Super Bowl live blog

I am live blogging during the Super Bowl, but not actually watching the Super Bowl. Until something of interest pops up.

Because if you think that you have to wait until after the Super Bowl to be treated to ‘The Office,’ you would be mistaken. ;)

And remember the special one-hour episode of ‘The Office’ airs 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET.


Feb 1, 7:12pm: some final spoilers.

Feb 1, 5:50pm: a trailer for Monsters vs. Aliens, featuring the voice talent of Rainn Wilson.

Feb 1, 4:31pm: Rainn just iPhoned me this pic. Thanks, Rainn! (Doesn’t that look like Ed McMahon behind him?)

Feb 1, 1:46pm: Rainn’s interview with Al Roker.

Feb 1, 10:58pm: sources tell me there are two cameos from The Office staff in tonight’s episode! Will you be able to spot them … ?

Feb 1, 9:09am: and the wait for tonight has begun! In the meantime, enjoy these little morsels. (Not spoilerish) Tipster: Red

[Videos no longer available]

Jan 31, 9:22pm: speaking of Rainn, you can now follow him on Twitter! Go do it!

Jan 31, 8:23pm: Rainn Wilson and Brian Baumgartner attend Super Bowl events.

Jan 31, 4:23pm: quoting completed. The quote randomizer will be reloaded with ‘Stress Relief’ quotes tomorrow night around 10pm PT. Woo!

Jan 31, 3pm: starting quote randomizer work on ‘Stress Relief.’


  1. Oh my gosh! How exciting! That is just perfect! Thank you so much. How are you going to be blogging?

  2. This post just broke my brain. I wasn’t even planning on watching the Super Bowl, but now I kind of feel like it’s my duty as an American to watch it if there is going to be The Office stuff on during it!

  3. Poor Pittsburgers. Football is stupid. There should be a SuperOfficeBowl instead. Michael could hold his own Superbowl in the parking lot.

    I’ll be watching the PuppyBowl on Animal Planet.

  4. Just FYI for us Pittsburghers, another local affiliate, WTOV-9 (Steubenville, OH/Wheeling, WV) is listing on their website that they will broadcast the episode at 11:30. It will be SO hard to stay off this here Internets to avoid everyone’s comments!!

    Here’s the link:

  5. Speaking of scheduling, my digital cable guide thing says that the Superbowl is airing until 9:30 and that The Office is airing from 9:30 to 10:00–isn’t The Office supposed to be an hour long? Please tell me my network affiliate isn’t bumping The Office for the NEWS?

  6. Just to be safe, if you have a DVR or TiVo, I would set The Office to record a couple of hours after the scheduled end time in case the game goes into overtime or NBC decides to run extra interviews.

  7. But, like, they have to air it, right? They can’t just NOT air it or only air it for 30 minutes and then cut in with the 10:00 news?

  8. WPXI is my local ABC station…oh, darn. I don’t know if I can stay up until after midnight, even for the office! At least I know what time to set my DVR! Thanks for the heads up!

    It’s crazy around here…Pittsburgh public schools are already planning a 2 hour delay Monday. Last time the Steelers won, they declared a school holiday!

  9. Haha, Pittsburgh just assumed they’re going to win and wants some extra post game coverage time. I like the line about “depending on the outcome of the game”. If the Cards win, 5 shrute bucks says the Office will start when it’s supposed to.

  10. I’m so confused, can someone please help me and tell what time stress relief will air, are they still going to air it at 10:30 or at a different time?

  11. 12. It is will be at 10:30(EST) for everyone but people who have that channel in Pittsburgh…right? That is how I am taking it.

  12. Yay for blogging I’ll be checking OfficeTally regularly! (As if I didn’t already do that).


  13. Quoting? Does that mean you saw the episode already? (I’m so jealous!) Okay, so I only have to wait a day… but still! All this hype makes me want to see it now.

    [from tanster: yes i have! the first time that i’ve ever been able to watch an episode before it airs on the east coast. :) ]

  14. Tanster, you should totally write a review of the episode! Do it! Do it! Do it!

  15. I just wanted to thank you in advance for doing all of this, Tanster! I love how it’s really becoming a giant event for “The Office”… which happens to include some football game, haha. As it should be :o)

  16. I find it really irritating that the station manager just automatically assumes that everybody in the city cares more about the Superbowl than anything else. I’m in Pittsburgh and I honestly couldn’t care less about football or the Steelers. Yet again, creativity and the arts pushed aside for sports. Regardless, I’ll be waiting in anticipation by my TV at midnight!

  17. I’m not going to lie, I love the Office, but I love my Steelers too (not more, just differently).

    I’ll have to DVR it, because either way I’m going to be waaayyyy too drunk to watch it.

  18. How exciting! Is the quote randomizer the quotes that are underneath the OfficeTally logo at the top of the page?

    [from tanster: yes!]

  19. Oh, Tanster, thanks for letting us know about wpxi & their dorky decision. I’m planning on having a viewing party for stress relief tomorrow night, but I’m not sure my guests are up for a midnight start. How sad it would have been to have found out at 10:30 when we sat down to watch! Ah, well…

  20. Tanster, that is SO cool you got to see the episode! You deserve those kinds of perks for all you do! I can’t wait…I will be glued to OfficeTally all day!

