It is a sad state of affairs when your place of business no longer turns a blind eye towards that American institution, the Super Bowl office pool. It seems the only places these pools are still thriving are bars, the occasional restaurant, and the neighborhood Super Bowl party.
This year Jack Fact Graphics, in partnership with the Professional Armchair Quarterback, is making public his personal Super Bowl grid. Now this isn't one of your garden variety 10x10 grids. It's got team logos, the NFC and AFC logos, Seattle Seahawks Armchair Quarterback logo, the Denver Broncos Armchair Quarterback logo, and of course the NFL Shield. It also used to contain those colorful and completely unique Super Bowl logos, but those have all been replaced by the coldly generic silver ones featuring the Lombardi trophy and roman numerals, thanks to the commissioner...
But wait! That isn't what makes this Super Bowl pool so awesome. In addition to having a cash payout for each quarter, it's got three additional ways to win some of that pot too. These additional categories are; First Blood, First Seven and Final Score. All are explained on the sheet, but here is the explanation.
FIRST BLOOD: The first points scored in the game, e.g., a safety, field goal, or touchdown. The "First Blood" excludes the extra point on a touchdown, i.e., the first "6" points on the scoreboard. This is the first "2", "3" or "6" scored in the game.
FIRST SEVEN: The first touchdown AND extra point scored for a combined total of "7". If the extra point is missed, muffed, etc., the prize in NOT awarded for that touchdown. This is the first "7" scored.
FINAL SCORE: The final score of the game. This accounts for overtime. If there is no overtime period, i.e., the game is decided in regulation, then the winner of the fourth quarter is also awarded this prize.