While most of us will be spending this weekend watching the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl pre-game, the Super Bowl post-game, the pre-Super Bowl interviews, and other Super Bowl-related programming, there are other things going on in the world of sports this weekend. Instead of our normal Super Bowl gushing, Buzzer Eagle proudly offers the Top 5 Super Bowl Weekend Alternatives to the Super Bowl.
#5 UFC 156
If you like the brutality of football without the rules, pageantry, and grandeur of the Super Bowl, then UFC 156 is the choice for you this Sunday. It is champ vs champ as Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against former lightweight division champion Frankie Edgar.
#4 The Waste Management Phoenix Open
Poorly named though it may be, the Waste Management Phoenix Open does offer some potential good watching. Phil Mickelson upped the interest level by shooting an 11-under 60 in the first round, missing a 59 by the width of a grasshopper’s knee hair.
#3 NHL Hockey
There is a full slate of NHL Hockey on Friday and Saturday and a time-crunch limited schedule on Sunday. For some reason, the NHL brain trust didn’t want to schedule any night games on Sunday. Go figure. If you can’t handle any more Harbaugh vs Harbaugh talk on Sunday afternoon, you can skip a portion of the Super Bowl pre-game show and watch Pittsburgh at Washington, Ottawa at Montreal, Florida at Buffalo, or New Jersey at New York Islanders. That should help the mid-day hours fly by as you wait for the start of the big game.
#2 NBA Basketball
Like their skate-wearing brethren in the NHL, the NBA will curtail the schedule early on Sunday to make way for the Super Bowl. The last game of the weekend features the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat in a little north of the border action against Toronto.
#1 Surrender to the Call
The best alternative is to give in. Surrender to the siren song of the Super Bowl. Soak up hours and hours of feel-good stories about the Harbaugh brothers. Listen to Chris Culliver and Joe Flacco as they try to remove their feet from their mouths. Breathlessly wait for the next player to speak openly in front of the microphone. Spend the day preparing yourself for the biggest sports extravaganza of the year. Then when that blessed hour finally arrives you’ll be ready to fully immerse yourself in Super Bowl 47.