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NFL vs NCAA Football

by Don
posted 1049 days ago


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steviep

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#1 posted 1049 days ago

NFL experience is hard to beat. Pricey (My wife and I paid $26 for two hot-dogs and two beers Friday night!) for certain, but a whole lotta fun! In the end, your son is going to remember you a whole lot than the team! Have fun!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1049 days ago

I guess the biggest question is does HE have a preference? Does he get more excited about one vs, the other?

Around these parts it’s mostly LSU and the Saints. We football fans love ‘em both, but most have one that gets their adrenaline flowing a little more than the other.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1049 days ago

NCAA : This is a chance for him to see the college football atmosphere at such a young and impressible age. Also a taste of college life as well, go early and see the campus and alumni gathering take it all in you’ll won’t regret a moment…BC

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Don

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#4 posted 1049 days ago

right now, he’s waiting for the NFL season to start but gets pretty pumped around Bowl time. I went to a Bills game a few years back and loved it. We love our CFL football but that was quite the experience.

Personally, I’ve always wanted to go to a college game and I think he’d be happy with either choice.

I’d like to go before the cold and snow hit so….

NFL, I’m looking at the Raiders vs Bills.
NCAA, Rutgers vs Syracuse.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 1049 days ago

I’d go NFL, but that’s just my preference.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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FaTToaD

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#6 posted 1049 days ago

NCAA all the way!

-- David

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DrDirt

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#7 posted 1049 days ago

If your son is younger than 20 and ESPECIALLY if under 12 then go NCAA – he will get a kick from the overall pagentry, the opposing marching bands, and the college tailgating scene on the way into the stadium.

If he is past college age – then go NFL.

I know I generally prefer NCAA – - – there is a fun mix, with graduation it is a different team every year, and the game just seems more competitive and fun, versus watching the millionaires play after their strike.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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richgreer

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#8 posted 1049 days ago

If it was my decision I would definitely go to an NCAA game. The college atmosphere is refreshing and inspiring. FYI – I’m a Michigan grad and fan.

Personally, I don’t like what the NFL has become – Too much money, too much gambling and too many drunks. FYI – I’m sort of a Lions fan since I grew up in Michigan. The Detroit Lions – 55 years of rebuilding – the only team that has been in existence, in their current location since the Superbowl began and has not been to the Superbowl.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Vagabondking

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#9 posted 1049 days ago

Is Penn State too far? They are probably sold out though. I imagine it would be way better than the other two choices

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DaddyZ

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#10 posted 1049 days ago

NFL !! If you are doing as a gift, why not go to the Pro’s.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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TheDane

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#11 posted 1049 days ago

NFL … no question about it.

And for the ultimate NFL football experience, there is no place like Lambeau Field in Green Bay (if you can find tickets!).

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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ShaneA

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#12 posted 1049 days ago

Syracuse plays indoors if that factors into the decision. Better chance at having perfect weather indoors. I know you canadiens are tough, but I prefer a dry 72°.

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Don

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#13 posted 1049 days ago

Unfortunately, this has to be a down one day/back the next driving experience and the Bills are the closest NFL team to us. As far as college, I’m pretty sure it’s Syracuse but I don’t know who else is close to Ottawa.

I try to catch some of the college ball through the season but I’m usually too busy in the garage to sit and watch so I make a point of watching as many Bowl games as I can. Drives SWMBO crazy :o)

Thanks for the compliment Shane but if I had my druthers, give me a nice warm and sunny climate over the cold snowy landscape any day!

Like I mentioned, I went to a Bills game with a buddy of mine and had a blast but it looks like the college experience is upped a notch or two from that. I wasn’t really sure what to do with the tailgating at the Bills game though. Sure looked inviting and OMG, the delicious smells but do you dare touch? Do you wander up and say “I’ll have one of those and a Coke to go please?”

Would the NCAA game itself be a decent one?

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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ShaneA

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#14 posted 1049 days ago

Not sure what date you are looking, and who the possible opponents are so tough to speak to the quality of the game. Throw a little weber in the trunk, few dogs, brats or burgers, some buns and chips. Get there a couple hrs early and have your own tailgate. It is not considered proper etiquette to help yourself to other tailgaters bounty, but I am sure you already figured that.

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docholladay

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#15 posted 1049 days ago

I live in SEC country and there isn’t anything like college football (especially SEC). For me, I just don’t really care about any NFL teams. If you were in my part of the world, I would say college football, but don’t know about the teams/games in that area.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Don

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#16 posted 1048 days ago

Shane – I kind of hung back just observing when we were walking around pre-game but my buddy was a bit more bold and didn’t have a problem walking up and asking for a taste….we made it back home alive so I guess we didn’t make anyone too mad :o)

The two games I’m considering are:

Eagles vs Bills Oct 9 or
Rutgers vs Syracuse Oct 1

Don

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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Greg In Maryland

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#17 posted 1048 days ago

Keep driving south and go to a Penn State game in State College, Pennsylvania. They are playing Iowa on October 8th. State College is the quintessential college town and completely rocks during a foot ball weekend.

