Showdown in Pittsburgh; Party in Plainview

The Jets play the Steelers for the AFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.

The last time the New York Jets went to the Super Bowl Joe Namath was their quarterback, Lyndon Johnson was the lame-duck president and the Bethpage boys at Grumman were getting the LEM ready for the moon.

For many of us, those black-and-white memories will rush back today when Gang Green has a chance to end their four-decade absence from the Super Bowl.

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Here are some ideas for Championship Sunday:

1. You can watch the big game at several nearby establishments. The action begins at 3 p.m. with the Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game. Kickoff for New York vs. Pittsburgh is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Check out our  about the area bars holding gatherings and running specials. will be at several of them reporting on the excitement.

2. You can stay in and have a football feast. Bring home pizza from or  sandwiches from or cold cuts from

Perhaps the football frenzy has you thinking athletically: You can work on your rock climbing skills while meeting new singles Sunday at Presented by all ages and skill levels are welcome. Ninety minutes of supervised climbing begins at 3:30 p.m. Price: $37.

4. If you bundle up the kids, there's always an afternoon of sledding. Two great Plainview hills are at the and at the both on Washington Avenue. 

5. Football not your thing? The musical plays Sunday at the . The Broadway hit, based loosely on Puccini's opera "La Boheme," has a 7 p.m. curtain. Tickets: $20.


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