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January 22, 2009

Would you rather watch the Super Bowl at home or at a bar?

I've long struggled with this question. It also applies to just about any football or baseball game, and ultimately, depends on the person.

So I'm curious, and want to hear from you: Do you prefer to stay home and invite friends over for the Big Game or go out to a bar and watch it?

I did a little of both for the Ravens/Steelers game this past Sunday -- some friends and I went to Don't Know Tavern (1453 Light St.) for the first half, and then went back to Amie's place for the second half.

There are pluses and minuses to watching it at either place. I see it like this ...

Watching the game at home

Pros: Cheaper and more comfortable than watching it at a bar. You can sink into your own sofa, invite your friends over and go nuts.

Cons: It's not nearly as crazy as watching the game at a bar. You have to worry about accidentally spilling the nacho cheese on the rug.

Watching the game at a bar

Pros: You might not know all of them, but there will probably be tons more people, all of them amped about the game. The jumping up, screaming and high-fiving are twice as sweet when 50 other people are doing the same thing around you.

Cons: You're going to pay more for food and drink. How much depends on the bar. And you might have to stand up the whole game, which is just un-American.

(Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:23 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


HEY, I was at Don't Know for the first half of the game on Sunday, too! Awesome venue to watch football. It was a brutal scene with people trying to steal our table; I won't get into it because I don't want to spread negativity (see, e.g., restraint on commenting on most recent Tim Lumber posting).

For some reason, to me, Super Bowl = home party, not bar. Playoffs = bar, not home. It's the American Way.

Ditto on the last portion of AC-M's comment.

I was with my wife and daughter at Buffalo Wild Wings for the Ravens/Titans game and watched the game. My daughter made friends with a boy at the table next to us and they played Nintendo DS the whole game. We had a great time screaming and high fiving back and forth and my wife made friends with these 2 gorgeous women in the bathroom. They were sitting a couple tables away and after Stover made the field goal they came over and started hugging and lovin all over me. Thankfully the wife didn't care and actually exchanged numbers with one of them so we could all meet again for the Steelers game. No way in the world would I have 2 gorgeous women hugging me and high-fiving me at home so I'll take the bar anytime. LOL!!!!

Uh Dean,

Those weren't women... .(


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