Nonbelievers have options for Super Bowl Sunday

Apparently there’s some must-see TV going on Sunday.

Oh, so you don’t know who’s playing? Roman numerals XLIV aren’t ringing any bells? Or maybe you just don’t care to tune into an afternoon of America’s most-watched event: the Super Bowl.

Last year’s game netted a record 98.7 million viewers worldwide when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23. With all those millions of football fans huddled around televisions this year eyeing the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, think of all the possibilities for those not glued to their television sets.

Karen McLeish has. The 39-year-old Grand Junction mother probably would pay more attention to the game if her favorite team, the New England Patriots, were playing. However, with her husband and father-in-law occupied watching the game Sunday, she’ll sneak out to work out at Gold’s Gym.

“There’s going to be no men there,” she said of the gym. “I’m actually kind of excited about it.”

As an added plus, McLeish doesn’t have to think about cooking food Sunday because her husband goes all out, making ribs and a smorgasbord of appetizers.

Maybe you’d rather spend the day swooshing down the slopes? With the game starting well into the afternoon at 4:30 p.m., you could have the best of both worlds and get your skiing in before camping out in front of the tube.

According to the discount lift ticket Web site,, five Colorado ski resorts have reduced-rate lift tickets on sale for Super Bowl Sunday. That includes tickets to Loveland for $28.99, Arapahoe Basin at $31.99 and Crested Butte for $44.

Super Bowl Sundays at Powderhorn Ski Resort usually are somewhat busy in the morning and taper off in the afternoon, Powderhorn spokeswoman Sarah Allen said.

With a 60 percent chance of snow in the forecast, it will be interesting to see whether folks choose a powder day over the football game, she said.

“If people are not interested in the Super Bowl or are still upset because of the Broncos, come up here and ski,” she said.

Mesa Mall spokeswoman Jammie McCloud said the biggest football holiday of the year generally is a slow day at the mall.

“I would say that if you wanted to shop, it would be a good time,” she said.


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