XLV: Game day!

FORTH WORTH, Texas -- It’s here!

We’ve made it!

The hype is (mostly) over!

The players are ready!

The coaches are set!

It’s time for us to goooooooooooooooooooo!

Yes, the day for Super Bowl XLV has finally arrived. In a little more than seven hours, we'll have our 6:29 p.m. ET kickoff between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

As you probably know by now, the Packers were scheduled to hear motivational speaker Dr. Kevin Elko during their team meeting Saturday night. They were scheduled for another meeting Sunday morning and the team bus convoy will leave at 3 p.m. ET for Cowboys Stadium.

Let’s hit a few programming notes before I myself start the trek from the ESPN compound here in Fort Worth. As we’ve done throughout the postseason, I’ll check in with blog posts periodically in the hours before the game. Sunday, we’ll be monitoring whether Packers linebacker Erik Walden (ankle) shows enough in pregame warm-ups to merit a uniform for the game, or if he’ll be deactivated. Rookie Frank Zombo has practiced with the first team all week at the position.

When the game starts, I’ll be jumping into our “Super Bowl Countdown Live” chat for the duration. The module will appear on the blog a few hours before kickoff. Then, we’ll have the usual postgame reaction.

Hang on to your hats.

It’s almost time to do this thing.