Four viewing options to keep Super Bowl interesting

5:07 PM, Feb 3, 2013   |    comments
This undated publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows dogs playing on the field during "Puppy Bowl IX," in New York. The Puppy Bowl is an annual two-hour TV special that mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet. Dogs score touchdowns on a 10-by-19-foot gridiron carpet when they cross the goal line with a toy.
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At this point, hardcore football fans have pretty much digested every angle of the matchup between the Ravens and 49ers that they possibly can.

There's only so much dissecting the ways Baltimore's defense can stop Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco's read-option offense or what the 49er secondary has to do to keep Torrey Smith in front of them. And the casual fans who have a long time to wait until Beyonce's halftime show? There are plenty of other Super Bowl-related viewing options to keep things interesting before and during the game. Here are four of them.


1) Get a head start on picking the best Super Bowl ads

Instead of missing plays in order to see whatever ads people will be discussing at work on Monday, watch them online here in advance prior to the game so that you can use the intermissions for what their designed for - getting more food, drinks or taking a bathroom break. As usual, the big pregame talkers have been ads that show a little skin, including a GoDaddy.com one starring model Bar Rafaeli and Mercedes spot featuring Kate Upton.

If you are a registered Ad Meter panelist, go to admeter.usatoday.com to start voting right now -- voting is open.

2) Make the National Anthem a little more interesting

Looking to have some fun at your Super Bowl party? Take friendly wagers on Alicia Keys' performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. Online betting site Bovada.lv has the line on the singer's performance at 2 minutes and 10 seconds. For a reference, Beyonce's rendition at Thursday's press conference clocked in at 2:01. The site gives odds on whether she'll omit a word (YES is 2 to 1, NO is 1 to 3) and whether she'll be booed (5 to 1 odds on YES).

3) See if Barack Obama makes a Super Bowl pick

While most of the three-plus hours of network pregame coverage tends to get pretty bloated, the President has given a sitdown interview before each Super Bowl in office. He'll speak with Scott Pelley at 4:30 p.m. ET today and while the discussion will likely primarily focus on national issues, several sports questions are sure to find their way into the conversation, including who Obama thinks will win. He's deferred to answer that question the past two years, but will he take a stand now that he's in his second term?

4) Watch the Puppy Bowl

It's become a Super Bowl Sunday staple, with the action kicking off on Animal Planet at 3 p.m. ET. We like Elias, the pit bull puppy from Los Angeles, as the favorite to win the game's MVP. He looks to have the speed and strength of a canine Patrick Willis, displaying excellent toughness but the ability to play under control.

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