It’s Super Bowl Sunday. The game starts in a few hours. The pre-game has been going on for a few hours already (well, several days, actually). And if you’re reading this post, the chances that you’re a diehard football fan are probably fairly slim — because, let’s be honest, if you were, you’d already be drunk in a bar somewhere.
But everyone watches the Super Bowl; diehards and casual fans alike. And the latter might enjoy it more with some apps/websites to help them pass the time. So here are some of those (in no particular order):
- Super Bowl XLV: This is the official app of the Super Bowl. With it, you can get a full 3D map of Cowboys Stadium on either the iPhone or iPad with tidbits of information. NYC startup UpNext powers the app and will aggregate some social media streams in it during the game. It’s also available for Android here.
- Super Bowl XLV Program: If you have an iPad, you can also get the official NFL Super Bowl XLV game program to read for free.
- Fanvibe: It’s an iPhone app and website that allows you to follow a game live by checking-in and talking about it with other users. There are also questions about the game generated in real time for you and your friends to answer. Find the iPhone app here.
- Foursquare: The location startup is testing out a new promoted venue across their apps to allow everyone to “check-in” to the Super Bowl. And if you shout out who you’re rooting for, you’ll get a badge for that team.
- Gowalla: Not to be left out of the fun, you can also check-in anywhere on Gowalla and mention “Super Bowl” to get a special pin for the game.
- Hitpost: They’re still in beta testing (and sadly, the app isn’t quite ready yet), but if you are a part of the test, it’s a great way to visually follow the action and news of the game from the web.
- BetNext: This service launching today allows you to bet on your favorite teams over Twitter. It’s all virtual money, but it can still be fun for bragging rights and playing a game.
- Flipboard: The social magazine iPad app has made a special event package of content for the Super Bowl. This includes content from Fox Sports, CBS Sports, SB Nation, and even MC Hammer.
- IntoNow: Something tells me this new media engagement and discovery service will be able to hear that you’re watching the Super Bowl in realtime.
- Hulu: The online video hub has a special area to vote on your favorite ads that will play this year.
- YouTube: Likewise, that other online video hub has a place that you’ll be able to watch all the commercials right after they air.
- Facebook: The social network has also gotten into the act this year and will allow people to watch and vote on the Super Bowl ads here.
- Twitter: They’ve teamed up with the NFL for a new site that will offer up cool ways to visualize the tweets about the game.
- Are You Watching This?!: They have a range of apps across many platforms for talking about the sporting event you’re watching.
That should be enough to get your started. I’m sure there are dozens (if not hundreds) more. Enjoy the game.