CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Susan Myers has been cheering for the New England Patriots long before the team ever won a Super Bowl.
Myers of East Suffolk had always been interested in football but admits she never really got into the game until 1989.
While Myers was in Boston for a family wedding, the men went to a football game and the women went shopping.
“I wanted to go with the boys,” said Myers in an interview with The Guardian. “I think my Boston cousin, Patrick, figured that out that I would have rather have gone with them than go shopping.”
Patrick brought Myers home a Patriots sweatshirt, and from that day forward she has been a Patriots fan.
Myers said when she learned the game, she began appreciating the brainpower behind the sport.
“The game is not just a bunch of guys falling over each other. It’s strategy, it’s plays, it's the execution of a plan and seeing it through to the end. It’s calling your play and watching it happen. It’s just a very interesting sport.”
The 52nd Super Bowl will take place Sunday between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Myers said she plans to stay home to watch the game with her husband, Mick Bull, on their 70-inch TV.
However, for those who want to go out and cheer on their favourite AFC or NFC team, many locations in Charlottetown will be playing it on multiple TV screens.
One location hosting a Super Bowl party is Boston Pizza in Charlottetown.
There is a $10 cover charge with all proceeds going towards the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects. The five non-profit sponsors include Big Brothers Big Sisters, JDRF, Kids Help Phone, Live Different and Rick Hansen Foundation. There will be happy hour prices, food giveaways, trivia and door prizes.
Jeff Scovil, community relations co-ordinator, said the game will be played on 15 TVs, including a 96-inch TV screen and a 96-inch projector.
Scovil said it’s going be a high-energy atmosphere.
“There should be some electricity in the air,” said Scovil. “We’ve got some fog horns for when a team gets a touchdown and we have a great host.”
Myers is hoping that her team scores more of those touchdowns than Philadelphia. But she doesn’t want to assume the Patriots will win because she doesn’t know what the Eagles will bring to the table Sunday night.
“They are there for a reason,” said Myers. “Everyone calls them the underdog, but they wouldn’t have beat out that many teams without having the ability. Will they be able to out muster a guy like Tom Brady? I don’t think so, but it’s sports. Anything can happen.”
Are you looking to go out to watch the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles? Here are some locations in Charlottetown that will have the game on:
- bar1911: 9 a.m. until game ends, no cover, four TVs.
- Boston Pizza: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., $10 cover, 15 TVs, including a 96inch screen and a projector screen. It is a Bud- and Bud Light- sponsored event with drink specials (happy hour prices), food giveaways, prizes, trivia and a 50/50 draw. Reservations are recommended.
- Charlottetown Firefighters Club: 5 p.m. until end of game. Located on the third floor. Entrance in the back.
- Doolys: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., no cover, 15 TVs and projector. There will be a table special, including pool, pizza and drink specials. There will also be giveaways.
- Hopyard: 11 a.m. to midnight, no cover, one TV.
- Hot Shots Lounge: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., no cover, two TVs.
- P.E.I. Brewing Company: 6 p.m. with last call at 11:30 p.m., $30 cover, full wallsized project screen. All funds raised are going to Football P.E.I. There will be door prizes, a football buffet and trivia. Tickets can be purchased in advance at email@example.com
- Razzy’s Roadhouse: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., no cover, seven TVs. It is a Moose Lightsponsored event including giveaways, pitcher specials and two-for one appetizers.
- Sportsman’s Club: noon to midnight, no cover, three TVs.
- Sports Page Club: 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., no cover, two TVs.
- The Factory Cookhouse: 9 a.m. to midnight, no cover, five TVs plus projector screen. It includes drink specials (staff prices), pitcher specials, food specials including halfprice wings, half-price poutine deals, giveaways and trivia.
- Uptown Lounge: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., no cover, three TVs. There will be drink specials and prize giveaways. Reservations are recommended.