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Nat Geo Wild

17 Things You Can Watch Instead of the Super Bowl

Nat Geo Wild
Nat Geo Wild

Even though 111.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Super Bowl last year, not everyone is interested in the super-hyped spectacle. If you're in that camp, don't worry—we've got 17 alternatives for you.

1. Puppy Bowl // Animal Planet

Giving new meaning to “beast mode,” the ever-popular Puppy Bowl is now in its 11th season. It seems to get bigger, better, and crazier every year—this year, goats will be serving as cheerleaders.

2. Kitten Bowl // Hallmark Channel

If canines aren’t your thing, surely felines are. Though it’s only in year two, the Kitten Bowl was obviously a big hit for the Hallmark Channel. Let’s just hope there’s no illegal substance testing—you know those players are all doped up on catnip.

3. Fish Bowl II // Nat Geo Wild

If last year’s inaugural Fish Bowl kept you on the edge of your seat, just wait until you see what the folks at Nat Geo Wild have up their sleeves this year. Let's just say there's a change of scenery...

4. and 5. Airplane vs. Volcano and Asteroid vs. Earth // SyFy

If the game turns out to be a disaster, you can switch over to SyFy and watch a real catastrophe—well, as real as it gets on SyFy, anyway. Plus, Dean Cain!

6. The Simpsons marathon // FXX

Because you can never go wrong with The Simpsons.

7. Downton Abbey // PBS

For when you prefer drama that's more refined than Marshawn Lynch's beef with the media.

8. and 9. Shrek and Shrek 2 // TBS

When you get tired of watching big, hulking guys running around with a pigskin, switch over to TBS to watch a big, hulking ogre run around with a donkey.

10. Cops Marathon // Spike

There's definitely a joke in here somewhere about cops and football players, but I'm just going to stand back from that one.

11. Back to the Future // ABC Family

Why watch the Katy Perry halftime show when you have Michael J. Fox shredding to Johnny B. Goode?

12. Ridiculousness // MTV

It's still less ridiculous than all of the trash talk between Tom Brady and Richard Sherman.

13. Swamp People // History

Instead of the Patriots vs. the Seahawks, switch over to the History Channel for Cajuns vs. gators. (Spoiler alert: the Cajuns win.)

14. The X-Files // Chiller

If you find that Mulder and Scully are a better dynamic duo than Brady and Gronk, you know where to go.

15. The Green Mile // Sundance

If Brady isn't working his magic, you can be sure that John Coffey will.

16. The Real Housewives of Atlanta // Bravo

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Eh, if you like scandals, you're probably better off watching Bill Belichick.

17. America’s Book of Secrets // H2

If your idea of a good conspiracy theory centers around Area 51 as opposed to deflated footballs, you’ll want to tune in to H2.

Quick True/False: World Capitals
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10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
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Need some St. Patrick's Day conversation fodder that doesn't involve leprechauns or four-leaf clovers? Ask your friends to name a "Pat" born on St. Patrick's Day. If they can't, they owe you a drink—then you can wow them with this list of 10.


Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.


The Dallas star was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Duffy: His nephew is Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.


Pattie Boyd
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Pattie Boyd is well-known to lovers of classic rock: She has been married three times, including once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who both wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (including The Beatles's "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.


Belfast-born Pat Rice is a former footballer and coach who spent the bulk of his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," a.k.a. soccer to us Americans). He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early 1980s to go to Watford, but returned after he retired from playing in 1984. In 2012, after nearly 30 years with the organization, he announced his retirement.


Patty Maloney is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She also played Chewbacca's son Lumpy in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Michael C. Hall and Mathew St. Patrick in 'Six Feet Under'

Ok, so Mathew St. Patrick is the stage name of the actor, but he was born Patrick Matthews in Philadelphia on March 17, 1968. You probably know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.


He may not be a household name, but the recording artists Patrick Adams writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Rick James, and Coolio, among others.


It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on which comics your newspaper carries. McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a dog and a cat named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.


 Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performs onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Yes, you know him better as just plain old Billy Corgan: he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, engages in public feuds with Courtney Love, and maybe once dated Jessica Simpson. He made his debut on March 17, 1967.


Patricia Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the 1990s.


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