The Super Bowl is one of those events that just has to be experienced with other people. Ideally it would be in the stadium where the game is playing. But since tickets are going for more than $2000, that isn’t practical. Plus there’s the whole thing about getting to New Jersey, where the game will be played. But then you’re in New Jersey. In winter. In an open-air stadium. Did I mention you’d be in New Jersey?
You could invite a group of friends into your home to watch the big game. But then you’d have a bunch of people in your home. And you’d have to clean up after them.
So I think the best option is to get out of the house, find a fun restaurant, and watch the game there. It’s sounding like there’s going to be a terrific Super Bowl watching party at Doc’s Streetside Grille. And it’s indoors!
The staff at Doc’s has a bunch of fun things planned. It kicks off at 4 p.m. (notice how I worked in a football term there?) with a sports trivia contest hosted by radio personalities Tuck and O’Neil of Sports Talk 1080 The Team. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, plus a prize for best trivia team name (I’m calling dibs on the Bronchawks).
There will also be Bud Lite Girls and Miller Lite Girls, so there’s always the possibility of a pre-game dustup.
And it won’t all be fun and games. There will be a silent auction with assorted sports memorabilia, and proceeds from the auction will go to Russell Home for Special Children. (See below for a list of some of the items on the auction block.)
And let’s not forget the food. Doc’s kitchen has prepared two specials, one for Denver supporters and one for Seattle fans. The Denver is a ribeye steak, the Seattle features salmon. Both come with sides, a dessert and a domestic beer and are $20 each. (It’s OK if you’re rooting for Denver but really want the salmon.) There will also be specials on wings and nachos, and you can get a bucket of five domestic beers for $10.
Let’s see, have I left anything out? Oh, the Game!
The main screen is a 100-inch projection television, and there are 15 other tvs scattered about the room. And they’ll all be tuned to the Super Bowl, so don’t even ask if you can watch “60 Minutes.”
There’s lots of room at Doc’s so there should be plenty of space, but call to make a reservation just in case. There’s no admission fee, and parking in the garage behind the building is free, too.
Doc’s Streetside Grille is at 1315 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, across the street from Orlando Regional Medical Center. Official proceedings begin Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m., but they’ll probably let you in before that if you want to get some wings and stake out a good seat. Food and drink will be available until well after the last commercial is aired. Call 407-841-3601 to make a reservation.
Here’s a list of some of the items that will be up for auction Sunday.
- Football signed by Tom Brady
- Football signed by Fran Tarkenton
- Mini-Helmet signed by some thirty historic Dolphins including Wes Welker, Bob Kuechenberg, Jim Kiick
- Mini-Helmet signed by Jerry Rice
- Cowboy Uniform signed by Hollywood Henderson
- Picture signed by Mike Alstot
- Picture of Yogi Berra and Stan Musial (signed by both)
- Picture of Tim Brown in both his Notre Dame uniform and Oakland Raiders uniform