Tabletop Football

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Play Tabletop Football

Has lousy weather spoiled your plans for a big game? Catch some gridiron action on the kitchen table instead.

What you'll need

  • Sheet of paper
  • Table

How to play

  1. Pregame preparation: First, fold a paper football. Then, grab a sibling, parent, or friend and commandeer the kitchen table!

  2. Decide how many points you want to play to (35 is a good goal), then flip a coin. The winner of the toss can choose to "flick off" or to receive.

  3. Next, the flicker sets the football flat in front of him and flicks it with his finger toward his opponent. The receiving player then has four flicks -- or downs -- to slide the ball so that part of it, even a fraction, overhangs the table edge. Touchdown!

  4. If the football falls off the table, the defending player takes possession. If it stops short of the end zone on the 4th flick, the defense takes over where the ball came to rest.

  5. After a touchdown (worth six points), the scoring player gets to try for the extra point by "kicking" the ball from his end zone through his opponent's goalposts.

  6. If a player flicks the ball off the table three times, the defending player can attempt a 3-point field goal the same way, by "kicking" the ball through the goalposts. It's up, and it's good!

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