Super Bowl Weekend Preview

January 31, 2012

It’s the mother of all sports weekends. If you’re looking for a reason to stay in and stay put, we got you covered. From celebrities playing football to the biggest fight in Vegas to The Big Game, all you need this Super Bowl weekend is a big screen, a comfortable couch, and a stockpile of food.

Celebrity Beach Bowl VI | February 4 at 1 p.m. ET
It has become a crowd favorite and one of the must-attend events of Super Bowl weekend. For the sixth year in a row, DIRECTV is hosting the Celebrity Beach Bowl featuring your favorite sports and entertainment stars dueling it out in a no-holds-barred flag football game. The action will take place in Victory Field, which will be converted into an indoor beach, complete with a regulation-size sand-filled football field and concert stage. The day will be begin at 1 p.m. ET with a pre-game show hosted by Dan Patrick and Kevin Frazier. The celebrities and athletes will take the field at 2 p.m. and play two 20-minute halves. Immediately after the game, the GRAMMY Award-nominated band The Fray will take the stage to perform fan favorites and new songs from their upcoming album Scars & Stories. Where else can you see Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks throw passes to supermodels while being tackled by movie stars? Tune in this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. ET on Ch. 239. More info.

UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit | February 4 at 10 p.m. ET
In the annual Super Bowl weekend UFC fight, Nick Diaz (27-7-1) will battle Carlos Condit (27-5-0) for the Interim Welterweight Championship. Make no mistake about it, everyone is well aware of the “interim” tag attached to this title belt including Diaz and Condit. The real prize of the UFC 143 main event is the shot at the current undisputed welterweight champ and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter (when healthy) in MMA, Georges St-Pierre. That said, don’t look too far ahead or you’ll miss out on an incredible fight. Both combatants are highly skilled in striking and submission techniques, relentless in their attacking styles, and, most importantly, hungry for a championship belt—one without an “interim” tag attached. For Diaz, a rising UFC star with a diehard fan base, it’s his chance to prove his best all-around claim and it’s his title to lose. For Condit, this is his opportunity to take his game to the next level by beating someone at the next level. It will be an all-out war. Tune in this Saturday starting at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. More info.

Super Bowl XLVI: Giants vs. Patriots | February 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET
It was supposed to be the greatest season in NFL history. The Helmet Catch. 18-1. Super Bowl 42, instead, became the greatest upset, the Super Bowl outcome that no one predicted, but no less thrilling for that fact. Four years later, it’s the Super Bowl rematch that no one predicted but nonetheless highly anticipated. When it’s all said and done, this might be the most-watched Super Bowl of all time. It might also become the classic Brady-Manning matchup that comes to mind. One can only hope that we still have a few epic games between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning down the road, but this current Brady-Manning duo is carving out an epic rivalry of its own. So who’s going to win come Sunday night? Will it be Tom and his Brady bunch? Or the Giants led by “You can’t spell Elite without Eli” Manning? Tune in this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC to find out. More info.