A number of sports bars in Metro Manila that expatriates frequent are all set for the Denver Broncos versus Carolina Panthers battle in Super Bowl 50 at the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco Bay Area in Santa Clara, California on February 7 (Monday in Manila).
“Carolina will win by six over Denver,” American Larry Thomas, who lives in San Juan City, told The Manila Times in an interview on Saturday at the Howzat Sports Bar in Makati City. “The Panthers have a reliable strong quarterback and they also play good defense and offense.”
Thomas, who owns an insurance company in Manila, believes that Carolina’s quarterback Cam Newton is definitely the reason behind the Panthers’ successful run in the National Football League (NFL) preseason and regular season.
“The quarterback of Carolina is really, really strong because of Cam Newton. The Panthers ended the regular season with 15-1 win-loss record. That’s how good they are because they only loss once in 16 regular games this NFL season. It is surprising? Yes it is.”
But Thomas is not ruling out Denver’s chance of making a grand upset, “Peyton Manning is 1-1 going into the Super Bowl and he wants to end his career with a championship, but I’m not sure if this will be his last game,” added Thomas, whose real favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers.
Broncos veteran quarterback Manning, 39, led his former team the Indianapolis Colts to XLI Super Bowl title and won the Most Valuable Player trophy in 2007.
Newton, 26, has 45 touchdowns under his name – the seventh all-time highest total.
British Jonathan Dean Thorp, who owns different sports bar in Metro Manila, said that several Metro Manila sports bars have already sold out Super Bowl viewing tickets.
The match will be aired on Monday at 7 a.m. (Manila time) via ASN channel.
“Monday is holiday that is why there are no remaining tickets,” Thorp, who lives in the Philippines for the past 27 years, said in an interview at the Insider boxing Gym that he owns in Makati City. “All were sold out just few days ago. The cost of the ticket is only P200.”
“Everybody has a chance between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, but Carolina is the clear favorite here among American football fanatics who visit my bars,” added Thorp, who also manages mixed martial arts fighters and boxers in his boxing gym. He serves as the manager of Pacific X-Treme flyweight champion Jenel Lausa, who is also a professional featherweight boxer.
“The defense of Denver is also improving, but Newton is outstanding,” he added.
Grant Tillet, an Australian, refused to make any prediction believing both teams are good enough to win this year’s Super Bowl.
“I watch it most of the time because of excitement, players are all popular,” said Tillet. “Although rugby is the most popular sport in Australia, we are watching American football.”
Metro Manila sports bars airing Super Bowl 50
Snaps Sports Bar and Grill
Screening time: 7:30 a.m.
Address: Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Atang Dela Rosa St., Manila
Reservation fee: none
Contact: (02) 832-6988
Star of Manila Sports Bar
Screening time: 7:30 a.m.
Address: 1331-1332 MH Del Pilar St., Brgy. 668 Ermita, Manila
Reservation fee: None
Contact: (02) 254-3269