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“The Greatest Team Ever…” Memory Game

Materials Needed

  • A good memory
  • If you have a sharp and focused group of players this game can last a surprisingly long time. Try to keep the pace of play rapid, sometimes guests will take forever trying to get it right.

    The Set Up: Have your guests sit in a circle in a large open area and select a random player to start.

    The Rules: The first player will say, “ The best football team ever would include __________” filling in the blank with whatever person they choose. It can be realistic like “Joe Montana” or a bit silly like “Miley Cyrus”. For purposes of example the first person said “Joe Montana”. The person to the left of the starter(clockwise) goes next. They will say, ” The best football team ever would include Joe Montana and __________” filling in the blank with whoever they choose. The third person would say the entire phrase including both of the previous answers(in order) and add a third.

    This continues moving left around the circle with each person repeating what the previous person said and adding an additional football player until someone forgets a previous player, messes up the order or in some way makes a mistake. That person is out and leaves the circle. The person to the left of the person that is now out starts the game over again from scratch. Continue playing and eliminating players until only one person remains. That person is a very deserving winner.

    If the Game is Taking Too Long: Sometimes this game can bog down with guests taking long turns. If your game starts to slow down or even from the very beginning you can add a five second rule. So if any player on their turn goes for more than 5 seconds without adding to the list they are eliminated.

    Super Bowl Prop Bets Games

    Materials Needed

  • Pens and paper
  • Every Super Bowl the betting services in Las Vegas come up with crazy bets specifically tailored for this one event that are commonly called prop bets. They can be as simple as which player will score the first touchdown or as bizarre as the over/under on the time it takes to sing the National Anthem. The prop bets for the Super Bowl can be easily found with a quick search on your favorite search engine and offer a great resource for an easy game to play at your party.

    Make a list of prop bets that will be fun to add to your game from the hundreds that available then assign a points value to each one. For example, predicting which team will win the coin flip should have a low points value since everyone has a 50% chance of getting it correct whereas guessing the player who will commit the first personal foul is more difficult and should reward more points for a correct answer. The betting services themselves offer a method to help you determine value since all of the bets have odds. If the bet pays out close to 1 to 1 odds then make the correct answer worth 10 points, if it is a 10 to 1 bet a correct answer should be worth 100 points. Once you have your list and a point values assigned make sure to number each bet and your are ready to go.

    Before kickoff, pass out pen and paper to all of your party guests. Read off in order each of the prop bets on your list and ask the guests to write down their answer s(remind them to number their answers to avoid confusion). Throughout the game make sure to make note of the correct answers as they happen. After the game add up the point totals and the guest with the most points wins a prize.

    You are in hurry you can download a free version from our printable Super Bowl games HERE.

    Passing Skills Challenge

    Materials Needed

  • A football
  • Targets spread around the yard
  • In your backyard or any open area mark a spot where participant will stand and then set up targets at a variety of different distances from the spot. The targets can be a solid object where the points are awarded by hitting the target or have an opening so that points are only awarded if the football goes into the opening. Assign a points value to each target with a low number of points for the easiest targets to hit increasing to a high point value for the most difficult.

    You can do a quick and easy set up using common items like a trash can, lawn chair and garden gnome or get creative by hanging a tire from a tree, cutting a hole in a cardboard box with a wide receiver drawn on it with his hands around the hole or even having someone push a wheel barrel which serves as the target(the wheel barrel, not the person). The more time and creativity you invest in the set up, the better the odds of the game being a success at your Super Bowl party.

    Break your party guests up into groups of a similar age/skill level. If you have more than 7 targets, each contestant gets one chance to throw the football at the target, if less than 7 targets allow two throws per target. If they successfully hit the target they are awarded the point value assigned to that target. Keep score and award a prize to the high point total from each group.

    It is All-in the Cards

    Materials Needed

  • A deck of cards
  • Pen and paper to keep track of which card each guest draws
  • A hat or bag
  • Get a deck of cards and take out the Ace through 10 of any suit. You will need ten guests willing to play or some guests will have to buy multiple entries to get the number to ten total. You can charge $1, $5 or whatever your guests are comfortable with investing. Put all ten cards in a hat or bag and one by one have the players draw a card, keeping track of who draws which card.

    Whoever has the card that matches the last number of the combined score of both teams at the end of the first quarter wins the pot. For example, if the score at the end of the first quarter is 14-3 then the person with the seven card wins because 14 + 3 = 17, and seven is the last number. Rinse and repeat for each quarter of the game.

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    Don’t Say “Football”!

    Materials Needed

  • 1-3 Token items per player
  • Select a word that is taboo to say at the party, we use “football” as an example but it can be anything that is likely to be said frequently like “touchdown”, “Super Bowl”, “commercial”, or even “beer”.

