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A super experience: Southland fans take in big game

Tim Jordan manager Buffalo Wild Wings Frankfort said restaurant can fry up as many as 400 wings every 15 minutes.

Tim Jordan, the manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in Frankfort, said the restaurant can fry up as many as 400 wings every 15 minutes. | Erin Gallagher~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 5, 2014 6:21AM



Despite the mountains of accumulated snow, tricky driving conditions and cold, many Southland residents on Sunday still made it out to their favorite places to watch the Super Bowl.

Lisa DeMarco, of New Lenox, said she and her friends got to the White Horse Inn, 348 W. Maple St., New Lenox, without incident. The village did a good job clearing the roads, she said. They went to the tavern early — by 3 p.m., more than two hours before kickoff — to be sure to get a good seat by the big-screen TVs. They were among the first seated at a table.

“We thought it would be crowded,” DeMarco said.

The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at 20596 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, had mostly empty seats in the restaurant and bar, but a long line for carry-out.

“If the Bears were in the Super Bowl, we’d be packed,” manager Tim Jordan said, pointing to the empty tables. “We’ll keep getting takeouts up until a half-hour after the game starts.”

Jordan said the restaurant peaks at cooking about 400 wings every 15 minutes. Eight or nine cooks were working Sunday to keep up.

Picking up wings were Kelle Fieffer, and her son Jonathan, 11. They ordered 100 wings for a get-together with their neighbors.

As game time neared, at least some bars filled up. Post Game Pub & Sedona Grille, at 9630 Willow Lane in Mokena, has 25 televisions. Most of the fans there were wearing orange — some in Bears orange, others for the Denver Broncos.

Phil Magnuson, of Mokena, apparently foresaw the outcome — a 43-8 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the Broncos — long before most. He predicted before the game that Seattle’s defense would make Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning “a little shaky, and they might be able to win that way,” he said.

“I hate Manning,” said Denise Palmateer, of Mokena. “That’s the only reason I’m going for Seattle.”

Sitting near Palmateer was Taylor Gurley, an outspoken Denver fan.

“I’m from New Orleans,” Gurley said, deliberately drawing out the city name. ”We love the Mannings.”

Peyton Manning’s father, Archie Manning, was a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints from 1971-82.

Only a few people were dressed in Denver or Seattle jerseys, though.

Kathy Nolte was one of the few actually wearing a Broncos shirt. She and her wife, Lorie Nolte, said they liked the Broncos for their sportsmanship.

Across the bar was the lone Seahawks jersey, worn by Carrie Book, of Tinley Park. She said she is a fan of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson because he went to the University of Wisconsin, and if the Bears couldn’t be in the Super Bowl, rooting for her college hero was the next-best thing.



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