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Something You Can Use This Weekend: 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!
A READY-MADE SUPER BOWL 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 4th.
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.
SUPER BOWL DAY AGENDA:
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 get those questions marked wrong. Don't allow anyone to fill
out the quiz past the first quarter- they'll have an unfair advantage with the final score,
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:
and give a little prize away. Then at the end, I tally up the quizzes and give away the grand
prizes. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Yes, you have to note certain stats during the game to complete
your answer key, then tally the quizzes right there at the party so you can award the winner
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
A Competition for Your Super Bowl Party: The Super Bowl Quiz... A Football-knowledge Quiz For All!
SUPER BOWL QUIZ INSTRUCTIONS
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 -IMPORTANT- have a group of staff take
notes during the game, filling in the answers, and then have them 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
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 www.nfl.com or www.superbowl.com for more good information on the
teams, half time shows, etc. so you can add, change, or verify more quiz questions.
PLEASE READ THIS: I say again- because every year some people email me after the event
and ask us for the answers. WE DON'T PROVIDE ALL THE ANSWERS... because we can't. That's
the purpose of this quiz, to tally it during the game and give away the prize at the end of your
party. 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! We only provide
answers to the questions that will not be determined during the game. Also- DON'T print out
the answer key (below the quiz) for the kids.
2007 Super Bowl Quiz
(Circle your answer to each of the questions)
1. In what city is today's Super Bowl being played?
2. Which two teams are playing in today's Super Bowl?
a. New England and Chicago
3. What number Super Bowl is today's game?
b. Chicago and Orlando
c. New Orleans and San Diego
d. Indianapolis and Chicago
4. What sport is the most popular sport in the world?
d. It's the first one ever!
5. Which soda company will have the first commercial after the kickoff and before the end of the game?
d. Ring Toss
6. What team lost last year's Super Bowl?
c. None of the above
a. New England Patriots
7. What is the legal number of players on the field at the same time during any play?
8. What player in today's game is the son of a former NFL quarterback and the brother of a current NFL quarterback?
b. Harlem Globetrotters
c. Seattle Seahawks
d. Sacramento Kings
a. Rex Grossman
9. What will be the result of the first coin flip?
b. Peyton Manning
c. Thomas Jones
d. Wayne Rice
a. It will be heads
10. Which one of the following terms is NOT a position on a football team?
b. It will be tails
c. It will never stop spinning
d. It will stick to the ceiling
a. Tight End
11. Which one of the following professional team mascots is NOT in the NFL?
b. Nickel Back
12. Which team in today's game has not been to the Superbowl since 1970?
13. What is the TOTAL length of a regulation NFL football field?
c. Arizona Ice Tea
a. 100 yards
14. What is the name of the trophy handed to the winner of today's Superbowl
b. 120 yards
c. 300 feet
d. Both a and c
a. The Superbowl Championship trophy
15. Who is the current NFL Most Valuable Player?
b. The Gold Medal
c. The Vince Lombardi trophy
d. The Vince Vaughn trophy
a. Peyton Manning
Under or Over: (Based on the actual statistics of today's game you will choose either
UNDER or Over the following numbers. Simply mark an "x" in the column you choose. Immediately
after the game, visit www.superbowl.com/scores
to get final stats and information to determine results.)
b. Ladainian Tomlinson
c. John Madden
|1. Number of passing attempts by Peyton Manning
|2. Total number of MADE field goals by both teams
|3. Number of rushing yards by Thomas Jones
|4. Number of sacks by the Chicago Defense
|5. Total number of turnovers by BOTH teams
|6. Total score by BOTH teams at the end of the game
|7. Number of receptions by Marvin Harrison
|8. Number of passing yards by Rex Grossman
|9. Total yards gained by BOTH teams at the end of the game
|10. Longest field goal MADE by Adam Vinatieri
True or False: (Circle "T" or "F" after each question.)
