MARQUETTE - There is a reason why Super Bowl Sunday has become the biggest day of the year for sports fans.
Even if their dog is no longer in the fight, football fans across the country recognize the day as a cause for celebration; a day when the pinnacle of America's most popular professional sport officially arrives.
Two teams will enter New York's MetLife stadium Sunday, and one will exit hoisting the Lombardi trophy. Even the most passive football viewers can understand how much that means.
Some of the HD televisions are shown at Brogie's Tavern in Ishpeming recently. Brogie's will be hosting a Super Bowl party Sunday with a complimentary taco bar and drink specials. (Journal photo by Justin Marietti)
This photo from Friday shows Buffalo Wild Wings of Marquette. It is one of several local businesses running specials for Sunday's big game. Buffalo Wild Wings will be featuring a 75-chicken wing special for $50 on Super Bowl Sunday. (Journal photo by Justin Marietti)
Fans celebrate the big game in a variety of ways, from house parties to keeping old traditions alive by attending their favorite restaurant or tavern to enjoy thew game. But for locals who may not have any solidified plans yet, there are plenty of things to do on Sunday.
Conrad Jewett, manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette, said that sports are his company's brand, so it seems only natural that the restaurant would host a great Super Bowl party.
"It's always a great atmosphere in here and you can only imagine what it will be like on Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest sporting event of the year," he said. "If you like coming here, it's going to be like an amplified version of Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday."
Jewett said that they will be offering a special with 75 traditional or boneless chicken wings for $50.
"They can be pre-ordered, but the deal is only good for Super Bowl Sunday," he said.
For those looking to stock up on sandwiches for the game, Jubilee Foods in Ishpeming will be preparing a 100-foot "Super Sub" for game day, which will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We tried one in the fall and it was so successful that we decided the Super Bowl would be a perfect time to do it again," said Sue Rice, deli and produce manager at Jubilee. "We sold 112 feet in two and a half hours."
Rice said that in addition to the massive sub, which is selling for 50 cents an inch, Jubilee's deli has many types of "grab-and-go" trays available.
For those a little farther west, 41 Steakhouse of Ishpeming will be hosting its 35th annual Super Bowl party this year.
"We have a nice buffet we put out at halftime with pizzas, hot dogs and a little bit of everything," owner Mike Deroche said. "We've also got door prizes and we play a few trivia games and everybody just has a great time."
The steakhouse will also offer drink specials all day, including "Make your own Bloody Mary."
Hannah Erickson, manager of Black Bear Grill in KI Sawyer, said they will be offering a "Champ Bailey's chili and tater tot pizza," as well as 50-cent wings and free delivery all day for those who are hosting parties in the area.
"I've been waiting to offer this pizza special for a long time, and what better time than the Super Bowl?" Erickson said.
In Ishpeming, Brogie's Tavern will be hosting a complimentary taco bar and drink specials starting at 5 p.m.
"We have six HD televisions, so you can see the game from any spot in the bar," said co-owner Becky DeWitt. "We also have the best craft beer and liquor selection in town."
When it comes to at-home gatherings on Super Bowl Sunday, some of the more common dishes include chili, Mexican food, sloppy joes, Swedish meatballs and meat and cheese trays.
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