Mandi Bierly
December 09, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EST

Cable networks love to counterprogram against the Super Bowl (hello, Puppy Bowl!), but the broadcast networks don’t usually bother. ABC, however, is manning up this Feb. 1 and airing special installments of Wipeout opposite NBC’s Bruce Springsteen halftime show and post-game Office episode. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The two-part ABC special — dubbed ‘Wipeout Superball Sunday’ — pulls out all the stops to cater to NFL fans: Hall of Famer Michael Irvin will lend sideline commentary, the Navy’s Blue Angels will perform a flyover, the USC marching band will storm the course, contestants will run a gantlet with quarterbacks pelting them with footballs, NFL luminaries will stop by the commentary booth, and the show’s signature Big Balls obstacle has been converted into jumbo-sized footballs.” Is it crazy to think football fans would prefer watching that instead of The Boss and/or cheerleaders taking on male couch potatoes instead of Pam and Jim? Or is it genius?

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