By Jon Schroeder
Killeen Daily Herald
The Patriots and Giants are poised to play, and Killeen-area residents are preparing to watch them.
With Super Bowl XLII kicking off at 5:17 p.m. today, grocery stores have stocked up on chips and beer, and some businesses are even offering special deals for the occasion.
Of course, there might have been more ado had different teams made this season's final game.
"Since the Cowboys aren't in it ...," began store director John Cotannouer, talking about what H-E-B has planned (and has not planned) for the big day.
Even though the Cowboys are done for the season, the H-E-B on Trimmier Road in Killeen is offering some Super Bowl deals. The store is selling grills for $59.99, including about $30 worth of charcoal and grilling groceries.
It's a similar deal to one they've run in the summer, but this time the deal is for the Super Bowl.
In addition to selling grills, the store has stocked up on beer and chips; they've put out extra displays of both for the Super Bowl.
For his own part, Cotannouer said the game could be a good one.
"If I had 100 bucks, I'd put it on the Patriots," Cotannouer said. "I think the Giants have a chance, but the Patriots are playing well."
Copperas Cove resident Nadia Owens agreed the Patriots would win. When asked why, her reason was summed up in one word: "Manning."
But others said the opposite.
Ernie Safady, owner and namesake of Ernie's Sports Bar on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Harker Heights, said he thinks the Giants will win today.
"I just think they're underestimated," he said. "They beat some big teams to get where they're at."
He's a "diehard" Cowboys fan himself, but Safady said that the game is a big deal for the bar, with prizes, giveaways and bar specials.
Nothing is set in stone, yet. Specials will be decided as the day progresses.
"During the game, maybe if a certain team scores, we may have a promo on shots, something like that," he said. "It's a pretty big event for us."
If you're attending or hosting a Super Bowl party or simply watching it at home, you can catch the game on Fox. If you're not, you can also catch the game in Copperas Cove at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, on U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove, where the staff will be dressed for the occasion in jerseys, although not necessarily in Patriots or Giants attire.
The restaurant also will be running a few drink and shot specials during the game.
Hooters on Central Texas Expressway in Killeen won't be doing anything too special for the game.
"It's going to be crazy in here," said manager Wayne Young, adding that the Hooters waitress staff will be wearing black uniforms, as they would for any NFL Sunday game day.
Young's location will be giving away a 26-inch flat screen television for the occasion, but other than that, it's another regular – though busy – day.
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