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SUPPORTING THE HOME TEAM

Away from home with no one to help you root for your home team? Odds are you are not alone.

With so many transplants moving to the Grand Strand from other NFL cities, there's a good chance you can find fans of the same feather at some of the many watering holes in the area.

Although Steelers fans may make up the majority, there are wayward fans off all kinds that gather at different establishment on gameday, such as the Cleveland Browns Backers at Drifter's Saloon, the Philadelphia Eagles fans who flock to The Clubhouse or the Washington Redskins Nation that descends upon Bumstead's Pub at Dagwood's Deli, just to name a few.

But not all fans use this list to look for friends; some use it to heckle good-natured enemies. Dallas fan Smoke Hunter often sports his Cowboys jersey and goes to the home bar of that weekend's opponent just so he can rub the foes' noses in it. Of course, he's also been known to sneak out the back door whenever the Cowboys crumble in the fourth quarter.

And for those who just like to be a part of all the action, every sports bar welcomes fans of all kinds. It only adds to the excitement of a Sunday when all the NFL colors are represented.

Here's a sampling of where the fans are on any given Sunday.

NFL

Baltimore Ravens

Backfinz, 4396 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, features the Ravens Roost. Call 357-3069.

Cleveland Browns

The Myrtle Beach Mad Dawgs, a chapter of the Browns Backers Worldwide call Drifters Saloon, 2903 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, home on game days. Call 626-4464.

Carolina Panthers

Broadway Louie's, Celebrity Square, Broadway at the Beach, claims to be the Carolina Panthers headquarters (we thought that was in Charlotte, N.C.?) Call 445-6885.

Spencerz Sports Pub, corner of S.C. 544 and U.S. 17 Business, near Surfside Beach, has the Cats' logo emblazoned on its facade. Call 238-4500.

Dallas Cowboys

Fans of "America's Team" can be found at Foster's Cafe, 6307-A N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 449-7945.

New England Patriots

Catch Tom Brady and Co. at both locations of the Island Bar & Grill (2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach and 10744 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island). Call 650-3157 for Surfside Beach or 235-3399 for Island Bar & Grill South.


Spencerz Sports Pub, corner of S.C. 544 and U.S. 17 Business, near Surfside Beach, speaks fluent Patriotese. Call 238-4500.

The Underdog Sports Pub & Grill, 304 S.C. 90, Little River, is the North Strand home for the Patsies. Call 249-2333.

New York Giants

The Underdog Sports Pub & Grill, 304 S.C. 90, Little River, is a place built on the shoulders of Giants (but Green Bay Packers pack the bar here, too). Call 249-2333.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Clubhouse Myrtle Beach, 510 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, Eagles fans nest here, 626-9058.

Philthies fans flap their wings at Foster's Cafe, 6307-A N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 449-7945.

Illadelph is celebrated also at Jimmagan's Hideaway, 6003 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 497-5450.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers, shamrocks and shellfish mix at Murphy's Law Sports and Raw Bar, 405 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 448-6021.

Murphy's Law South, 2859 U.S. 17 S., Garden City Beach; like its Steel City sister bar to the north, the southside version is all Steelers all the time. Call 651-6063.

Oscar's, 4101 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, is painted black and gold, for cryin' out loud. Call 272-0707.

Spencerz Sports Pub, corner of S.C. 544 and U.S. 17 Business near Surfside Beach, is Heinz Field South on Sundays. Call 238-4500.

Steel the one: Broadway Louie's, Celebrity Square, Broadway at the Beach. Call 445-6885.

Hanging Ten Beach Bar & Grill, 1610 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach, trades surfboards for steel girders on gameday. Call 650-8413.

Steel yourself for football action at Foster's Cafe, 6307-A N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 449-7945.

You'll have to (Hines) Ward off all of the gold and black: The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, 201 Outlet Blvd., Myrtle Beach, is like Steeltown South. Call 903-2628.

Washington Redskins

The Hawgs and Hawgettes get big on the pig at Bumstead's Pub, 400 11th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach and Greg's Cabana, 2800 U.S. 17 S., Garden City Beach.

Hanging Ten Beach Bar & Grill, 1610 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach, is Skins-tight. Call 650-8413.

-Terry Massey, for Weekly Surge, contributed to this report