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Something You Can Use: A Ready-made Super Bowl Party

Maybe you have a Super Bowl Party already planned, but you don't know what to do other than watch the big game! Well, here's a resource for you to add a creative twist to your party!


Here are the basics on what to do:


That's right-you need a place to watch the game. If your youth group is small, someone's house is great! If you have a large group, you can use a youth room, a gym, anyplace you can find and set up a big screen and projector. (Don't forget that you'll need some sort of TV tuner with reception hooked up to the projector- worse case scenario, a VCR with a pair of rabbit ears!)


Super Bowl Sunday of course, Sunday, February 5th.


That's right-I always get some good prizes that I advertise before-hand. In the past I've solicited dinner certificates, ski tickets, sports memorabilia, etc. Or, if you don't have resources for those kinds of prizes, there are always SNICKERS, MILK DUDS and DING DONGS! The prizes go to those who do best on the "Super Bowl Quiz." You'll see ... keep reading!


Depending on what you do and what your budget is. If your ministry has a strong budget and you want to provide a good outreach for your students to bring their friends to-then make it FREE. If you have no budget, you can charge a few bucks to cover sodas, ("pop," for all you from Minnesota) snacks, and any prizes you couldn't get donated.


The agenda for this event is pretty easy. You give them a quiz (see SUPER BOWL QUIZ below) as they enter the party. They have to fill it out before going in (or entering the main room). Certain questions have to do with the beginning of the game- so if they come late- they can still fill out the quiz- but they miss those questions. Don't allow anyone to fill out the quiz past the first quarter- they'll have an unfair advantage with the final score, etc.

Then you just let everyone enjoy the game. I stand up several times through the game and do a quick "Super Bowl Challenge" (see my "Up Front Games" page: /games/upfront.asp) and give a little prize away. Then at the end, I tally up the quizzes and give away the grand prizes.

It's a great event where students can get to know each other. (Guess what, I even did this for my adult Sunday School class- each couple takes a quiz together! Great fun!)

For More Super Bowl Party Ideas
From Our Last Ezine

Another Resource You Can Use: The Super Bowl Quiz


The quiz is one of the fun aspects of the party. This is the quiz that you give each student as they walk in the party. The quiz asks some basic football knowledge questions, and some questions specific to the game that day. A lot of the questions are just plain luck- like who will win the coin toss, or whether Coke or Pepsi will have the first commercial. Other questions might ask who will get the most yards, etc.

Have students take the quiz before they enter- and you can have a group of staff tally up the scores as the game ends. (Some of the answers won't be complete until the finish of the game. i.e.: Who is going to win?)

I've made up a possible quiz for you with the help of my die-hard football-fan friend Don Talley who also happens to be a fantastic youth speaker (CLICK HERE for more info on Don.) Feel free to also look at or for more good information on the teams, half time shows, etc. so you can add, change, or verify more quiz questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of these answers are determined during the game- and you'll need to take notes during the Super Bowl game to make your answer key for correcting the quizzes at the end! Also- DON'T print out the answer key (below the quiz) for the kids.

