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Hosting The Best Super Bowl Party

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron Tranchemontagne

Super Bowl XLIX will likely be the most widely watched Super Bowl of all time. It has everything from two superpower teams going head to head, to wild controversy, and historical significance. The Seahawks are looking to defend their claim to the title they won last season.The Patriots are taking on their former coach, Pete Carrol, and Tom Brady is looking to join his idol, Joe Montana, with four super bowl wins. If the Patriots win this one, Tom Brady and Bill Belichik will likely go down as the best ever quarterback and coach combination in the history of the National Football League, even though their legacy is tainted by the media-dubbed and hyped controversy, “deflategate.” Whether you believe the claim that the Patriots somehow cheated by deflating their footballs or not, the hype has certainly helped to build up anticipation for the game.

Watching the Super Bowl, also means having (or going to) a Super Bowl party. Even if half of your friends don’t like football, the Super Bowl is a time that everyone loves to get together to watch. If you have either volunteered or unluckily been elected to host a party for your friends or family, you may want to make sure you have some of the essentials.

1. Food

Your first option is to make all the food yourself and make sure all of everyone’s favorites are present, but you would then will have to clean up all the mess after. Your second option is to order takeout/delivery to spend less time preparing and to have everyone pitch in money to help out, but complications could arise, such as mixed up orders, late deliveries, and nobody having bills smaller than a ten. Your third option is my favorite – pot-luck dinner! In this scenario, everyone brings over what they like and you almost always end up with delicious leftovers because everyone brings so much! Usually everyone cleans up together and everybody is happy. Stick to easy-to-make and eat finger food like hot wings, burgers, pizza, scallops in bacon, pigs in blankets, meatballs, carrot sticks, crackers, cheese, etc.

2. Transportation

Before you invite 10+ people to your house, make sure they all have places to park their cars! If you live in an apartment in the middle of town, you may want to switch the venue to someone who lives in a more suburban area or at least near a parking garage/lot. I would recommend to have your guests organize a car pool or take public transportation if possible. Also if anyone needs to stay the night, it is good to make preparations for them to crash on your couch and find a way home the next morning.

3. Other Entertainment

Just because your guests are at a Super Bowl party does not mean they actually want to watch football. They may just be there for the company, food, or funny commercials. I recommend having other things to keep them occupied if this is the case, such as light music and party games in the other room. One popular idea to keep watching the game interesting and extra fun, is the game called Super Bowl Squares. Everyone participating picks squares on a grid, usually 10×10. Each axis is assigned one of the teams and the rows and columns are randomly assigned numbers 0-9. At the end of each quarter, a winner is chosen based on the last digit in each team’s score. So if the score at halftime is 33 to 24, whoever chose the square at the intersection of row 3 and column 4 is the winner! Usually people play this game with monetary prizes, with everyone participating pooling their money, but there could be alternatives as well. For example, if your friend’s also have a fantasy football league, this is one way to determine draft pick order for the next season (first pick goes to whoever won the square for the final score).

Now you’re ready for your very own Super Bowl party! Who do you want to see win the championship? Leave a comment below!

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Why Attending Your School’s Sports Events Benefits You AND The Team

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By guest blogger Stan Whitcomb
Stan is a freshman at Santa Clara University. He is currently undecided, but is leaning towards a major in computer science. He is new to the blogosphere but is a seasoned writer (thanks English class!). In his free time, he likes to Dougie with his hallamtes and he is an avid Frisbee player.

College athletics, particularly basketball, are awesome. The raw thrill of competition, the simple power of the crowd when you are packed in like sardines, rocking the bleachers to swished three-pointers or a sweet dunk: It is better than most parties, I must say.

Attending athletic events doesn’t only benefit you though. Studies have shown that teams play better when more people from their school come out to watch them. Ever heard of home field advantage? The cheering of the crowd positively influences the players on your team to allow them to attain that peak performance level. But home field advantage doesn’t exist unless you get out there and start cheering your heart out.

