NFL vs NCAA Football

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by Don posted 08-29-2011 04:52 PM 1739 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Don's profile


551 posts in 3237 days

08-29-2011 04:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

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!


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

35 replies so far

View steviep's profile


233 posts in 2642 days

#1 posted 08-29-2011 05:06 PM

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

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4213 days

#2 posted 08-29-2011 05:09 PM

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"

View blackcherry's profile


3338 posts in 3818 days

#3 posted 08-29-2011 05:13 PM

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

View Don's profile


551 posts in 3237 days

#4 posted 08-29-2011 05:15 PM

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,

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4213 days

#5 posted 08-29-2011 05:19 PM

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

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

View FaTToaD's profile


394 posts in 3136 days

#6 posted 08-29-2011 05:49 PM

NCAA all the way!

-- David

View DrDirt's profile


4424 posts in 3737 days

#7 posted 08-29-2011 06:07 PM

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.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

View richgreer's profile


4541 posts in 3069 days

#8 posted 08-29-2011 06:16 PM

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.

View Vagabondking's profile


6 posts in 3308 days

#9 posted 08-29-2011 07:25 PM

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

View DaddyZ's profile


2475 posts in 3035 days

#10 posted 08-29-2011 07:51 PM

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

View TheDane's profile


5423 posts in 3658 days

#11 posted 08-29-2011 08:11 PM

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

View ShaneA's profile


6928 posts in 2593 days

#12 posted 08-29-2011 08:40 PM

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°.

View Don's profile


551 posts in 3237 days

#13 posted 08-29-2011 09:15 PM

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,

View ShaneA's profile


6928 posts in 2593 days

#14 posted 08-30-2011 04:16 AM

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.

View docholladay's profile


1287 posts in 3054 days

#15 posted 08-30-2011 04:35 AM

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.


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

showing 1 through 15 of 35 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics