OK, sure. Neither the Packers nor the Vikings made it to the top. But you don't have to be a fan of either the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens to be excited about Sunday's Super Bowl.
West coast vs. east coast is about as classic a rivalry as it gets, and with Minnesota smack in the middle of the country, there are plenty of folks leaning one way or the other. Besides the game itself, there are the questions many of us will be debating while watching the festivities at our local restaurant or watering hole. For instance:
If it's a family affair: The Ravens are coached by John Harbaugh. The 49ers are coached by Jim Harbaugh, also known as John's kid brother. Talk about sibling rivalry! It's just the sort of scenario many of us with older (and younger) brothers dreamed about.
Is it live, or is it taped: Pop superstar Beyonce, whose performance at last month's inaugural turned out to be mimed (to a recording of her own voice), says she will absolutely be singing live at half time.
What's your favorite commercial: This is also the Super Bowl of the ad industry, as America's biggest brands compete to make you laugh (Doritos), cry (Budweiser) and buy their products (everyone). This year's choices have their share of controversy: Is the Volkswagen ad featuring a Minnesota guy talking like Bob Marley racist or not? Is the Mercedes ad featuring Kate Upton sexist, or all in good fun?
So, where to enjoy watching (and debating)? Here are a few of the top choices in Roseville:
Joe Senser's Sports Grill & Bar (the eatery and drinking establishment is owned and named after the popular former Minnesota Viking). The restaurant/bar has seating for 380 and a long reputation as football junkie's hangout. Senser's boasts several big-screen HD TVs that are a whopping five by nine feet, perfect for football viewing.
Meanwhile, a few other good options include:
Grumpy's Bar and Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave. N.
Old Chicago, 2100 Snelling Ave. N. (HarMar Mall)
Applebee's, 1893 Hwy. 36 W.
Ol' Mexico, 1754 Lexington Ave. N.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 1777 County Road B2
Don Pablo's, 2700 Lincoln Drive (across from Byerly's)
Granite City, 851 Rosedale Center (Rosedale)
Green Mill, 1595 Highway 36 W (Rosedale)