It's the largest annual sporting event in North America. Some consider it nothing short of a national holiday. On February 1, 2009, the Arizona Cardinals face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 43. The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida and will be broadcast on NBC. The broadcast will start at 6:00 pm EST and kick-off should be around 6:20 pm EST.
Super Bowl history starts in 1967 when NFL created the game between its champion and the champion of its rival league, the AFL.The game continued even after the AFL joined the NFL in 1970. Today, the Super Bowl remains a cultural touchstone and is usually the most-watched television event in North America.
Right now, oddsmakers are giving the Steelers the edge, but if past Super Bowl winners are any indication, there is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes down to the biggest game of the year. For those that don't care about football, there's still plenty of things to grab your attention. Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson will sing the national anthem and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at half-time. If that's not enough entertainment for you, there's always those Super Bowl commercials. So far, a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl will cost advertisers a cool $3 million.