The Big Game is coming, you're hosting the party and want to spice up the action on your home turf by knowing how to make a football betting score sheet Super Bowl and run a championship football pool. Follow these simple steps and you'll be cheering for a lot more than clothing malfunctions at halftime!
- Lay out the gridiron: Start your football score sheet by making an 11-by-11 grid of squares on a sheet of paper. Use a spreadsheet application to create an easy grid, or you can rock a pen and ruler on lined paper.
- First and ten: The top horizontal row and left vertical column will be left blank until just before game time to hold the scoring numbers. The remaining 10-by-10 grid below are the squares your players buy to enter the Super Bowl pool. Write the NFL team names along the top and left margins of the sheet to assign their scoring range.
- Sell the squares: Well before kick off, gather your gamblers to buy squares and write their names in the bought spaces. The price per square depends on how deep your wallets are. A casual pool sells squares for a buck each yielding a $100 total pot, but beyond that, the sky's the limit. Be sure to sell out the entire grid before gametime.
- Settle the score: Pick the scoring numbers to fill the blank top row and left column for the teams. Number paper scraps 0 to 9 and have guests pick them out of a hat, filling the row in the order picked. Put the numbers back in the hat and fill in the column for the other team.
- Kick off: Now sit back, watch the game and cheer on your score picks. Typically, a Super Bowl score pool pays off at the end of each quarter and the final score. A standard payoff ratio can be 60/40: the first three quarters each pay off 20% of the pot, and the final winner earns the remaining 40%. Run any variation you like, increasing payouts as the game proceeds or saving a big payout for the final score winner. You make the call!
- Pool scoring: Use the last digit of each team's point total to determine who wins that round. Using the 2010 Super Bowl example: the first quarter ended with the Colts over the Saints 10-0, so the payout went to the player who bought the 0 square for both teams. The final score of the Saints' victory was 31-17, so the pool-ending winner picked the Saints' 1 square and the Colts' 7 square.
- Grid design tips: Write the square price and the payoff schedule on the pool sheet so players know how to play and win ahead of time.
Build your Super Bowl score sheet like this, and your party will be living and dying with every TD and extra point of the big game this February!