Come ready with your chips and dip, soda, libations (if you’re old enough) and football. Or go to your favorite bar. The 44th annual Super Bowl on Sunday pits the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS.
And many spots in Maryland are ready to play host.
Angela Taylor, manager of Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis, says she expects the atmosphere Sunday to be passionate, but not too rowdy.
“We don’t generally get a belligerent crowd,” she says. “They get noisy at times, but hardly belligerent.” The tavern is offering specials on drinks and deals on appetizers and sliders.
Sonoma’s Bar & Grille General Manager Peter Rivera says his Columbia bar will be filled with a “clean and quiet crowd.” The bar is offering half-price drinks.
“A lot of people [in this area] tend to have their Super Bowl parties at home,” says Rivera. “A lot of people take their platters to go.”
Wherever people decide to watch the game, they’ll be joining what is predicted to be a record-breaking Super Bowl viewership.
The two teams playing have much at stake, not to mention the title of the 2009-10 NFL superpower.
For the Colts, there is the legacy of Peyton Manning. One of the most beloved quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, a Super Bowl victory would catapult Manning to the “best ever” conversation. A loss would not disqualify him from the conversation, but it could become constant fodder against him in bar arguments.
The Saints, however, are playing for symbolism. The effects of Hurricane Katrina are still evident in New Orleans, yet the Saints has emerged as a surprise team. Galvanizing a football town that is more used to seeing gridiron ineptitude – their nickname was the New Orleans Aints, for goodness sakes – than gridiron brilliance, the team has become symbolic of Horatio Alger and rising above one’s bleak conditions to achieve positive change.
So I ask you: Who’s your money on?
–from Maryland Newsline’s Zettler Clay