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Sports: Residents celebrate Super Bowl Sunday at restaurants, houses

Posted: February 5, 2012 9:50 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2012 9:50 p.m.

From left, Brittney Schmidt, Robert Garcia, 1-year-old Lilly Grace Garcia, Adrianna Pyles, Kevin Pyles and Christian Pyles celebrate at New England Patriots touchdown at the end of the first half during the Super Bowl at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita.

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Even without a horse in the race, local football fans turned out to watch two east coast teams duke it out in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

As the Schoonerville tavern, on Bouquet Canyon Road, started to fill up with patrons eager to watch Super Bowl XLVI, it became apparent they were fans of the game, as opposed to fans of the teams.

“I’m hoping for the (New England) Patriots,” said a patron who secured his spot at the bar two hours before kickoff.

“But, I’m not a fan of either,” he said. “I’m here for a good time.”

Schoonerville was one of hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley venues — from sports bars to home parties — to have their flat-screen TVs tuned to one of the biggest sports events of the year.

The New England Patriots and the New York Giants squared off in front of thousands of Santa Clarita fans.

Marcy Fischer, who spent most of Sunday serving up beer and chili from behind the bar at Schoonerville, compared the annual bar event to a family gathering.

“All of our regulars are here today, of course, but then we also have the friends of our regulars and the neighbors of our regulars coming with them — so it’s good,” Fischer said.

“Our regulars come in; they bring their children.”

Fischer’s own daughter Kristina spent last year’s Super Bowl at the bar.

On Sunday, Kristina Fischer was working there, helping her mother keep up with the rush of orders.

“It’s chaos,” the 22-year-old said, recalling last year’s Super Bowl.

“In a couple of hours it’s going to be great,” she said. “It’s going to be very, very busy and very, very loud.”

Every year, the mother and daughter Schooner-ville team prepares for Super Bowl, putting together a special menu.

This year their Super Bowl menu included mahi mahi, an Italian seafood soup called cioppino — and, of course, plenty of beer.

As for the game, many felt more compelled to comment on the commercials that often debut during the televised event.

“The commercials suck this year,” said Paul Erickson, who watched the game a private home party.

Consensus at the party was that the commercials lacked imagination, were often obscure and not that funny.

“Some of the beer ads were funny but that’s about it,” said game watcher Carl Palmer at the same party.

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