The Super Bowl is one of the most watched televised events in the calendar year. It is seen by over 110 million people and it’s a goldmine for networks when it comes to reaping in advertising dollars. But even with all the frenzy and buzz surrounding this huge sports event, there are still millions of people who have no interest at all in watching hulking men in tights try to out maneuver each other on the football field. Luckily for those who don’t want to participate in all the hype and Super Bowl fervor, there are several choices of activities to indulge in while everyone else binges on the big game. These options range from watching adorable kittens frolicking around to seeing cute puppies wrestle each other for hours. Below is a list of 10 curated activities for non-football watchers on Super Bowl Sunday.
10 The Kitten Bowl on Hallmark
So if you’re not particularly in the mood to watch muscle bound footballers duke it out on the turf over a small pigskin ball, then we have the perfect option for you. How about the Kitten Bowl instead? What is this you ask? Well, starting at noon, you can tune into the Hallmark channel and watch cute kittens frolicking and you know, just being super cute. After all, what else is it that kittens do apart from being cute and adorable? It will be hosted by Beth Stern (Howard Stern’s wife) and feature cameos from Mario Lopez, Regis Philbin and Maria Menounos. Last year’s Kitten Bowl drew in 1 million viewers, and this year, it is expected to be a huge hit too. It’s all for a good cause - revenues earned from the kitten bowl are used to promote the adoption of shelter animals.
9 The Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet
If kittens aren’t really your thing, and you’re little apprehensive of your friends calling you a crazy cat lady/guy, perhaps you should opt for the Puppy Bowl instead. This event goes down on The Animal Planet channel and it first debuted in 2005. So what exactly happens? It’s pretty simple really – you have a bunch of cute puppies engaging in a fun game of football in a model stadium. There are even analysts running live commentary on everything that’s happening. Last year’s Puppy Bowl drew 3.5 million viewers, a sure sign that this event is certainly increasing in popularity.
8 Plan Your Pre-Grammy Party
This year’s Grammy awards are going to be major and the performers have us very excited indeed. Some of the stars who will be gracing the stage at the biggest music event of the year include: Tom Jones performing with Jessie J, Annie Lennox singing with Hozier, Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani. Other acts that night include John Legend, Ariana Grande, Madonna, Miranda Lambert and Pharrell Williams. That’s some serious star power! So why don’t you round up your crew, get some margaritas going and plan the awesomeness that will be happening one week from Super Bowl Sunday.
7 Have a Cook-Off with Friends
This is a great opportunity to invite some friends (who aren't watching the game) over for some cooking fun. Get the necessary ingredients, select a specific recipe and see who can make it better. Of course this is a good opportunity to mix some cocktails into the fun. Adding a prize for the winner is a good way to get the group fired up. Another option is to have everyone make their own favorite meal, this is also a good way to fight off the need to eat junk food.
6 Hulu Ad Zone
For most people, the best part about Super Bowl Sunday is watching all the hilarious, over-the-top, celeb-filled ads that brands and big companies put out each year. There is even a large cross section of folks who think the actual NFL game is a distraction from these engrossing commercials. For those who can’t get enough Super Bowl ads in their system, Toyota and Hulu came together to create the Super Bowl Ad Zone. On this platform, you can binge on great commercials and trailers from this year and years past. The ads are separated into categories like “Leaked Ads,” “Funny,” and “Inspiring,” and this classification makes the ads even easier to enjoy. All you have to do is log on to Hulu.com/adzone.
5 House of Cards on Netflix
It’s been truly amazing to see the evolution of Netflix over all these years. Perhaps the best thing Netflix has given to the world is the brilliant politics show House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Well on February 27th, the acclaimed series returns for its 3rd season, and from the trailers that hit the net, it looks like the most conniving couple in Washington DC has become more evil than anyone could imagine. To get yourself ready for the 3rd season of this excellent show, we suggest you pull down your blinds, unplug your phone and spend Super Bowl weekend watching House of Cards like your very life depended on it.
4 Law & Order SVU Marathon
The cop drama Law & Order SVU has been around since 1999 and its longtime star Mariska Hargitay earns a whopping $450K per episode. Every episode of this show delivers the goods; the show boasts exceptional writing, top-notch acting, a rotating array of great guest stars and tons of captivating twists and turns. Luckily, the USA cable channel will be going all out with an SVU marathon blitz from 11am-10pm on Super Bowl Sunday. So if you’re not one to get all excited over men in helmets hitting each other really hard, no problem at all. Just stay in your pajamas all day, and enjoy a day of great, expertly-crafted television courtesy of SVU.
3 Fish Bowl on National Geographic Channel
We already talked about the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl being aired on the Animal Planet and Hallmark channels respectively. Did you think that National Geographic channel would miss out on the fun? For the second year in a row, the channel will be airing several hours of goldfish displaying their amazing swimming skills in a beautiful glass bowl. And if you thought this year’s Fish Bowl would be boring, think again. The network’s execs are promising really random backdrops (like a cow being milked) to keep you interested.
2 Walking Dead Marathon
The Walking Dead, one of the biggest shows on television right now, is coming back on Feb 8th. If you’ve ever been to any Comic Con event, then you know how dedicated fans of this show are. Who knew a show about slaying the “un-dead” could be so popular? To get yourselves ready for the new episodes coming the week after the Super Bowl, AMC is rolling out a Walking Dead marathon from 10am to midnight. We don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of ugly 'walkers' to take on in one day.
1 How I Met Your Mother Marathon
How I Met Your Mother is regularly mentioned alongside popular sitcoms like Seinfeld and Friends as one of the funniest shows in the modern era of television. The show ran from 2005 to 2014, and along the way, it won several awards and received all types of accolades. For avid fans who can’t get enough HIMYM in their lives, the WGN channel is going full tilt with a marathon from 9am – 8pm on Super Bowl Sunday. Forget about watching brutish modern-day gladiators, settle in and get a lot of laughs instead.