|2009 Super Bowl 43 - Superbowl Schedule and Guide
By Daria Belov
UPDATE: Check the Superbowl XLVI Schedule and Guide for details on Super Bowl 2012 between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
Super Bowl 43 (XLIII) kickoff is tomorrow in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking on the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL championship game which is likely to be the most watched televised broadcast of the year. With a global audience of One Billion and TV broadcasts upwards of 230 countries and territories across the planet (in 34 different languages), one could say the Super Bowl has Super Reach. That's no secret to anyone, especially advertisers, who are spending between $2.4 million and $3 million per 30-second commercial spot. I've put together a guide featuring 7 frequently search topics related to Super Bowl XLIII. Hope you find it useful.
(photo: chiropractors wife Candice Michelle stared in one of the most popular Super Bowl commercials ever shown)
In preparation for the big game America is out buying new flatscreen LCD TVs, shopping for food and beverages, cooking up Super Bowl recipes, and making plans to be with friends and family. Thousands have traveled to Tampa Bay to be there live and thousands more have traveled to Las Vegas to enjoy the festivities in a gambling environment, where one can bet on everything from will the coin toss be heads or tails? to who will win the Super Bowl?.
I did some research to find answers to potential questions like when does the superbowl start, what's the spread, what colors do the teams wear, what commercials are airing, what channel is the Super Bowl on, and how old is Bruce Springsteen. It's my personal Super Bowl XLIII guide, hope you enjoy it!
The Superbowl start time or the official Super Bowl Kick Off is at 6:18 pm Eastern time, but you may want to be in front of the TV by 6 p.m. Eastern time. Superbowl XLIII is televised on NBC and NBC high-definition (HD). The game is broadcast in over 230 countries & territories in 34 languages so it's best to check locally for broadcast information if you're not in the United States. Also check NBC Sports for more coverage. Those not watching television can listen to Super Bowl XLIII on more than 100 radio stations. Westwood One is covering radio broadcasts. Use the Westwood One Station Finder to find a local Super Bowl 43 radio station.
Super Bowl XLIII Location
This years NFL national championship takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida (home stadium of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). If for some reason you needed a map (maybe you're going to the game), the stadium is located at 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL. Here's a Raymond James Stadium map link from Google.
Super Bowl Spread
Odds on who's going to win the 2009 Super Bowl is really the area of pro football handicappers and sports betting experts. From brief searches I conducted it appears the Pittsburgh Steelers are the favorite team (President Barack Obama has picked Pittsburgh to win) over the underdog Arizona Cardinals. The Super Bowl point spread ranges from 6.5 to 7 points depending on where one places their bets. Nearly all sites I checked showing Arizona Vs Pittsburgh Betting Odds, listed the point spread at 6 1/2. In Super Bowl Odds language that's Steelers -6.5 or Cardinals +6.5.
Super Bowl Recipes
Guacamole recipes (made from avocados), super bowl snacks (like nachos and cheese dip), and even heart friendly alternatives (healthy super bowl recipes), are posted on a gazillion sites. There is no doubt though, this years SuperBowl recipe MVP (most volume of pork) award goes to Bacon Explosion, a colossal meat lovers delight. Besides cooking up the bacon belly bomb from Kansas City, check out Food Network for an Ultimate Guacamole dip recipe. Frank's Red Hot features a number of recipes for appetizers, snacks, and meals like Buffalo chicken wings, spicy hot burgers, and even zesty shrimp dip. For those seeking healthy recipes, check out the Super Bowl menu on eatingwell.com.
Bruce Springsteen Halftime Show
This years Super Bowl 43 Halftime Show features Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in a 12 minute rock 'n roll musical performance. Springsteen (aka The Boss) is expected to play between 3 and 4 songs, none of which have yet been announced. How old is Bruce Springsteen? He was born on September 23, 1949, which makes him 59 years old and still rocking hard. The halftime show is sponsored and is officially known as the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show.
Super Bowl Commercials
It's an advertiser's dream as this is the one televised event of the year that people actually tune in for to watch the commercials. It's an uber-expensive advertising extravaganza with 67 spots ranging between $2.4 million and $3 million per 30-second commercial slot. Among the advertisers are Bud Light w/Conan O'Brien, Heineken w/John Turturro, Audi w/Jason Statham, GoDaddy w/Danica Patrick, H&R Block w/Abe Vigoda, and Coke Zero w/Troy Polamalu. SoBe Life Water is running a 60-second commercial and 3-D (get SoBe 3-D glasses here). Fandemonium is sure to become a popular search term after commercial spots for jobs and careers air in Super Bowl XLIII. Career Builder has shown funny ads with monkeys in Superbowl 41, Superbowl 42, and others. Check out their online TV Spots.
Super Bowl Colors
For those of you looking to color coordinate your Super Bowl parties, it's important to know team uniform colors. Believe it or not, not everyone knows that the Pittsburgh Steelers colors are black and gold. One Monroeville Chiropractor (a Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic) says that fans even bleed Black & Gold. The Arizona Cardinals team uniform colors are red and white.
Super Bowl on Twitter
Not everyone will be watching the Super Bowl on television, and even for those that are, there will be thousands tweeting everything from their favorite Super Bowl commercials to bad calls by referees to people complaining about everyone else watching the Super Bowl. Use the Super Bowl OR Superbowl feature on Twitter Search to follow the online frenzy. Trust me, during game time, the results on that link are going to be a blur of updates. You can follow @chiropractic for updates from Planet Chiropractic founder Michael Dorausch.
Anybody remember who won the Super Bowl 25 years ago? It was a historic event, with Apple Computers 1984 Macintosh commercial (you can see it here) airing for the first time. If you guessed the Raiders you are correct. It was Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984 and the Los Angeles Raiders dominated the Washington Redskins in a 38-9 win at Tampa Stadium in Tampa Bay. The Washington Redskins were the favorite team and the defeat went down in history as Black Sunday.
Will it be a Black and Gold Sunday or Red and White Sunday? We will all have to watch and find out. Enjoy the game and thanks for visiting!