Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Your Super Bowl 50 TV viewing guide

tom jones' two cents

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones has the pregame lowdown for today's Super Bowl 50.

CBS (Ch. 10)

CBS carries the Super Bowl for the 19th time. Its four-hour pregame show will integrate old footage, famous moments, player vignettes and a look at the game's history.

2 p.m.: The Super Bowl Today pregame show

Hosts: James Brown, Ian Eagle, Greg Gumbel

Analysts: Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez, Bart Scott

Contributing analysts: Brandon Marshall, Trent Green, Amy Trask

Guest analysts: Sean Payton, Steve Smith

Insider: Jason La Canfora

Reporters: Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Allie LaForce

Contributor: Jim Rome


> Buffalo Back to the Future: What if kicker Scott Norwood had made the field goal he missed in the first of the Bills' four consecutive Super Bowl losses? A quirky look at what might have been.

> Super Bowl Essay: How the game has changed over 50 years

> And Then There Were Six: The six living announcers who have called Super Bowl play by play — Jim Nantz, Greg Gumbel, Al Michaels, Joe Buck, Dick Enberg and Jack Whitaker — reflect on the NFL's biggest game.

> NFL's First Commissioner: A profile of the late Pete Rozelle, the father of the Super Bowl-era NFL.

> The World's Longest Touchdown Catch: A look at the legendary "The Catch'' with 49ers great Joe Montana.

> Heroic Tale of Zaevion Dobson: Jets Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall tells the story of the 15-year-old high school star from Knoxville, Tenn., who was killed while shielding three girls during a neighborhood shooting.

Broncos features

> Bill Cowher sits down with QB Peyton Manning.

> Phil Simms visits with GM and former QB John Elway.

> Tony Gonzalez interviews LB DeMarcus Ware and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Panthers features

> James Brown sits down with QB Cam Newton.

> Bill Cowher talks with coach Ron Rivera.


> Neighborhoods and characters of San Francisco and the bay area.


Profiles NFL Films' Ed and Steve Sabol (narrated by Bill Belichick), Vince Lombardi (Joe Lombardi), Bill Walsh (Jerry Rice), John Madden (Bill Parcells), Reggie White (Brett Favre), Doug Williams (Russell Wilson)

Super Bowl moments

Narrated by Russell Wilson, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Phil Simms and Joe Namath

Interview with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama

Conducted by CBS This Morning's Gayle King. Also, live look-ins with troops in Afghanistan and a report from space.

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

Jim Nantz calls his fourth Super Bowl, Phil Simms his eighth.


11 a.m.: Postseason NFL Countdown

Host: Chris Berman, Suzy Kolber, Wendi Nix

Analysts: Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, Steve Young

Special guest analyst: Brett Favre

Insiders: Adam Schefter, Sal Paolantonio (Broncos), Ed Werder (Panthers)


> Riding With Vince: Cris Carter and Mike Ditka ride with a Vince Lombardi impersonator for "Carpool Karaoke."

> How Do You Super Bowl? Comedian Frank Caliendo plays Donald Trump, Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan, Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. to show how celebrities celebrate the Super Bowl.

> Peyton Manning: Interviewed by Tom Jackson

> Josh Norman: Interviewed by Stephen A. Smith

> Demaryius Thomas Reunion: The story of Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas and his mother, who spent nearly two decades in prison and had never seen her son play football in person until this season.

> Cam's Gift: How Panthers QB Cam Newton handed a football to a 6-year-old boy who is coming to grips with the loss of his father.

> Going Out on Top: Reporter Jim Trotter tells the story of athletes who quit while on top, including Jerome Bettis, Mel Renfro, Ray Lewis, David Robinson and Ray Bourque.

ESPN Deportes

4:30 p.m.: NFL Esta Noche

Host: Ciro Procuna

Analysts: Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza preview the matchup. Features include a look at the San Francisco Bay Area's Hispanic influence, Spanish-language radio broadcasts across the NFL and Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

Calling the game are Avaro Martin and Raul Allegre.

NFL Network

9 a.m.: NFL GameDay morning, more than 10 hours of pregame and postgame coverage.

Hosts: Rich Eisen, Melissa Stark, Chris Rose

Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Terrell Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Burleson, Michael Robinson, Brian Billick, Shaun O'Hara

Reporters: Ian Rapoport, Kim Jones, Heath Evans, Stacey Dales, Eric Davis


> Andrea Kremer interviews Broncos GM John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak, and later Panthers CB Josh Norman.

> Michael Silver chats with Broncos LBs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

> Jeffri Chadiha interviews Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

> A feature that includes talks with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Troy Aikman, Steve Young, John Elway and Ben Roethlisberger.

> A look at Super Bowl XXV and classic moments from the other Super Bowls.

> A feature on why Panthers QB Cam Newton is so polarizing.

> Can Broncos QB Peyton Manning go out on top?

> Where would Panthers rank all time with a victory?

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