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Super Bowl XL: That’s big entertainment

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Sunday may be the biggest football day of the year, but it’s also an obvious excuse for a party.Football fans can enjoy the gridiron action at Ford Field in Detroit, while Rolling Stones groupies can get their satisfaction during the Halftime Show. And there’s always “squares,” a game – which may or may not involve the exchange of money – that can motivate even the most radical football hater to care about the score.The free Web site eHow.com offers advice and solutions to about anything a person needs help with, from how to play Euchre (unnecessary for Midwesterners) to ways to identify a rabbit’s gender. Courtesy of the site, here’s a few tips on hosting a Super Bowl party to remember (see site for additional ideas): Decorate the house in team colors. If guests are rooting for different teams, establish an imaginary line (or for fun, “draw” one with masking tape) down the center of the room. Decorate each side in one team’s colors. Invest in a few foam “bad-call bricks” to throw at the TV. (Remember: The key word here is “foam.”) Pick up veggie, cheese and cold-cut plates and a six-foot long sandwich or two (or three) from a deli and lay out the food on a table within sight of the TV. Don’t make guests choose between eating and watching the game. Buy several six-packs (or 12-packs) of beer. Keep the beer in a cooler close by so guests don’t have to run to the fridge when it’s third and inches. Restock the cooler at halftime. For younger Super Bowl partygoers, set up a kids’ room in the back of the house stocked with treats, games, a TV and DVDs.For those Super Bowl party people up for a friendly wager, here’s eHow.com’s instructions on creating a Super Bowl pool: Get pens and a large piece of blank paper. Draw a 10-by-10-square grid. Write the Pittsburgh Steelers at the top and the Seattle Seahawks on the left side (or vice versa). Sell each square for one unit, which will provide a 100-unit payoff. Players may want to acquire more than one square; it’s best to use all squares. Write the name of the buyer in the corresponding square. Randomly assign (pick numbers out of a hat) the numbers 0 through 9 to the left and top sides of the grid. Watch the game. Enjoy the commercials (or the Rolling Stones) more than the game. Match the last digit of each team’s final score with the grid to decide the winner. For example, a score of Steelers 13, Seahawks 26, would mean finding the square where 3 on the vertical scale meets 6 on the horizontal. If Sean chose the space where these two numbers meet, he’s the winner.Then Sunday could be payday, too.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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