Super Bowl 47: TV Coverage, Spread, Predictions and Storylines


TV Coverage: Super Bowl 47 will kickoff at 6:30 pm on Sunday night on CBS. While the game itself is always billed a marque sporting event, sometimes the game doesn’t live up to the hype. This one should. So as the game approaches, here are three things you’ll want to know in order to impress at your Super Bowl Party:

Just how big is the Super Bowl? It’s been the most-watched program in American history each of the last three years. It’s more than a game–it is an event. CBS will run a four hour pre-game show before turning it over to Phil Simms and Jim Nantz for coverage of what should be a whale of a game. Yeah, I just said a whale of a game. CBS will help bring all of the action in fine detail to your living room by utilizing an astonishing 62 cameras to cover this game. How many are used during normal regular season games, you ask? Good question. Anywhere between 9-12. Like I said, it’s an event.

How To Bet The Game: Looking for some gambling advice? Obviously, this game figures to be extremely competitive. The Ravens are a four-point underdog which is a pretty significant number given that many believe Baltimore will win the game outright. But it’s often said that if something is too good to be true, well, it probably is. The line suggests to me that Vegas is begging you to take Baltimore, and if that’s the case, then it’s probably for a reason. The 49ers were a better team in what I believe was a better conference this season. And as impressive as Baltimore’s run has been, I believe San Francisco is a deeper and more dynamic squad. I think it’ll be close, but I’ll take the 49ers to cover. Let’s call it 30-24.

Some things you are sure to hear tomorrow night are:

1. “Ray Lewis killed two people.”

Lewis was charged with double murder in 2000, but the charges were ultimately dropped. Lewis was certainly there the night of the incident, but his level of involvement is unclear. Still, it’s unfair to call the guy a murderer.

2. “Ray Lewis used deer antler spray to help him recover from an injury earlier this season.”

Believe it or not, deer antler spray contains a chemical called IGF which works in a similar fashion to HGH. Both are banned by the NFL. But the accusations against Lewis are unfounded, and there’s no reason to believe used the drug at any point.

3. “Ray Lewis is a self-serving ‘look at me’ athlete.”

Well I’ll give you that one.

4. “Jim and John Harbaugh are brothers.”

I’d say CBS raises this angle at least eight times tomorrow night. If the game becomes non-competitive, you’ll know more about the Harbaugh family than you do your own by the end of the night. Enjoy the game.

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