Super Bowl 50 mania is beginning to heat up. While the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers prepare to battle it out for a Super Bowl title, NFL fans will be planning parties and events for friends and family. One popular game played every year during the big game is the annual Super Bowl squares. If you never heard of the squares, where have you been? This game has been around for decades, and for fans who don’t have a favorite team in the big game, the squares help make the game more interesting.
According to a SILive report, the Super Bowl squares is an office favorite, but it can also be played with family, friends or anyone you like. The rules are simple and very self-explanatory. The game involves participants selecting a box or boxes (depending on how many entries each player would like to have) on an empty 10-by-10 board. Once each box is filled or used, the pool’s organizer will randomly assign a number from 0 to 9 to each slot both vertically and horizontally, with each number representing either the Broncos or Panthers.
Winners are determined by the last digit of each team’s score at the end of each quarter. For example, if the AFC team (Denver) has 17 points and the NFC team (Carolina) has 13 points at the end of the first quarter, the winning numbers would be 7 and 3. Thus the square that intersects 7 on the AFC side and 3 on the NFC side would win that quarter. What that player wins is strictly up to you.
Many office’s play the NFL squares pool for cash, a 50/50 raffle fundraiser, gift cards or even charity – which is always a great thing to do. Some even do it just for the fun of it so the winner can have some “office bragging rights” for awhile! So what’s the trick of hitting on one of the squares? Luck. It really is all about luck because you never know what can happen during the flow of a game. With extra-points becoming trickier than ever for kickers around the league, nothing is a given when it comes to scoring anymore.
While there is no secret formula to winning, there are a lot of numbers that seeming come in much more than others. 7 and 0 along with 7 and 7 are the best combos to have. However if you are lucky enough to get these numbers, that doesn’t guarantee a winner.
Here is a look at the best and worst numbers for the squares according to SILive.com, via SI.com. Be sure to click here for your own Super Bowl square bracket.
Best numbers historically.
(7, 0) — 13.16 percent chance of hit
(3, 0) — 10.19 percent
(7, 3) — 7.73 percent
(0, 0) — 7.72 percent
(4, 0) — 5.89 percent
(2, 2) — 0.02 percent
(5, 5) — 0.02 percent
(8, 2) — 0.13 percent
(5, 2) — 0.14 percent
(6, 5) — 0.15 percent