Thursday, February 01, 2007

A Super Bowl Viewers Guide

Jim Williams, The Examiner
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Feb 1, 2007 3:00 AM (7 hrs ago)
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BALTIMORE - This week, we’re on Super Bowl information overload.

TV, radio, the Internet and satellite communications are bringing fans so much information about the Colts and the Bears, it’s almost impossible to keep up with it. Here’s a look at the top media sources to help you get the best, most entertaining information in the least amount of time.

For TV, WJZ-13 will broadcast the game, but there is a real battle going on between ESPN and the NFL Network. The two cable networks will combine for more than 190 hours of Super Bowl coverage, with much of ESPN’s 90 hours originating from a set in Miami’s South Beach. Also camped out in Miami, the NFL Network’s 100-plus hours of coverage include an unprecedented 55 hours of live programming.

Both will offer extensive pre-game shows that will start in prime-time on Saturday night and run right up to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The very entertaining NFL Films presentation of “America’s Game” named the final four teams in its countdown of the best Super Bowl teams — the 1989 San Francisco 49ers, 1985 Chicago Bears, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers and 1972 Miami Dolphins. The countdown continues this weekend, with teams No. 3 and 4 featured on NFL Network on Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday on WJZ, we’ll see the top two teams starting at 2 p.m.

On radio, ESPN and Fox Sports Radio will be live all weekend with comprehensive coverage. The radio winner is SIRIUS NFL channel 124, which will feature inside interviews, press conferences and the most extensive lead-up coverage. On Sunday, they will air the Super Bowl in seven languages. Locally, the game airs on WBAL 1090 AM.

Internet fans will be best served at,, and All have plenty of video clips on demand, so you will be able to do your homework on the game.

WJZ starts Sunday’s all-day coverage in the morning with a special football edition of “Face the Nation.” At 2 p.m., the official pre-game show will begin, including a special feature from Katie Couric, as well as live reports throughout the show and game by CBS Sports’ Randy Cross with American soldiers in Iraq.

Kick-off is at 6:25 p.m., and it will mark the first-ever Super Bowl play-by-play assignment for Jim Nantz. Post-game shows will air on CBS, NFL Network and ESPN.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. E-mail him at

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