Bingo and the Super Bowl

Feb. 04, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

 At The Pinhook Sunday, bar patrons watched the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete for the Super Bowl title on the big screen television. Many of the patrons also were playing Pinhook Super Bowl Commercial Bingo, checking off spaces for every time they saw a dream sequence, “an auto most people can’t afford,” lite beer, a shirtless fan, sexism and other items.

The sexism space “should be a free space because you can interpret that as anything,” said Tennyson Welbourne, who was enjoying the game and playing bingo with Kyla Tiller. Both were pulling for the 49-ers – Tiller had visited San Francisco, and Welbourne  had spent time in California on a church mission.

The Super Bowl is as much about the high-priced advertising and the halftime show as it is about football. Both Tillei and Welbourne had found a “slow motion” example to check off of their Bingo cards, but Tillei noted that lite beer commercials were scarce. “I usually don’t like sports,” she said, but the Bingo card “is a good idea because it makes you pay attention.”

The Bingo game was the idea of Pinhook owner Kym Register, who got some of her ideas from the Internet in addition to what she made up. The prize for filling in a line was a free beer, but Register said the idea was to help build a sense of community during the game.

Tessa Hunt, who was looking for the “candy commercial,” said she was pulling for the Ravens because she is from New England, and Baltimore is closest to her beloved Patriots. “A bunch of us come here all the time,” Hunt said. “Pinhook is definitely turning into the local pub.”

Over at The Bar on Rigsbee Avenue, Alisha King and Savannah Daye were preparing to watch the game. King was pulling for the Ravens, as was Ren Bly, who works at The Bar.

Bull McCabes Irish Pub at Five Points also had several televisions showing the game. Kaitlyn Goalen, Meredith Pittman, Shaun Sundholm, Josh DeParolis, and Brad and Stella Cook were watching the game from the bar as a group, although they pulled for different teams. Sundholm is from Portland, Ore., and was pulling for the 49ers. Brad and Stella Cook were pulling for Baltimore, although during the regular season, their loyalties lie elsewhere. “Packers fan, Redskins fan,” said Brad, pointing at first to himself, then to his wife. “We had to pick a team.”