Here at SBDS we pride ourselves on answering those age old questions sports fans ask on a daily basis. The continually debatable subjects such as whose better Jack or Tiger, and Messi or Ronaldo take up hours of our day and we respect all input on these matters (BTW its Tiger and Messi and if you disagree you’re completely and totally wrong. Your opinion is completely invalid on all things. Move back to the Land of Terrible decisions you’re no longer welcome here). After weeks in the SBDS Lab (30 minutes in a media room) while assembling millions of key data points (a cider and 3 IPAs) I will attempt to answer that age old question. I have 6 games I need to watch all at the same time, where the hell do I watch it?
Baller on a Budget:
You wake up at 9:30 on a Saturday morning. As the self-imposed fog drifts slowly from your head, one thought comes to the forefront. How much money did I spend last night? You open your computer to check your credit card statement but it’s still in pending charges. You’re hungover and who has time for math. Plus, did you leave a 5-dollar tip or was it 50 because you thought the bartender was hot. Can you afford to get to the pub to watch the morning matches knowing that inevitable meteor of pending charges could ruin your rent payment like a Mexican dinosaur?
Relax brah. It’s not the end of the world. Dig out the kit, find as many things with screens as humanly possible, pray you payed your internet bill this month, and dig into whatever left over alcohol you have around the house. Now is not the time to get all hipstery. Trust me that quarter fifth of vodka some girl left at your apartment a month ago and the 4 natty lights in the back of your fridge will do fine. Get rid of that hangover and enjoy the 8000 games you can stream and watch on a daily basis.
Somewhere with a View:
Girls. Relax. When your man says Hooters has good wings, it is true. Now its complete and utter bullshit that’s the reason he wants to go. But as we know Saturdays are for the boys and your opinion doesn’t matter in this situation. Alabama vs Texas A&M and Michigan vs Iowa is on at exactly the same time and unless Ms. Reader you have something more appetizing to the male mind on a Saturday afternoon than wings, college football, and girls, just relax. You can yell at him tomorrow.
Guys. Besides getting yelled at for this trip to a delightfully tacky restaurant be warned. First off, the image you’ve built in your mind that Scarlett Johansson works at the Tilted Kilt is really misplaced. Usually, the girls are contact attractive at best. Plus, if you happen to be a fan of Central Michigan or any semi-obscure team or sport you’re going have a hard time. I’ve had many a discussion with these, ummm, waitresses, where my frustration to get ESPN Classic turned over to something that is going on right now has ended with me leaving before even ordering a beer. The waitresses aren’t there to get your game on unfortunately.
Your Teams Bar:
The NFL is awesome. Well besides Rodger Goodell. And the fact that there’s pretty much a 50/50 chance that the New England Tom Brady’s win the super bowl that year. However, nothing beats going down the local watering hole with all of the boys to watch the Redskins go 8-8 on the year. Mostly because they put the sound on! What a novel idea for a sports bar to play the noise of a game rather than letting some tattooed biker chick put an entire album of Metallica on the electric juke box. And no none of the selected songs are Enter Sandman cause that’s not their real shit obviously. But I digress.
Your local pub is like a party you are having at your home but you don’t have to clean up and you spend a lot more money. However, if god forbid you’re playing the Packers that week and Aaron Rodgers decides to show up, you’re down 30 at the half it can get kind of boring. You want to see how Antonio Brown is doing. because at this point your fantasy team, is the priority. However, some 60-year-old guy with a beer pyramid of Miller High Life doesn’t want one of the forty-five tv’s changed because this is an insert team name here bar. Whatever, dude.
I’m going reverse the trend of this article. And I know it goes away from the flow and as a writer you aren’t supposed to do that but I really don’t give a shit. So let’s start with the negatives. Most generic sports bars have a lot of issues. Generally, you’re drinking over-priced beer from tap lines that haven’t been cleaned since the last time the Cowboys won a super bowl. You’re eating dried out, obviously frozen wings that somehow cost you 9.99 for 7 of them. The game you want to see is on the 24 inch flat screen in the corner despite there being 100 other TVs. Oh, and it kind of smells like pee.
However, if there is a day I have 4 or 5 games I want to watch at one time, there’s really only one place I go. And no I am not getting paid to say this but if they want to throw me some gift cards for the shout out I won’t turn it down. I end up at Buffalo Wild Wings. The wings are better than average most of the time. If you get the beer of the month its relatively cheap. A manager comes by and ASKS you if you have the games on that you want. What a novel concept! And, if you ask really nicely, sometimes they’ll but the noise on for you. Depending on your region of the country Zipps and Wild Wing are also generally really good about this. However, if you got some cash money to spend and several games to watch, look for the Yellow Sign and Black Buffalo.