So you don’t want to watch the Super Bowl. Hey, that’s OK! It may be all you’re hearing about this week, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option, as there are plenty of 2015 Super Bowl alternatives. You work hard as a Travel Nurse, and you deserve to enjoy your downtime.
Whether Deflategate’s got you down, you’re a major Green Bay Packers fan, or you simply don’t get down with the gridiron, here are some other watchable options for Sunday, February 1. (And remember, just because you don’t watch the game doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in the sinfully delicious traditions of cheese dips and wings!)
Puppy Bowl XI, 3 p.m. (ET), Animal Planet
Adorable puppies suit up for this big game, which is one of the best 2015 Super Bowl alternatives for any pet friendly Travel Nurse. Veterinarians and other animal advocates are on site to ensure the safety and welfare of the pups, and even better, each animal is a shelter dog available for adoption. Performers from the Kitty Halftime Show — this year’s will feature Katty Furry — are also available for adoption.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon, Noon-10 p.m. (ET), Bravo
Calling all reality TV junkies! If you’ve ever had an assignment in amazing Atlanta, you’ll love seeing it as the backdrop for the third installment of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.
Fish Bowl II, 6 p.m. (ET), NatGeo Wild
Last year’s inaugural show featuring Goldie the goldfish, swimming around in a bowl, for four hours, elicited audience tweets such as “I thought it was a joke at first” and “Is every CEO at Nat Geo high?” In 2015, the tradition continues as Goldie journeys to the farm and will reportedly be joined by a clownfish … Can you handle the excitement?!
The Walking Dead marathon, 10 a.m.-Midnight (ET), AMC
AMC invites you to “grab some wings and a machete” and tune in as they marathon everybody’s favorite ongoing zombie bowl, beginning with the first episode and continuing through season two’s finale.
Kitten Bowl II, Noon (ET), Hallmark Channel
This purrfect TV event is back for another year. As with the Puppy Bowl, the more than 90 participating “CAT-letes” will be adopted out after the big game. The Katy Perry-soundtracked promo commercial is perfect. The only problem? You’ll want to take all 90+ of these tiny tacklers home.
Law & Order SVU marathon, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (ET), USA
Following Saturday’s “Super Stabler Marathon” (9 a.m.-11 p.m. ET) is the “Benson Bowl Marathon” on Super Bowl Sunday. Get your fill — as if that’s possible — of Detective Olivia Benson.
Toddler Bowl/Untold Stories of the ER, Noon/6 p.m. (ET), TLC
TLC has a day full chock full of Super Bowl ignoring planned, starting at noon with the first ever Toddler Bowl, followed by a block of Say Yes to the Dress, then it’s ER marathon time. Not the Clooney ER! From 6-8 p.m. catch Untold Stories of the ER, followed by a Sex Sent Me to the ER marathon from 8-Midnight.
YouTube Halftime Show, Super Bowl halftime, YouTube.com
If you’re down for the game but prefer to skip Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz at the half, head to YouTube. For the first time, the video giant will host its own halftime show featuring more than 20 of its favorite creators and musicians (Harley Morenstein of EpicMealTime, Freddie Wong, Rhett and Link, Toby Turner, and others) with a combined subscribership of more than 60 million viewers. The show is set to include sketch comedy, musical numbers, fake Super Bowl ads, and stunts.
And, if you don’t care for any of these, you know what to do — just get your Netflix/Hulu/Amazon marathon on!
Do you have anything to add to our list of 2015 Super Bowl alternatives? Share away in the comments.