an idiot you're making out of yourself. As you are an Eagles fan, I assume you are from Pennsylvania. GameSpot is based in San Francisco. There is a 3 hour time difference. So yes, the game started at 6:30 your time, but 3:30 their time. Meanwhile, the broadcast started a half hour earlier, making it 3:00 their time, 6:00 your time.
Wow who's the idiot who wrote this???? The game starts at 6:30 pm not 3:00 pm. My Eagles didn't make it but, I guess I am happy the Steelers won because they're a Pennsylvania Team.
Honestly, "football," as it is so incorrectly called, is not that exciting. Its slow, its difficult to follow, everybody talks about plays that are impossible to recognize once they're in motion, etc. etc. I just don't understand why people get so hyped about a game that stops every 3-6 seconds. I mean sure, its fun to play down on the grass with the ball in your hands running like hell from a bunch of guys twice your size looking to flatten you, but as a spectator sport, it just doesn't translate. Hockey, the game of true sportsmen, is fast paced, exciting, rarely stops before play has gone on for a minute, exp. with the new rule system, and simply takes more skill than "football" will ever require. Why do you think its always the jocks who play "football"?
working on burning those calories so ill just keep typing stuff and typing and typing you know what screw this im gonna go play left 4 dead
I just got done beating "No Mercy" in L4D with my 10 year old daughter who just discovered how glorious it is to blow Zombies apart with a shotgun. (Takes time to realize how proud i am of her)......... Hardcore gamer in the making? I think so..