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Super Bowl 2011: What To Watch Before The 3:29 PM Kickoff

I know that you're thinking exactly what I'm thinking: Why does Fox need seven-and-a-half hours for Super Bowl pregame? Included in this extra long block is a little something for everyone. For you TV news junkies you can watch an hour of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and his special guest Roger Goodell. For fans of politics, Bill O'Reilly has a very special interview with President Obama.  For music fans you can see performances from Keith Urban and Maroon 5. Oh yeah, there's game previews too.

The following is the full Super Bowl pregame TV schedule. All events, unless otherwise listed, are on Fox and all times and listings are based on Seattle's TV listings.

7:00 AM (Fox Soccer Channel) - "The Game Before The Game" - Chelsea FC vs. Liverpool FC

Fox Soccer channel tries to get in on the action and feed off of the Super Bowl hype. They will air this all-star matchup between two of soccer's biggest teams in, what they call "The Biggest Day in Football/Futbol". All of you Soccer fans should give this one a shot. It is bound to be one jolly good matchup.

8:00 AM - Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

This very special edition of this Sunday morning news show, Chris Wallace brings his show to Dallas and welcomes special guest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Along with the king of American football, Chris brings former NFL players Lynn Swann, Jerry Kramer, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan on to more than likely argue about something. The math equation for good TV news is simple total agreement does not equal good ratings.

9:00 AM - Road to the Super Bowl

For the 41st consecutive season, NFL films has produced another masterpiece of documentary. The Road to the Super Bowl recaps the entire season, from opening day to the conference championship games. NFL Films never fails to make fantastic compelling TV, this should not be any different. Just take it from the mouth of Mr. NFL Films himself, Steve Sabol:

"For those who love football, this show is red meat," said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. "No interviews, no talking heads, all action."

Sound good to me.

10 AM - Inside The Rings with Troy Aikman

Can't get enough Troy Aikman? I know that I wouldn't be able to last single Super Bowl day without hearing at least 5 hours of him talk. Well, Aikman lovers, we're in luck. In this special Troy welcomes "Some of the most exciting people in recent Super Bowl history" including Drew Brees, Kurt Warner and Jerome Bettis.

11 AM - NFL Pregame Show

Wait... This is the pregame show? What did I just watch for the past four hours? Fox has some great surprise for all of you sports fans out there, the headliner of which is President Obama entering the No Spin Zone. The entire four hour pregame will be anchored by Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw and they will throw it correspondents all over Cowboy Stadium. Here's the full run down of Fox's all star pregame:

  • 11:30 AM - Michael Strahan and Maria Menounos team up to host the Red Carpet show featuring mega stars like Jennifer Beal and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 
  • 12:30 PM - TMZ hosts it's "review of the week's Super Bowl scene and night-life in Dallas". Yes, I know. I can't wait to find out which players went to which restaurants and what they got, but we'll have to wait until 12:30
  • 1:30 PM - This is really the first thing on the schedule that kind of makes me want to watch. Whether you agree or disagree with the politics of either man, the interview should be a good one, as long as they get into real issues and don't just talk about fluff concerning Super Bowl weekend.
  • 2:53 PM - In what has become a Super Bowl tradition on Fox they will air a "Declaration of Independence" special where NFL legends and military heroes read excerpts from the famous document.

Some time in all of these will also be music performances from Maroon 5 and Keith Urban and a feature interview from Terry Bradshaw with Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Fox is really playing up the angle about current and former Steeler greats in this one.

At three o'clock on field events start as players take the field and Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem. Kickoff is scheduled to take place at exactly 3:29 PM.

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