Photo by Corey Seeman

Going to these games are a win-win for both you and the athletes. You get to have a great time, while the athletes can feed off your energy in the crowd. You don’t only have to go the big sports though (men’s basketball, football, etc). To be honest, sometimes the men’s and women’s volleyball games are way more fun than the basketball games. And just think about how much fun basketball games are…

There’s only one problem. How do you know where and when these awesome sporting events occur? Well, the easy solution is to look on your school’s athletics website. Schedules for every single team, male and female, are posted there. If your school sends out an email about the sports for the week, read that email and your school newspaper’s sports section likely has the schedule, as well. But there is the still the grapevine (are we still calling it that?), posters, and did I mention the thing about the internet?

So now you have your plans for the next Saturday. Your school is playing some other school, and they need your support TO DESTROY THAT VICIOUS, EVIL OTHER SCHOOL. It may be heart wrenching if you lose, and exalting if you win, but there is no greater feeling than being the person freaking out on the Jumbotron.

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The Top 10 Things I Miss About Campus

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Okay, I Hate to Admit It: I Kinda Miss School

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

by Jeremy Blanchard

It’s true. School oftentimes feels more like home than my actual home does.

Here are the top 10 things I miss most about college life:

1. My friends! Ironically, I don’t get to see them that often because I’m so busy, but I love them to death anyway. I miss all those nights staying up playing NBA 2K11 and going out for dinner wherever we could (there aren’t many options in Eugene).

2. The 30-minute transit. I don’t have a car, but luckily, everywhere I want to go in Eugene is only a bus ride away. And public transit is usually punctual. Downside: no arrival time tracker.

3. Qdoba. Although #1 implies that I dislike my limited dining options in Eugene, the scarcity of good eats makes it so much easier for me to make up my mind than when I’m in San Francisco. I usually end up at this popular Mexican chain. Their Craft 2 menu gives me the perfect portion sizes of quesadillas and three-cheese nachos.

4. Allen Hall. The journalism school is being renovated for the next year, and I already miss its cramped lecture hall, open computer labs, and free printing.

5. My apartment. There’s nothing like having your own space to make frozen dinners and watch movies until 5AM.

6. Nature. In Eugene, the air just feels different, and campus holds more than 500 kinds of trees. I’m not an outdoorsy person by any means, but it’s a nice change of scenery every now and then.

7. Free or affordable events. Something is always happening on campus, whether it’s a scholarly talk, local band concert, or culture night. Since I know many people in the student unions, I go and support their shows, and they always serve food. Score!

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8. Sports games. My parents didn’t raise me on sports, but Oregon is a huge sports school, so whether I like it or not, I get sucked in. Besides, you just can’t beat that collective spirit during football season. (Go Ducks!)

9. No sales tax! The other day, I went to Walgreen’s and paid three extra bucks in taxes. You don’t realize what a bite sales tax takes out of your wallet unless you’ve lived in a state where you don’t pay any.

by Charmaine Ng

10. My boyfriend. (Cue the “aww’s.”) He flew back home to Maui shortly after our one-year anniversary, and we barely talk since he’s three hours behind. On the plus side, I’ll see him in September when I fly to Hawaii for the first time!

I could go on and on, but then I’d really miss Oregon. What do you miss about college, or do you not miss anything at all?

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

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By BookRenter Eric

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It’s Almost Super Bowl Sunday!

This Sunday the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will play in Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.  There is a lot of buzz surrounding this game; The Steelers are on the verge of winning their 7th Super Bowl Championship while the Packers  are seeking their 4th.  The Steelers have a proven formula for success after winning two Super Bowls in 2006 and 2009. The up-start Packers, with star QB Aaron Rodgers, are looking to make their mark after the departure of Green Bay icon Brett Favre three years ago.  Rodgers and the Pack feel their time is now.  Packers are favored 2.5 points, but no one can rule out the experience of Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

Now you know the stats, which team are you rooting for?

If you want more information on the game make sure you check out these cool sites:


  1. Official NFL page for Super Bowl XLV
  2. Tweets and Updates from the NFL and players who are playing in the game
  3. ESPN’s Official  page for Super Bowl XLV
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