2006 Super Bowl Quiz
(Circle your answer to each of the questions)

1. What teams are playing in today's Super Bowl?
    A. Indianapolis vs. Carolina
    B. New England vs. Seattle
    C. San Francisco vs. Denver
    D. Pittsburg vs. Seattle
    E. Orlando vs. Los Angeles
2. In what city is the Super Bowl being played?
    A. Lincoln
    B. San Diego
    C. Detroit
    D. New England
    E. Baghdad
3. At the coin toss, what will the player call?
    A. Heads
    B. Tails
4. What will the result of the coin toss be?
    A. Heads
    B. Tails
    C. The coin will land on its side
5. Name one of the head coaches for either team in today's Super Bowl:
    Your Answer:___________________________
6. Today's Super Bowl is Super Bowl number
    A. 72
    B. 41
    C. 40
    D. 44
    E. 2006
7. Who will score first?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. No one will ever score!
8. What team is the home team in today's Super Bowl?
    A. The NFC Champions
    B. The AFC Champions
    C. The ADHD Champions
    D. The NBA Champions
9. Who will score the first field goal? (not extra point, a field goal)
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. Neither team will score a field goal
10. What team lost last year's Super Bowl
    A. Minnesota Vikings
    B. Philadelphia Eagles
    C. Carolina Panthers
    D. Houston Oilers
    E. Brooklyn Dodgers
11. What is the name of the Super Bowl Trophy given to the winner?
    A. NFL Championship Cup
    B. World Champion Trophy
    C. Super Bowl Trophy
    D. Vince Lombardi Trophy
    E. The Heisman Trophy
    F. The World Cup
12. How much does the trophy cost to make?
    A. $10,000
    B. $25,000
    C. $45,000
13. Who will be ahead at the end of the first quarter?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. Tie Score
14. Who starts off every play with the ball in his hands?
    A. The kicker
    B. The quarterback
    C. The center
    D. The running back
    E. The guy with the tight end
15. Which team will make its first Super Bowl appearance today?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. Both Teams
    D. Neither Team
16. Who will be ahead at half time?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. Tie Score
    D. Mick Jagger
17. Who will punt first in today's game?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. There will not be any punts
18. How long is a football field from the back of one end zone to the back of the opposite end zone?
    A. 100 yards
    B. 110 yards
    C. 120 yards
    D. 130 yards
    E. 1,580 feet
19. What team will receive the kickoff in the second half?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
20. How many total players are playing on the football field at one time?
    Your Answer: ________________________
21. After the coin toss, which soft drink commercial will we see first?
    A. Coke (including Diet Coke)
    B. Pepsi (including Diet Pepsi)
    C. Mountain Dew
    D. Dr. Pepper
    E. Sprite
    F. Other
22. What home team normally plays on the field where the Super Bowl is being played?
    A. Eagles
    B. Chargers
    C. Lions
    D. Titans
    E. Patriots
23. Who will make the first catch for the Steelers?
    A. Hines Ward
    B. Antwaan Randle El
    C. Heath Miller
    D. Willie Parker
    E. Jerome Bettis
    F. Cedrick Wilson
    G. Someone else
24. Who will make the first run over 5 yards for the Steelers (not a wide receiver)?
    A. Wllie Parker
    B. Jerome Bettis
    C. Ben Roethlisberger
    D. Verron Haynes
    E. Duce Staley
    F. Someone else
25. Who is the current NFL Most Valuable Player?
    A. Ben Roethlisberger
    B. Shaun Alexander
    C. Jerome Bettis
    D. Hines Ward
26. Who will make the first catch for the Seahawks?
    A. Darrell Jackson
    B. Bobby Engram
    C. Jeremy Stevens
    D. Joe Jurevicius
    E. Shaun Alexander
    F. Someone else
27. Who will make the first run over 5 yards for the Seahawks (not a wide receiver)?
    A. Shaun Alexander
    B. Maurice Morris
    C. Matt Hasselbeck
    D. Josh Scobey
    F. Someone else
28. What team will commit the first turnover (fumble or interception)?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. There will be NO turnovers
29. What team will score the first touchdown?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
    C. There will be NO touchdowns
30. Which quarterback will only be 23 years old and be the second youngest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history?
    A. Seahawks' Matt Hasselbeck
    B. Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger
31. Which running back is the NFL's FIFTH ALL TIME leading rusher?
    A. Duce Staley
    B. Shaun Alexander
    C. Jerome Bettis
    D. Willie Parker
32. How long will the longest touchdown play be?
    A. Over 391/2 yards
    B. Under 391/2 yards
    C. There will be no touchdowns
33. Who will win the Super Bowl?
    A. Seahawks
    B. Steelers
34. What will the COMBINED total score be? (This is the tie-breaker question. In the case you have answered correctly the same number of questions as someone else the closest answer WITHOUT GOING OVER wins)
    Your Answer:________________________

