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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
LIVE: Seats between the 20's, second or third deck 30 28.85%
TV: 47" widescreen with decent 5-speaker sound. 49 47.12%
Mix of both 24 23.08%
Doesn't matter 1 0.96%
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Do you prefer watching LIVE or on TV?

Couple weeks ago I was at both the Browns and CU-Wyoming games live ... and I had forgotten just how much stuff you MISS at the games - stuff you see on TV.

On Sunday, Kuper and somebody else came outta the game with injuries, and I didn't even realize until later. Now I hear Robert Ayers was abusing Joe Thomas, and damned if I missed that altogether. The day before, there was some major shuffling on the Buffs O-Line, and Darrell Scott joking around on the sidelines. Even though I had excellent seats, I didn't see and couldn't follow that stuff.

POLL: Decent seats in the stadium, between the 20's second or third deck ... vs. ... 47" TV with good 5-speaker sound.

Which do you prefer?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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Buff, I think you're going to get roasted for questioning the game-day experience, but Bill Simmons brought up a similar point a week or two ago, about how it's slowly turning into a better experience watching at home than at the stadium.

It sucks to admit it, but he has a point. Being at home has a TON of perks, especially with Sunday Ticket.
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Buff, I think you're going to get roasted for questioning the game-day experience, but Bill Simmons brought up a similar point a week or two ago, about how it's slowly turning into a better experience watching at home than at the stadium.

It sucks to admit it, but he has a point. Being at home has a TON of perks, especially with Sunday Ticket.
Yeah, I think the tide might be changing too ...

Maybe I'm spoiled, I used to sit in the press box all the time. But crap I wish I could've seen Ayers against Joe Thomas.

To be fair, you can probably DVR the game and watch it later, but in this case the Broncos weren't on in Seattle
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porn? or football?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:26 PM   #5
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porn? or football?
Well, I can watch 5 football games in a day ...

But I can only do the porn thing twice a day. Maybe.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:27 PM   #6
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Well, I can watch 5 football games in a day ...

But I can only do the porn thing twice a day. Maybe.
getting old, huh? I only stop when my penis turns red.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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...Bill Simmons brought up a similar point a week or two ago, about how it's slowly turning into a better experience watching at home than at the stadium.
I was thinking the same thing. Here it is:

Prediction VI: Blackouts of home games will become the signature media story of the 2009 season. You'll hear way too much about it. Here's my take: This isn't about the economy. It's about the fact that it's more fun to stay home and watch football than it is to sit in crappy seats to watch any team ranging from "lousy" to "mediocre." It just is. For many fan bases, here are the two choices every Sunday:

Door No. 1 (more expensive): Traffic, parking, long walk to stadium, lousy seats, lifeless state-of-the-art arena, TV timeouts, dead crowds, drunk/bitter fans, more TV timeouts, hiked-up concession prices, PDAs with jammed signals as you're searching for scores, even more TV timeouts, long walk to car, even more traffic.

Door No. 2 (less expensive): Sofa, NFL package, HD, fantasy scores online, remote control toggling, gambling, access to scores, seven straight hours of football, cell phone calls, beer and food in fridge, no traffic.

I can see going through Door No. 1 once a year just to remind yourself that going to an NFL game sucks. But eight times a year? Unless you had good seats, or unless this was your only excuse to get out of your house and get plastered, why would you? It's a blue-collar sport with white-collar ticket prices. This blackout trend would have happened whether the economy was suffering or not.


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...simmons/090910

And, while we're here, in the same column he also said this:

Prediction No. VIII: As we all know (or should know), a true sleeper pick can only be a team that: (A) flagrantly sucked last season; and (B) generated little buzz heading into this one. That rules out Houston (too much buzz), Green Bay (ditto), the Jets (9-7 last season) and Bucs (9-7 last season). You have to pick someone from this group: the Bills, Browns, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs, Lions, Rams, Bengals and Niners. You need the "Nobody believed in us!" factor. You need a team that nailed its April draft and is blessed by a bad division and/or an easy schedule. You need an easy September for momentum. You need a franchise with fans who lost hope and will lose their collective crap if anything good happens. And you need to feel like you want to throw up even as you're anointing the team your sleeper.

My pick? The Broncos. Nobody believes in them because they lost Shanahan (24-24 since 2006) and Cutler (17-20 career record). Was that REALLY a disaster? They hired the architect of New England's record-setting 2007 offense (McDaniels) and traded for a QB with a 21-12 career record as a starter (Kyle Orton). (I know, I'm pushing it with the facts. But those ARE facts.) They crushed the draft: two first-rounders (including running back Knowshon Moreno, who could light it up right away) and five of the top 64 picks. They play in a division with two awful teams (Kansas City and Oakland). They easily could start 4-0 (at Cincy, home for Cleveland, at Oakland, home for Dallas). And the city of Denver has lost all hope. Also, I want to throw up and you are shaking your head right now. In other words, the Broncos fit the bill. Ten and six, I say.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:28 PM   #8
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For me sports is entertainment. The atmosphere, the drama, the tailgates or drinking binges (rugby and soccer), and the game too.

That experience CANNOT be matched at home. Never.

The experience of being part of a mexican wave with 80,000 people participating in it at the same time cannot be replicated at home.

For me, it'll be a long time before I stop enjoying game day experience live... for any sport, be it football, hockey, rugby, soccer, cricket or any other team sport....
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:28 PM   #9
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How about Live for the home games and TV for the away games, will that work?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:29 PM   #10
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depends. ticket costs + parking + food/beer = hundreds and hundreds of dollars. fun to go, but too expensive to go regularly.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:31 PM   #11
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It has slowly become a toss up for me. The live game is something everyone should experience, but with technology and today's financial hardships I'm leaning towards staying home. I only have a 42" HDTV with 5 channel surround and a d.v.r, but the beer is cheap, the bathroom is near without a line and I can throw all my friends out, with the exception of any hot drunk chicks, after the game is over. For now. I like home.

