Local fans celebrate the Super Bowl

Published 10:20 am Monday, February 2, 2015

TALKING STRATEGY: Julie Laird, left, and Tina McLendon enjoying food from Beechwood's Touchdown Menu.

TALKING STRATEGY: Julie Laird, left, and Tina McLendon enjoying food from Beechwood’s Touchdown Menu.

More than 70,000 fans made the trip to Glendale, Arizona to see Super Bowl XLIX, but those who stayed in Vicksburg had their choice of Super Bowl parties.

Tina McLendon and Julie Laird, Seahawks fans, chose to spend their Sunday evening at Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge.

Beechwood offered a special selection of food from their Touchdown Menu and hosted a raffle, giving away a grill, t-shirts, glasses and more.

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“It’s awesome,” Laird said of Beechwood. “It’s the best thing going in Vicksburg.”

Laird said she enjoyed her portion of chicken on a stick, complete with fried pickles, onions and chicken.

“I’m from Washington, and I spent five years up there with the military,” she said.

McLendon said they were definitely Seahawks fans, and at halftime with a score of 14 to 14 she was still pining the Seahawks to come out victorious.

“There are other Seahawks fans here,” she said. “We hear them.”

Laird said the game was great and the people at Beechwood were too.

“We came here last year, and it looks like it’s becoming a tradition,” she said.

Some other football fans tried their luck with Super Bowl squares at Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company.

Chip Chisholm said he buys Super Bowl squares every year.

“It’s great,” he said. “It’s so random.”

Chisholm explained people buy squares on a blank board and once the board is completely filled, numbers 0-9 are drawn and placed down and across the board.

One set of numbers are designated to one team and the other is designated to the other team, he said and at the end of every quarter, the last number of each teams score is found on the matrix to determine the winner.

Chisholm won $120 after buying about $50 worth of $5 squares.

“I buy squares all the time,” he said. “It’s complete luck.”

Chisholm said he does not consider buying squares gambling and he would much rather take his chance with the squares than go to a casino.

“The best part is that the house takes nothing,” he said. “At least if I lose someone here is getting my money, and it’s not a casino.”