Super Bowl LI Gameday: Trophy Day
[lead align=”default”]Super Bowl LI gameday has finally arrived. By this time tomorrow, we will know if the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots reign supreme in football.[/lead]
For the Falcons, it’s a chance to get their first championship in a city starved for them. Not since the Braves beat the Indians in the 1995 World Series has Atlanta been a title town. As a matter of fact, it’s the only one claimed by an Atlanta team.
And then, you have the New England Patriots. The city of Boston and its affiliated teams have won almost ten titles since Atlanta last bagged one. It’s been a real renaissance in the Northeast for professional sports in one of America’s most dedicated sports towns. Oh, and the Braves were born in Boston, but they gave up the franchise over 60 years ago.
If you want to talk a battle of David and Goliath, here’s one. So was Super Bowl XLII, and just like in the story, Goliath lost. A perfect season isn’t on the line tonight, but will history repeat itself again?
Super Bowl LI Gameday: The Spread
New England are three-point favorites over the Falcons. The game opened as a pick ‘em. Also, the over-under is currently at 59, which is the highest in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl LI Gameday: US Television
The game will be televised in the United States on Fox. Coverage will begin at 11am Eastern Time (you read that right) with “Road to the Super Bowl,” feeding into the pregame shows which will last for hours.
If you can’t take a seven-hour pregame, Puppy Bowl XIII will be on Animal Planet starting at noon Eastern.
Super Bowl LI Gameday: International Television
Millions around the world will see this game. Our neighbors to the north will see the game on CTV. Across the pond in jolly old England and the remainder of the UK, Super Bowl LI will appear on Sky Sports 1 and 3, and then BBC One after 11:20pm local time. Down under, Australia can see the big game on the Seven Network. Of course, it’ll be Monday morning there and many will be at work.
Super Bowl LI Gameday: Kickoff
Kickoff will allegedly be at 6:30pm Eastern, 3:30pm Pacific. We’ll see.