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Don

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1058 days ago

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Hey folks….

So, here’s the deal. My son’s birthday is coming up and I want to treat him to either an NFL (Bills) or NCAA (Syracuse) game but I can’t decide. I’m not a fan of either team nor the teams they are playing but I want (him) to experience it.

Either way, I’ll have a drive ahead of me from Ottawa and will have to stay in a hotel for one night.

Cost is roughly the same, give or take a bit.

Help me decide please…. NCAA vs NFL?

Your opinion matters!

Cheers….Don

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


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steviep

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#1 posted 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 days ago

NCAA all the way!

-- David

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DrDirt

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#7 posted 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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 1058 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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