You may not have thought about paper football since sixth grade, but its surprisingly therapeutic to flick stuff across your living room. Don’t believe me? Let’s talk after you try this.
But first things first.
Frito Pie. This staple at concession stands across Texas is as easy as cutting open a bag of Fritos, adding in a few spoonfuls of chili (if you don’t want to make it from scratch, Trader Joe’s has some good stuff ready to go), and sprinkling on some shredded cheese, onion, a dollop of sour cream and jalapeños if you please! It’s ready to eat right out of the bag. So classy. So good.
Now that you have your concessions in hand, you’ll need a generous supply of paper footballs. You can get by with a few, but I recommend making AT LEAST a decent sized popcorn bowl’s worth (which I suppose could translate to at least 20 paper footballs).
Here’s how to fold ‘em:
Paper Football Playbook
Now, there is of course the classic game of paper football, roughly based on the rules of American football. Two players attempt to score points by gently sliding a folded paper triangle across a table towards their opponent’s goal post. Here are the rules to that classic game in case you need a refresher. But, you don’t have to stop there (or even start there!).
Things get much more exciting when you start attempting distance. Break out the measuring tape and see if you can flick the football to the five, ten, or even twenty foot mark. (This is where it pays to have a stockpile of paper footballs).
Once you get good at covering some ground, pick your target – maybe a picture frame or a bowl from the kitchen – and see if you can hit the mark. The current world record stands at 23 feet.
The only thing that might complete this party is to throw on some vintage 90s Jock Jams, but that’s your call.
Enjoy and may a little friendly competition do you some good!
Illustration: Annie Liao
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