I love football. I mean, really love it. I'd marry it if polygamy were legal. I played football (poorly) in high school, tried (and failed) to "walk on" in university and now watch NFL football almost every Sunday (and whenever else I can). I would watch the Super Bowl even if it were the two worst teams in the whole league playing.
But not everyone loves, likes or even tolerates football. For them Super Bowl Sunday is a tedious affair with little excitement other than looking for a cool commercial or hoping the game will end in time for a good night's sleep.
If this sounds like you, read on - I have a Super Bowl Party game that will keep it interesting from kickoff to the final gun (and it doesn't involve a matrix of gambling squares or any real football knowledge at all).
One week from now, Super Bowl Sunday will loom large and before it gets here, I want to pass along a game that my friend, Andy, shares every year. He doesn't claim ownership - a friend of his apparently concocted it - but I couldn't find a single reference to a similar game anywhere online. So he gets credit based on the fact that he forwards a copy of the game every year with updates for the teams playing.
I have included a variation in printable form for you and your guests to enjoy this year.
How to play:
2. Cut out the tickets and fold. Place in a fish bowl (hence the name) - a hat or normal bowl might work, too.
3. Figure out how many tickets each person at your party can draw. We've created 46 the tickets, so if you've got a group of 6 people, each person can draw 7 tickets (with 4 extras to discard).
4. Everyone secretly reads their own tickets.
5. Once the game starts players watch in hopes that the events on their tickets take place. If, for instance, Colin Kaepernick throws a TD pass, then anyone holding that ticket writes their name on the back and places the ticket back into the bowl.
6. After the game, a ticket is drawn from the fishbowl to determine a winner, and that person takes home the prize.
Why is this such a great Super Bowl Party Game?
- Well, first off you don't have to know anything about football. You pull tickets blindly, and then roll with what you get. The ultimate winner is also chosen randomly.
- You don't have to wait till the game or quarter ends for things to cheer for. If you have a few tickets, there's a good chance that you'll be watching for an event to happen on every single play.
- You can play the game with or without a gambling component.
- The first time we played, party-goers each chipped in $10. The winner took home $60.
- A non-gambling alternative would be to have a prize of some sort for the winner.
- Andy "sells" the individual tickets, allowing people to buy as many or as few as they like until they are all sold. You could still win it all by only buying 1.
- Even if the score gets out of hand (as it often does in the Super Bowl), this little game still gives you a reason to watch.
- Football really is better when you have something to cheer for - this game gives you that. We played it at a Party a couple years back and Robin and several other football-neutral folks enjoyed the game more than they ever had before.
Here's the Printable Party Game for Super Bowl 2013:
Give it a shot - even if it is just you and the family sitting around. Pull some tickets and play for "No Chores" or "Sleep In" or whatever. The Super Bowl shouldn't have to be Super Boring.
How do you make the Super Bowl fun for fans and non-fans alike?