|1. The Chicago Bears last won the Super Bowl in 1985.
|2. The Referee's are sporting black and white stripes today.
|3. A regulation NFL football weighs exactly 1 pound.
|4. Each quarter in a regulation NFL football game has exactly 900 seconds.
|5. The Colts were originally from the city of Baltimore.
|6. Today's teams are the first in Super Bowl history to have African-American head coaches
|7. Before John Madden invented video games he was an NFL head coach.
|8. "Sudden Death" refers to the red flag a coach will throw to challenge the call of a play.
|9. The coin used during this year's Super Bowl is from Canada.
|10. The halftime show will be performed by Prince.
2007 Superbowl Quiz Answer Sheet
(Do NOT print this out on the quiz)
(Fill out the missing answers during the game. You will need to fill in numbers 5, 9, and all of section 2)
Section 1, Multiple Choice
Section 2: Under or Over
5. You will need to have a volunteer watching for the first Pepsi or Coke commercial
9. You will need to have a volunteer watching the coin flip at the beginning of the game
13. B (100 yards plus 10 yards in each end zone)
To retrieve the data needed to answer these questions, simply go to
and click on "Box Score". You will be able to get all the statistics needed to determine the
correct answers for these questions.
Section 3: True or False
7. F (He did not invent video games)
What's New: Week Three of "Gridiron Gang" Video Clip Ideas, Including Small Group Questions, Bible Passage, and a Wrap Up Talk
We know how you love free resources. So for THREE
WEEKS IN A ROW our EZINE has featured new VIDEO CLIP IDEAS for Gridiron Gang which
was released on DVD/Blue Ray this month. This week is WEEK THREE and the topic is Spiritual
For the last two weeks we used this incredible film as a discussion
jumpstarter for the topics of FORGIVENESS (CLICK HERE)
and FRIENDS (CLICK HERE)
And, as always, you can find even more of these ideas by just popping onto our web site and
clicking on the left hand side bar where it says
VIDEO CLIP IDEAS. That page is a gold mine
for these kinds of discussion starters, including small group questions, scripture, and a wrap up.
All you need to do is pop by Blockbuster and rent the film... we do the rest!
WARNING: The last two weeks we were able to use scenes with no foul language.
This week however, the scene has two cusswords in the clip. More on this below. Use your own
Gridiron Gang, The (Spiritual Change)
Main Point: Our Faith in God Starts a Change in Us
Attention Grabber: Movie - The Gridiron Gang Clip
Every once in a while a film is released that reminds youth workers that we can make a difference:
Coach Carter, Stand and Deliver, Renaissance Man... this is one of those films. If you
haven't seen it, stop by the video store tonight and pick it up. (As I mentioned in my review,
yes, there is some violence and pretty bad language speckled throughout the film-a realistic
glimpse of our institutional system. But don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. This film
is a gem. This is the type of film I would have shown to my outreach clubs when I worked with a
pretty tough group of campus kids. This raw film reveals a realistic glimpse of street life,
tough choices, and their consequences. The film is very real and earns its PG-13 rating.)
The movie is about a counselor in a juvenile detention center who wants to give kids a second
chance. He starts a football team to teach them discipline, teamwork and accepting criticism.
This movie has several good clips that you could use to promote discussion. We've written three
different discussion starters on different subjects from this one film. This is just one of them.
(CLICK HERE for IMDB's
page of online previews for this film. Trailer #1 and #2 are actual previews, 3-6 are various
clips from the film, just to give you a little taste.)
Clip: "I didn't even know what was happening to me."
In this scene Coach Porter has a one-on-one conversation with an inmate named Willie about the
change that is happening in his life.
