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On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers square off in Super Bowl XLV (45). To get you and your family ready for the most-watched sporting event in America, we have some activity suggestions you can do in the days and minutes leading up to the big game. Just don’t get so involved in the activities that you forget to watch the game (and the commercials)! Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. EST on Fox.

Movie night

Want a good football movie to get you in the mood? There’s a film for any type of fan: football movies females will like (“Jerry Maguire”), football classics (“Friday Night Lights”), football comedies (“Waterboy”) and more. Here are our top suggestions:

- “Any Given Sunday” (1999)
- “Brian's Song” (1971)
- “The Express” (2008)
- “Friday Night Lights” (2004)
- “Invincible” (2006)
- “Jerry Maguire” (1996)
- “The Longest Yard” (1974)
- “Necessary Roughness” (1991)
- “Remember the Titans” (2000)
- “The Replacements” (2000)
- “Rudy” (1993)
- “Waterboy” (1998)
- “We Are Marshall” (2006)
- “Wildcats” (1986)

Hold your own Super Bowl

This one works for adults or kids, and everyone involved is sure to have a good time – hold a tournament by playing “Madden NFL 11” (or another football video game), with the champion winning a predetermined prize (we suggest a gift certificate to a theater or something in that vein). Or even better, if you know someone who has one of those classic electric football games, hold a tournament with that. The game, for those who might not know, is a metal field that vibrates when it’s turned on, and the football figurines jerk and drift around the field. More often than not, hilarity ensues, and this game is all about luck, so contestants of all ages are on an equal playing field.  

Games for kids and the young at heart

To get your children in a Super Bowl mood or to keep them occupied during the actual game, plan some games they can play. There are a host of options out there (simply google “kids’ Super Bowl games” and you’ll get an idea), but a couple suggestions are:

- Bingo: Make your own football bingo sheets (or print some out from online), and replace “bingo” with “touchdown” or some other football term. There are many ways to football-ize this game, so get creative.

- Charades: Play charades as usual, but have all the words be football-related. Some examples are “pass,” “tackle,” “touchdown” and “field goal.”

- Olympics: Get in the Super Bowl mood and the Winter Olympics mood by playing some hybrid games. For example, you could play hurling or hockey using a football. Or simply play touch football in the snow. Get creative!

Super food

No matter if you’re hosting a party or not, why not whip up some food that’s specific to the teams or the location? You can eat Texas-style food, cheese (for Green Bay) or use Heinz Ketchup (Pittsburgh). Another option is to get creative with cookies or cupcakes – you could make some using the team logos.

And most importantly …

Find a good party or settle into your couch and prepare for several hours of great TV. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll likely get a kick out of the commercials, which often seem to be the highlight of the day. And if you’re not even interested in those, many channels are running “chick flicks” and shows that might appeal to the non-football fan.

GateHouse News Service