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By ANDREW M. SEDER



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While football players have been preparing for today's Big Game all year, the same can be said for owners and workers at local pizza shops, bars and grocery stores.


It's our game day, too, said Rob Cardone, co-owner of The Pizza Mill in Kingston.


All year long, Super Bowl Sunday is circled on the calendars for the dozens of local businesses that count it as its busiest day or one of its busiest days for sales.


Preparations began weeks ago as enough ingredients were ordered, ads and specials were created and schedules were made.


This morning, even before the endless hours of television pre-game shows begin, staffs at pizza shops throughout the region are readying the countless preorders, some placed as long as two weeks ago.


Town Tavern's managing partner Roger Rugletic, who creates all the wing flavors for the Duryea eatery, said he'll arrive today at 6 and by 8 the ovens will be fired up and ready to go with the first customers picking up pizzas at 11 when the doors open. Then there will be a steady steam of wings going in and out of the deep fryers and dough going in the ovens and pizza coming out.


It's our biggest day of the year by far, Rugletic said. It's huge.


On a typical Sunday, 25 pizzas are made and 15 boxes of frozen wings are cooked. Today, 100 pizzas will be sold and 40-50 boxes of frozen wings will be fried. Each box contains between 500-600 wings and Rugletic said the majority will be tossed in the store's signature honey garlic or spicy honey garlic sauce.


The amount of pizzas and wings going out the door today at most area establishments jump at least fourfold compared to the typical Sunday.


Jason Ronderson, of Plains Township, was grabbing some slices from Mimmo's on Public Square on Thursday. He said he eats pizza at least twice a week but not this week.


I eat so much pizza watching the Super Bowl, and I know this sounds disgusting, but I feel like I can't see another slice for a week or I'd throw up, he said. He heads to his brother's house in Conyngham to watch the game and said the five partygoers will likely demolish four pizzas and dozens of wings, multiple bags of chips and popcorn and a case of soda. None of the partygoers will drink beer today because other than the host, they all drive at least 30 minutes to get home.


The grocery store bill will be a big one, Ronderson, 33, said, but they all chip in to make it affordable.


For grocery stores, the days leading up to the big game were filled with carts full of chips, pretzels, soda, crackers, cheese and any other party favorite you an think of being scanned through the check out aisle.


Joe Fasula, whose family owns the nine local Gerrity's stores, said even healthy fare is becoming popular as party hosts try to offer some veggie platters or other healthier alternatives for those party attendees that are trying to keep their New Year's resolutions or just eat better.


But chips and dip are still flying off shelves and will continue to today right up until about an hour before the 6:30 kickoff.


That's when many stores begin to see a slow down, though some pizza store owners said people will continue to come in right through halftime.


Plenty of bars throughout the region offer giveaways, buffets, cheap drinks and more as guests watch the game on flat screen TVs. Though many people watch the big game at their house or someone else's, plenty still like that camaraderie of going to a corner bar and watching the game with others.


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