11 alternatives to watching the Super Bowl on Sunday

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If it seems as if everyone is focused on Sunday's Super Bowl and its attendant hoopla — a half time show featuring Yonkers' own Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, creative commercials, and oh yes, the actual game between two not New York teams (the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals) — there are some alternatives to watching "the big game."

Monday is Valentine's Day, duh.

Heart-shaped Linzer cookies are on the Valentine's Day menu at L'inizio in Ardsley.
Heart-shaped Linzer cookies are on the Valentine's Day menu at L'inizio in Ardsley.

Hello Monday morning quarterbacks! For all those who forgot Valentine's Day, take heart: A number of restaurants normally closed on Mondays will be open, but better start making plans now.

Channel your inner winter Olympian

Nathan Chen skated in the men's short program on Friday as the U.S. won the silver medal in the team figure skating competition. Chen won the gold medal in the individual competition.
Nathan Chen skated in the men's short program on Friday as the U.S. won the silver medal in the team figure skating competition. Chen won the gold medal in the individual competition.

We know, there are spring-like temperatures predicted for Saturday, but there is a chance of snow on Super Bowl Sunday. That means you might be able to get out the sled, cross country skis or snowshoes and channel your inner winter Olympian. If not, lace up your boots and hit a skating rink to emulate the gold medal winning U.S. skating star Nathan Chen. Or, venture to Manhattan's Bryant Park for a curling lesson on the ice rink there.

Celebrate Black History Month

A sculpture of Ella Fitzgerald by Vinnie Bagwell, located near the Yonkers train station in Yonkers.
A sculpture of Ella Fitzgerald by Vinnie Bagwell, located near the Yonkers train station in Yonkers.

There are a number of outdoor art pieces that celebrate Black history and culture that are easily accessible to all, from sculptures of Ella Fitzgerald to Martin Luther King Jr. Make a day and visit more than one.

Go for the big 'W'

Seth Greenberg of Seth Greenberg Just Desserts in Larchmont was asked to create a cake to reveal the new name of the Washington football team, the Washington Commanders. The cake weighed 75 pounds and took 34 man hours to complete.
Seth Greenberg of Seth Greenberg Just Desserts in Larchmont was asked to create a cake to reveal the new name of the Washington football team, the Washington Commanders. The cake weighed 75 pounds and took 34 man hours to complete.

If you just cannot disconnect from your football obsession, consider stopping by Just Desserts in Larchmont to pick up one of its delicious chocolate cakes. Owner Seth Greenberg made a massive version of his popular pastry for the celebration revealing the new name of the Washington Commanders NFL team earlier this month. The store sells a version in 6 and 8-inch sizes.

Check out a podcast

Beacon-based podcaster Laura Leigh Abby, left, and influencer Leia Immanuel. Immanuel voices Abby's journal entries in a new podcast.
Beacon-based podcaster Laura Leigh Abby, left, and influencer Leia Immanuel. Immanuel voices Abby's journal entries in a new podcast.

Make Sunday the day you finally try a podcast. Did you keep a journal when you were a teen? Did you ever think anyone but you would read it? A Beacon podcaster used excerpts of her journal, written when she was 17, in a new podcast produced 20 years later.

Rate your favorite burgers

Lohud Food & Dining Reporter Jeanne Muchnick with the Bobby-O burger from Brookside Tavern in Valley Cottage.    Photographed Jan. 21, 2022.
Lohud Food & Dining Reporter Jeanne Muchnick with the Bobby-O burger from Brookside Tavern in Valley Cottage. Photographed Jan. 21, 2022.

lohud's Jeanne Muchnick challenged readers for their favorite burgers in Rockland and Westchester. The results were varied but had one thing in common: People just love burgers.

Figure out why your electric bill is so high

You might want to dim the lights, or turn off your big screen entirely and take some time to read reporter David McKay Wilson's explanation on why your bill has seemingly doubled in a month's time.

Just take a walk already!

The trails at Rockwood Hall at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville on Friday, December 18, 2020.
The trails at Rockwood Hall at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville on Friday, December 18, 2020.

It's February folks, so if you still haven't made good on those New Year's resolutions to finally get in shape, check out a New York State park for a nice weekend walk. Think of it this way: Your 10,000 steps will easily beat those of Super Bowl quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford in the game.

Go for the birds

There are neither Cardinals nor Ravens in this year's Super Bowl but that shouldn't stop you from admiring some fine feathered friends. Backyard birding has been popular during the pandemic. Find out how to get started.

Plan to see The Who

The legendary rock band will make an appearance at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts this summer. The venue just announced its summer lineup, and tickets will go fast for some of these shows!

Check out some art

Yes, art museums are open on Sundays. The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, for example, has two companion exhibitions about the painter Friday Kahlo — “The World of Frida” and “Frida Kahlo in Context” that celebrate the culture, style, and persona of the visionary Mexican painter To find out more, go to hrm.org. The museum is located at 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers.

Karen Croke is the features editor for lohud.com and poughkeepsiejournal.com. Find my stories here. Reach me at kcroke1@lohud.com

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Super Bowl Sunday not for you? 11 alternatives to watching the game