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Super Bowl Viewing Guide: 15 bars in Washington, D.C.

Super Bowl Viewing Guide: 15 bars in Washington, D.C.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams at 6:30 p.m. in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Whether you waited until the last minute to buy your (now $400) flight to Atlanta or have been planning a local night out with friends since the fall, check out this list of 15 bars in D.C. for gameday.

Union Pub: 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002: The $53 all-you-can-eat-and-drink party starts at 5 p.m. and finishes at game's end. Tickets will be $75 at the door. 
Public Bar: 1214 18th St NW B, Washington, DC 20036: Watch the game on the 240-inch projector screen or the other 30 scattered throughout the bar.
Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge: 2321 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036: Parlay will be offering specials on wing flavors and chili from 4:30 p.m. until the game’s end. The bar will also have a pregame brunch from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a $15 bottomless mimosa special.
Yard House: 812 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001: Yard House has a variety of 110 draft beers for game day.
Penn Social: 801 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004: A 22-foot television and pulled sliders sound like the right way to do the Super Bowl. 
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004: The sports tavern will have first come, first serve seating and offer a bucket special, which includes six beers for the price of five.
Cleveland Park Bar & Grille: 3421 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008: The bar houses over 50 televisions for game-watching, and the rooftop will be open, too.
Lou’s City Bar: 1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010: Lou’s has 23 televisions and a 140-inch projector for the big game, as well as 24 taps.
Blackfinn Ameripub: 1620 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006: Blackfinn will have $24-30 beer towers and $5.99 sliders and tacos during the game.
The Lucky Bar: 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036: Check out the Lucky Bar’s 22 televisions and three big screens at kick-off.
The Ugly Mug:  723 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003: The Ugly Mug has a variety of pizza and almost 20 beers on tap.
Finn McCool’s: 713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003: Finn will have discounted wings, pitchers and buckets for gameday.
Sauf Haus Bier Hall: 1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036: If you’re not feeling the pitchers-and-wings Super Bowl, check out Sauf Haus’ giant Bavarian pretzels.
Madam’s Organ: 2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009: Sticking with the unconventional theme, check out Madam’s Organ for live music. The bar will have discounted beer and appetizers from 5-8 p.m.
Buffalo Billiards: 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036: Come for the game, stay for the games. Play billiards, shuffleboard and foosball into the night.

Know of any other great watch parties in the D.C. area? Let us know on Twitter at @NBCSWashington or in the comments below.


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Sports Junkies: Jay Gruden not consulted on Redskins' free agency moves

Sports Junkies: Jay Gruden not consulted on Redskins' free agency moves

Over the last two weeks, the Redskins have signed safety Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal, quarterback Case Keenum to one-year deal worth $3.5 million and agreed to a new contract with veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Friday.

Jay Gruden has reportedly been left in the dark on some of these decisions. 

"I'm told he's not being consulted on any of these moves as of Friday," Eric Bickel of 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies said Monday. "I'm told he heard of the Landon Collins signing through the media, a guy in the media texted him. He's super frustrated. Bruce [Allen] is calling all the shots. They're not consulting Jay at all. As of Friday, Jay was like 'we have so many needs. We need linebackers. We need outside receivers, we have all these things.' And they had basically signed a backup quarterback and Landon Collins."

Typically within NFL teams, head coaches are consulted on player acquisitions and are present in the draft room to provide their input. This doesn't seem to be the case for Gruden and the Redskins.

"I'm telling you this is true," Bickel says. "I know this to be true that Jay is super frustrated."

"He's not being consulted, they have a ton of needs, and it's just Bruce out there doing whatever he wants." 

Even if he wasn't involved, Gruden told reporters last week that he was incredibly excited about Collins coming to Washington. "He's a major problem for offenses," he said.

The Collins move has been mostly well-received by fans. Collins, who inked a contract worth $84 million, gives the Redskins some much-needed help at a position where they've been weak for years.

"You can only be optimistic," veteran Vernon Davis told NBC Sports Washington. "I feel that he's a tremendous asset."

Keenum, while not a splashy move, gives the Redskins a safe - and affordable - option at quarterback with Alex Smith sidelined.

For the Sports Junkies, they see this as a sign Gruden could be nearing the end of his time in D.C..

"It's indicative, this is what happens when a coach is on their way out," Bickel adds. "They kind of get iced out of decisions. The organization is kind of planning without them. And barring a miracle, I think we all know this, it doesn't take any insight, I think Jay will be gone at the end of this year."


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With Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami, Redskins' chances for a first-round QB keep improving 

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With Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami, Redskins' chances for a first-round QB keep improving 

Case Keenum cannot be viewed as the long-term answer for the Redskins at quarterback. 

Colt McCoy cannot be viewed as the long-term answer for the Redskins at quarterback. 

Both signal callers are over 30-years-old and under contract for just one season. 

Washington must address their QB position in this 2019 NFL Draft, and recent market moves make it more likely that can happen with the 15th overall pick. 

Over the weekend, the Dolphins signed veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick after trading their former first-rounder Ryan Tannehill. The Fitzpatrick signing also came with news that Miami would prefer to wait for the 2020 Draft to get a rookie QB. 

Assuming that’s true, which might be a big assumption considering the misinformation often spread during the pre-draft process, it would take the Dolphins out of the running for a passer with the 13th pick. 

With a little more than a month before the NFL Draft in Nashville, the quarterback needy teams are starting to become obvious. Or, more accurately, the teams that won’t be taking passers is becoming more obvious. 

Jacksonville just signed Nick Foles to a contract that pays him $22 million a season. The Jags won’t be taking a QB with the seventh pick. 

Denver traded for Joe Flacco. The Broncos might take a QB at 10, but it seems less likely now. 

The Bengals new coaching staff and front office have said publicly how much they like Andy Dalton and that there are no plans to release or trade him. One week into free agency and the new league year, that’s held true. So the Bengals at 11 might not go QB. 

That just leaves Miami as a possible QB landing spot drafting ahead of the Redskins. And if a rookie QB doesn’t head to South Beach, Washington might have their pick of some quite good options. 

Kyler Murray seems destined to go No. 1 overall. That won’t change. 

After that, the Giants might take a QB at six and maybe the Raiders do something crazy at four. 

Oakland has had a wild offseason, and the team might just opt to keep incumbent QB Derek Carr rather than add a high profile rookie passer to team up with Antonio Brown. 

New York needs a quarterback, but things with the Giants seem to make little sense of late. Trading Odell Beckham also gave the Giants an additional first-round pick at 17 to try and snag a passer. 

Add all that up, and it’s possible Bruce Allen’s team has his pick of QBs at 15 between Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones. 

It seems unlikely Haskins lasts to 15, but if the Giants don’t take the Ohio State star, who will? 

Scouts and evaluators are very split on Lock and Jones. There’s hardly consensus on which will make the better pro. 

Still, both will likely go in the first round, and could be there at 15. 

Last week, Redskins VP of Personnel Doug Williams said that trading up or trading back would be in play for Washington to find a quarterback. And all along, Williams has said that drafting a QB at 15 is an option. 

As the quarterback market continues to shake out around the NFL, it seems more and more likely that the Redskins could have that opportunity to add a rookie with the 15th pick.