If the Super Bowl hasn’t happened yet (or if it ended less than 24 hours ago, and you don’t yet possess The Knowledge), you can join the #Lastman League and play Last Man with us!

To participate in the Twitter #Lastman League, you must:

1. Be in America.

2. Be a fan of American sports, and/or be someone who would reasonably expect to hear about the Super Bowl (from family, friends, co-workers, media consumption, etc.) if you weren’t deliberately trying to avoid The Knowledge.

3. Post a tweet — before the Super Bowl, or within 24 hours after it — using the hashtag #lastman, announcing that you’re playing Last Man. (You should probably also read the rules of the game.)

4. Don’t watch the Super Bowl.

5. Run from The Knowledge!

That’s it!  You’re officially a Knowledge Runner.

Sounds simple enough, but you may find it’s harder to avoid The Knowledge than you’d expect. Friends, family, TV, radio, newspapers, advertisements, water-cooler talk, social media, e-mails, texts, websites, cell phone apps, overheard conversations, idle small talk — there are many, many ways to accidentally acquire The Knowledge. Avoiding it requires strategy and vigilance.

Remember: you lose when you Know.  That is to say, you’re eliminated from the game (a.k.a. “dead” in Last Man parlance) as soon as you know either the winner of the Super Bowl or the game’s final score (or both).

Once you Know, please tweet when and how you “died” — i.e., from who/what you learned The Knowledge — again using the #lastman hashtag.

Please do NOT, however, attempt to impart The Knowledge to anyone who is still playing.  This is considered sabotage, and violates the rules.  Moreover, Last Man is a game you play against yourself, not against others.  No one “wins.”  So there’s no benefit to trying to knock others out of the game.

Of course, if you’re still alive in Last Man, you shouldn’t assume that nobody will try to sabotage you.  Someone probably will.  Social media, including the #lastman hashtag, is not “safe.”  The Knowledge is out there.

Trust no one.  Play honestly.  And run!  Run from The Knowledge!