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Castle Country fans favor Denver in an all west Super Bowl showdown


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By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate associate editor

After polling more than 50 residents around downtown Price on Wednesday it became abundantly clear that the Denver Broncos have an overwhelming margin of support here in Price.

The exact tally of our informal poll was 48 in favor of the Broncos, two pulling for the west coast Seahawks.

"I would like to see Peyton Manning have a swan song," said Carbon District School Board Member Jeff Richens. "I hope he can win one more and then be smart enough to get out while he is on top. We don't need another Brett Farve."

Larue Berry of Price was rocking a Denver lanyard as I approached her to ask the all important question. She exclaimed that she loved the Broncos and also said she wanted them to win one for Peyton.

Denver has long been a quarterback's team, before people wanted the Broncos to win one for Peyton, they needed and I mean needed Denver to win one for Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway. Elway ended his career with two Super Bowl Trophies in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. Peyton got his first with the Colts in 2006-2007 and will try to catch Elway in New Jersey this Sunday.

While local support does swing heavily toward Denver, there are always a few who want to spoil the favorite's fun.

"I want to see the Seahawks win just because they are the underdogs," said Domonic Vigil, whose father Amos happens to be a rabid Broncos fan.

It is amazing to note that even though both teams hail from the west just how much more Castle Country residents favor the Broncos. Several people interviewed stated that they wanted to see Denver win because they were from this side of the Rockies. You would think that the split would be more even as both teams are at least "west of the Mississippi."

The Economic Impact:

While the game or the commercials are on the mind of those here in the Castle Country, the economic impact of having arguably the biggest sporting event in the world comes to New York/New Jersey. The New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee released this statement during the week, detailing the impact this massive event will have.

"Super Bowl XLVIII is expected to be an economic boom for the region. Initial reports completed during the BID phase estimate an economic impact between $500 and $600 million for the New York/New Jersey region. Hotels, restaurants, bars, taxis, car services, and small businesses will all reap the benefits."

Did You Know:

The Super Bowl presents many moments to make plays for the record books. Athletes have scored places in history with their memorable performances in the Super Bowl. For example, wide receiver Jerry Rice, no stranger to the Super Bowl during his days with the San Francisco 49ers, holds the Super Bowl record for the most receiving yards in a single game after hauling in 215 yards on 11 catches in Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers won the game 20-16.

How to have the best party:

Millions of people will tune in to watch two teams battle for the title of champion in Super Bowl XLVIII. While the teams may be busy prepping their last-minute offensive and defensive strategies, sports fans across the country are doing their own work by planning the perfect game-day party.

The first AFL-NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, later known as Super Bowl I, was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

In that game the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Since that day, ardent fans and novices alike have been celebrating football by hosting their own viewing parties at home. These parties present yet another way for friends to get together. As the opening kickoff draws closer, here are some keys to Super Bowl party success.

Know your playing field. Your home is only so big, and that means you will have to limit the number of people you can invite. Crowding too many people into the house can be uncomfortable and dangerous, never mind trying to talk and hear above the cacophony of too many people. Take inventory of how many you can seat comfortably. You may need to move out larger furniture and move in folding chairs if you plan to accommodate more guests.

Size up your competition. Super Bowl Sunday is a once-a-year event. There will be thousands of like-minded individuals planning their own parties and utilizing the same services in your local area. Those who need to rent tables and chairs and rely on a caterer (or the services of the nearest pizza joint) should plan early. If you would like to have a successful football gathering, you should start laying the groundwork a few months in advance. This way you can leave deposits for any vendors and be secure in knowing you will have what you need come gameday.

Establish your play book. Will this be a chips-and-dips type of party or will you be offering more substantial fare? Is it adults-only or are guests able to bring their kids along? Make a list of questions that need to be answered and set up the party parameters. This way you will know what to stock up on in advance. Consider allocating a separate room in the house for kids' play or for adults who are there for the social aspect of the party and will not necessarily be glued to the television.

Check your equipment. What is the Super Bowl without a means to watch the game? Retailers often offer the best deals on new televisions this time of year because they know sports fans want to upgrade their televisions for the big game. If yours is a TV that has seen better days or doesn't offer the high-definition picture guests have come to expect, this may be the time to cash in holiday gift cards for a new flat-screen. If buying new isn't a possibility at this time, there are centers that will rent electronics.

Watch the clock. Hardcore fans will not want to miss any of the action. Therefore, refreshments and other components of the party will have to coordinate to the timing of the game. Do the bulk of food preparation before kickoff and allow guests to mingle and fuel up before the game starts. Save finger foods and other snacks that are easily accessible for when the game starts. Guests can take a break at halftime and grab food and beverages that are set up buffet-style in another room. Hosts and hostesses also may want to consider serving as food "butlers" and constantly come out with new finger foods on trays and go around the room to ensure everyone doesn't miss a moment of the game.

Don't run interference. There's not much entertainment that needs to be scheduled on game day apart from the game itself. Ensure that the television is situated so nobody's view is obstructed and that people moving in and out of the room need not cross in front of the TV to get food or use the restroom. While it may be customary to decorate your home with a few decorations, ensure any decorations do not obstruct views of the game. To make things comfortable for the largest number of people, consider having two TVs tuned into the game running in separate rooms. This way, guests can mingle and not be tied to one area.

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