Marietta fans enjoy football game

MARIETTA – An estimated television audience of more than 100 million watched the Super Bowl XLVIII contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos Sunday night.

Those viewers included several folks who witnessed the big game at a couple of local eateries in Marietta.

Pat Hurley and his wife, Tiffany Wince, of Marietta, were both wearing Broncos jerseys Sunday as they watched the game at the Harmar Tavern.

“We lived in Seattle for three years, and like the Seahawks, but we’re rooting for the Broncos,” Hurley said. “I just think Peyton Manning got the shaft when he was dumped by the Colts. He deserves a win tonight.”

Harmar Tavern owner Kevin Whitby said Super Bowl Sunday has always been an event at his establishment.

“It’s been a tradition for 23 years here,” he said. “We used to have even bigger crowds, but a lot of people seem to like watching the game at home and having their own Super Bowl parties.”

Whitby said tavern cook Susie Hoff whips up some special dishes for the party, including a sausage dip and her own unique chicken wings recipe.

Tyler Sprigg and his dad, Rich, both of Marietta, were among the apparently few local Seahawks fans watching Sunday’s game.

“My dad has always liked the Seahawks, so I became a fan, too,” Tyler said prior to the game. “They played in a previous Super Bowl about five years ago, but lost against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I think defense will win this championship.

“I don’t think it will be a high-scoring game, but it should be a good one,” Tyler said prior to the game, which ended with a 43-8 win by Seattle.

Sunday’s competition took place in the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with temperatures at kickoff hovering around 40 degrees. There were concerns last month that if January’s arctic cold snap continued into February it would have an impact on the teams’ ability to play in the Super Bowl.

“I think snow or rain would have given the Seahawks an edge over the Broncos,” Tyler said, noting the Seattle team would likely be used to playing during inclement weather.

The Boathouse BBQ bar and restaurant on Virginia Street in Marietta also had a crowd of Super Bowl viewers Sunday night.

Cyndy Kyer and husband “Buckeye Bob” Kyer were enjoying the game with some friends. Cyndy was pulling for the Seahawks, while Bob stayed loyal to the Broncos.

“I have a sister who lives in Seattle and I love that town,” Cyndy said, explaining why she favored the Seahawks.

Bob noted that Sunday’s game would be an historic event no matter which team won.

“If the Broncos win Peyton Manning would be the first quarterback to win Super Bowls on two different teams,” he said. “If the Seahawks come out on top it will be their first Super Bowl win.”