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Hello, My Name is Cliche

Materials Needed

  • Adhesive backed Hello my Name is... name tags for each guests
  • Get enough of those sticky name tags that that come pre-printed with “Hello, my name is…” on them for every guest. As the guests arrive give them a name tag with their name added and a personalize football cliche. For example for a guest named Mark his tag might read, ” Hello, my name is Mark and I am better than my record indicates“.

    Only one cliche per person, so once the cliche is used cross it off the list. For the rest of the party whenever an tv announcer uses that cliche during the game, Mark has to take a drink. For example if the announcer says, “The Giants have been far better than their record indicates this year” then Mark has to take a drink (or some other “punishment” like eating a SUPER hot chicken wing or hot pepper). You can assign the cliches to the guests yourself as they arrive, have a printed list and allow them to pick a cliche or let them suggest their own.

    Here are some suggested cliche phrases:

    I take it one game at a time.
    I leave it all on the field.
    I am deceptively fast.
    I am going to feel this one in the morning.
    I am better than my record indicates.
    I have a motor that won’t quit.
    I give 110 percent.
    I play a full 60 minutes.
    I have a quick first step.
    My defense bends but doesn’t break.
    I have all day to throw it.
    I am a downhill runner.
    I play ball-control offense.
    I dominate the line of scrimmage.
    I pound it out on the ground.
    I need to air it out more.
    I have open passing lanes.
    I make plays on both sides of the ball.
    I stick to my game plan.
    I am a dangerous deep threat.
    I call timeouts to ice the kicker.
    I split the uprights.
    I am in the hurry-up offense.
    I am trying to milk the clock.
    I am showing blitz.
    I cut it back against the grain.
    I call my own number.
    I am a shut-down corner.
    I throw into double-coverage.
    I make game saving tackles.
    I am efficient in the red zone.
    I win it in the trenches.

    Super Bowl Squares Pool

    Materials Needed

  • Sheet of paper with a 10x10 grid or our free Super Bowl Squares Pool Game Sheet
  • Pen to claim squares
  • Create a game sheet containing a 10×10 grid of boxes where each row and column will be assigned a number from 0 to 9. The top row 0-9 is one team, the side row 0-9 is the other team playing. (We do have a free Super Bowl Squares Pool Game Sheet for you to print if you don’t want to make your own.)

    Each square of the grid is claimed by a guest by writing his or her name in the square. Choose a price per square and let people buy as many squares as they want. You will have 100 squares to sell to your guests, and you’ll need to sell all 100 squares. Most people charge $1 a square, but if your friends are high rollers you can up the ante. This money goes to the prize pool.

    Once all the squares are filled, to keep people from only picking the squares with 7’s, 3’s and 0’s, pull numbers from zero to nine randomly to designate the order of the numbers that go along the top and the left of the grid. Make sure to do this randomly and AFTER all the squares are filled to keep it fair.

    At the end of each quarter of the Super Bowl, the last digit of both NFL teams’ score is compared to the grid to determine a winner. For example, a player has the 7-3 square, 7 for the Redskins and 3 for the Ravens. If, at the end of the first quarter, the Redskins were ahead 17-3 the 7-3 square would be a winner.

    The prize pool is usually awarded by percentage with the largest going to the final score winner. $1 a square yields $100 prize pool, so you could pay out $12.50 to the 1st quarter winner, $25 to the halftime winner, $12.50 to the 3rd quarter winner, and $50 grand prize to the final score winner. If you don’t want to charge, split the squares up between your guests, then hand out prizes to the winners. Fun “Football party” prizes work well, like a large bucket of pretzels, or a 6-pack.

    This is a great game for even the football novice to play since it requires no real knowledge of the game, just some luck.

    Pass the Cup Game

    Materials Needed

  • a cup or hat
  • a lot of single dollar bills
  • You give a cup to a random party guest at the start of the Super Bowl. That guest puts $1 into the cup and he announces the goal for the round. The goal can be anything that can occur in a single play in the game; such as a touchdown, a first down, a 20 yard pass completion, a sack, or a score of any kind. Anything that would require more than one play, such as “a team having three straight incomplete passes” would not be allowed since it would take at least three plays for it to occur.

    After the first player announces the goal for the round, he holds the cup until one play is completed. If his goal is met he wins whats in the cup, if not, the cup is passed to the next person. The next person puts a $1 in the cup and holds the cup for one play. If the goal is met he wins whats in the cup ($2 at this point), if not he passes it to the next person… so on and so on.

