Happy Super Bowl Sunday.
Once upon a time, this was a good day, but not necessarily a special day. Now it’s practically a national holiday, celebrated by pretty much everyone.
And by everyone, we mean everyone.
Today, we have football and commercials, controversy and food. We have Brady and Belichick. Puppies and Alexa. Justin Timberlake and Pink.
So to get you ready for Super Bowl 52 (sorry, I lose track on Roman numerals), we give you 52 people who will make today special.
This guy isn’t supposed to be here. He was a journeyman backup QB, a one-time Eagles starter who suddenly was the worst-case scenario when starter Carson Wentz went down with an injury in Philadelphia’s 13th game.
It appeared as if Philadelphia went from a Super Bowl favorite to a long shot when Foles went in. But in two playoff games, he has completed more than 75 percent of his passes, thrown for 598 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
He has played so well that he’s a big reason why some believe the Eagles can pull off the upset.
Who saw this coming?
You wouldn’t want to have dinner with the guy. A beer at the bar? Forget it. And if you’re a member of the media, there are only like six people on the planet who are worse interviews.
But if you want to win a Super Bowl, Belichick is your guy. He’s the best coach to ever live, isn’t he?
His resume always will be smudged with Spygate and Deflategate and whatever other gates there might have been. But it’s hard to imagine we will have another coach win this many Super Bowls (five and counting), and he looks nowhere close to done.
The Eagles coach spent most of his playing career as Brett Favre’s backup. But his Packers team beat Pats in SB XXXI.
Won a SB last year with Pats and didn’t go to the White House. Will he go this year with Philly? "Are you kidding?" the DE says.
Will appear in Doritos commercial, but all we want to know is this: Is Tyrion actually a Targaryen?
His bleep don’t stink. Don’t know what that means? Be sure to catch his commercial.
Best halftime shows ever: Prince, Lady Gaga, U2, Springsteen and Katy Perry. JT is talented enough to crack that list.
Most fans can take or leave sideline reporters, but take Tafoya. She’s the best.
Face of the tortured Vikings has to be the good host while watching the Eagles play in Minnesota’s game. Poor guy.
Born Alicia Beth Moore near Philadelphia, she just might break into Fly Eagles Fly after singing the national anthem.
The Eagles QB might be most responsible for Philly success this season, but he is, sadly, out with an injury.
Leslie Odom Jr.
The original Aaron Burr in Hamilton, the jazz singer will perform America the Beautiful.
He was the referee who used a folded index card to determine a first down in a game. Let’s hope we don’t hear his name much.
The Eagles owner was actually born in Boston. He used to have Pats season tickets and tried to buy the Pats in 1993.
Best moment on Bill Simmons’ ill-fated HBO show was Affleck going on a slurred rant about the injustice of Deflategate.
M. Night Shyamalan
The director loves Philadelphia so much, he puts it in every movie he makes and is a diehard Eagles fan.
After the Super Bowl, the Pats DC will either become new Lions head coach or star in a Grizzly Adams reboot.
The wife of Eagles owner Jeff Lurie used to be the host in a restaurant called Vietnam in Philadelphia.
The supermodel and former Miss Rhode Island is dating Pats WR Danny Amendola. What is it with models and the Patriots?
Mother of the Patriots QB bravely fought off cancer for more than a year and is now reported to be cancer-free.
With Olympics coming to NBC, you’re bound to see lots of ads featuring the American alpine skier whose motto is always be faster than the boys.
The game is in Minneapolis. Someone better pay tribute. Talking to you, Justin Timberlake.
Wife of Eagles TE Zach is actually the best athlete in the family. She plays soccer for the American national team.
The 99-year-old Minneapolis native is getting two free Super Bowl tickets. It’s a shame her beloved Vikings aren’t in the game.
The son of Holocaust survivors, the Vikings’ billionaire owner got the most impressive stadium in the NFL built.
Eagles OC is author of greatest comeback in postseason history when he QB’d Bills from 32 down past Oilers in 1993.
The Patriots OC is leaving after game to take over as head coach of Colts. So this is his last Super Bowl for a while.
Best analyst in football not named Tony Romo. The former Gators and Bengals WR is calling his fourth SB.
Only one word needed to describe the best tight end in football: Gronk.
Bet you didn’t know that the CB is Pats’ top-paid player after five-year, $65 million deal with signing bonus of $18 million.
Perhaps the only person on Planet Earth who might be able to convince Tom Brady to retire. So far, he’s not listening.
Paid $172 million to buy Patriots in 1994. Now worth $3.7 billion. Only Cowboys worth more in North American sports.
Eagles RB won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. Say, the Bucs could use a back like him. Uh, never mind.
Former FSU standout is a shutdown corner. And a good alibi witness if you ever need one.
Best punter in Eagles history, also known as Thunder Foot, Donnie Long-Ball and Donnie Jones the Bag ‘O’ Bones.
The single-most important Patriot not named Tom Brady. After all, he’s the left tackle protecting Brady’s blind side.
From Bills practice squad player to starter on the Pats, the defensive end is a product of USF.
Will help host NBC’s coverage now that Bob Costas has been sent to timeout for ripping the NFL’s violence and concussions.
Pats LB won two Super Bowls with Steelers, and his 100-yard TD return in XLIII in Tampa might be best SB play ever.
CB will go down in Patriots lore for his game-saving, last-minute interception of Russell Wilson three years ago.
The brilliant actor will star in the darkest Super Bowl ad in years — a PETA commercial about animal abuse.
We mention him because he’s in a Michelob Ultra commercial. And because my wife wanted me to mention him.
Did she lose her voice? Alexa? Alexa?
Actually, you won’t see the president. He turned down NBC, halting the tradition of presidential interviews at SB.
Best NFL play-by-play man ever will call his 10th Super Bowl, tying Pat Summerall’s record. He’s 73 and good as ever.
He replaced the greatest kicker in team history, Adam Vinatieri, and then he became the team’s all-time scoring leader.
Born in Massachusetts. Lives in Tampa. Led Eagles cheer on WWE’s Raw the other night. Pick a team, Cena.
A noted fan of all things Boston, but didn’t he play a Philadelphia Eagle in that Invincible movie?
Adopted from Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (Maine) this pup will compete in Puppy Bowl XIV.
Public Enemy No. 1 in Boston and watching him hand another trophy to Bob Kraft might be worth another Pats SB victory.
After the game, TB is actually going to reveal he’s an alien from another planet. How else can you explain this freak?
Justin Timberlake will be there, so despite her denials, Miss Jackson has to make a guest appearance, doesn’t she?
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