2006 Super Bowl Quiz
(Answer Key)
1. D
2. C
3. Answer TBD
    a. Heads
    b. Tails
4. Answer TBD
    a. Heads
    b. Tails
    c. On it's side
5. May be either Mike Holmgren or Bill Cowher
6. C
7. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. No One!
8. B
9. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. No field goals
10. B
11. D
12. B
13. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. Tie Score
14. C
15. A
16. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. Tie Score
    d. Mick Jagger
17. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. No Punts
18. C
19. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
20. 22
21. Answer TBD
    a. Coke
    b. Pepsi
    c. Mountain Dew
    d. Dr. Pepper
    e. Sprite
    f. Other
22. C
23. Answer TBD
    a. Hines Ward
    b. Antwaan Randle El
    c. Heath Miller
    d. Willie Parker
    e. Jerome Bettis
    f. Cedrick Wilson
    g. Someone else
24. Answer TBD
    a. Wllie Parker
    b. Jerome Bettis
    c. Ben Roethlisberger
    d. Verron Haynes
    e. Duce Staley
    f. Someone else
25. B
26. Answer TBD
    a. Darrell Jackson
    b. Bobby Engram
    c. Jeremy Stevens
    d. Joe Jurevicius
    e. Shaun Alexander
    f. Someone else
27. Answer TBD
    a. Shaun Alexander
    b. Maurice Morris
    c. Matt Hasselbeck
    d. Josh Scobey
    e. Someone else
28. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. There will be NO turnovers
29. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
    c. There will be NO touchdowns
30. B
31. C
32. Answer TBD
    a. Over 391/2 yards
    b. Under 391/2 yards
    c. There will be no touchdowns
33. Answer TBD
    a. Seahawks
    b. Steelers
Answer TBD: _____________

More Important Than the Super Bowl: The wife of Seahawks' head coach won't be watching her husband's team in Super Bowl XL...

By Stan Friedman, The Covenant News at

The wife of Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Mike Holmgren won't be watching her husband's team in Super Bowl XL - she has more important things to do.

Kathy Holmgren and one of her daughters, Calla, leave Thursday on a 17-day medical training mission to Congo. A nurse and obstetrician respectively, the two will travel as part of an eight-person team of physicians and former missionaries to a hospital in Karawa in northwestern Congo. The hospital is part of a medical care system operated by the Covenant Church of Congo in partnership with the Evangelical Covenant Church and its Department of World Mission. The Karawa trip, conducted under the auspices of Northwest Medical Teams, was organized by the Paul Carlson Partnership.



Speakers Booking Up Fast: Are you booking speakers for 2006? Jonathan is already booked up until this summer. Book your summer events now!

Looking for a dynamic speaker for your
2006 camps, retreats or events?

In addition to all the free resources on our website, we like to provide you with recommendations of some budget items, like speakers, that are worth booking for your upcoming events.

Jonathan's calendar is already booked up until summer. He still has a few summer dates open. Book him now!



"Reaching Out to the Unchurched" Training on Both Coasts: If you're near TAMPA or Livermore, CA-check out these affordable training opportunities!

Last year Youth Specialties/Zondervan released Jonathan's hit new book, DO THEY RUN WHEN THEY SEE YOU COMING? REACHING OUT TO UNCHURCHED TEENAGERS. (CLICK HERE FOR THE BOOK) Bring the training to your city now!



Tampa, FL

May 20th, Jonathan is doing a Saturday workshop (9AM to 3PM) for youth workers within driving distance of the TAMPA area. If you're a youth worker, paid or a volunteer, this is for you!
    A Personal Note from Jonathan: I'd love your help! If you are a youth worker in the TAMPA area and would like to help me spread the word to the greater Tampa area, please email me at
Here's the details for this TAMPA training:

    Saturday May 20th, 9AM to 3PM
    St. James United Methodist Church
    16202 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (3/4 mile south of I-75)
    Tampa, FL 33647
    Two choices:
    • $20 (includes lunch)
    • ONLY $10 for paid pre-registrations (VISA/MC accepted) on or before May 15th (includes lunch)
    CONTACT David Smith at (813) 978-8880
Livermore, CA

Jonathan will be doing his REACHING OUT TO THE UNCHURCHED training seminar at the INVIGORATE conference this year in Livermore, California on May 6, 2006. This Saturday conference is only $15 including lunch if you register by April 1st. All youth workers, both paid and volunteer are welcome. Please call (925) 455-4250 to register.


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