Betting on the Super Bowl (see current odds here) isn't for most casual NFL fans.
That's because shady bookies, offshore gambling sites and fly-by-night insecure betting websites don't necessarily promote confidence. And if you don't have easy access to an accredited sportsbook in Las Vegas, Nevada, or something similar, then the options are pretty slim.
The "Squares Sheet," therefore, has emerged as a fun alternative. It's an annual Super Bowl game that requires nothing but dumb luck, ensuring that even decrepit Uncle Lou -- who has been unable to see or even hear a football game this century -- can go home a winner even if he has no idea which teams are even playing.
HINT: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., this upcoming Sunday evening (Feb. 2, 2014).
Anyway, here's how to play Super Bowl squares game:
- Get friends and find a cozy place to gather, eat and imbibe (crash a party if necessary)
- Download/print the Super Bowl 48 squares sheet right here
- Encourage your "friends" to write their names in the empty WHITE squares (typically for a fee, e.g. $1 per square) until all of them are filled
- Store money in a safe place
- Write numbers 0-9 on a piece of paper, cut them out and toss into a hat/bag
- Pull out one number randomly and write it in the GREY box up top (Broncos) until hat/bag is empty
- Put numbers 0-9 back in hat/bag and redraw
- Pull out one number randomly and write it in the GREY box down the left side (Seahawks) until hat/bag is empty
- Hang sheet in a conspicuous place for all to see
- Watch the Super Bowl ... and the scoreboard!
At the end of each quarter jot down the score. You are going to use the last digit in each team's score after each quarter to determine a winner. For example, if the Broncos are winning 14-10 over the Seahawks at the end of the first quarter, whichever "friend" has his or her name in the Broncos "4" square that corresponds/intersects with a "0" in the Seahawks square wins the pot.
Repeat this exercise at halftime, after the third quarter and, of course, with the final score.
There should be four "pots" that are paid out to the quarterly winner(s). How the pots are diced up (valued) depends on the organizer, as well as how much is actually in the till. Keep in mind that final score winner traditionally takes home the biggest pot, followed by the halftime winner. First and third quarter pots are typically equal ... and the smallest.
Remember that Super Bowl 2014 kickoff/start time between Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX channel this upcoming Sunday. Therefore, get this party grid filled up sooner rather than later,
Good (dumb) luck, Maniacs!
Be sure to also hit up our complete, up-to-date Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks complete Super Bowl 48 stream coverage right here.