Super Bowl XLV: Top 10 Reasons To Watch Besides the Game Itself

David SpiegelContributor IFebruary 4, 2011

Super Bowl XLV: Top 10 Reasons To Watch Besides the Game Itself

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attemps to run through a tackle by BJ Raji #90 and Nick Collins #36 of the Green Bay Packers during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by J
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    Super Bowl XLV should be the only thing shown on your television Sunday evening, whether you are a football fan or not. The Super Bowl is a momentous occasion not just for the National Football League, but for the entertainment industry as well. Outside of the football game, the Super Bowl provides top-notch entertainment for all viewers. Here are the top ten reasons to watch the Super Bowl if you do not care about the game.

10: Joe Buck's Commentating

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    Joe Buck during a press conference to announce the new Fox football broadcasting team for Fox Sports at the News Corp. Building in New York City, New York on Monday, August 14, 2006. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/NFL for Fox Sports) *** Local Caption ***
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    Joe Buck may not be known as a great sportscaster and has been criticized for his commentating many times before, but you cannot deny that he has the perfect color commentator voice. Personally, I am not a fan of Buck, but he has one of the most recognizable voices in sports today. If anything, you can be entertained by some of the terrible comments he will make throughout the game.

9: Christina Aguilera's National Anthem

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    21 Nov 1999:  Christina Aguilera peforms at the MLS Cup game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and the D.C United at the Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The United defeated the Galaxy 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman  /Allsport
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    One of the hottest stars of my childhood will be opening the game with her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. I am sure she still has plenty of fans leftover from her teenage days, and there will be plenty of guys who will also be excited to see Christina as well. *wink*

8: Party Food

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    Burgers. Hot Dogs. Potato Chips. Vegetable Dishes. Crazy dips. Six-foot subs. Super Bowl food never disappoints. 

7: Black Eyed Peas

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 03:  (L-R) Taboo, Fergie, and of the Black Eyed Peas attend a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 3, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Black Eyed Peas will perform during the Bridgestone Super
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    The Black Eyed Peas will be performing at this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Their album, "The E.N.D." was nominated for album of the year in 2010. They released a new album in November 2010, featuring "The Time (Dirty Bit)". They should make for one of the more entertaining halftime shows of the last few years as they are the first modern artist to perform at the Super Bowl since 2004 when the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake "wardrobe malfunction" took place.


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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 10:  Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas sings in the pre-game show before the game against the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals during the season opening game at Cardinals Stadium on September 10, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Ph
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    Yes. Fergie gets her own slide, but as an extra to the Black Eyed Peas. Most of the men out there will only look forward to seeing her on stage when the Black Eyed Peas perform at halftime. Fergie has dressed outrageously at times and who knows what she'll come out in. She may wear a bikini, a thong, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit, the possibilities just do not end. I, for one, will be looking forward to Fergie more than the rest of the Black Eyed Peas.

6: Cheeseheads and Terrible Towels Galore

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers displays a giant terrible towel against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Some of the most historic fan props in the history of the NFL are the Green Bay Packers Cheesehead and the Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towels. Be on the look out for TONS of these in the crowd and around the stadium all day long. I, for one, don't personally love either prop, but I do love how they give fans an identity and how they bring fans together.

5: Gambling

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    This is just something you have to come to expect on Super Bowl Sunday. Some of the most common forms of gambling on the Super Bowl are box pools and prop bets. 

    How to make a box pool

    Check out these Bleacher Report articles for some prop bet ideas:

    Super Bowl XLV Prop Bet Predictions From

    Super Bowl Prop Bets 2011: Exotic Bets from Unique To Just Downright Silly

    Super Bowl Prop Bets 2011: The Coin Toss and 10 Fun Bets for Super Bowl XLV

4: Ben Roethlisberger Jokes

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers uses his phone as he is up on the pdium during Super Bowl XLV Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Pitt
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    We all know about Ben Roethlisberger's off-the-field issues and the jokes have been pouring in all season long. Big Ben jokes will be a staple at any non-Steeler Super Bowl party. I would say some of my own, but that would definitely be way too inappropriate, so I'll leave that to all of you.

3: Beer

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Fans walk by the alcohol collection table before the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by C
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2: Family and Friends

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    MIAMI - FEBRUARY 05:  Fans of the New Orleans Saints party on South Beach on February 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints will be held Sunday February 7, 2010.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Get
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    Sure, I am getting a bit sentimental with this one, but the Super Bowl is a great excuse to spend time with your loved ones. The Super Bowl is almost like a holiday. It has the ability to bring families and friends together just like Christmas and New Years. 

1: Commercials

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    There is no question that the most entertaining part of the Super Bowl, other than the game itself, is the advertisements. Since the Super Bowl produces one of the highest television ratings of the year, companies will spend around $3 million for a 30-second commercial. They definitely want to make their ads worth every penny. I am sure we are in for the usuals: The E-Trade baby, memorable beer ads, a teaser, and plenty more hilarious ads.