    So if for example the first player gets the cup, drops in a $1, announces the goal as “a touchdown” and waits for one play to complete while he holds the cup. If a touchdown occurs on the first play the guests wins his dollar back and passes the cup to the next person on his right who puts in $1 and starts a new round with a new goal. If a touchdown does not occur on the first play then the guests passes the cup to the person on his right who then puts in a second dollar and hopes a touchdown occurs on the second play while he holds the cup. You keep passing the cup, and guests keep adding a dollar, one play at a time until there is a touchdown in the game. When that happens whoever is holding the cup wins all the money and passes the cup to the first person to his right who starts the game again with a fresh dollar and a new goal.

    Make sure you have a lot of single dollar bills on hand to make change and encourage guests to make reasonable goals. Setting the goal as “a turnover returned for a touchdown” is technically within the rules but the entire Super Bowl might pass without as that happening and that makes the game very boring, so feel free to ban those types of goals just to keep the game flowing and fun.

    Once your guests get the hang of it you can also add in other “side goals” like “every time a fumble happens (and it’s not the current goal) everyone NOT holding the cup adds $1” or “if the quarterback is sacked (and that is not the current goal) the person holding the cup adds $2″…. you get the idea. After a while your guests will usually start tossing out ideas of their own.

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    Super Bowl MVP Auction

    Materials Needed

  • List of players
  • Paper to keep track of auction winners
  • Before kick-off let your guests know you will be holding an MVP player auction. Guests can bid any amount on each of the key players from both Super Bowl teams and the money goes into a prize pool. When MVP is announced at the end of the game, whichever guest owns the winning MVP player they win the loot.

    Make a list of the starting quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers for each team. Since quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers win MVP more than half the time they can be auctioned off individually, but we recommend auctioning each defensive/special teams unit as a package deal instead of trying to auction each individual defensive player (if anyone in the group wins MVP the guest wins). You should also auction off an everyone else card that covers any player not auctioned off, so if any non-auctioned player comes out of nowhere to win MVP you still have a winner of the prize pool.  

    Your auction line up should include:

    – Starting quarterback from each team
    – Starting running back from each team
    – Second running back if the team splits carries (optional)
    – Both starting wide receivers from each team
    – The third wide receiver (optional)
    – Total defense and special team for each team
    – Everyone else

    In a rare situation you might have, for example, a wide receiver who also returns kicks wins the MVP. This could present a problem since two guests could own his rights (one as wide receiver, and one guest who owns the defensive/special teams “package deal”. If this happens make a judgement call as to if his play as a wide receiver or kick returner is the reason he won the MVP, if he excelled in both roles, split the money.

    Drink Brett Favre

    Materials Needed

  • An over-hyped sports personality
  • The rules are simple, whenever someone on the television broadcast mentions Brett Favre everybody drinks. Obviously, you can adjust the rules to whoever is the current player or owner getting a lot of media attention at the time of the Super Bowl. The key is to pick someone not associated directly with the game that is sure to get mentioned. For 2012 Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning are excellent choices.

    Play Football!

    Materials Needed

  • A Football
  • Space outside to play
  • Playing is easy enough since most people at your party will already know how to play. Before the game divide up into teams and encourage everyone of all ages to participate. If you have kids playing you can play a lighthearted game of flag or (soft)touch football, if it’s just the guys, go all out with a rough and tumble game of football.

    It is not so much about who wins as it is about getting everyone’s blood pumping so when it is finally time for Super Bowl kick off (pregame seems to last for days) people are excited and ready for some football. If some people really do not want to play, get them to coach, referee or be cheerleaders.  Try and get the whole party involved in some way, your neighbors may even want to join in when they see all the fun you are having!

    If you plan for this in advance you can let you guests know so they can bring a quick change of clothes and/or shoes, too.

    Hide the Keys Game

    Materials Needed

  • One responsible person
  • By far, the best game to play at any Super Bowl party is “Hide the keys”. You play it by hiding the cars keys of any guest who has had too much to drink and wants to drive.

    You might also consider using a “Keymaster”. A Keymaster is someone responsible who is not drinking that gets the car keys from every guest as they arrive and is in charge of only returning the keys to guests who are not at risk to drive home. While it might seem like a simple thing to remember, but it’s the simple things that can make your party Fabulous.

    Have fun, and be safe!