In the theme from tv's Cheers, they sing, "Don't you want to go where everybody knows your name and you're always glad you came." When I visit my dad in Griffith, Indiana, that place is Bridges' Scoreboard.
Scoreboard has your usual sports bar amenities (several big screens, standard bar fare, etc), but it has the intangibles that make it special. Owners Scott and Jeff Bridges are usually on hand. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The patrons are familiar faces. It's a place where you always feel welcome. It's a place which is lively, without being unbearable.
One thing I really enjoy is when they have a player appearance. Recently, they have had former Chicago Bears wide receiver Brian Baschnagel. I wrote about the evening on the Patch at On the Beat With Brian Baschnagel at Bridges' Scoreboard.
One of the cool parts is that it is such a casual environment, unlike a major sports convention. You actually get to spend time with the athlete. It's almost like Baschnagel popped in to your house to watch the game with you.
Bridges' Scoreboard is a fun place to watch a sporting event. You can check out their menu, learn about their special events (including more player appearances) and get any other relevant info on the Bridges' Scoreboard Facebook page.
Scott Bridges and Brian Bacshnagel in Griffith, IN-October 2017.