Football Not Your Thing? Super Bowl 50 Alternatives!

By Joanne Kong

Twitter: @kongfu4u

So you have no interest in football.  No judgement here.

Perhaps you’ve heard that a thirty-second spot during the Super Bowl costs over five-million dollars, and you’re curious what a five-million-dollar commercial looks like?  But you don’t want to sit through the hours of football in between?  No problem.  You can watch the Super Bowl commercials on the internet.

Perhaps you love Coldplay and Beyonce and want to see their half-time show performance?  No problem.  Just tune into the half-time show, or watch it on the internet.

Now that you can rest assured that you won’t be left out at the water-cooler, what do you do with all that extra time from not watching football?

Well, I gave you some great options last year, didn’t I?  So perhaps “great” may be too strong of a word, but why not try some of these for this Super Bowl Sunday anyway?


Puppy Bowl XII

Energetic puppies.  Adorable faces.  Astroturf.  What else could you ask for in a show?  It’s an all-day event.  And, if you own a Samsung Gear VR or a Google Cardboard VR, you can download the application and watch the puppy bowl in virtual reality!  And what could be more awesome than pretending you’re a disembodied head in the middle of a fake field full of hyperactive puppies?  Wait, did I see that in one of the “Saw” movies?

Channel: Animal Planet

Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2016


2:30 pm – Puppy Bowl XII – Pre-game show

3:00 pm – Puppy Bowl XII “Ruff v. Fluff – the rematch”

5:00 pm – Puppy Bowl XII “Silky and Furry Cute”

7:00 pm – “Americas Top Pup” After a grueling battle, America finally votes on the Championship puppy

And the best part?  You never know who’ll show-up…

Like in Puppy Bowl X, where the cheerleaders were penguins!  Yowzer!

Puppy Bowl Penguins

And remember, all the puppies in the Bowl Game are up for adoption!


Kitten Bowl

What’s as adorable as puppies?  Kittens, of course.  These fluffy palm sized heart-warming animals will steal the show, again, on the Hallmark Channel on Super Bowl Sunday.

Channel: Hallmark Channel

Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Time: 12 pm – Kitten Bowl III

If you were at brunch, or shopping, don’t worry!  The Kitten Bowl will continue to rerun every 3 hours throughout the day.  So you can even watch multiple times… in a row!


Fish Bowl

During Christmas, do you watch a yule-log?  Looking for a zen-like day without the madness of Super Bowl Sunday?  Well, it’s back!  If the Puppy Bowl and the Kitten Bowl are too much action, or too sweet/cute to bare, then the National Geographic channel has created just the thing.  Yes, you get to watch fish… in a fish bowl!


DATE: Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm

If your just not sure you want to commit your evening watching fish, here’s a taste.

And for all of you out there don’t like football AND don’t like animals, here are some other options for you:


12:00 pm – NHL Hockey (Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitals)

3:00 pm – PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open, Final Round in Scottsdale, Arizona

7:00 pm – Dateline News “The Shadow of Justice: The Confession”

8:30 pm – Pitch Perfect – When a new student joins her college’s female a cappella group, she takes the women out of their comfort zone


Law and Order: Special Victims Unit marathon – no particular season


Season 10: Supernatural Marathon



3:00 pm – Aliens v. Predator: Requiem

5:00 pm – Mega Shark v. Crocosaurus

7:00 pm – Mega Shark v. Mecha Shark

9:00 pm – Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda – Sharktopus battles a half-pterodactyl, half-barracuda


Tempting isn’t it…a love story and prehistoric animals AND it’s “inspired by true events”!


Season 8: Hoarders Marathon


Season 8: Real Housewives of Atlanta Marathon

(I wish it was the current season of Top Chef)


Season 11:  Keeping Up With the Kardashians Marathon


Season 2: The Walking Dead Marathon

And if all else fails, just pull out a board game and spend some time with your family.

Board Games

Have other suggestions?  Let me know!

Enjoy your NON-Super Bowl Sunday!

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