NOTE: Part of this clip is the same clip we use for another discussion from this movie
about forgiveness. But this write-up (other than the movie description) is totally
Today I want to show you a clip from the movie The Gridiron Gang. Many of you have
already seen this movie, but for those who haven't, this scene is a conversation between a
juvenile prisoner named Willie and Coach Porter, played by The Rock. Coach Porter is a
counselor in a juvenile detention center who wants to give kids a second chance. He starts a
football team to teach them discipline, teamwork and accepting criticism. The results are
amazing. Willie, one of the players, not only learns teamwork, he strikes an "unspoken
friendship" with a rival gang member. In an act of valor, Willie ends up preventing his new
friend, this "rival gang member" from being shot by one of Willie's old "homeboys." He saved
this other kid because now he didn't see him as an enemy, he saw him as a team mate. Now
Willie is having second thoughts. He's questioning his loyalty and wondering what is happening
He doesn't understand the decisions he's making, because for the first time, he seemed to do
something... right. In this scene, the coach is talking him through this.
NOTE: This clip has two cusswords in it. This creates a tough situation for some of
us... if you have access to some editing equipment, it's an easy fix. (You can also just
practice with your hand on the volume, killing the volume during the word.) Use your own
discretion. IMDB has a low res. version of the clip with one of the words cut out of it
It's hard to find a starting point for this clip because of the language. It's your call.
The IMDB clip I linked above (which doesn't have the coach's cuss word below) starts mid
argument about 1 hour, 31 minutes and 31 seconds. Here's the dialogue.
Coach Porter: Why did you side with your enemy over your own homeboy?
END CLIP at 1 hour 32 minutes and 24 seconds (just before another great dialogue about
forgiveness. CLICK HERE
for that VIDEO CLIP IDEA.)
Willie: (yelling) Because of you! And this damn football team, man.
Coach Porter: That's bull sh**. You made a choice.
Willie: No I didn't. I didn't even know what was happening to me. It was just so...
so quick. (pause, hitting the wall, crying) I don't know what's happening to me, man.
Coach Porter: I do. (pause) You're not the loser you were when you first got here
Willie. You're just not used to being a winner.
Willie is changing and he doesn't know why. Coach Porter's first observation is that Willie made
a choice, but Willie reacts, "No I didn't, I didn't even know what was happening to me." As I saw
what Willie was experiencing, I thought, "Wow, what an example of what happens to us when a person
becomes a Christian." Being a Christian is not trying to be good. It is not trying to change
ourselves like "ten steps to becoming a new person." When we become a Christian something
happens and we begin to change.
Divide into Small Groups:
Let's go ahead and split up into our discussion groups, and then afterward we'll come back
together for a final word.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS VIDEO CLIP IDEA
INCLUDING SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS,
SCRIPTURE, AND A WRAP UP
Coming Soon: "What's a Fo' Sheezy?" Jonathan McKee and Fred Lynch's New Book on SLANGUAGE is Almost Here
A GREAT RESOURCE TO
GET TEENAGERS TALKING,
LAUGHING, DEBATING, AND THINKING
What's a Fo' Sheezy?
More Than 300 Questions from Slanguage to Get Teenagers Talking
Youth Specialties' brand new book by Jonathan McKee & Fred Lynch
Les Christie says it well:
Jonathan and Fred have come up with a terrific little book for anyone who cares about youth. Our
language is constantly changing. It is advantageous for anyone working with teens to know the
vocabulary of the generation we're trying to reach. This book will not only educate you about
some of the most popular, current terms of this generation, but also will provide springboards
for discussion. This is a fun book. My students and I laughed out loud as we read some of the
made up definitions of the words in this book (the book provides a hilarious quiz for each
word with choices between authentic and "made up" definitions). The discussion questions
around each phrase will cause your students to think and talk. The topical discussion index at
the end of the book will help in quickly finding appropriate words with questions for a specific
issue. I highly recommend this book.
Author, Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry
Chair, Youth Ministry Department
William Jessup University
"What's a Fo' Sheezy" is also recommended by Chap Clark, Josh McDowell, Larry Acosta,
Chris Hill, Walt Mueller, Efrem Smith, Greg Stier and more...
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