Living in the Pacific Northwest, this year’s Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is not really a must-see event. To make the most out of my party, I add a few games and events to amp up the level of excitement when no one cares about the ultimate winner. Well, no one really wants to see Tom Brady win another Super Bowl, but even if he does, no one will be terribly upset.
100 Squares, 4 Chances to Win
A Super Bowl party is not complete without a 100-square football pool. The best part is that no previous knowledge of how to bet or even of the game of football itself is required.
The pool is simple. You start with a 10 x 10 grid. One axis is labeled with the home team and the other with the away team. If you sell each square for $1, you will have $100 in the pool. If the squares, for some reason, do not sell out completely, I buy out all those left over. Then comes the fun part. I randomly assign numbers 0 through 9 to each column, followed by doing the same for each row. Some people assign numbers to the grid before they sell squares, but I think half of the fun is not knowing what numbers you’ll end up with.
Your grid will end up looking something like this.
At the end of each quarter, you take the last number of the score for each team and use the grid to find the winner. I typically pay out $10 for the first quarter, $25 at half time, $15 for the third quarter, and $50 for the final.
As an added incentive to buying squares, every time a penalty flag is thrown, I roll two ten-sided dice (one for the home team, one for away) and using the numbers give away a prize… usually a lottery ticket or small candy.
Always Learning – Trivia
I like to do a little research on the teams in the big game along with their home cities and use commercial breaks as an opportunity for guests to win prizes for answering trivia questions. You can even research the history of the Super Bowl and throw in some game day questions. Learning and winning all in one!
No Speak ‘Ums
A favorite party game with adults and kids alike is No Speak ‘Ums. Every guest is given a bead necklace when they arrive. A list of common words is displayed near the TV where everyone is sure to see it. These are words that you are not allowed to say. If someone catches you saying one of the offending words, they can steal your necklace. If the offender has more than one necklace, you get to take all of them! The person who ends up with the most necklaces at the end of the night is the winner.
Best Super Bowl Snack
Nothing says Super Bowl like pot luck snack food. If you don’t want to end up with store-bought, mediocre snacks, create a contest and award prizes for the best tasting, most creative, and best presentation. Keep ballots near the food table and a jar for guest to cast their votes. Mmmmmmm!
When no one cares about the game, it’s always fun to find extra ways to keep your guests entertained. What are your favorite ways to amp up your Super Bowl party when no one is interested in the game??