Bartenders cheer Patriots playoff crowd
Bar manager Jeff Campbell pours a beverage Friday evening at J.W.Hill's Sports Bar & Grille in Manchester. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
"People were taking it a little too personally," said Campbell, who took a few jeers from customers two years ago when he wore a Baltimore Ravens jersey when the Patriots beat the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl.
He also predicted that the Patriots would win, 34-32. "Yeah, it's a weird score," he said.
At the Arena Sports Bar in Nashua, manager Matt Paton said the establishment, with its 44 large-screen TVs all tuned to the Patriots game, had about 400 patrons at 8 p.m. Saturday, about 15 minutes before kickoff.
Paton said he brought in six bartenders to work Saturday night for the game.
For the 'tenders of sports bars, a playoff game featuring a home team brings unique challenges to their job and, they hope, good tips.
"It's definitely going to be crazy," Campbell said. "It's a cool atmosphere."
"This is going to be a sports crowd," he said.
"Usually, it's families doing a Saturday family outing. (For the game), this will be our usual rowdy Sunday crowd coming in on a Saturday night."
"You know they're just going to be camping out for a while," Steinman said.
As for tips? Well, that depends, Campbell said. Patrons tend to be happier, and more generous, if the Patriots win.
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