Happy Super Bowl Sunday. Welcome to big game No. 51. And what better way to celebrate our sports national holiday than by looking at the 51 people and personalities who will make Sunday special? We have Patriots and Falcons. But we have so much more, too. Super Bowl commercials. Halftime shows. Pregame shows. Shows with puppies.
So, enjoy the day and keep an eye out for these 51.
Who is New England's secret weapon? Who is the key to New England's success? Is it coach Bill Belichick? Is it quarterback Tom Brady. Well, yeah, those two have something to do with the Pats' dominance. But the MVP just might be all-purpose back Dion Lewis. Consider this: he has played 16 games, including the postseason, over the past two seasons for the Patriots. New England's record in those games: 16-0.
The former Pitt star has been kicked to the curb by three teams, including the lowly Browns. But he has found a home with the Pats, where he has become an X factor by running the ball, catching it out of the backfield and returning kicks. His fingerprints will be all over Super Bowl 51.
For someone who is the most powerful man of the biggest sports league in the world and draws an annual salary of $34.1 million, it's not exactly fun to be the NFL commissioner. Put it this way, half the country has strongly disagreed with everything President Trump has said in the past week, but everybody agreed with Trump when he called Goodell "weak," "stupid" and a "dope."
Clearly, Goodell bungled the whole Deflategate flap, making the most intriguing part of Sunday about whether will have to hand the championship trophy to the Patriots. Yeah, it must stink to be Roger. Except for that $34.1 million thing.
The Falcons QB likely will be the league MVP and he likely will have to be the MVP on Sunday if the Falcons are going to win. He has been sensational in this postseason with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in victories over Seattle and Green Bay. In his past six games — all victories — he has thrown 18 TDs with no picks
Hard to believe, but this is Ryan's ninth season in the NFL. He's already 31. He has long been on the cusp of being considered an elite athlete, but a victory in Super Bowl 51 will put his name alongside the very best in the game.
Puppy Bowl XIII will air at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet. Roman numerals? Animals can't read Roman numerals. None of us can.
Throw out all the stats you want. Bottom line: the greatest QB in NFL history. No debate.
Polarizing broadcaster calling his sixth Super Bowl. He was born in St. Petersburg, so we dig the guy.
Refereeing his first Super Bowl. He was the guy that Chiefs' crybaby tight end Travis Kelce said, "(He) shouldn't even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again. He shouldn't even be able to work at (expletive) Foot Locker."
Don't know what's more impressive: his pregame analysis on Fox or the fact that he has had the same haircut for 57 years.
The Falcons 41-year-old kicker is only player in the game older than Tom Brady. Too bad Bucs don't have him instead of Roberto Aguayo. Oh yeah …
Fox's referee in the booth. How did we ever get along without this guy?
The Pats WR and former lacrosse player who has come out of nowhere to be a star. Once called "7-11" because he's always open.
The coolest actor we know is starring in live commercial for Snickers. We're betting it's better than the final season of Girls, which hasn't been good since 2013.
The Falcons' head coach is in his third Super Bowl in four years. The previous two were as Seattle's defensive coordinator.
The most famous sideline reporter in the biz. But she's still ours, seeing as how she grew up here in Tampa Bay.
George H.W. Bush
There's a rumor he could flip the opening coin toss. And, because he still has eligibility, maybe he can take over in Washington again?
The Falcons' wide receiver is the best player in this game. Well, the best player not named Tom Brady.
Might there be a wardrobe malfunction during her halftime show? "Everything's going to be nice and tight for the game," she said, "so I wouldn't worry about that."
Do I want to have a beer with him? No. Do I want him to be my head coach? Heck yeah!
Former Cowboys great calling his sixth Super Bowl. Here's hoping he calls at least six more.
This will be the offensive coordinator's last game with Falcons. Poor schmuck, he takes over the 49ers after the game.
The longtime ESPN NFL Countdown host is going back, back, back into partial retirement. Today could be his last Super Bowl preview hosting job.
In charge of the best defense in football. And, the first call producers will make if the Duck Dynasty guys need a sidekick.
Normally, a Mr. Clean commercial doesn't excite us. But in this one he wears skinny jeans.
The Falcons guard is from Houston. In fact, his dad, Bruce, played 19 seasons in the NFL, most of it with the old Houston Oilers.
Fox's pre-game host who went to Coe College in Iowa. Another notable Coe grad: former Bills coach Marv Levy.
For those not into the Super Bowl, there's a Flea Market Flip marathon on Great American Country. I know my wife will be watching.
Falcons assistant is former Bucs head coach. And, you never know, maybe future Bucs head coach.
What would be better: winning a Super Bowl or having ex-best buddy and commissioner Roger Goodell hand him the Lombardi Trophy?
One of the cast of thousands who decided to get his act together after leaving Tampa Bay. He gets a TD Sunday.
My favorite prop bet of the day. Who will score more points: the Patriots or the OKC star vs. Portland.
The president will be interviewed before the game. I was going to crack wise, but my e-mail inbox is already full.
The Pats' rookie guard just got a haircut. A reverse mohawk. Yikes.
Okay, we're supposed to be objective here. But a Falcons victory would mean seeing this 74-year-old owner dance and we're down for that.
The baddest mamma there is. The wife of Falcons guard Andy Levitre went into labor before the playoff game against Seattle and waited until the game was over to go the hospital!
It's easy to overlook this Falcons WR. After all, Abilene Christian standout is the smallest guy in the game at 5-8, 170.
The over/under how long it take the country singer to sing the national anthem is two minutes, 15 seconds. It'd better be under!
The Pats' hero from Super Bowl 49 can walk into any bar in New England and drink for free. Forever.
The mayor of host Houston correctly predicted that Houston would beat Oklahoma by at least two touchdowns. Hey, Mr. Mayor, got a tip for this game?
The Fox analyst hit on Granny Gaga last week. About Schmidt 2?
The Fox host will interview President Trump during the pre-game. Does he go after the prez or bring his kid gloves?
Falcons LB is fast. Like crazy fast. Then again, chasing Brady is like chasing a statue.
If you drop a Brady pass, who would you rather face: Belichick or Brady's wife?
The Panthers QB is not playing in this year's game. But his performance in an ad for Buick was better than last year's Super Bowl performance.
Speaking of Buick commercials with Newton, he might be the second most-famous person in the ad. First? This supermodel.
Doing ads for Buffalo Wild Wings. That means he now is tied with Peyton Manning for most products endorsed: 876.
The Schuyler Sisters are singing America the Beautiful. But there's a four-month waiting list to see it.
The Pats kicker has been fighting off some sort of stomach bug. As if kicking in the Super Bowl isn't nauseating enough.
Cool stat from ESPN: Pats have lost two of three Super Bowls in which Brady was sacked multiple times. Beasley had four multi-sack games this season.
Her ad for KIA will make you smile. Meantime, is there going to be a Bridesmaids 2 or what?
Pats tight end. He's no Gronk. Then again, when he talks, he's better than Gronk.
His Mercedes-Benz ad is directed by the Coen brothers, it's set in a biker bar and has Steppenwolf's Born to be Wild. Are you kidding? This might be the best thing on TV Sunday.