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View Poll Results: Field Level view
I have been on the field to see a game 21 45.65%
Never had the chance to watch a game upclose on the field 18 39.13%
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:46 AM   #1
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I am just wonder how many folks have actually been at field level during either NFL or major DIV-I football game.

I was having discussion with some of my co-workers yesterday, and I was explaining that I didn't think people understood how hard it was for QB/RB/WR to actually see the open passing lane or cut back lane. Since most people have the ability to see the whole field they underestimate how hard it is to make the right read or move.

If you have been at the field level could you explain what it was like vs watching from the stands/TV.
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Row 8 20 yard line.

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
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At Mile High anyone could walk to field level and walk completely around the field, although you couldn't walk past the south end of the field through the south stands, had to turn around. Done that.
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I am just wonder how many folks have actually been at field level during either NFL or major DIV-I football game.
My field level opportunity was in the late 90s down in San Diego. I found that on that level, the field was MUCH smaller than it looks on TV. The players are also much larger in comparison to the field, so the game quickly starts to look like human pinball on grass. The plays also move much faster, with more general chaos, than it looks like on TV when the cameras focus on one or two players and what's going on in their immediate surroundings. It was much more of a surprise, for instance, when all of a sudden Eddie Mac or Rod Smith was running free down the sidelines after they broke lose from the cluster**** in the middle of the field.

It was also kind of a revelation to see just how big John Elway was, compared to the normal-sized game officials. I could also see in person how many of John's short and mid-range passes were actually thrown *downward* from his point of release -- and with roughly the speed of bullets, at that. I'd swear I heard a couple of those balls whistling in flight.

For all of that, nothing beat watching John back up and spin out of the grasp of a Charger d-lineman who broke through on the pass rush. This guy literally had his arms open around John's knees, about to wrap him up for the sack. John escaped to throw the touchdown pass (to Eddie Mac), and left the d-lineman face-down and pounding the ground with his fists.
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I've been on field level during games dozens of times ... Mile High, Folsom Field (zero room on that sidelines), the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Almost got leveled by Raymond Claiborne after he shoved Steve Watson out of bounds and lost his balance. He grabbed my arm as he slipped and stopped, and then just turned and ran back on the field.

Biggest difference is the speed. It's almost impossible to put into words how freaking fast those guys move. The distance and height of stadium seats, and TV itself really "dumb down" the speed.
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I've been on field level during games dozens of times ... Mile High, Folsom Field (zero room on that sidelines), the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Almost got leveled by Raymond Claiborne after he shoved Steve Watson out of bounds and lost his balance. He grabbed my arm as he slipped and stopped, and then just turned and ran back on the field.

Biggest difference is the speed. It's almost impossible to put into words how freaking fast those guys move. The distance and height of stadium seats, and TV itself really "dumb down" the speed.
You need to go back into TV and be the sports anchor for a Denver station. Or, do it for a Colorado Springs station (all the local tv people suck). I have no idea how much a gig like that pays, but the perks can't be bad.
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You need to go back into TV and be the sports anchor for a Denver station. Or, do it for a Colorado Springs station (all the local tv people suck). I have no idea how much a gig like that pays, but the perks can't be bad.
Yeah, kind of ... but it's changed now. Just a couple years ago the league eliminated most of the sidelines passes for media. If you look close at the sidelines during telecasts now, and look close at sidelines a few years ago, there's less than half the number of people there.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:13 PM   #9
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3rd row sec 110 for a few months
The view sucked. Cheerleaders always got in the way.
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Was in the second row for our opening game at Miami in 2005 when we got absolutely crushed.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:48 PM   #11
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:55 PM   #12
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I've been on field level during games dozens of times ... Mile High, Folsom Field (zero room on that sidelines), the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Almost got leveled by Raymond Claiborne after he shoved Steve Watson out of bounds and lost his balance. He grabbed my arm as he slipped and stopped, and then just turned and ran back on the field.

Biggest difference is the speed. It's almost impossible to put into words how freaking fast those guys move. The distance and height of stadium seats, and TV itself really "dumb down" the speed.
I said no, thinking stricktly Broncos games but i sat field level at a Saints and Panthers game back in 03', the year the Panthers went to the Super Bowl..and your right, they're much fast than they seem on TV..Stephen Davis looked like Deion out there!!
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I said no, thinking stricktly Broncos games but i sat field level at a Saints and Panthers game back in 03', the year the Panthers went to the Super Bowl..and your right, they're much fast than they seem on TV..Stephen Davis looked like Deion out there!!


Well, it's like anything else ... your horizontal field of vision gets wider and wider the closer you are to the object you're watching. For example, ever sit in the front row of a movie theater? Your head actually swivels as you look back and forth to see what's happening.

I saw Gerald Willhite go past me once in 1985 and I swear he had world class speed, I mean Carl Lewis speed ... but then when I watched the exact same play on TV, on my VCR that night, he looked like he was going a very average speed.

Another thing ... they do NOT go full speed at practices, not at all.
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:36 PM   #15
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:31 AM   #16
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:34 AM   #17
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Was a water and ball boy for the Houston Oilers from 1963 through 66. Not only did I watch games from the sidelines, but was half the height of every one else... Living in a world of giants.

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Was in the second row for our opening game at Miami in 2005 when we got absolutely crushed.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:55 AM   #20
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sounds like it was pretty good to me...
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:39 AM   #21
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It's harder to see on game day, but go to TC and get behind them when they are running 7 on 7's or goaline drills and you can really see the action and lanes. There are no good fields of vision from the sidelines on game day, but it is a different experience.
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The player's families sit in row 3-6 on the 10 yard line to the end zone Section 100-110. Not a bad seat lots of fun especially sitting next to DJ Williams mom and family. I thought she was a player's wife and she kept apologizing for her mouth..like my virgin ears had never heard those words.

On the way home Chris told me a story about her. DJ went to De La Salle High School in Ca.De La Salle is one the the premier high school programs in the nation. In order to be on special teams you have to get the coaches attention so DJ had his mom dress in football pads and his sister video tape. He kicked off the football to his mom and ran downfield, when she caught the ball he blasted her full speed. He turned the tape into the ST Coach and he had to let him on the kickoff team. Classic!
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The player's families sit in row 3-6 on the 10 yard line to the end zone Section 100-110. Not a bad seat lots of fun especially sitting next to DJ Williams mom and family. I thought she was a player's wife and she kept apologizing for her mouth..like my virgin ears had never heard those words.

On the way home Chris told me a story about her. DJ went to De La Salle High School in Ca.De La Salle is one the the premier high school programs in the nation. In order to be on special teams you have to get the coaches attention so DJ had his mom dress in football pads and his sister video tape. He kicked off the football to his mom and ran downfield, when she caught the ball he blasted her full speed. He turned the tape into the ST Coach and he had to let him on the kickoff team. Classic!
hahah ive heard that somewhere, was that in a newspaper a few years ago or something?
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hahah ive heard that somewhere, was that in a newspaper a few years ago or something?
Chris told me,,I'm sure he heard it in the locker room...I believe it because she is crazy...A blast to sit with because she's all over the place. Very nice looking too.
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