Just by biased to cents.

Greg

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Maveric777

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#18 posted 1048 days ago

I have always been a huge NCAA fan. I tell you why I personally would choose a collage game over a pro any day…

For most the players in college this is as far as they will ever go and know this is their one shot in life to make a difference on the big field.

A lot of the guys you see on that field grew up dreaming of being right where they are at that moment. Around here you don’t hear of young men wanting to grow up and play for the Cowboys, or Saints, or Giants… They grow up wanting to be a Longhorn, Aggie… Or God help me a Razorback…lol

Now I have to admit… I’m a sap. I would rather watch a field full of players playing for heart and pride than a paycheck to help cover that huge rock they have in their ear. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but all my years of playing ball I played for pride, heart, and my team. To me when you add any more to that it just becomes a job….

By the way “Hook’em Horns!”....lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Don

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#19 posted 1048 days ago

Damn you Greg!!! Now you have me thinking major road trip :o)

Dan – I like the way you think and I’m kinda on the same page you are. All the major sports leagues are going the same route. I thought pro hockey (NHL) was the only league that hadn’t been soiled by ridiculous contracts but to even go to a local game is going to put you out a few hundred dollars. Over-rated and overpaid players, over priced food and drinks and ridiculous parking fees.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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Knothead62

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#20 posted 1048 days ago

$26 bucks for two ‘dogs and two drinks? No wonder the players are making millions! Glad my grandson is playing pro baseball. He can help pick out my nursing home!
There was a news blurb about the Atlanta Braves. They make so much money from TV, souvenir sales, etc. that they can forego admission charges to the games and still make millions.

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489tad

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#21 posted 1048 days ago

Go NCAA. You both will have more fun.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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chrisstef

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#22 posted 1048 days ago

Syracuse vs. Rutgers may be an interesting game, but im not up to speed enough on college football to tell you how either teams will be and as noted before it will be indoors. Now the Bills on the other hand probably wont have a great team and neither will the raiders. A west coast teams coming that far east typicaly leads to a blow out by the local team, and i love watching the raiders get beat. The weather may or may not make things fun. Being that you’re canadian, youd have a blast.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don

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#23 posted 1048 days ago

Penn State vs Iowa (Oct 8) seems to be sold out already :o(

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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Don

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#24 posted 1048 days ago

Update – through a discreet interrogation process (I had my daughter point out a fake Facebook posting I made), my son has stated that he would probably enjoy the Bills game better because he doesn’t follow college ball.

Should I override him? I do hold the veto… :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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DrDirt

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#25 posted 1048 days ago

Go for Penn State – they will have tickets from the scalpers – and if they struggle a bit this year – those ticket prices become cheaper.

I’m biased..Went to State College from 91-96 (PSU grad 1996 PhD Chemistry)- – -but I also went to the 1995 Rose Bowl since my sister went to Oregon so we sat together in Pasadena and watched Kerry Collins, Kijana Carter and Kyle Brady play offense then go as #1, 5, and 9 in the 1995 NFL draft.

Where else can you scream with 106,572 (capacity) new found friends

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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DrDirt

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#26 posted 1048 days ago

I take it back.
Reading your last post Don, if you know that is what he would want most… is the Bills game go that way with no regrets.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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tbone

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#27 posted 1048 days ago

As a HUGE football fan in general, in the heart of Cowboy country, I’d go to the college game for a lot of the reasons that Maveric777 writes about.
Find out about some of the Syracuse fan traditions and try to participate, watch the bands at halftime, and stay till the end. As Mack Brown says, “Be early, Be loud, and Stay late.”

Hook ‘Em Horns, and Go Froggies!

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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Maveric777

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#28 posted 1048 days ago

lol…. TBone…. I think your my new friend…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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patcollins

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#29 posted 1048 days ago

NCAA, West Virginia grad here. I lived by the stadium during my jr and sr years and a couple blocks away in grad school, tailgating started as soon as Wednesday for a Saturday game sometimes.

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Don

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#30 posted 1047 days ago

Would a Syracuse vs West Virginia game (Oct 21) be a better choice?

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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mrg

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#31 posted 1047 days ago

Don either game you and your son will have a blast. You are looking at two different experiences. I like Pro and College football. Having said that I think College ball has more heart. The players are just more into it. It is for the love of the sport. Not saying the NFL players don’t love the sport I just think college ball is a bit more exciting. Any game you go to with your son he is going to remember being with his dad.

-- mrg

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Don

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#32 posted 1047 days ago

Well, it’s done.

Two tickets purchased for….......WV vs Syracuse 21 Oct :o)
(picture of me doing a happy dance goes here)

WOO HOO!!!!!!

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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Maveric777

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#33 posted 1047 days ago

Have fun Don!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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superstretch

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#34 posted 1041 days ago

I’d say NFL all the way, but these are the Bills that we’re talking about here..

Hey.. they’re my team.. I can rag on them all I want :D

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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jerkylips

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#35 posted 1041 days ago

I’d say NFL, but since that’s not one of your choices, I’d go with the Bills… ;)

Go Pack!!

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