Yeah. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, America. And the finest, splashiest, nacho-cheesiest string of advertising in all the land’s about to begin. You can follow along with the hottest action of the day (not football) in the video player below — it’ll update after each quarter with the latest ads. And here’s a great guide to the commercials we already know we’ll see. In the meantime, let’s all chat in the comments here about which ones we love and which we loathe.
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The San Francisco 49ers are about a 3.5 point favorite to win their sixth Super Bowl title on Sunday, and judging by the finely detailed Facebook map representing Niners/Ravens partisanship, that outcome will please most of the country. Not surprisingly, red spills all over the western half of the country, but there was also little love for the Ravens in the northeast — where Giants and Patriots fans are still licking their wounds after crucial losses to Baltimore.
Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson.
Google is celebrating what would have been the famed baseball player’s 94th birthday today with a new Doodle. The new sound-free Google Doodle, above, features Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s segregated barrier in 1947, swinging a bat and wearing his iconic ’42′ Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Robinson passed away in 1972, and posthumously, his number 42 was retired by every team in the MLB in 1997.
Robinson — while always a popular figure – may have a bit more pop-culture clout this year with the release of the film 42 in April. The biopic, co-starring Harrison Ford, will surprisingly be the first Hollywood film about Robinson since 1950′s The Jackie Robinson Story, which starred Robinson as himself.
Today, the search giant is celebrating the 112th birthday of one Frank Zamboni, the guy who invented the ice resurfacing machine that bears his name. The timing for this one couldn’t be better — coincidentally, Frank’s birthday this year comes just three days before the NHL’s delayed 2012-2013 season is finally scheduled to begin following a 113-day labor lockout.
And while the Doodle clearly has nothing to do with the upcoming Michael Shannon film Iceman, I would like to think that it finally gives the emotional Zamboni driver from Happy Gilmore his due: READ FULL STORY
In advance of Lance Armstrong’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, the cyclist offered an apology to the staff of Livestrong today, according to a report from the AP. Amstrong resigned as Chairman of the organization in October and from the Board in November, after choosing not to challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s proceedings against him.
Rae Bazzarre, Director of Communications and External Affairs for Livestrong, confirmed the report. Bazzarre said “Lance came to the Livestrong Foundation’s headquarters today for a private conversation with our staff and offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they’ve endured because of him and urged them to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer.”
Notre Dame gonna get after it tonight and beat Bama! Bring the noise Irish eyes and make history. #BCS13
David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) January 07, 2013
The undefeated Notre Dame takes on Alabama in tonight’s hotly anticipated BCS National Championship Game. And on Twitter, a clear divide is forming.
From our extensive search (well, as “extensive” as Twitter search can be…), the Fighting Irish seem to be the favorites among the Hollywood crowd, but will more Bama fans come out in support as the game goes on? Check back for updates. Meanwhile, take a look at some of the action so far.
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Further evidence that dreams really can come true, so long as those dreams initially have a movie made about them: The eastern Iowa Field of Dreams movie site has officially been sold to an investors group called Go The Distance Baseball LLC. As reported by CBS news, the investment group — which counts among its membership baseball legend Wade Boggs — will transform the site into a massive baseball complex with 24 fields, mainly for youth baseball and softball. READ FULL STORY
Billy Crystal loves his sports. He loves the New York Yankees, especially his boyhood idol Mickey Mantle, and he even donned a uniform once and took his cuts in a Yankees spring training game.
Even when there’s not an obvious sports angle, he’s inclined to find a sport angle. For instance, for Parental Guidance, his upcoming comedy with Bette Midler, he’s co-hosting tonight’s 6 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN.
Click below to see him practicing some choice catchphrases: READ FULL STORY
Here’s something you don’t see all the time: PopWatch covering sports.
But it seems like this year sports stuff had a bigger place in pop culture than normal, what with the London Olympics dominating late-summer television. Even non-Olympic events like Peyton Manning’s return or Tim Tebow taking on the Steelers had us glued to the edge of our seat – something we previously thought only happened during Homeland.
Sports Illustrated (our sister publication) is running their annual Facebook contest right now to determine who gets to be on the year-end fan-voted cover. I don’t regularly follow football or baseball, so for me, the moment of the year would totally be Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas. Both of them consistently delivered jaw-dropping moments during the London Games. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump: READ FULL STORY