The Super Bowl is here, with all of its attendant gluttony and screaming and in this instance its stunningly overt political symbolism. A casual fan of the sport has a couple ways they can enjoy the game if they're not actually a fan of the Falcons or the Patriots, such as stuffing your face with food, snarking about the commercials and of course, gambling. You've got your squares, your prop bets, your over/under and spreads of course, but you should also be aware of another way to gamble on the Super Bowl, a process that will keep you riveted for every minute of the game, screaming in triumph or howling in agony at all moments?

Here is what you do: Find a partner, and bet on whether every single play will be a pass or a run for the entire game, with the two of you trading off who predicts each play.

It's a very simple concept, and it's one that I wish I could say I was smart enough to come up with myself. But I didn't. The credit for this goes to Hunter S. Thompson, who aside from being a regular junkie and a politics junkie and a football junkie was also a gambling junkie. Thompson wrote about the practice of gambling on every play a couple of times in his work.

In The Great Shark Hunt, he wrote about about attending Super VIII in which the Miami Dolphins played the Minnesota Vikings, and about how he would rather have not even been in the stadium. Instead, Thompson wrote that "I would have rather stayed in my hotel room and watched the goddamn thing on TV; or maybe in some howling-drunk bar full of heavy bettors—the kind of people who like to bet on every play: pass or run, three to one against a first down, twenty to one on a turnover..."

Years later, Thompson wrote a column included in his essay collection, Generation of Swine, about watching Super Bowl XXI, in which the Giants played the Denver Broncos, with an deep-pocketed acquaintance:

"Wonderful," I said. "We will bet on every play, every down, every pass or run or fumble and even the exact hang on punts." We started with the first flip of the coin, which Denver won and which cost Parker the first of many, many $100 losses for the day.

I'm certainly not going to tell you to bet $100 per play the way Thompson and his friend did, which according to Thompson's account of things cost his friend $71,000 over the course of the game. However, even just putting a quarter, or a dollar or five dollars on every play will draw you more deeply into the game then a fan of either team could every hope to be. A game within a game will take shape between you and your gambling partner, as you desperately hope that your prediction of a surprise pass play on third-and-short is correct or their pick of the obvious screen on second-and-long is actually a delayed handoff. The both of you will yell, a lot, and your friends might hate you. Ignore them, you're having fun. I've done this at almost every single Super Bowl party I've gone to since college, and I assure you that it's wonderful.

Some notes: if a penalty is called, the next play is double or nothing. Call make or miss on field goal attempts, and fair catch or return on punts. As for as the actual mechanics to keep track of this, get a pad and a pen, put each of your names on the top so that you each have a half of the page. Have one person make a mark for each play that goes your way or your friend's way, and then count it up and settle things at the end of the night. After all, you'll only have so much time to pass money back and forth.

Admittedly, from what little knowledge I have about both teams involved in the game tonight (I'm a Jets fan and therefore wrote the season off extremely early), both feature pass-heavy offenses. But you don't want to be too conventional or predictable during the Super Bowl, so even if NFL insiders are telling you to look for a game with 40 passes thrown by each quarterback, go with your gut on every play. Your ulcerated, queasy gut that's wondering why you're subjecting it to this level of both culinary and financial stress.