Hosting a Super Bowl party and don’t know much about the Super Bowl or football in general? Don’t forget these printable Super Bowl party games and our quick ‘Super Bowl for Beginners’ run-down!
We have a tradition of watching the Super Bowl as a family at our house. I don’t even know when it started, but it’s sort of a given now. (Except for that year we got our dates wrong and made all the Super Bowl snacks on the wrong weekend!) On Super Bowl Sunday, we typically come home from church, change into comfy clothes and turn on the TV. To be honest, only two of the five of us actually WATCH the game. The girls and I are generally in it for the food! Maybe with these printable Super Bowl party games and a little more understanding of the game, we’ll be a little more into it this year.
Super Bowl for Beginners
Even if you are unfamiliar with football, watching the Super Bowl with your family can still be a fun way to spend a Sunday together. The Super Bowl is a long-standing tradition among Americans (and even many Canadians) that can be split up into 5 parts: pregame, game, commercials, half-time, and post-game.
For most people, pre-game is the best. There’s anticipation. There are drinks. There are snacks, and there’s no team winning yet! First off, a good pre-game involves food! Think wings, cheese dips in the shape of footballs, nachos, loaded potato slices, lots of chips, dips, deviled eggs and beer.
Scoring works in a few different ways.
If the offense (the ones that have the ball) get into the endzone, it is worth 6 points. Then they have the option of kicking the ball through the goalposts for 1 additional point or they can run or pass the ball into the endzone for 2 points called the 2-point conversion. If they can’t make it to the endzone, but they are close enough, they can choose to kick the ball through the uprights for 3 points called a field goal.
The only other way to score is if the defense (the ones without the ball) sack the other team’s quarterback while he’s standing with the ball in the endzone. If that happens, it is called a safety and the defensive team gets 2 points. (Safeties are pretty rare.) There are fumbles and interceptions, too, but they still have to get in the endzone which is 6 pts.
That’s how scoring works. Or so I’m told.
Super Bowl 2018
This year is the 52nd Super Bowl. It will be played in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of Mall of America and Target. The New England Patriots are playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the 52nd Super Bowl. There are two kinds of fans: those that cheer for the Patriots and those that cheer for whomever is playing against the Patriots. Actually, Dean tells me there’s a third kind of fan, those that don’t care who wins and just want to see a good game. Me thinks that more of a Canadian thing though! Generally speaking, the Patriots are hated because they always win. The Philadephia Eagles are clearly the underdog to most. Wear your green and silver if cheering for the Eagles or navy, red, and silver for the Pats. If you’re not sure what to add to the conversation, don’t be afraid to hit Twitter and use some key comments from ESPN.
This is the only day all year that most people look forward to the commercials. It’s also the one game in which it is expected you will go to the bathroom during the game instead of during the commercials. Companies pay millions to have a Super Bowl commercial so it is expected they will be good. Watch for fun ads from Budweiser, Doritos, and GoDaddy too, although Stella Artois is teaming up with Water.org so Matt Damon is in the ad. Yes, the one, the only Matt Damon. (Be prepared with the remote for inappropriate commercials though!)
The half-time show is a performance given between the first and second halves of a sporting event. A modern half-time show can consist of cheerleading performances, majorette routines, marching bands playing music, or other spectacular performances. For the Super Bowl, it’s always a spectacle with big stars and crazy special effects!
Super Bowl 2018 Half-Time Show
The half-time show for the52nd Super Bowl will feature Justin Timberlake. It’s his first appearance since 2004. There has been quite a bit of speculation over who the surprise guest will be.
This is really your chance to gloat if your team wins or leave early for work the next day if your team doesn’t. There will be speeches from the winning team, the owner, and the MVP for sure amidst lots of confetti, hugging, and showing off of new Super Bowl champion gear.
Printable Super Bowl Party Games
If you need a break from all the hoopla, or just something to direct your attention away from any inappropriate commercials, we have 3 fun Super Bowl party games to help with that! Our Super Bowl party games are super easy to use – just download and print. Play them before the game, during commercial breaks or at half-time.
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Basically, the most important aspects of the Super Bowl are eating, cheering loudly for your team, and being merry! It’s all about the celebration.
Does your family watch the Super Bowl?