The NFLs famous tendency toward parity hinges on several factors the salary cap, a scheduling office that forces the best teams to play one another and not least is the swift and ugly decline that age brings. In Week 2, Miami made the Minnesota Vikings look every bit as old as the mummified remains of Brett Favre theyre starting at quarterback, and the Fins were 2-0 for the first time in eight years. Can the Dolphins do the same against a less-than-vintage Patriots squad? Tailgate if you like for the Monday Night Football tilt, or save a few bucks by checking out an off-site venue for the 8:30 p.m. game. To note one example, Mugs Bar & Grill (2671 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) will be running two-for-one drink specials, slinging 40-cent chicken wings, and, if history is a guide, moving cheap buckets of beer, helping to give Monday its rightful place as a pigskin holiday that never gets old. Plus, theres Wii, free pool, and more plasma on the wall than at your local Red Cross. For more information, find the bar at mugsbar.com.
Mon., Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m., 2010