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Super Bowl Bingo game by Olathe family appears on national TV

Updated: 2014-01-31T20:08:53Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

A bingo-themed game created for the Super Bowl by an Olathe family got a little national attention Friday.

The Live with Kelly & Michael television talk show highlighted the game during the show’s segment on Football Frenzy.

“We have a group of close friends that we get together every Sunday night and every Super Bowl to play different games,” said Aaron Holmes, who created the game with his wife, Sarah.

The game is a little different from your typical bingo game in which each box has two options. Players select one option before the game and the predictions set the bingo card.

For example, a player would select which team calls the first timeout or which sideline reporter would be shown first — Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews?

“Bingo isn’t a revolutionary idea,” Aaron Holmes said. But it’s a game that people know how to play so it’s a way to keep non-sports fans interested in the football game.

The talk show discovered the game when the Holmeses put it up on Sarah Holmes’ Houseofboys5 Etsy site.

The show was looking for different ideas and recipes to help people celebrate the Super Bowl.

The game is selling for $5 on Etsy, which allows people to download it and make copies for their parties.

“I usually make up all kinds of different games and gift cards,” Aaron Holmes said. “If I didn’t bring one to the Super Bowl, people would be disappointed.”

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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