After all the exciting football in 2008, local sports fans are getting ready for Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 when the Pittsburg Steelers take on the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa Bay, Fla.
For the Cardinals, this will be there first Super Bowl appearance since the organization moved to Arizona. The team went 9-7 in the regular season and will be the underdogs against a tough-to-beat Pittsburg Steelers team. But the Cardinals have been playing at the top of their game in the post-season and are making Steelers fans a little worried.
Then again, the Steelers have the best defense in the league with a 12-4 regular season record.
Michael Yavelberg works with an executive job search firm in Manhattan, but lives in Hoboken. An avid sport enthusiast, Yavelberg was happy to share some of his NFL knowledge at Liberty Bar and Grill in Hoboken.
“I think that the Cardinals have finally hit the end of the line,” Yavelberg said. “They went 9-7 in the regular season and have just recently developed a running game. They’re going to have a tough time scoring points on the Steelers.”
Yavelberg admitted that if there was one team that might be able to score points on the Steelers, it would be the Cardinals.
“[Wide Receiver Larry] Fitzgerald is a great story,” Yavelberg said. “He’s been around the NFL since he was in high school when he was a ball boy. When he was younger, he was even mentored by [famed NFL wide receiver] Chris Carter.”
Rory, of West New York, is a server at City Bistro, 56 14th St. in Hoboken. He had a prediction.
“Steelers are definitely going to win,” Rory said. “They’re the better team. The Cardinals have a good offense, but the Steelers’ defense is better. The Cards are just happy to be in the Super Bowl this year. I’ll be really surprised if there’s an upset.”
Greenrock Tap & Grill, 76 Hudson St., Hoboken, will host a huge Super Bowl party offering $12 pitchers of beer and 25 cent wings. Call (201) 386-5600.
Liberty Bar & Grill, 61 14th St., Hoboken, is offering a great place for fans to watch the big game with 22 T.V.s and specials like $12 pitchers of domestic beer and a pitcher and 20 wings for $16.99. Call (201) 222-6322.
Madison Bar & Grill, 1316 Washington St., Hoboken, has a Touchdown Package catering offer including a selection of sliders, barbeque wings, macaroni and cheese, a house or Caesar salad, and buffalo chicken tenders that serves up 10-12 people for $100. Call (201) 386-0300.
Oddfellow’s Rest Louisiana Bar, 80 River St., Hoboken, is offering drink special to go along with a their great menu, including: $2 pints of Bud Light and $8 pitchers. Call (201) 656-9009.
Texas Arizona, 76 River St., Hoboken, has 24 high-definition T.V.s and is offering a huge Super bowl party with a hot buffet for $20. Drink specials include $2.50 Miller Lite drafts along with $3 Iron City Bottles. Please visit steelersinhoboken.com to reserve admission. Call (201) 420-0304.
Willie McBride’s, 616 Grand St., Hoboken, features 13 big screen T.V.s in the bar area alone and offers many drink and food specials. Call (201) 610-1522.
Zin Lounge, 1150 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, will host a Super Bowl bash with big screen T.V.s, 10 cent wings, half off all appetizers during the game, and drink specials including: $1.99 bottled beers, and selected shots and mixed drinks fro $2.99. Call (201) 330-3341.