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Roger Daltrey, left and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLIV media centerpm  Thursday. The band will rock the halftime show Sunday.
David J. Phillip
Roger Daltrey, left and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLIV media centerpm Thursday. The band will rock the halftime show Sunday.

It’s that magical but bittersweet time of year, when the NFL plays its final game of the season and crowns its champion.

With the Super Bowl just days away, it’s also time for many University of Colorado students to figure out where to watch the big game.

Super Bowl XLIV — which kicks off at 4:25 p.m. Sunday — is set to be a high-powered matchup between the AFC’s Indianapolis Colts and the NFC’s New Orleans Saints.

The game also promises to draw a huge viewing audience; last year’s Super Bowl XLIII was the most-watched game in NFL history, according to Nielsen. Private house parties promise to be a popular option for many CU students.

“I’ll be watching at the party at my house on my 50-inch plasma and eating pizza,” sophomore Molly Randle said.

For many CU in-state enrollees, there’s always the option of paying a visit to the family.

“I’m probably going home to Colorado Springs. My parents have a big TV and lots of food.” sophomore Jeff Taylor said.

For many CU freshmen, the options are a tad slimmer.

The University Memorial Center, which often screens major television events, has no plans to show Super Bowl XLIV. The UMC Connection is hosting its weekly bowling league Sunday evening and has no special events planned for the game.

Yet the game will be shown in the Math 100 lecture hall as a fundraiser for diabetes prevention; the screening is limited to students living in the residence halls.

Many freshmen said they’ll be watching the game in their dorm rooms or at specific residence hall events.

“I’ll probably just watch in my dorm with a few friends. My TV is a decent size,” freshman Kacey Peters said.

“This is my first year not going to a Super Bowl party, which is weird,” fellow freshmen Michelle Stauffer said. “It’s hard to do stuff when you’re not 21 and freshmen.”

Of course, for those 21 and older, there’s shortage of Boulder bars and restaurants rolling out the deals and specials to lure football fans Sunday afternoon.

“I’ll be down on Pearl Street at a sports bar most likely. It’s my first Super Bowl being 21. It a good excuse to drink on a Sunday afternoon,” senior Katie Bernstein said.

Here are some options:

Math 100: Starts at 4 p.m. Limited to people living in the residence halls. Fundraiser for Zip the Cure, a nonprofit corporation battling type 1 diabetes. Volunteers will be gathering optional donations at the doors.

Stearns West: TV lounge on the first floor of the Williams Village tower. Food and prizes (alcohol-free). Restricted to CU students.

Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill: 1346 Pearl St. $3 Budweiser and Bud Light, $3.50 Fat Tire, halftime 32-inch flat-screen TV and Fat Tire bicycle giveaway.

Harpo’s Sports Grill: 2860 Arapahoe Ave. Free parking, free entry, Coors Light sponsored party, $8 Bloody Mary bar, drink and food specials throughout the game.

Walrus Saloon: 1911 11th St. Doors open at 3 p.m. Dollar well drinks, $6 pitchers of Coors Light all day.

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