Ready for the big game on Sunday, boys And we're not talking about Liverpool's visit to Manchester…
18:04 GMT, 1 February 2013
18:41 GMT, 1 February 2013
It's the biggest sporting event in the world, they tell us, and some of our biggest football stars can't wait for Sunday's Super Bowl.
Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Micah Richards look quite the part here as they prepare for this weekend's showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Ready to rumble: Joleon Lescott (left) and James Milner (right) prepare to do battle, with Micah Richards on refereeing duties
Lescott, a Ravens fan, and 49ers supporter Milner took part in a special quarterback 'crossbar challenge' at the club’s Carrington training ground.
And in case you were worrying about events taking a controversial turn, Richards was also on hand to undertake refereeing duties.
Milner eventually emerged as the victor, but only after a rule change. After both were successful with two events at hitting the crossbar, the winner was decided by who threw closest to the bar. Milner now hopes this is a lucky omen for events in New Orleans.
He said: 'It's pretty late but I'll try watching as much as I can. I think the 49ers will win it but it's going to be close.
Doing battle: Lescott and Milner are both big American football fans
'They're the favourites going in but with it being Ray Lewis' last game I don't think the Ravens want to let him down. I've seen clips of Lewis on the field and off the field.
'As a leader he seems unbelievable. He gets everyone going and it'll be a great if he signs off with the big one.'
Give us a smile, James: Lescott, Richards and Milner ahead of this weekend's big game
Who's going to be celebrating 49ers fan Milner (left) and Ravens supporter Lescott (right)
said: 'I am a massive NFL fan and will be shouting for the Ravens this
Sunday. I tend to stay up as it's an entertainment event with the half
'We were lucky enough to visit the Baltimore Ravens when we toured the USA and I got to meet Ray Lewis.
'It would be a fitting end to an
outstanding career if the Ravens won the Vince Lombardi trophy in New
Orleans for him on Sunday.'
Richards, who is a relatively new
convert to the NFL, said: 'To be honest, I'm more of an NBA fan but it's
a big weekend for the NFL and I'll be watching.'
The day job: Milner training with City on Friday ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday
Up for the cup: Lescott (right) in action for City in their FA Cup clash with Stoke last weekend
The three players will have more pressing matters on Sunday before the Super Bowl, and that's a Premier League clash with Liverpool.
A 0-0 draw at QPR in midweek saw City lose further ground in the title race, with local rivals United beating Southampton and moving seven points clear.
Roberto Mancini's men will be desperate for victory over the Merseysiders, before some of the City players settle down, along with millions of others, for a ball game of a very different kind.
Watch the City stars take part in their special American football challenge…