NBC's Super Bowl pre-game run-down: the President, the Boss and a whole lotta Al Roker
NBC just released a few more details about the day-long orgy of programming leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl. If you don't have the constitution -- or the bank account -- to brave the crowds at Raymond James in person, here's what you have to look forward to on TV's game day, from NBC's release:
9 A.M. ET "TODAY" KICKS OFF NBC'S COVERAGE: During "Today's" special two-hour Super Bowl program, beginning at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, Meredith Viera, Al Roker and Ann Curry will give viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the sights, sounds, parties and food of the big game as well as the preparations that go into Super Sunday. They will also explore the city of Tampa and experience the local Super Bowl fever. Tiki Barber will get a VIP tour of the stadium from his twin brother Ronde, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NOON ET "ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL": Bob Costas will kick off NBC's pregame coverage live at Noon ET from the "Pirate Ship" leading into a comprehensive look back at the 2008 NFL season featuring the best of NFL Films cinematography and exclusive audio from players and coaches.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF: NBC News' Matt Lauer will sit down with President Barack Obama for a live interview from the White House during NBC's Super Bowl Pregame Show.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Bruce Springsteen, who will be performing at halftime of Super Bowl XLIII, will be the subject of an exclusive sit-down during pregame with Bob Costas. Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, a native of the Jersey shore, is contributing an essay on his idol Springsteen in the pregame show.
COVER ME: Among the features in the Super Bowl XLIII pregame show are segments on the Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt, Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald; features on Mike Tomlin, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, beloved defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers; analysis of each team with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who analyzed game film with Collinsworth; and a look at what the players experience during Super Bowl week. Rodney Harrison will analyze how to defend the seemingly unstoppable Fitzgerald.
"LITTLE BIG SHOW": Olbermann and Patrick, who together redefined sports highlights, will break down the best highlights from the AFC and NFC this season.
BACK STAGE PASS: NBC will follow the Cardinals and Steelers throughout the lead up to the game, from the team hotels, to the team buses, to the first-ever Super Bowl pregame reports from the locker rooms, to the teams' sidelines. Patrick, Olbermann, Bettis, Barber, Kremer, Flanagan and Neumeier will shadow the AFC and NFC champs.
ROKER TO HOST SUPER SUITE: "Today's" Al Roker will host NBC's pregame coverage from the "NBC Super Suite" from the NFL Experience in Tampa. The Super Suite will be celebrity central during NBC's pregame show with appearances and segments scheduled from among others Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Kevin James, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Hayden Panettiere and Rainn Wilson.
TOP CHEF: Tom Colicchio from Bravo's Top Chef, will join Tiki Barber and Jerome Bettis in judging a "Cook-Off" between previous "Top Chef" contestants exploring the cuisines of Arizona and Pittsburgh.
GATORADE SHOWER: CNBC's sports business reporter Darren Rovell will take a look at Gatorade and its iconic presence in the Super Bowl, which most believe started with Harry Carson's Gatorade shower of his coach Bill Parcells in 1986 but actually originated with the Chicago Bears.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCES: NBC's pregame show will feature live performances from rock stars Journey and John Legend. Faith Hill will perform a special Super Bowl version of her weekly "Sunday Night Football" theme song "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night." Hill also will sing America the Beautiful prior to Jennifer Hudson singing the anthem.
"LET THE SUNSHINE IN": The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore will provide updates on the weather from Tampa throughout the pregame.