STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If you've ever been called un-American simply for not enjoying the concussed grunts of over-hyped meat heads, well we've got a listicle for you.
While all your bros are headed to the sports bars this Sunday for the "the big game," there are plenty of alternatives that don't involve wondering whose balls are deflated.
Here are a few ideas, not that you need any, you independent thinker you.
Read a damn book. Or better yet, support Staten Island's writing community by checking out NYSAI, a literary magazine available online. The biannual literary magazine includes the prose and art of this borough's creative minds. Their latest issue, "Exphibian," postulates on a theme: dissatisfaction with one's society. The magazine's editors say of the issue: "Exphibian appears to you through the lingering haze of dissolution: a community disabused of community. Our protectors, clothed as patriots." The perfect anti-Super Bowl sentiment. Or at least, anti-Patriot sentiment.
Visit an art exhibit. The Staten Island Museum (75 Stuyvesant Place in St. George) is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday with its retrospective on the late artist, teacher and poet Betty Bressi. Bressi, who passed away last year at 96, was one of the island's most creative minds, combining stark minimalism with hypnotic repetition. Her colorful work evolved through her artistic career, from representational paintings to the later lyrical abstraction seen in works like the watercolor, "Multi-colored Dots and Letters."
Eat some chicken wings. Just because you're not watching the game doesn't mean you can't enjoy one of its finer fares. There are some ways to have fun with the old Chicken Wing recipe, like this one for Korean-Style Chicken Wings, or these Buffalo BBQ Bits.
Drink some beer. Along the same chicken wing lines, there are some good options for beer that don't involve it being spilled on you by a Seahawks fan. On Thursday, Staten Island's craft brewery, Flagship Brewing Co. will be unveiling its Metropolitan Lager, a Vienna rye lager known as a "true lager." since it takes about seven weeks to make. Unlike some of the hazier ales the brewery makes, this lager has been filtered, creating a smooth malty-sweet taste. The beer will be offered year-round.
Save your energy. Monday is Groundhog Day and Staten Island Chuck is getting up early to tell us what the weather will be like for the next several weeks. Ceremonies are starting at 7 a.m. sharp at the Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway. It's usually an eventful day with this groundhog. Though Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't said whether he'll be there or not, the Zoo has promised a "fun" new surprise this year. Better get some quality rest so you can get a good view of the darn thing.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Share your ideas for anti-Super Bowl celebrations in the comment section below.