Now you’re paying attention — Super Bowl LVIII, that NFL title game with the Roman Numerals and all the allusions to Taylor Swift numbers couldn’t have caught you by surprise, could it?
Maybe you just tuned out all that week-long pre-game noise and are now ready to catch up before 3:30 p.m. kickoff. We have your back. Here are the stories we recently published to get you into viewing game shape.
Super Bowl 101
Savanna Smith, McClatchy’s Service Journalism Editor for the West, breaks down the game – the teams, the background and how to watch.
When is the Super Bowl? Here are the basics for 49ers vs Chiefs (if you’re not a usual fan)
How to watch, party and stream
You have choices, big screens, small screens, bar screens – Hanh Troung rounds up all the ways to feel like you’re at the game, or to just catch up with new commercials. This year, CBS carries the game…which means it’s also on Paramount+ and…well, you have options.
Where can I see the Super Bowl in Sacramento? Watch parties, streaming and more
Benjy Egel, our food and drink writer and cookbook author, provides a guide to local sports bars:
Here are Sacramento’s best sports bars to watch the San Francisco 49ers play in the Super Bowl
Jacqueline Pinedo chronicles the Niners Super Bowl wins and losses.
How many times have the San Francisco 49ers been in the Super Bowl? See the team’s stats
Dine and drink deals
Brianna Taylor surveys the restaurant scene to help you find deals, specials and meals.
These 9 Sacramento restaurants, bars and breweries have Super Bowl deals and specials
Will you see Taylor Swift there?
Skip the conspiracy theories, let’s go to the facts and math. Jacqueline Pinedo figures it out for you.
Will Taylor Swift show up at Super Bowl to see the 49ers play the Chiefs? How it could work
The Rocklin connection
Joe Davidson recaptures the early Sierra College days of 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, whose ladybug catch helped propel his team to the Super Bowl.
‘He was so frail’: Sierra College coach recalls rise of Aiyuk and 49ers training camp days
The Elk Grove connection
Marcus D. Smith and Chris Biderman explore 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead’s family support and charity work.
What makes Arik Armstead special? His brother, coach share as Sacramento native heads to Super Bowl
How does Sacramento’s Super Bowl-bound Arik Armstead balance charity work and playing football?
The Raiders connection
That sound you hear is the late Raiders owner Al Davis howling from the great beyond because his hated Bay Area rival 49ers and despised Lamar Hunt-founded Chiefs are playing on his field. One link between the 49ers and Raiders is Greg Papa, the radio voice of the former and fired from that job with the latter. Chris Biderman talks to him about his old team as he prepares to call the game for his current one Sunday.
‘It’s very strange’: Why former Raiders radio voice Greg Papa has awkward task for Super Bowl
Tails, you win
Th fur flies for three hours on Animal Planet, Discovery and TruTV for the annual Puppy Bowl, which, this year, features Sacramento’s Bark Purdy. Ariane Lange dogged the story about a Chihuahua mix with a new leash on life. Sure, we have more dog jokes, but why hound you with them? Just enjoy.
Dog cites man: Sacramento’s ‘Bark Purdy’ will compete in Puppy Bowl under 49ers moniker