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Waco readies for 38th Super Bowl

Jan. 28, 2004

By Wes Spencer, reporter

For those who don't follow sports, the Super Bowl is right around the corner. This Sunday, Super Bowl XXXVIII will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events each year. So it should be no surprise that students, local businesses and churches are preparing for the upcoming game as well.

Slo-Pokes, a barbecue restaurant located in RiverSquare Center, will show the game on 40 televisions, four projection screens and two big screens so each patron can get close to the action.

Manager Trey Dyson said they'll stock up on food and drink, as well as call in extra staff in anticipation of larger crowds.

'We'll open the second floor to accommodate more people and give them a bird's eye view,' Dyson said.

General Manager Harold Manning said KBRQ-FM (The Bear) will set up a remote at the restaurant for Super Bowl Sunday.

'We'll have football trivia games and give away T-shirts and CDs,' Manning said. 'It'll be a big party.'

To attract customers, General Manager Pat Rounsavall said Damon's Grill, located inside the Waco Hilton, will offer half-price hot wings from kickoff until the end of the game.

Damon's Grill will show the game on its four 10-foot screens and four 25-inch televisions at the bar.

Local churches offer a different venue.

Doug Hankins, a Palestine senior, said Highland Baptist Church will open its Fellowship Hall and throw its annual party. Highland will show the game on its projection screen and order pizza and offer drinks for about 200 people, Jonathan Miller, a Plano senior, said.

Carl Gulley, youth pastor at Antioch Community Church, said his church will host its fourth annual Super Bowl party for sixth through 12th-graders. Gulley said he expects about 150 people.

One purpose of the party, Gulley said, is to bring those who don't know Christ to the church in a non-threatening manner.

In a different approach to Super Bowl Sunday, Lamba Chi Alpha will turn the Super Bowl into a rush event as they host a mixer with Zeta Tau Alpha at Papa Rollo's Pizza.

Rush Chairman Trey Todd, a Garland junior, and President James Smith, a Terrell senior, organized the event. Todd said he expects about 100 people or more at the event. They plan to have pizza and drinks as they socialize and watch the game in a private back room.

'We thought it would be a good opportunity for another mixer and rush event,' Todd said.