A dif­fer­ent Su­per Bowl game plan

The Washington Post Sunday - - CELEBRITOLOGY/THE SCENE - by Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly

For peo­ple who don’t love foot­ball— or who re­al­ize their home team will never reach the Su­per Bowl un­til roughly five years from never— Su­per Bowl Sun­day can be a drag. But don’t drown your bore­dom in seven-layer dip; even the pop cul­tur­ally at­tuned can find five rea­sons to en­joy the NFL’s over-hyped day, which will suck up a lu­di­crous amount of air time Feb. 6 on Fox.

The Su­per Bowl red car­pet: No event is a re­ally big event un­less it in­volves pretty peo­ple stand­ing on a rug the color of valen­tine hearts. Hence, as it did in 2008, this year’s pre-Su­per Bowl fes­tiv­i­ties will fea­ture a celebrity red­car­pet seg­ment, hosted byMaria Me­nounos andMichael Stra­han. Which will make it seem like you’re­watch­ing the Os­cars, even if ev­ery­one around you is dis­cussing Ben Roeth­lis­berger.

Christina Aguil­era sings the na­tional

an­them: It should be en­ter­tain­ing to watch the “Bur­lesque” star belt out “ The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” . . . or at least more en­ter­tain­ing than sit­ting through the Black Eyed Peas half­time per­for­mance.

Celebri­ties in com­mer­cials: Add an el­e­ment of chal­lenge to all that ad-view­ing by at­tempt­ing to find the celebs in this year’s Su­per Bowl com­mer­cials. We’ll give

you a head start: Kim Kar­dashian will ap­pear in a Skech­ers spot, while Justin Bieber and Ozzy Os­bourne will shill for Best Buy.

Movie trail­ers: Among the po­ten­tial block­busters get­ting the ex­pen­sive pro­mo­tional treat­ment are “Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger,” “Su­per 8” and “Pi­rates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” The post-Su­per Bowl episode of “Glee”: Make it through the whole game and you get a very spe­cial episode of “Glee,” fea­tur­ing mem­bers ofNewDirec­tions do­ing the “ Thriller” dance while dressed as zom­bie-fied foot­ball play­ers. Be­cause the Su­per Bowl has al­ways cried out for the funk of 40,000 years.

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