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Gayle Anderson was live in Fullerton at BIG'S BAR AND GRILL as the sports bar prepares for Super Bowl Sunday.

Big's Bar and Grill
323 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton
1-714-526-4950

Other Orange County Super Bowl spots include:

Clancy's Clubhouse
2191 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim
1-714-750-7500

OC Tavern
2369 South El Camino Real
San Clemente
1-949-542-8877

Hurricanes Bar and Grill
14110 Culver Drive
Irvine
1-714-374-0500

For more Super Bowl happenings go to ocregister.com/events

Other SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH SUPER BOWL GAME watching locations include:

The Savoy Entertainment Center
218 South La Brea Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 680-7600

The Original Barney's Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood
(323) 654 2287

The Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant
7038 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood
(323)469 7038

Pickwick Pub
21010 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills
(818) 340-9673

Joxer Daly's
11168 Washington Boulevard
Culver City
(310) 838-3745

Basement Tavern
2640 Main Street
Santa Monica
(310) 392-4956

Busby's West
3110 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica
(310) 828-4567

Gabe's Bar and Grill
2965 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles
(310) 473-166

INLAND EMPIRE:

Upper Deck Sports Lounge
1101 North California Street
Redlands, CA 92374
(909) 335-7275
"The Largest Superbowl Party in Redlands and all of the Inland Empire!"

By the way, there won't be any cheerleaders at Sunday's Super Bowl.
No pom-poms. No ultra-bright smiles. No revealing outfits. No big hair. No sexy gyrations. No gratuitous camera shots.

That's right, for the first time in Super Bowl history there won't be any cheerleaders on the sidelines.

Considering that Sunday's game will be played in Texas, the very place where famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders strut their stuff, this all seems, well,blasphemous.

But not really.

Given all the pre-game hype, talking heads in the studio and the must-see commercials - not to mention an actual football game between two rough-and-ready teams - are we really going to miss the girls on the sidelines? I think not.It's fitting that the Steelers and the Packers, the NFL's two blue-collar teams, don't have cheerleaders.

Green Bay dumped its professional cheerleaders back in 1988 when surveys showed that Packers fans were ambivalent about them. The Packers currently borrow cheerleaders from St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, but they're usually not invited to road games, and they weren't invited to this year's Super Bowl.

The Steelers unceremoniously dropped the Steelerettes more than four decades ago. According to a story by Heather Svokos of the McClatchy Newspaper service, the demise of the Steelerettes came in 1969, when the cheer squad's captain approached old-school owner Art Rooney and asked if they could update their dowdy look. Rooney responded by firing the squad.

Dianne Feazell Rossini, a cheerleader for the Steelers in 1963, runs a website dedicated to the story of the Steelerettes (http://steelerettes.com/). She told Svokos that as long as the Rooney family owns the Steelers, the team won't employee cheerleaders.

Rossini paraphrased Art Rooney's son, Dan: "The Steelers have the best and most football-savvy fans in the world, and they don't need anyone telling them when to cheer."

Of course, NFL cheerleaders aren't really cheerleaders at all. They are sideline dancers. I seriously doubt they will be missed at Super Bowl XLV. Which begs the question, if the Broncos dumped their cheerleaders, would you miss them?

Trivia time:There are six NFL teams without professional cheerleaders. The Packers and Steelers are two, can you name the other four? (Answer below)

In case you missed it:Most fans aren't very excited about the prospect of an 18-game NFL regular season.According to an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll released today, just 27 percent of people favor expanding the 16-game regular season. When the group is narrowed to NFL fans, the support rises to 45 percent - but only 18 percent strongly favor the idea.

An 18-game season is one of the NFL's key issues in labor negotiations with the players' union. About three-quarters of the 1,125 adults surveyed don't sympathize with either the NFL or players in the labor dispute. However, those choosing sides are twice as likely to back the union over the owners.

The poll also shows football is the No. 1 sports: 41 percent of those surveyed called it their favorite sport to watch. Baseball was No. 2, with 13 percent.

Trivia answer:The six NFL teams that don't have official cheerleaders: Packers, Steelers, Bears, Browns, Lions and Giants.

Read more: No cheerleaders at Super Bowl XLV? No problem - The Denver Post (Courtesy: DenverPost.com)

And, if Super Bowl parties aren't your thing, the Orange County Great Park offers an outdoor arts alternative - complete with great food, live music and now, poetry. This Sunday, two of the Southland's most acclaimed poets will share their literary works of art with Great Park Farmers Market shoppers this Sunday, February 6th from noon to 2 p.m. The poets will join the regular lineup of live music, gourmet food items and food trucks available every Sunday. "This Sunday, visitors can enjoy poetry, fresh produce, live music and gourmet food, all in one park," says Larry Agran, Chair, Orange County Great Park Board Corporation. "Offering these experiences at the Great Park is part of our vision to make this a unique community space." Two poets will read their works on Sunday. Ben Trigg is the co-host of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, the only weekly poetry reading in Orange County. Carine Topal writes and teaches in Los Angeles, and has anthologized the poetry of special-needs children. "What distinguishes both Ben's and Carine's work is its sense of adventure and its foundation in everyday moments of life," said Michael Miller, Moon Tide Press publisher. "Flip through their collections and you'll find Picasso and Snoopy, adolescence and old age, passages pondering mortality and razzing the team the Angels beat in the World Series." The Great Park Farmers Market features fresh cut flowers, gourmet foods, artisans' wares, and a rotating lineup of gourmet food trucks. After the Farmers Market, visitors can enjoy the Farm & Food Lab, free rides on the Great Park Carousel, and free rides on the Great Park Balloon (weather permitting). Team Kids will also be out at the Farmers Market, with games on the lawn near the Farm & Food Lab. The Great Park Farm is part of the Park's current development project, encompassing more than 200 acres. Large-scale development is evident upon entering the Park, which remains open during construction and expansion. The Orange County Great Park is open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Great Park Farmers Market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. For more information, go to www.ocgp.org

About the Great Park:The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park is currently 27.5 acres and includes an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. A $70 million development plan to expand the Park to more than 200 acres is currently underway. The plan will build out a core section of the Park for the most immediate and wide-ranging public benefit, including the initial components of the sports park, a 114-acre agricultural area, and an art and culture exhibition space. For more information, please go to www.ocgp.org

Also, you have an invitation to escape all the big games and feast on a four-course meal while you enjoy spectacular Pirate show at Pirate's Dinner Adventure Buena Park, just moments from Knott's Berry Farm.

For more information, contact:

Pirates Dinner Adventure
7600 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90622
(714) 690-1497

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