It’s Bigger Than Jesus (Well, His Birthday, Anyway)

Rejoice, all ye sports fans! America’s most venerable holiday, Super Bowl Sunday, is finally upon us. A time for family, friends, and food, the Super Bowl is just like Christmas... only with way more Cheez Whiz sculptures and commercials that make nut shots on America’s Funniest Home Videos look like high comedy. With the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers facing down the gridiron tonight, you could easily hunker down on your couch with your Ben Roethlisberger Fatheads and your Aaron Rodgers-branded Snuggies and watch the big game in style. But where’s the fun without some fellow fan barking obscenities in your ear about the opposing team’s quarterback? (Answer: There’s not, bub.)

So here’s what you do: If you’re a fan of those gold and black Steelers, then grab your Terrible Towels and head to the Wayward Sailor Pub (3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale). Winner of New Times’ Best Sports Bar Award in 2009, this dingy porthole is lively, colorful, and refreshingly unrefined — just like the Steeler Nation itself. Conversely, let’s say the blood that runs in your veins is definitely gold in hue but resembles something more like an aged Wisconsin cheddar. First, get yourself to a doctor, man! But immediately afterward, don a cheese hat and point yourself toward Slackers Bar & Grill (995 W. State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale). Why do the Pack hang out at the Slack? Simple: Packers fans dressed in green and gold get to sit in their own private section at this fan-friendly watering hole. Plus, the management (which hails from Wisconsin) busts out authentic Green Bay grub during games, including beer brats and (get this) fried cheese curds. Now that’s what we call festive.

For more info on Wayward Sailor, call 954-630-2856. Or to find out more about Slackers, call 954-530-4758, or visit
Sun., Feb. 6, 2011

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