South Florida's full of transplants: people who hated their cold climates enough to move, yet still enjoy watching John Madden doodle hot dogs on their own giant men's steaming heads when they play in said weather; here's where to watch 'em:
An Eagles Lair: Lost Weekend/The Alibi 218 Espanola Way; South Beach; 305.672.1707 LW, which became a Birds bar when Philly boy Billy Sisca began bartending 10 years ago, is giving Eagles fans $1 off all drinks plus $8 domestic pitchers (including PA's Rolling Rock and Yuengling) during games. Last year, Billy and his CIA-trained buddy opened The Alibi inside LW, where they're serving ribeye cheesesteaks w/ Whiz on rolls shipped from Philly, surprisingly not taken from Tra Thomas. Love your Eagle brother at Lost Weekend's Facebook page
Da Bears on Da Beach: Vinyl & Kai 1131 Washington Ave; South Beach; 305.531.2640 V&K's welcoming Chicagoans with two 15ft high-def projections screens, plus a new roster of chicken wings (including garlic & lime, spicy jerk, and chili sweet & sour) and drink deals like $10 domestics buckets and $3 shots colored to match their opponent, although unfortunately, they don't play the Browns. Or the Clears. Damn, every NFL team's colors taste girly. V&K won't let you hibernate in solitude, c'mon down to VinylKai.com
The Bills, Really?: Boar's Nest Saloon 381 West Prospect Road; Ft Lauderdale; 954.938.5971 Thanks to an owner smart enough to leave Buffalo, BN has Bills symbols shellacked into wooden tables and posters from the glory days; when a beer delivery guy showed up giving away Dolphin banners and such, the simple response was, "Don't you come in here with that." To prove they're just like you, their favorite Facebook pages are the Bills, Mister Softee, and Pam Anderson, who oughta take care of your own Softee, Mister. There's a herd of Bills Backers up in here. Join em on their Facebook page.
A Place for Packers: The Hut 102 Seminole Dr. Ft. Lauderdale; 954.563.2232 The Hut became a Packers haunt when a Wisco native took over as owner 15 years ago. Now they've got rotating beer specials on game days, plus free half-time buffets of dogs and sloppy joes in a space done up with tons of Green Bay swag like collages of Pack players, "Restricted Parking: Packers Fans Only" signs, and a poster of Favre that's oddly not pasted onto the dart board. Get a look at the dart board and the fans on the Hut's Facebook page
Steelers Down South: Gatsby's Kendall 8575 SW 124th Ave; Kendall; 305.412.2220 With a GM and staff who are all about the Steelers, Gatsby's offers game-time specials like $15 import/$10 domestic buckets and $3.50 Jack drinks, as well as a menu with chili and tricked-out chicken sandwiches, although no Roethlisbergers, as he's already been served by Roger Goodell.
To watch what you hope is the Steeler's stairway to seven, hit Gatsbys.net