It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and since most of you are already 12 Pabst Blue Ribbons deep, no commentary this week. I’m taking the Pats alllllllll day. -BK 

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WASHINGTON —  As fans don their colors Sunday to show support for their teams during Super Bowl LI, the Defense Department will also show its support.

Since 1999, the department has supported the Super Bowl in a variety of ways, including flyovers, musical performances, air drops, and distinguished guests for the coin toss.

Each year, a different service has the chance to highlight their mission. This year, it’s the 70th anniversary of the Air Force, so they will lead the way, said Christine S. Thompson, a sports outreach specialist in the office of the assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs.

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“The Air Force turns 70 this year, and what better way to celebrate our birthday than to have the USAF Thunderbirds do the flyover for the Super Bowl?” said Katie Spencer, the sports outreach program manager for the Air Force. “Airmen have been breaking barriers since 1947 with blood, sweat, sacrifice and passion. We are overjoyed to be able to honor that legacy on such a large platform.”

She said the Thunderbirds will fly over NRG stadium in Houston during the national anthem, and then will be recognized on the field during the game. The aircraft livery includes the Air Force’s 70th anniversary logo, Spencer said. The Thunderbirds are also featured in a Daytona 500 spot that will be aired as a Super Bowl commercial during the game. And on Saturday, she said, the team will take Matt Hasselbeck, ESPN NFL analyst and former quarterback, and Eric Dickerson, NFL Hall of Famer and former running back, on a demonstration flight.