  21. You know you’re excited for the episode tonight (or that you’re just obsessed in general) when you had a dream last night about meeting The Office writers…

  22. I hope the game doesn’t go into overtime so the office can come on sooner!!

  23. Dwight: So you excited?
    Ryan: Yeah.
    Dwight: Very excited?
    Ryan: Yes. I’m very excited.
    Dwight: Extremely excited? … Just very? That’s cool.

    I’m EXTREMELY excited that today has arrived! Only 11 more hours…

  24. I’m confused about the time as well, is it only midnight for Pittsburgh or everywhere? I’m a few hours away from there so I’m hoping it’s on normal time. My DVR says 10:30.

  25. Thank you, thank you, thank you for those clips! If my birthday has to be ruined by the Superbowl, there’s nothing that can make it better like an hour long episode with my favorite people from tv!!

  26. Those two clips are so, so great. I am having a little Super Bowl shindig at my house today, and I already know the guests will be making fun of me for running to the computer every 10 minutes to check OT. ;)

    By the way, the second sentence of this entry says, “Until something of interest pops up.” And to that I must reply, “That’s what she said.” (I just couldn’t resist!)

    [from tanster: lol. nicely played, miz kenna.]

  27. Anyone else notice that Jim now has a picture of him and Pam together on his desk?? Maybe it’s been there but I just now noticed it

  28. I literally just spit up my lunch. There needs to be a warning on those videos. I can’t wait till tonight. Oh, and Rainn why must you be in Orlando…

  29. Now, there isn’t a chance that The Office will be on earlier than 10:30, 9:30cen, right? Like if the game is utterly boring and one team kills the other, they won’t move up the office time? I just don’t want my Tivo to miss it! (Can you tell I am not interested in football?…)

  30. Those little morsels just made me so happy! I cannot wipe the grin from my face in anticipation of tonight’s big dance. Does anyone seriously care who wins the silly game?

  31. I find it hilarious that you mention there might be 2 cameos in tonight’s episode…but didn’t you already see this episode tanster?!?!? so there might be, or there are? :)

    [from tanster: as i said, there are. :) ]

  32. lol. Rainn was just on talking to Al Roker. He LOVES the Seahawks I guess because he wore #8’s jersey.

  33. Those clips are hilarious. I loved the fact that meredith noticed his bulge was bigger! Also, he has had it since he was 12. So funny! P.S. Thanks for keeping us updated with these blog posts, they are awesome.

  34. Just a clarification, by cameos from the Office staff, do you mean cameos from the writers and/or people of that nature?

    [from tanster: correct!]

  35. I can’t wait for the episode tonight & thank God for Office Tally until TO is on!!

    But first, a quick question: Are the two clips that were posted this morning going to be in the episode, or are they just little teasers?

    [from tanster: they’re super bowl promos.]

  36. Flonkerton, I’m watching the Puppy Bowl too until the game starts. Puppy penalty!

    And after that, I’m really just watching for the commercials and in anticipation of tonight’s episode.

  37. OMG!!! I’m laughing so hard from those clips I can’t stop, that was pure and complete awesome!!!

  38. Sorry if this has been addressed already, but does anyone know if they will still post tonight’s ep online in the middle of the night like they normally do? I’ll be at work tonight in front of a computer til 4 am so I don’t want to miss it entirely :)

    [from tanster: NBC says “episode will be up as normal at 2 AM PT/5 AM ET.”]

  39. the fact that you and rainn can correspond cellularly is amazing to me. for my birthday…can i have his number? hahaha hope youre having fun!

  40. This Super Bowl has been going by very quick for me. Maybe my mind just can’t wait for The Office to come on so it’s processing things faster for me. :)

  41. yay, a pic of Rainn! I bet he’s the only one with a Seahawks jersey there.
    I want to see Monsters vs. Aliens! It comes out on my birthday too!

  42. I absolutely love that Rainn is wearing a Seahawks jersey.

    [from tanster: i know, isn’t that great?]

  43. I’m so excited for this episode; it’s more than the fact that i’ve watched the promos beyond count.

    I feel as if this episode is an iconic moment, not just for the cast, crew, writers, and everyone else involved in production, but for us fans as well, old and new. We’ve come to love The Office, beyond the office, from watching the 1st season, to hoping NBC will pick it up, and then to clearing our Thursday nights for past 5 years and never being disappointed. To now, being on after the biggest game of the year!!! It’s great to be a part of the journey! Cheers! :-D

  44. 53-Danny, I think it was the shoulder of whoever is sitting at the desk behind her — maybe Creed?

  45. Love it love it love it…..If I was there I’d do the same thing as Rainn…although, I’d be wearing my Eagles jersey (that I’m wearing now…haha)….Not too long now!!!! can’t wait….p.s- Monsters vs. Aliens looks too funny and can’t wait to see it!

  46. Well… the game just got interesting. I don’t care who wins… as long as Pittsburg doesn’t tie it. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself if I have to sit through an overtime in order to get to The Office.

  47. If they kick a field goal and this game goes into overtime, I will eat my laptop. I cannot wait any longer for my OFFICE fix!!!

  48. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG… I’m totally channeling Kelly Kapoor!

    I haven’t been this excited since the premiere! See ya’ll after the episode!

  49. Go Hawks!! Representing our Seattle nicely, I see!

    Rainn, I love you for wearing that jersey. Naturally I’m assuming you were rooting for the Cards, seeing as those Steelers stole the Lombardi from us in Superbowl XL :)


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