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12 Ways to Know You Are at a Crappy Super Bowl Party

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An old football-watching buddy of mine emailed me a few years ago reminiscing about a bad Super Bowl party or two that we had been to together. Tom reminded me of the time my brother-in-law invited us over to his house for the ’99 Super Bowl (Falcons and Broncos), and then when we got there, he had a 20″ TV and a bad cable connection.

We were also together at a Super Bowl party in ’94 (49ers and Chargers) when some guy had a karaoke machine. And he kept yelling, “Fumble-aya!!!”

During the ’96 Super Bowl (Steelers and Cowboys), some chick sat in a prime seat (you know the ones: direct viewing angle, cushy bottom, short reach for snackage) and she talked about everything else in the world except the game, which she could care less about. This was also the party that my brother-in-law (same one) was using a red laser pointer to play with the cat in front of the television for like, I don’t know, six hours.

Boring Super Bowl Party Dogs

Tom remembered all of these — apparently I had blocked them out of my memory until he brought them back up.

I need counseling again. Thanks Tom.

This does explain why I’m quick to snap on someone nowadays, though. There’s no way I let some Chatty Cathy go on and on during the whole Super Bowl again. A karaoke machine would have no chance. I’m less of a man for even being associated with that now.

So Tom explained to me that he and another friend (Carl) got together to make a Super Bowl pact: They will always do a Super Bowl together only at their houses for the next 10 years. This is a great idea!

Another rule they added is that the people invited to the Super Bowl party had to have come over at some point during the season to watch a game. That weeds out the looky-loos and the Bruno Mars fans. And if they did come over at some point during the season, they:

  • Did not talk more than 10 percent of non-football related topics
  • Brought good snacks
  • Didn’t bring noisy kids
  • And they proved their football knowledge. As Tom mentioned, the midseason game is really just an interview for the Super Bowl party.

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Before we get into the bad Super Bowl parties, remember to try these non-crappy recipes for your Super Bowl party snacks — Spicy Popcorn and Spicy Turkey Chili! And if you are bringing chips over to someone’s house, make sure you check my Best Chips Ever Mock Draft, so you don’t bring a loser.

You may not find yourself at a bad Super Bowl party — but rest assured, there are probably dozens of other bad Super Bowl parties going on within a few blocks of your house.

12 Ways to Know You Are at a Crappy Super Bowl Party

1. The word “vegetarian” is mentioned a little too much — as in once.

2. People “Shush” you when you scream at the referees — or the hostess.

3. People go pee during the game, so they are ready for the commercials.

4. You see people wearing “I Heart Politics” t-shirts rather than Eagles or Patriots.

5. No one laughs at your John Madden impression — but instead, they ask if you’ve recently been concussed.

6. You are invited to arrive within just an hour of kickoff. Super Bowl breakfasts should always be included.

7. Any of the following quotes are heard:

  • “Who’s playing?”
  • “He kicked a touchdown!”
  • “When is the two-minute warning?”

8. When someone says, “Fumble-aya!” more than zero times.

9. One Giants fan in attendance (we’ll call him Emack) is dating a girl that’s a Patriots fan (we’ll call her Emack’s ex-ex-girlfriend/current wife Shannon) and the first touchdown scored results in one of them cheering, the other getting mad, and finally the night ends with a call to the police — because Emack felt scared.

Boring Super Bowl Party Nerds

10. When you are seated next to a fat guy that is sweating profusely, smells like garlic and asks you for your medical opinion on a rash on his back during the game-winning drive.

11. Five kids run around screaming for someone to put in “Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf” — then someone does.

12. When the hosts told you they had a “60-inch TV,” they actually meant that’s how high the television is up off the ground.

Please feel free to add some of your own. And remember, staying at home to watch a game is still much better than going to it live these days.

David Gonos spent 5 years as a Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on,, FanDuel, and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.



  1. Dave CTOWN

    February 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Haha well done Gonos! I thought you were describing me in rule 10 until I saw the part about the rash. Phew!

  2. Tom

    February 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    A classic as usual. Plus now it’s a top 12! Nice.

  3. Tom

    February 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    For the first time in about 15 years, Velora and I are not hosting or co-hosting a Super Bowl party. We’re just going to watch at home, unless a good invite comes in.

    Normally if someone invites us over for dinner, we graciously accept and role with it. But this the Super Bowl we’re talk about, so different rules apply. If we are invited by someone they must have a good answer for these questions:

    1. What network is the game on?
    2. Who’s playing and what is the name of the starting QB for each team?
    3. Is your TV set for 720p, 1080i or 1080p and what size is it?
    4. How many TV’s will you have the game on?

    If the invitee answers ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I don’t understand the question’ to any of those, then I’m afraid I’ll have to pass.

  4. Scott

    February 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    How about the dude whose iPhone rings every 5 minutes (with a “Copa Cabana” ringtone)? Turn it off!

  5. danieledobish

    September 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Is that the same Super Bowl party Shannon threw garbage at Emack through Dwyne’s front door? And is that the same one you almost got thrown off the balcony from like the kajillionth floor after David Tyree stuck the football on a piece of bubble gum hidden on top of his helmet and we both laughed?

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