By Elizabeth Gunnison
While some of you will take on the responsibility of hosting a Super Bowl party this year, many others will have the good fortune of simply attending one. Congratulations! You get all the enjoyment with very little effort. You should still, however, put a little thought into how you approach the game. For the guests, here are some brief pointers to making a good appearance on Sunday.
Plan ahead in combating your Monday morning hangover, as previously reported.
Pace your game-day drinking. Pre-game coverage starts at 1 p.m. EST; kickoff is at 6:30. The game usually lasts four-plus hours. You do the math.
Go ahead and wear a team jersey, if you have one on hand. This is really the only time it's acceptable for a man to wear one outside the confines of his own home, so you might as well take advantage.
Be a good Samaritan and restock your host's fridge as cold beers run low.
Wait for Madonna's halftime show to attend to any phone calls, texts, trips to the bathroom, etc.
Show up at the party empty-handed, regardless of whether the host asks for contributions. Some winning ideas for what to bring: a sixer of an exceptional beer (Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Sixpoint, Brooklyn Brewery), a bottle of Hudson Whiskey for Giants fans, a bottle of Berkshire Mountain Distillers Corn Whiskey for Pats fans, or if you really want to make sure you get invited back, this brisket.
Bring chowder, regardless of whatever Manhattan/New England point you're trying to get across.
Be that guy who stands two feet in front of the TV, blocking everyone's view. Watch from a respectable distance, or stay home.
Double-dip your chips. You would think this should be obvious by now, but there's always somebody.
Plan an elaborate excuse for being late on Monday morning. Your boss knows, and he understands.
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