Best Places to Watch The Rose Bowl

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This year’s Rose Bowl will ring in the new year with a contest between the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Fans of Oklahoma (Big 12 champs) and Georgia (SEC champs) have a lot to be excited about (this is the first time the teams have met in the Rose Bowl), but traveling to Pasadena may not be in the cards for most fans. Where, then, can they take in the game with like-minded souls as they cheer on their favorite college football team?

Good news. Fans of either team don’t have to stray too far from campus to take in the game with their fellow students, alumni, and fans.

Oklahoma Sooners

The Mont

The Mont is a Norman institution and is located just a few blocks away from OU. Reviewers say the atmosphere is phenomenal, as is the food, but many start game day with an Original Sooner Swirl in hand.

The Garage Burgers and Beer

The Garage in Norman, Oklahoma, is a hot spot for burgers and game-watchin’. They offer traditional burgers alongside a plethora of specialities such as the Sticky Finger, which features peanut butter and jalapeno relish on a bacon cheeseburger (reviewers insist it’s amazing, even though it sounds a bit odd). Add in a fab game-watching atmosphere and terrific locale, and it may be just where you head on New Year’s Day.

Louie’s Grill and Bar

There are tons of Louie’s scattered around the OKC metro area, but for those who are on or near campus, there is one located right on the edge of the university (in fact, its location is termed “Campus Corner”). Reviewers say this is a great place to take in a game, as there are multiple TVs scattered throughout.

Georgia Bulldogs

Blind Pig Tavern

Bulldogs fans that love fried pickles – we’ve got your game day locale scouted out for some quality Rose Bowl watching. Blind Pig Tavern will definitely have the game on while you look over the menu (which includes other awesomeness aside from fried pickles – don’t worry). There are three locations to choose from, all right there in Athens.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is known for a variety of kick-ass food, including burgers, wings, and dogs. Reviewers rave about the excellent food and great service, and they’re totally all about the Bulldogs (and other Georgia teams, of course). This may be your only stop on Rose Bowl day for food, drinks, and the game.

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Bar South

Plenty of TVs make Bar South a go-to spot for the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t hurt that it has an amazing beer selection and super good food, too. They usually run specials on big game days, so belly up to the table and get well-fed while getting your Bulldogs fix as they take on the Sooners.

Food, Drinks, and Large TVs

If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to California for the Rose Bowl, or if you have other plans like checking out one of these amazing pubs (or really, hanging out at home with your best buds), be sure to check out the vast selection of Sooners and Bulldogs gear at Fanatics.

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Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL

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The University of Oklahoma got its start in 1892 in Norman, Oklahoma, and its football program started soon after (1895). The Sooner football program has led to the most wins nationwide in the modern era (1946 and later), seven national championships, 46 conference titles (tied for first in the country), a 47-game winning streak in the ’50s (an NCAA record), and the most points scored in the country (also a first place spot).

So it’s no surprise the Sooners show up in the NFL fairly often. They’ve contributed over 370 draft picks, including three No. 1 overall picks (Sam Bradford, Billy Sims, and Lee Roy Selmon), 59 Sooners who have appeared in the Big Game, 81 who have been elected to the Pro Bowl – and with that kind of output, it’s not too far of a stretch to imagine that in the future, more Sooners may make an impact in the NFL.

Let’s take a look at the former Oklahoma Sooners players who are currently in the NFL.

From Oklahoma to the NFL

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There are 33 former Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL, and all but two are active. At the top, the Washington Redskins have four former Sooners on their roster: Trent Williams, Tress Way, Samaje Perine, and Stacy McGee. The Dolphins have three: Damien Williams, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Phillips.

Several teams have two former Oklahoma players: the Bengals, for example, with Joe Mixon and Jordan Evans; the Cowboys with Charles Tapper and James Hanna; the Broncos with Donald Stephenson and Corey Nelson; the Vikings with Sam Bradford and Bell Blake; the Buccaneers with Gerald McCoy and Devante Bond; and the Cardinals with Jermaine Gresham and now, Adrian Peterson.

Plenty of teams have one former Oklahoma player on their team as well, such as Tony Jefferson on the Baltimore Ravens squad, Aaron Ripkowski with the Green Bay Packers, Sterling Shepard with the New York Giants, and James Winchester with the Kansas City Chiefs.

One of the most well-known Sooners on this list is Sam Bradford. Bradford was a standout quarterback at Oklahoma, as he was a prolific passer from the start, tossing 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first game (and broke a school record for most yards in a half while he was at it). Bradford went on to win the Heisman Trophy his sophomore year after amassing 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2008. He ultimately went No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft, and while injuries have plagued his professional career, he has thrown over 3,000 yards four times and earned the Rookie of the Year award his first season.

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His former teammate, DeMarco Murray, is also a pretty well-known former Sooner. He too made a big splash in his collegiate debut alongside Bradford and was drafted by Dallas in the third round of the 2011 draft. Murray spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys and earned the rushing title in 2014 with 1,845 rushing yards. After spending one season in Philadelphia, he’s pounding the rock for his second season in Tennessee. He’s been selected to two Pro Bowls so far.

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Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma before Bradford and Murray did, but he’s also one of the best known former Sooners currently playing in the NFL. Peterson was drafted No. 7 overall by Minnesota in 2007 and spent a solid decade running the ball there (and nabbed the rushing title three times – once for over 2,000 yards). He was the league MVP in 2012 and has been selected to seven Pro Bowls. Peterson currently plays in the backfield for the Arizona Cardinals.

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Boomer Sooner

It’s always a blast watching young players develop during their college years, and it’s definitely exciting to see who drafts them when draft day rolls around each year. If you’ve been following the likes of Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson since those early days, or you’re watching and waiting for the current crop of Oklahoma players to develop and find their way into the NFL, you’re in luck – Fanatics has a huge selection of collegiate swag as well as a ton of authentic NFL gear, so be sure to hook yourself up before heading to the stadium.

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NCAA best selling Final Four team in each state

Fanatics analyzed the sales for the merchandise of the 2016 men’s college basketball championship sales this week.

NCAA final four sales per state

The map represents top selling teams, which are still playing in the tournament, in each state between March 27 until March 31 2016, where the sales of merchandise happened on Fanatics.com.

Yahoo reported:

Syracuse fans have ordered more than the rest—a lot more. Sales of Syracuse gear rose 750% in the five days from March 27 to March 31. That’s not just the biggest sales spike of the Final Four teams, or of teams that played in the tourney this year. It’s the largest sales bump by any college on the site, ever.

Syracuse Orange gear was the number 1 searched term on Fanatics.com across all sports for 3/28 & 3/29.  More people searched for Syracuse merchandise in these two days, than for the Golden State Warriors or popular NBA or MLB players.

Week over week growth numbers in sales for the final four are:

  1. Syracuse Orange +750%
  2. Villanova Wildcats +640%
  3. Oklahoma Sooners +300%
  4. North Carolina Tar Heels +250%

Although Syracuse is showing the largest peak in sales over the last couple of days, UNC is the number 1 seller in this year’s NCAA tournament.