We’re a day away from the conclusion of the 2018-19 NFL season, ladies and gentlemen, and that’s a damn shame. It seems like just yesterday that we were waiting for the start of a promising season for the Minnesota Vikings, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this season.
But, I’m certain that most of us will be tracking all of the action on Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots square off in Super Bowl 53. Just in case you weren’t already aware of how you could follow all of the action, we’ve got everything right here for you.
Game time and channel
While the pre-game festivities are going to be taking place pretty much all day on Sunday. . .if they haven’t started already. . .the actual game itself will be kicking off at 5:30 PM Central time. The game is being televised on CBS from coast-to-coast and border-to-border, so just turn your TV set to CBS. That’s WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities.
Since this is CBS, the game is being called by Jim Nantz and Tony Romo. The game will be taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the third time that the city of Atlanta has hosted the Super Bowl.
For our friends north of the border, the game will be broadcast on three different channels: CTV, CTV Two, and FOX. The difference is that the FOX broadcast will contain the same advertisements that people in America will see, while the CTV broadcasts will have Canadian advertising substituted in.
For everyone in the United Kingdom, this year’s Super Bowl will be shown on BBC One, and the game will be kicking off at 11:30 PM UK time.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the American Forces Network will be airing this one on AFN Sports. As usual, the AFN broadcast will have the same Public Service Announcement that you’ve come to love and no actual commercials, unless someone at AFN falls asleep at the switch. Kickoff time is scheduled for 2330Z on Sunday, which means a kickoff time of 0030L Monday for viewers in Central Europe, 0400L Monday for fans in Afghanistan, and 0830L Monday for everyone in Japan and Korea.
The game will be broadcast nationwide (which, I assume, includes KFAN-FM 100.3 in Minneapolis and the rest of the Vikings Radio Network) on Westwood One. The play-by-play on the radio side will be handled by Kevin Harlan, with Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner serving as the color commentator.
If you’re listening via satellite radio, the Westwood One broadcast will be featured on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. The Patriots feed will be on Sirius Channel 82 and XM Channel 226. The Rams feed will be on Sirius Channel 83 and XM Channel 225.
The officiating crew for Super Bowl LIII will be led by John Parry. He’s been in the National Football League since 2000, and a head referee since the 2007 season. Parry has officiated two Rams games this year, both Los Angeles victories: Their 30-16 win over the Detroit Lions in the regular season, and their 30-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Playoffs. He’s also officiated one Patriots’ game this season, their 17-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It doesn’t sound like the roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is going to be open for this one, so weather shouldn’t be a factor. The forecast from WeatherNation is calling for some rain showers starting in the late morning, with temperatures in the mid-50s. Even more reason to believe that the roof is going to stay closed, it would appear.
Seriously, you don’t need an illegal stream for this one. Even if you feel that you do, damn sure don’t go promoting them here.
That should be all of the information you need leading up to Super Bowl LIII, folks. We’ll have an Open Thread for the game. How many we’ll have depends on how the game goes and how many comments we end up getting. We hope to see a lot of folks here for it!