The Super Bowl stopped being a game a long time ago. Now, it is an event. Therefore, you can't approach your Super Bowl Party in the same manner that you would some semi-meaningless Week 6 game.
You want your Super Bowl party to be awesome, and you want to be ready for the fact that more than half of the Super Bowls ever played have been blowouts. So the best way to do that is to have several Super Bowl party games ready in case things get out of hand!
Just remember to keep the rules simple, keep the rules light, and make sure they are clearly stated beforehand. Here are a few suggestions for Super Bowl party games that could help you maximize your viewing experience. Some of these games involve either drinking or gambling, so remember to be responsible.
The Pre-Game Football Game
Nothing gets the blood pumping and the testosterone going like a quick pick-up game of pigskin. All the males at the party should be in the mood for at least a light game of two-hand touch. If they are not, it's your duty to berate them and challenge their manhood at every opportunity during the evening.
Also, before you spend four hours criticizing every coaching maneuver, every dropped pass, and every missed assignment it helps to be reminded of how tricky a game it can be.
Nothing beats a game of
CORNHOLE to get the party started!
Don't say "football" Game
At the beginning of halftime, give your guests small paper footballs to stick onto their chests with double-sided tape. Tell everyone they're not allowed to say the word "football" while in conversation during halftime. If a guest hears someone use the word, they can take the football from the offending party. The person who collects the most footballs is the winner.
Football Bean Bag Toss
If you have enough room, inside or outside, mark out a small football field with masking tape, and be sure to mark the yardage since it will be necessary for scoring the game. Divide your guests into two teams and have them take turns tossing bean bags onto the other team's side of the field.
Keep score of the yardage points where the bags land, with a touchdown scoring 0 points. The team with the lowest yardage wins.
For Little Ones
If you have younger guests at your party, or if you have older guests who are young-at-heart, organize a game of hot potato with a football. The last person left in the circle is the winner.
Pass the Football
Here is one that kids and adults will love to play. To play this game, arrange for teams of about 8 to stand in a line, one behind the other ( boy, girl, boy,...). Give each team a miniature football which the first person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the football gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first
Super Bowl Squares
This is a must-have, if you are at a party where you don't have betting squares you are a Communist. You can play for anywhere from $1 to $50 per square but the best way to go is generally to settle at $5 per square, giving you a $500 kitty. Just make sure that everyone knows to bring cash to the party.
Next, take a piece of paper or poster board and make a 10-by-10 grid. On the top of the page write the name of one team. On the left-hand side write the name of the other team. After you collect people's money let him or her write their name on the grid. After all of the squares are filled you draw numbers out of a hat - using 0 through 9 - and fill them in one at a time on the outside rows both vertically and horizontally on the paper.
Those numbers represent the last number in the score and you have payouts at the end of the first quarter ($50), at halftime ($150), at the end of the third quarter ($50) and at the end of the game ($250). The numbers represent the last digit in the score at the end of each quarter. For instance, if the score was Giants 14, Patriots 9, then the person whose square is located at the intersection of "Giants 4" and "Patriots 9" wins the money. The betting board is a great way to keep people interested in the game!
Pass the Cup
One of the classic Super Bowl games to play is pass the cup. Goes like this: If I'm holding the cup, I put a dollar in. If I say "touchdown" then for each play that is not a touchdown, the cup gets passed and another dollar gets dropped in.
When a touchdown is scored, the person holding the cup gets the cash. Whoever holds the cup can make the rule, so you can do first downs, field goals, whatever you like.
Name that Logo
Make sure you include everyone in this fun Super Bowl party game, kids and adults will both love this one! One of the best parts of the Super Bowl celebration is viewing all of the new commercials, and this Super Bowl game goes hand in hand with that.
Go through several magazines and cut out many advertisement symbols (A Clydesdale without the Bud, the 7up dot, but not the word 7up) etc. Try using sports minded products to tie together with the football theme, then paste each on a large poster board and hang on a wall.
When the guests arrive, hand out blank answer sheets to everybody and have them try to identify as many of the symbols as possible during the game. The person who guesses the most correctly wins, you can even just have them put them in a jar when completed and tally at half time. A football themed party favor is fitting for the game winner.