Some Giants fans head to The Office

Updated: October 17, 2010, 7:01 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- Inside The Office: Beer Bar & Grill on Route 22, Anthony Pezzella was one of about 15 New York Giants fans trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

Pezzella, 48, from Bridgewater, normally paces back and forth in his living room, watching his beloved Giants on his 52-inch HDTV, equipped with surround sound. But with Cablevision and Fox stuck in a contract impasse, Pezzella, like more than 3 million other Cablevision subscribers in the New York region, was forced to watch the game elsewhere. Fortunately, he was able to come to The Office -- just minutes from his home -- which carried the Giants-Detroit Lions game this afternoon on DirecTV.

"I don't mind watching here," said Pezzalla, who was sporting a grey Giants sweatshirt and sipping a $2 Yuengling Lager. "There are a lot of other Giants fans around and it's a pretty good atmosphere. I just think these people [from Fox and Cablevision] need to work out a deal without affecting their customers."

Adam Tivald, 25, also of Bridgewater, wasn't as accepting of the precarious circumstances as Pezzalla.

"I'm extremely upset," Tivald said. "I usually just sit in front of my TV at home along with my family. I don't want to be here at the bar. I guess I'm just superstitious in that way.

"I thought [when Fox pulled its programming from Cablevision on Friday night] the game would be back by the time Sunday came around. I'll keep coming back if the dispute continues, but I may try to convince my parents to get DirecTV."

Tivald's family normally starts watching Fox at 12 p.m. so they can catch the pre-game show. But without Fox at home, those plans were derailed.

"We ended up watching the CBS pre-game show instead," Tivald's father, John Dauber, 48, said.

Dauber said he and his son chose to go to The Office because "it's local" and "he always sees their advertisements on the highway."

Michelle Meyer, associate manager for The Office, said the bar had "a lot more Giants fans here than usual."

"Normally we get more of a mixed crowd with fans of different teams," Meyer said. "We definitely have more people in here than usual. We've received a lot of calls from people asking if we were carrying the game."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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