The Haps: Are you ready for some football?

| Scene Events Columnist
Super Bowl XLIV will be played Sunday at 5:30 p.m. between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts (John Fitzhugh | Biloxi Sun-HeRAld | MCT)

Super Bowl XLIV will be played Sunday at 5:30 p.m. between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts (John Fitzhugh | Biloxi Sun-HeRAld | MCT)

It’s that time of year again: time for million-dollar commercials, hyped-up halftime shows and some good ol’ American football. The Super Bowl, for those who don’t already know, is at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on CBS. The teams fighting for glory this year are the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, with The Who performing during halftime.

If you’re the type of person who likes to get out there on Super Bowl Sunday, shout, and eat wings with strangers, there are plenty of places in St. Louis to catch the game. Not too far from campus, there’s Highlander Pub and Grill, 5656 Oakland Ave., which was rated St. Louis’ number one sports bar by the Riverfront Times. The establishment plans to have a DJ before and after the game, as well as food and drink specials. In this cold weather, Highlander is definitely out of walking distance and there’s no Metro stop nearby. But there are buses that go by the bar. Some of Highlander’s menu pays homage to its Celtic roots, but it also has regular bar favorites as well.

Want more of a traditional American bar? Try Tom’s Bar & Grill in the Central West End. Located at 20 S. Euclid Ave., Tom’s is close to the Central West End Metro stop. The bar has great food, and I recommend their burgers or the club sandwich. Tom’s has the atmosphere of an everyone-knows-everyone bar, which always has customers laughing and shouting like they’re old friends.

If you’re like me and don’t really feel like facing the world on Sunday (my beloved Dolphins lost all hope for this season around week nine), then you can always plan a party at your dorm or apartment. This would probably be the preferable way to enjoy the Super Bowl if you’re really only in it for the commercials. You can still enjoy all the game-day cuisine, however. Places close to campus offer delivery and take-out of all types on the big day. For wings, I recommend getting a carryout order from Cicero’s on the Delmar Loop: The wings are the classic get-sauce-all-over-your-fingers-and-face style. Cicero’s entire menu is available for carryout so you can get orders of their cheese fries or potato skins. For pizza, there is always Pointer’s, which offers hand-tossed pizzas, including the famous 28-inch Pointersaurus pizza. There’s also Imo’s, which has traditional St. Louis thin crust. Both places deliver to and around campus.

Whether you realized it was coming or not, the Super Bowl is now upon us. As an American college student, you might as well go out and enjoy it. Consume greasy food and bad beer; laugh at ridiculous commercials; and yell proudly at the refs on TV, even if they’ll never hear you.

Other Happenings

Trivia Titans @ J. Buck’s, Feb. 2 and every Tuesday at J. Buck’s in Clayton, 101 S. Hanley Rd., 7 p.m.
Free trivia on Tuesdays with great prizes for the top teams and the best happy hour prices in Clayton on food and drinks.

Naughti Gras, Feb. 5-6 at Koken Art Factory, 2500 Ohio Ave., 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
An erotic art show that guarantees to be a good time with free food, cash bar and music. Admission costs $5.

Marleyfest, Feb. 5-6 at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd., 8 p.m.
Celebration of Bob Marley’s music and beliefs of peace and unity with local reggae band, Murder City Band. Tickets cost $15.

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