4 LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH A PLAN FOR YOUR SUPER BOWL + GAME DAY TRIVIA

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Super Bowl XLIX matches defending champion Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Many local businesses are offering special and easy ways to get the party started. Image courtesy NFL.

Back in the 1960’s the big season-ending football game was called the “National Football League Championship Game.”  It wasn’t until the National Football League merged with the American Football League that the Super Bowl moniker was ultimately born.

The new name for the biggest game of the year was coined by American Football League co-founder and oil heir Lamar Hunt while watching his child play with a small super-bouncy ball.  According to NFL.com, Hunt suggested the term “Super Bowl” in 1966, believing it would make a fitting and brandable name for a season-ending “super game.”  Also, Hunt wanted to pay homage to the various annual “Bowl” games, which began in 1921 with the Rose Bowl (Pasadena stadium looked like a bowl).

At the time, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle thought “Super Bowl” was “corny” and lobbied for a more formal, dry name “The AFL-NFL Championship Game.”  Many team owners voted for the game to be called “The Big One.”

Ultimately, national media made the decision for everyone by immediately embracing “Super Bowl.”  And the third championship game, in 1969, became the first official Super Bowl.

That inaugural year, more than 46 million watched the Jets beat the Colts on NBC with a commercial costing $55,000 and a “America Thanks” themed halftime show courtesy of the Florida A&M Band.  This year, 120 million are expected to watch the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks with $4.5 million 30-second commercials and Katy Perry taking the stage at halftime.

The rest is history and trivia fodder for your Super Bowl party.

Speaking of parties, lots of local businesses have your “duel in the desert” party next Sunday covered.

Antonio’s Italian Market in Wanamassa:  “We have special for hungry fans who like fresh, quality, homemade food,” said Mario Troiano, owner.  The special includes a 3-foot Italian hero, full tray of penne with Antonio’s famous vodka sauce, full tray of Buffalo Wings with dip and three pounds each of homemade macaroni and potato salad.  It’s enough to feed 12 to 16 guests and also includes 24 dinner rolls.  Even better, pick up some of Mario’s mom’s famous handmade Sicilian rice balls for $2.75 each.  Order this weekend.

TJ’s Pizza in Asbury Park: “The Super Bowl is one of our busiest days of the year,” said Sam Dalia, co-owner.  For Super Bowl Sunday, Sam and his brother Tony are offering a special on the pizza Bruce Springsteen orders when he comes to town:  two large cheese pies, dozen wings and a two-liter bottle of soda for $32.  The guys also have great subs and party trays.  Order early.

Bar Room in Deal:  Jay Vacchiano, owner, has lots up his sleeve.  “We have a bunch of things planned for a great party all day.  Our goal is to make everyone feel at home, like they are watching the game from their house or a friend’s fun house party.”  Along with drink specials, the Bar Room – that just celebrated its 1 year anniversary – will be serving game day food specials, lots of their famous comfort food and live music.  More about the Bar Room here.

East Coast Cookery in Neptune:  “We will be showing the game on our 14 foot video wall,” said David Kayal, owner.  Also, his fun bartending staff will be offering $1 Miller Lights and Coors Lights and $4 well drinks.  Kayal also promises food specials and “lots and lots of wings.”

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Richard@TheBPlot.com

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