第44回スーパーボウル

7 Feb

I don’t have too much interest in most spectator sports. I enjoy the Olympics, boxing, and American Football.

I didn't know the NFL updated their logo in 2008.

When I first came to Japan, American Football was never shown on TV here or even mentioned in the newspapers (except for the English-language papers). Most Japanese people had never seen an American football* game.

*(I say “American football because that’s what the game is called outside of the U.S., to differentiate it from soccer (which is often called “football” outside the U.S. (Japanese usually refer to that game as 「サッカー」 (soccer) though))).

But the NFL (America’s professional football league) stepped up their campaign about five or six years ago to make American football popular in Japan…much like soccer, baseball, and basketball are.

The NFL has played games in other countries, including Japan, to try to increase interest outside the U.S.
But it has had limited success.
In Japan, though, around five years ago, the NFL helped introduce American football to high schools and colleges in Japan.
At first it wasn’t popular and the only students who joined their school’s American football team were the ones who didn’t make the soccer or baseball teams. But the games slowly begun to grow in popularity here…although it has nowhere near the popularity that it has in America (yet).

And now American football has begun to be shown on TV here in Japan. Not every game…only the Superbowl game and a few other key games.
And the games that are shown are aired late at night and edited to fit into the time slot.
But that’s enough for me. Even if every game was aired, I’d probably only watch the Superbowl and games that the “Tampa Bay Buccaneers” played (I grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Last night I watched the Superbowl playoff game of the New Orleans Saints versus the Minnesota Vikings.

New Orleans Saints

vs.

Minnesota Vikings

The final score was New Orleans – 31 / Minnesota – 28…so the New Orleans Saints will play in the Superbowl against the Indianapolis Colts.

Indianapolis Colts logo

So 「第44回スーパーボウル」 (“Superbowl 44“) will start in America in less than 24 hours from now (Sunday, 2010 February 7 at 6:00PM (American EST))…but it won’t air in Japan until about fourteen hours later.

If you’re in Japan and you and to watch the American football Superbowl game…it will be aired on 「日テレ」 (Nihon TV) on Monday, 2010 February 8 at 24:29 (aka. Tuesday, 9 Feb at 00:29AM).

Do you like American football? What’s your favorite team?
Will you watch the Superbowl? Which team do you hope will win?

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12 Responses to “第44回スーパーボウル”

  1. tokyo5 February 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Well, the game’s over. I know the outcome even before it aired here in Japan (thanks to the internet. )

    The New Orleans Saints won with a final score of 31 – 17.

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    • pongrocks February 9, 2010 at 1:27 am #

      I fell asleep during the second quarter… it was already 01:30 am over here. looked pretty one sided since the score was 10:3 for colts and they were really good during the first quarter… I woke up when The Who played 😉 The performance was not that good in my oppinion… and the German video/audio footage wasn’t in sync (sound about 5 secs delayed). Didn’t matter for the game since we had German announcers, but it was really annoying during the halfway show. I’ve watched the Kiss performance you mentioned on youtube, they were a lot better than the who 😛

      Anyway… I was a bit surprised when I heard the saints did win 😉

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      • tokyo5 February 9, 2010 at 1:32 am #

        So you watched the game.

        And you saw KISS‘s half-time show. The internet’s great!

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  2. cuteandcurls February 8, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Im very much into Soccer 🙂 not the AFL

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    • tokyo5 February 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

      Yeah, the NFL (not “AFL” 😉 ) isn’t so popular outside the U.S….but it’s better than soccer. 😉

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  3. pongrocks February 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    This is actually quite strange… I’ve never had any interest in American Football but a Japanese manga introduced it to me when I was 14 or 15.
    It’s not like I love the sport, but I like watching it once or twice a year.

    I think American Football is even less popular in Germany than it is in Japan… We are the big soccer country, you know? 🙂
    However, I enjoyed watching the superbowl a few times. As far as I know it is the only American Football match which is broadcasted in Germany (at least if you don’t have pay-tv). But the broadcasting times are horrific, this years kickoff will be at 00:30am (utc+1). Maybe I will watch a bit, but I have to get up early tomorrow and I have only slept about 5 hours last night 😉

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    • tokyo5 February 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

      The game airs at an inconvenient time here too.
      I probably won’t watch it…

      >We are the big soccer country

      Soccer is popular here too. As well as baseball.
      But I’m not interested in either.

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      • pongrocks February 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

        >>Soccer is popular here too. As well as baseball.
        But I’m not interested in either.

        I played soccer for a decade but had to stop due to an injury. I love soccer, but not really as spectator. That’s why I rarely watch a match…

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      • tokyo5 February 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

        Was your injury very bad? Have you recovered?

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      • pongrocks February 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

        >>Was your injury very bad? Have you recovered?

        I have problems with my back. I guess I inherited it from my grandpa… ^^ It’s called “sliding vertebra” (had to look it up ;P) and the shooting motion in soccer basically screwed my whole spine up a few times, so I quit. It’s not like I can totally recover from it, but strengthening the back muscles helps. Oh well, loosing some weight would help too, I guess…^^ But I have no problems in my daylie life, I just can’t play soccer 😉

        I just read that The Who is doing the halftime performance in this years super bowl, so I’ll probably watch the first half 🙂

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      • tokyo5 February 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

        Yes, The Who will perform for the Super Bowl “halfway” show.

        A few years back, KISS did the show…and the cheerleaders wore KISS make-up.

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      • pongrocks February 7, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

        haha nice 🙂

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