Southwest Florida sports bar trivia
■ If you can’t find a spot for your team at naplesnews.com/sportsbars, the Boston Beer Garden, 2396 Immokalee Road, Naples, welcomes a broad base of fans, including the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Longhorns.
■ The school teams with the most watering spots tuned to their games are the University of Florida Gators and the Ohio State University Buckeyes, with 12 and 11 sports bars that offer their games. For professional teams, Pittsburgh Steeler fans have the most choices, a dozen in all.
They say when it comes to having a good time “The more the merrier.” That statement is never truer than on football Sunday at your favorite team’s local sports bar. In Southwest Florida there are plenty of them to choose from, so many, in fact, there’s a Web page listing them all by team and location: naplesnews.com/sportsbars
What’s more, many of these local sports bars make group viewing more appealing with Saturday or Sunday specials.
“We usually see a little over 30 die-hard Bucs fans for the night games” said Pelican Larry’s kitchen manager Jesse Heflan, 28. Located at 1046 Pine Ridge Road in Naples, it is one of five spots in the area that have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on game days.
Tampa Bay fans can enjoy Pelican Larry’s 10-15-20 Sunday deal. Only $10 buys two pitchers of domestic beer. Add on another five bucks and enjoy a side of boneless chicken wings. For $20 you can enjoy two cold pitchers of beer, a side of boneless wings, and your own pizza.
And if those prices don’t appease you, come in at 11 a.m. and help “Kick the Keg.” “From 11 a.m. until the keg runs out or the game starts we’ll be giving out free beer,” explained manager Randy Seyler.
Seyler, 40, is an avid football fan.
“I grew up watching my hometown Jets, but then I went to college in Tampa and that really geared me towards the Bucs.”
Selyer’s knowledge of the game originated in an interesting way. “It was actually playing fantasy football way back in ’87. We had to look up all the info in the papers because there were no computers around.”
When asked what his Super Bowl picks were Seyler said “I like the Packers for business. Even though we are known as a Bucs bar we also have a huge Packer following. So I’d have to go with them and my Jets.”
But staying loyal to the Florida team, Seyler offered what would get the Bucs to the Super Bowl: “We need a more efficient offense. We always start slow and find a way to turn it on in the fourth quarter.”
Members of Steeler nation need look no further Freddie Rebels Sports Bar and Grill for the game. (But if you do look further, there are 11 more sports bars that cater to Steeler fans every weekend. Check them out at www.naplesnews.com/sportsbars.)
“Every Sunday we get about 45-50 people in our Steeler room,” estimated Freddie Rebels owner Fadi Rabil, who has been a Steelers Fan his whole life.
“My wife and family are from Pittsburgh,” He explained. His father also was active in the Pittsburgh spots community as a varsity basketball and football coach at Ambridge high school for more than 30 years.
When asked what his favorite Steeler moment was Rabil joked, “Every Steeler moment is my favorite moment as long as they win.”
On Sundays Freddie Rebels offers food and beverage specials for football fanatics. For $11 you can receive 10 chicken wings and a pitcher of either Coors or Miller light. Some other drink specials include any flavor of Pinnacle vodka with a mixer for $2.95, and shots of Jose Cuervo for only $2.
If you’re not a Steeler fan don’t fret, Freddie Rebels also offers a Packers, Dolphins, and Giants room.
A warning to be there early on Nov. 6: It’s one of the biggest games of the year for the Steelers, out to avenge their opening loss against the Baltimore Ravens.
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Freddy Rebels is at 5310 Shirley St., Naples.
Another place to catch the game is Johnny Malloy’s Sports Pub, 10347 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Owner and Cleveland native Tim O’Malley has been a Browns fan since he was a little boy.
“I remember playing football in the back yard snow, re-enacting the games, pretending to be one of the Kardiac Kids,” O’Malley said. His most memorable sports moment? He chuckled.
“Well, it’s not a good memory,” he conceded. “I remember Earnest Byner fumbling on the one yard line in the AFC championship back in ’88.” Although O’Malley is very loyal to his team, he welcomes all football fans.
“We see a lot of northern teams in here” said O’Malley. “A lot of Philly fans seem to make there way here on Sundays.”
Every Sunday O’Malley heats up his outside fire pit and serves his specialty BBQ ribs. A half rack of ribs is $7.99, and full rack is $12.99. Pitchers of domestic beer are $8; domestic buckets are $12.
His is one of eight in the area that welcome Browns fans.