In search of Rockford’s best Super Bowl party

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

I was talking with a friend of mine about a half hour before the NFC Championship Game last Sunday, Jan. 18. He is a huge Green Bay Packers fan. I asked him if he was getting psyched for the game. It really was a rhetorical question. I also asked him if he was going out to watch the game or staying home. That was a real question.

He replied he was staying home. We both agreed that home is the best place to seriously watch a game. If you want to be social, hoot and holler, and have a drink or two with some friends, going to a local establishment is a great experience. But, if you truly want to watch the game, there’s no better place than home.

I’m curious to find out what readers’ plans are for watching the Super Bowl game. I know people who host parties in their man caves, garages, basements, rec rooms, etc. I also know people who go to those parties. It’s not uncommon for the hosts and/or their guests to end up missing some of the game because they’re so wrapped up in all of the other things that often accompany a party. Has this happened to you?

I’d also like to hear from some of the local bar owners or managers to find out what they’ve got planned for the big game. What separates your place from every other pub in town, and why should we come there to catch the game instead of staying home or going to one of your competitors? Here’s your free chance to motivate us!

Drop me a quick email this week, and I’ll try to put together some of the best responses in a column that will run on the Wednesday prior to the Super Bowl weekend. I’m looking forward to hearing how the Rockford area celebrates one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

Posted Jan. 20, 2015

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