We’re going to break down NBC’s full day of Super Bowl XLIII coverage this Sunday, but we also want you to know that the NFL Network and ESPN deserve as much equal time for their junk-o-dazzlement.
Fact is, as we park ourselves on the davenport Sunday, we’ll probably graze more frequently to the NFL Net during its 6 1/2 hours live before and two hours live after, as well as look in on ESPN for its four-hour pregame, than we will for NBC’s bus-load of baloney.
There are 17 NFL Net analysts: Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp, Rod Woodson, Steve Mariucci, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, Jamie Dukes, Solomon Wilcots, Kara Henderson, Scott Hanson, Bob Papa, Randy Moss (not the Patriots receiver) and Fran Charles.
Here’s the deal:
==8 to 9 a.m.: Super Bowl memories from Sapp, Faulk, Sanders, Lynch, Brooks and Woodson, insider news from Adam Schefter, and Lynch, Brooks and Woodson dissect the Arizona defense.
==9 to 10 a.m.: Features on the coaching change in Pittsburgh that led to the hiring of Mike Tomlin and Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm going to Arizona, NFL Films’ Steve Sabol on the “greatest losing effort in the Super Bowl,” and a look at the relationship between Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin.
==10 to 11 a.m.: Current and former Buccaneers players Sapp, Lynch and Brooks talk about Whisenhunt’s possible advantage being the former offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh; Sanders discusses the best way to cover Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; debate as to whether the Steelers the real “America’s Team,” Sabol’s feature on the “Top Five Most Memorable Plays from the Super Bowl.”
==11 a.m. to noon: Schefter’s unique story about the relationship between Steelers safety Tyrone Carter and his older brother Tank Carter, who is in a Florida jail; Woodson, Lynch, and Brooks discuss how to defend Fitzgerald and the Arizona passing attack; Eisen’s one-on-one interview with Bruce Springsteen; Steelers and Cardinals position analysis; Sterling Sharpe takes a look at Kurt Warner and his success; Woodson’s exclusive one-on-one interview with his former coach, Steelers legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
==Noon to 1 p.m.: Eisen interviews Craig and Ron Wolfley, brothers who are the analysts for the Steelers and Cardinals radio broadcasts teams; Charles and Brian Baldinger analyze the matchup between Cardinals offensive coordinator Haley and Steelers defensive coordinator LeBeau; Sapp gives a tour of Tampa – visiting the hot spots, restaurants, driving a zamboni, his favorite spots from his playing days and NFL World feed announcers Papa and Sharpe make their predictions for the game.
==1 to 2 p.m.: Lynch one-on-one interview with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who was his position coach when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXVII; Mariucci highlights the best moments of the week from all the guests and interviews from Tampa; Dukes, Wilcots, Henderson and Hanson report from NFL Experience.
==2 to 2:30 p.m.: Kurt Warner feature and debate on his Hall of Fame status; final predictions.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s 16-person crew starts at 7 a.m. with Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Greg Garber, Chris Mortensen, Mike Tirico, Trent Dilfer, Ron Jaworski, Steve Young, Rachel Nichols, Jeremy Schaap, Kenny Mayne, Suzy Kolber and Ed Werder. That doesn’t include contributions on other shows from Sal Paolantonio and Merril Hodge.
==7 a.m.: The history of the Super Bowl with Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner narrating their team’s paths to the game.
==7:30 a.m.: How Arizona turned their season around.
==8 a.m.: A feature on Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin’s formative years; “The Mayne Event” looks at what other players are doing during their off-season; a look back at Super Bowl III 40 years ago and Joe Namath’s guarantee.
==8:30 a.m. A look back at the AFC championship game with more of the sights and sounds; Dilfer, Jaworski and Young talk about the quarterbacks of each team.
==9 a.m.: A feature on Roethlisberger; Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald remembers his mother.
==9:30 a.m.: A feature on Warner against the Steelers’ blitz.
==10 a.m.: The history of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Terrible Towel,” a feature on Warner playing in his third Super Bowl; final predictions.