Super Bowl Sunday: 5 Best Places to Watch the Game

We're on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, and the big question for most folks is, "where do I watch the game?"

Many have Super Sunday rituals that are as much a part of their lives as those of Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. The Super Bowl, for many, is the defining day of celebration in America. The difference between Super Bowl Sunday and say, Thanksgiving, is that, instead of having to spend the day with family, most of us choose who we want to watch the game with. While that's not to say that dads and sons don't gather together in the glow of the big screen anymore, most of us get together with friends, drinking buddies and fellow fans to follow the scrum.

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As I have attended a number of the games and watched virtually all of the others live on TV (my family drove to San Diego to watch Super Bowl I on television because it was blacked out in Los Angeles where the game was played), I have had some experience with the process of picking a game day location.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you make your choice:

Consideration #1 - Do you care about the game?

Are you kind of person who knows that Victor Cruz broke the Giants record for receiving yards or that Tom Brady threw two picks versus Baltimore in the AFC Championship game? Or are you the kind of person who is more interested in Cruz's salsa moves or Brady's super model wife?

If you are the former, you might want to stay home with your HDTV and listen intently as Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth relay the 411. Die-hard fans, those who subscribe to the NFL Ticket on Direct TV or play fantasy games, make a rookie mistake when they accept that invite to their girlfriend's brother's house that is filled with know-nothings who are only there for the nachos. It gets loud, it gets distracting, and well, annoying. If you care, don't go there. Watch the game for the game. At home.

Consideration #2 - Sports Bar or Party?

Ah, but if you don't care about names, numbers, stats, downs and distance etc., then your decision becomes, "do I go to a party or a sports bar?" Opt for the party and you will have an obligation to be on time and to bring something. A six-pack works but if you go the extra mile and bring something special, preferably homemade, chances are you will be invited back year after year.

Choose the sports bar and you'll have a tab and a crowd. Sometimes a rowdy crowd.

Consideration #3 - The Party

There are many different kinds of Super Bowl parties and choosing the right one will determine how your day will go. Start by choosing between the party with co-workers vs. the one with friends. If you go to a "work" party, it will be work. You'll need to be polite, not swear at Eli Manning, and be extra careful not to drop your celery crudités on the sofa.

If you select your friend's house, you can slip on a pair of jeans, a Wes Welker jersey and scream to your heart's content. Nobody will care because you're with friends.

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Kelly Hayes is the spotter for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and looks forward to their broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI no matter who the quarterback is.