P.S. If I can just figure out a way to host the game in my backyard, life would be great.

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Old 10-01-2009, 07:37 PM   #12
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The only thing with watching the game at home is you can go to the restroom anytime. Other than that I would rather be there.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:42 PM   #13
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If you are not on level 1 or 3, it is worthless going to the game.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:48 PM   #14
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also... regd watching it at home. i have a basement with a 65 inch mitsbushi.. a bar and wine cellar. the only thing that can top that is playoff football at the stadium.

But but.. i went to the stadium last time when we played NE and PIT in the divison and champ game.. and my god i felt the crowd at the stadium suck, the people behind me i guess have never been to a game. they wanted to just sit and watch and kept saying why dont you sit down sir... i am like are we at a theater or game ?

and AFC champ game.. broncos fanz gave up on the team before even the play started... it was like i was in steeler stadium. when i asked steeler fanz said they paid 300-400 bucks per ticket. that is when i thought, i am not going to pay again for a ticket and got my basement done instead. now i watch my game in luxury with my friends.. and yes, we make a mess of the place and cheer as loud as we can... i feel sometimes it is better than sitting in the stadium
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How did I ever survive without direct tv and tivo.

I went to the Brown/Broncos game. Amazing seats, 45yd line nine rows up from the feild. You just cant beat the atmosphere. This was the first time I also used radio headphones during the game. That my friend is the ticket.
However.....
I still felt that I missed alot of the little things. I found myself missing my big screen,surround sound, and my laptop(FFL). I just have to come home and rewatch the game a couple of times, that all.

Conclusion:
Two games a year at the stadium and rest on the couch-- perfect.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:56 PM   #16
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How did I ever survive without direct tv and tivo.

I went to the Brown/Broncos game. Amazing seats, 45yd line nine rows up from the feild. You just cant beat the atmosphere. This was the first time I also used radio headphones during the game. That my friend is the ticket.
However.....
I still felt that I missed alot of the little things. I found myself missing my big screen,surround sound, and my laptop(FFL). I just have to come home and rewatch the game a couple of times, that all.

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Two games a year at the stadium and rest on the couch-- perfect.
Well said!
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:57 PM   #17
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My 46" is being delivered tomorrow, along with DTV Sunday Ticket. Of course I now live in Florida, and I'm not interested in going to Jags games regularly. Oh I'll go a few times, especially next year because the Broncos are scheduled to come to Jax. But for me, give me the couch, the surround sound, and the big screen.
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Buff, I think you're going to get roasted for questioning the game-day experience, but Bill Simmons brought up a similar point a week or two ago, about how it's slowly turning into a better experience watching at home than at the stadium.

It sucks to admit it, but he has a point. Being at home has a TON of perks, especially with Sunday Ticket.
Not to mention the high ticket prices..only adds fuel to buy a kick ass TV and just watch it from home. The Atmosphere is what makes going to the game better. Plus, you can say you were there!
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:01 PM   #19
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I prefer being at the game, but I don't drink so much that I can't pay attention.
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I prefer being at the game, but I don't drink so much that I can't pay attention.
I'm a fullblown alcoholic so it's a litle pricey for me.
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If you are not on level 1 or 3, it is worthless going to the game.
Please tell more....

Going to games Im about 5hrs away. I just cant justify traveling that far and setting in the nose bleeds. However, I found my self wondering at this last game ( nine rows from the field) on wether sitting a little higher would give you a better perspective on the game??

rows from the field vs better angle from a higher seat
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Please tell more....

Going to games Im about 5hrs away. I just cant justify traveling that far and setting in the nose bleeds. However, I found my self wondering at this last game ( nine rows from the field) on wether sitting a little higher would give you a better perspective on the game??

rows from the field vs better angle from a higher seat
You're certainly onto something here... Last season I went to the Bills game, and I had row 4 tickets, this dude was selling them for face on StubHub. Anyways, we were about the 20/25 yard line, and you couldn't see anything on the opposite side of the field.

In my experience thus far, I like sitting in the lower level, on the last row at the top. You're under the overhang if it's raining/showing, you've got nobody behind you so you can stand/sit/whatever, you can see everything and you're still close enough that it's awesome.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:08 PM   #23
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If you are not on level 1 or 3, it is worthless going to the game.
I disagree.

I've been going since 1987 and we've been 5th level every game. Gives you a good perspective on plays developing.
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I like going to games and all, but let's be honest. Its work.

Getting out, tailgating, standing around sometimes in freezing ass weather, cooking, drinking, trying to be nice to a bunch of douchebags who think they are your friends because you both wear the same team's jerseys, yelling, rude a-holes in teh stadium, drunk ****s, cursing each other and the team out with children nearby. mostly poor views unless you can afford awesome seats, no injury updates through the games, no pausing, stopping and rewatching an awesome hit or play as many times as you want. No time to get up and get a beer during commercial breaks or, TV timeouts as they are called when you are at the game.

Being at a football game also makes you realize just how much slower the game really is. Its why I chuckle about time of possession. There are so many breaks in teh action that these well conditioned athletes should never get tired with all the freaking timeouts there are in football.

At home, I have a comfortable seat with a fantastic view and I control the instant replay. How the **** are you going to beat that?
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I disagree.

I've been going since 1987 and we've been 5th level every game. Gives you a good perspective on plays developing.
Exactly. There isn't a bad seat in the house. I sat near the top last year, but was on the 50 on the east side. Great view of coverages and the entire field. I guess if you were going to one game it would really matter, but I just don't care where I sit as long as it isn't clublevel
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