    As the quests arrive tell them the taboo word and give them some sort of token that can be easily passed around, like plastic whistles on strings like the referees use or team colored Mardi Gras beads. You could also use something as simple as a clothes pin or safety pin since the guests can simply clip it to something they are wearing.  For small parties you can give more than one token each, for larger parties 1 token per person is fine.

    As the party goes on anyone who says the taboo word must give up their token to the first person to call them out. At the end of the party whoever has accumulated the most tokens wins a prize. You can also choose to play just during pre-game, or until half-time if you prefer.

    Super Bowl Who Am I?

    Materials Needed

  • Enough adhesive back stickers for every guest
  • Before the party starts fill out sticky name tags (“Hello, my name is” stickers are perfect) with generic jobs you see during the football game. For example head coach, referee, camera man, running back, announcer, etc. Just make sure to keep them out of eyesight of your guests. As your guests arrive, stick a name tag to them without them being able to see which job they have been given. You can stick it to their back, on their hat or even right smack on their forehead. The guests then move through the party asking each of the other party guests one yes or no question about the job they have been assigned. After asking one question they have to move on to another guest to ask their next question. The first person to figure out their job wins a prize. When anyone else figures out their job, they get to take their sticker off.

    If you have a particularly football savvy crowd you can choose to use actual people who have a history associated with the Super Bowl like past Super Bowl MVPs or winning Super Bowl coaches. It is a little tougher game, but that challenge can make it more fun for the right crowd. Below is some jobs and names you can use for the game.

    Generic Super Bowl jobs:

    Quarterback
    Running Back
    Fullback
    Tight End
    Wide receiver
    Offensive Tackle
    Guard
    Center
    Kicker
    Punter
    Kick Returner
    Long Snapper
    Referee
    Replay Official
    Defensive tackle
    Defensive End
    Linebacker
    Safety
    Cornerback
    Nickleback
    Head Coach
    General Manager
    Team Owner
    Mascot
    Cameraman
    Announcer
    Cheerleader

    Click here for more difficult “Who Am I?” name list ideas.

    That Catch is….. Good!

    Materials Needed

  • List of receivers
  • Slips of paper
  • Drinks (or other punishment)
  • Before the start of the party write down all of the names of players likely to catch a pass during the Super Bowl. Write the names on individual slips of paper and put them in a bowl to mix them up. Before the football game begins have anyone who will be playing draw a name from the bowl. During the Super Bowl, whenever a receiver catches a pass the guest assigned to that player has to either take a drink or do a shot.

    If you have more guests that want to play than players just double up on certain players so there will be two people drinking instead of one. Optionally you can also select a community player, whenever that football player catches a pass everyone at the party drinks.

    Many people play with the rule of taking a drink, but you can also make it non-alcoholic if you like. When the player makes a catch have the person eat a HOT pepper or a pickled egg from a jar, do a cheer, eat a SUPER HOT chicken wing (you can easily grab an small order of “Holy Cow!” hot chicken wings when you get your normal ones), or do a celebration lap around the living room. The choices of what the person has to do are endless, so don’t feel confined to just drinking.

    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.

    Guess How Many Footballs in the Jar

    Materials Needed

  • A clear jar
  • Enough foil covered chocolate footballs to fill it
  • 3 x 5 cards
  • Pens or pencils
  • A box with an opening to put the cards
  • Fill a clear jar or container with foil wrapped chocolate footballs making sure to keep track of exactly how many are included. Decorate the jar to taste, using ribbons matching the colors of the teams in the Super Bowl works well or color coordinated permanent makers. Just make sure that the contents are clearly visible. Place the jar on a table with a stack of 3 x 5 cards, pens or pencils, and a box with an opening cut in the top. Each guest gets one chance to guess how many chocolate footballs are in the jar by writing down their name and estimate on a card and dropping it in the box. The closest to actual amount wins the jar and all it contents.

    – Halftime is a great time to announce the winner since all guest should have had a chance to make an entry by that point and with another half of football remaining it give the guests that did not win plenty of time convince the winner to share some of the prize.

    – If you do not want to use the chocolate footballs, using hard candies matching the team colors of the Super Bowl teams(or even a local team) is a good option. Nuts are a good choice for those wanting to provide a more healthy prize alternative. Pistachio nuts in shells are easy to count and that eliminates any confusion as to if you count both halves of a separated nut. You can even mix candies with nuts and small novelty toys, stickers, packs of football trading cards, whatever you like. Use your own judgement and trust your instincts, you know your Super Bowl party guests better than anyone else.