Super time to party |

Super time to party

Kristofer B. WakefieldTheresa Cinaglia (left) and Sherelle McNeely scream for glee at The Mine Shaft in Nevada City Sunday as the Oakland Raiders run half the field during the first quarter of the Super Bowl.
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While Theresa Cinaglia and Sherelle McNeely and others Sunday cheered – loudly – for their beloved Oakland Raiders to win their first Super Bowl in 19 years, others quietly rooted for Tampa Bay.

“I’d like to see Tampa Bay win,” said Dale Tucker, 59, of Cascade Shores, during the first quarter. “…because they have never won before.”

Tucker, Cinaglia and McNeely and six dozen or so other football fans were at The Mine Shaft on Broad Street in Nevada City to cheer, eat, drink and socialize as they followed Super Bowl XXXVII on television sets in the bar and on the rear patio.

“I love the game,” said Debby Sullivan, 55, a Buccaneer supporter, as she watched the game on a television set on the patio. “I grew up on football.”

A few feet away, dyed-in-the-wool 49er Fan Ken Hall was helping Mine Shaft owner Bryce Lee deep fry four turkeys in peanut oil. “I don’t really care who wins,” Hall said as the turkeys fried.

Steve Woolsey, a member of the Nevada City Elks, Lodge 518, stopped by the bar after attending a pre-game lunch of ribs for about 100 people at the Nevada City Elks building on Highway 20. “The party is still going on,” said Woolsey, a Raiders fan, during the second quarter.

At the club, Judy Taylor, was still hoping for the best, even as she watched her beloved Raiders trail to the Buccaneers at the end of the second quarter.

She and the Raiders go way back.

Taylor, 56, grew up in the Bay area. She was a Raiderette in 1963 and 1964. Cheerleaders had to dodge the cushions fans threw at them when the team lost, she recalled.

Taylor now lives in Penn Valley, with husband, George, a fellow Raiders fan.

In the end, however, it was the Buccaneers fans who had more to cheer.

Their team won, 48-21.

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