No Patriots? It's still a day to party
LENOX -- Super Bowl Sunday was ladies night out for Judie Kelly.
The Pittsfield woman, along with daughter Taylor and her two friends, Nicole Coggins and Caitlin Livey, were in a corner booth at Mazcots Sports Bar and Grill enjoying the big game, while Kelly's husband hosted an all-male house party. Each year, Mrs. Kelly sets up the Super Bowl bash, leaves to watch the first half elsewhere, before returning home to help clean up.
Except for when her beloved Green Bay Packers won the NFL title three years ago.
"I popped my end in the middle of everybody [at our house] and didn't move," Judie Kelly said. "[The men] don't scare me."
Kelly and company were among the dozens of Mazcots' patrons munching on hot wings, hamburgers and -- if of legal age -- drinking their favorite alcoholic beverage as the first half unfolded on the establishment's bevy of big screen televisions.
Co-owner Mike Mazzeo, who opened the sports bar in September, was pleased with his business' first Super Bowl given the New England Patriots weren't playing.
"Nothing over the top, just a nice flow of regulars -- it's almost like being at home with friends," he said. "Maybe next year we'll do something special."
At Moe's Tavern in Lee, owner Josh Cohen held his annual Super Bowl potluck celebration. Customers are encouraged to bring classic America football party food: chips and dip, homemade sandwiches and several crock pots filled with chili, pulled-chicken and other favorite hot dishes.
"A lot of people were in early to do some ‘tailgating' and went home to watch the game," Cohen said. "Soon we'll have a second wave, but it's a better bar event when the Patriots or Giants are in the game."
Nevertheless, Sean Tucker still enjoyed the evening and the company he kept.
"I'm hanging out with friends," said the Pittsfield resident. "It's the perfect setting -- a party without having to be the host."
While some bars did a brisk business, most Berkshirites watched the Super Bowl from home, evident by the last minute grocery shopping and pizza delivery orders prior to the game.
Several area supermarkets were busier than usual Sunday afternoon as customers were getting ready to party as if it were New Year's Eve.
Meanwhile, Papa John's in Lenox was being blitzed by last-minute phone calls before the scheduled 6:30 kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. General Manager Ken Salazar says he and his pizza makers were ready for the onslaught of hungry footbal fans.
"I have almost double the staff for a Sunday night, with 10 drivers instead of five," he noted. "We waiting for the third wave of orders."
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