Super Bowl 2011: commercials, controversy add to attraction

Super Bowl XLV pits the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 pm on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Both NFL teams have dealt with controversy this season. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, aka “Big Ben,” was suspended earlier this season amid allegations he sexually assaulted a college student.

Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre has been tarnished by a “sexting” scandal, while current QB Aaron Rodgers caused a stir when he criticized injured teammates for ditching the team to rehab “at home.”

Controversies aren’t the only things that will distract from the game. Super Bowl commercials are sometimes more exciting than the on-field action.

Still, the Super Bowl is America’s most popular sporting event, and a spectacle that rarely disappoints viewers. Except, of course, all the players and coaches whose teams didn’t make it to the big game.

Big Ben, Rex Ryan and Brett Favre star in our animated pregame show.

SuperBowlXLVd Super Bowl 2011: commercials, controversy add to attraction (Next Media Animation TV)