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NFL games should all be home games
ESPN ^ | 11/17/12 | Rick Reilly

Posted on 11/18/2012 4:19:52 AM PST by raccoonradio

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said recently that the reason NFL ticket sales are down over the past five years is HD television.

Oh, Rog, Rog, Rog. There are so many reasons that NFL games, like teenage boys, are better at home. I've mentioned a few before, but how about 20 more?

1) At home, you don't have to stand in line to pee.

2) At home, you don't have to stand in line to pee while watching a drunk pee in a sink.

3) The average cost of a beer at an NFL game is $7.13. In your fridge, it's about a buck. And it's colder

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1 posted on 11/18/2012 4:19:55 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
At home I can fall asleep on the couch.......

At home I can watch the game in my underwear...

2 posted on 11/18/2012 4:26:30 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: raccoonradio

Funny article, and hits the mark.


3 posted on 11/18/2012 4:29:29 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”)
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To: Hot Tabasco

If all NFL games were home games they could be played on high school fields and we wouldn’t have pay for billion dollar NFL stadiums.


4 posted on 11/18/2012 4:33:37 AM PST by Average Al
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To: raccoonradio

This explains why videogames threatening sports.

If home games are the future, the team is liitle more than our avatars. Then the game itself does not have to be real.

Humor has a way of exposing truth.


5 posted on 11/18/2012 4:36:16 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: raccoonradio

At home, I can watch the 8 seconds of action and skip the 60 seconds of prancing and milling about.


6 posted on 11/18/2012 4:39:34 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: raccoonradio

Make it pay per view. Pay a bunch of drunk and homeless people to fill the stadium and, as they enter, hand them passes for free room and board at the Democrat mayor’s office/Democrat headquarters for the next week.


7 posted on 11/18/2012 4:46:57 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: raccoonradio

It’s Obama’s fault. Too many of the people who would like to go to the games don’t have jobs.

Oh God, soon there be Obamatickets to go to the Bears games.


8 posted on 11/18/2012 4:47:43 AM PST by CMailBag
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To: raccoonradio

There is also nothing more deflating than going on that special trip to see your team play your most hated rival, not even be able to tell your QB got injured on a snap because you are in row VV in the opposite corner of the field, lose the game on a last second field goal, and be taunted on the city streets by the opposing fans who travel the country for such purposes. They stand on the fire hydrants and can’t just enjoy the victory but have to rub it in the noses of the home team fans. I suspect some of them pour beer on others yelling “You s***!”


9 posted on 11/18/2012 4:51:59 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: raccoonradio
I love the picture of the properly dressed men watching the big game, but I can tell you at that time, there was no way you could get that kind of camera angle and close-up.
10 posted on 11/18/2012 4:53:47 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: raccoonradio

The fee for parking for one game today equals the cost of my season ticket in 1967.


11 posted on 11/18/2012 4:55:28 AM PST by AU72
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To: raccoonradio
My very first live football game was watching my Buffalo Bills play the Houston Oilers in "The Rockpile" in Buffalo, in 1967. We parked in the street, walked to the stadium and my dad bought a six-pack at a store on the way. The Bills lost 20-3 on a dreary and rainy day, but it was a great day.

Games are just too expensive and take way too much time for kids today.

12 posted on 11/18/2012 5:04:04 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: cicero2k

Another big problem with football is overexposure. Too many games, as Troy Aikman pointed out. There are too many games from the NFL on down, including the endless seasons of playoff and bowl-saturated college football.

Each NFL game used to be a BIG deal, something to look forward to on Sunday afternoon. Now games come and go almost as fast as NBA basketball games.

The NFL schedule has gone from 14 games to 16 and some want 18. The “bye week” and playoffs extend the season forever. Games on just about every day of week. Plays last too long. You can never cheer a fantastic play wholeheartedly. Instead you hear the dreaded words — “flag down.” Or you wait through commercials for official reviews that last forever.


13 posted on 11/18/2012 5:08:18 AM PST by heye2monn (A)
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To: raccoonradio

For the vast majority of people, all NFL games are home games.

But human psychology is such that if you didn’t have those 60,000 screaming fans there, as captured by the camera, it wouldn’t seem to be such an event worth watching.


14 posted on 11/18/2012 5:12:55 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: raccoonradio

Cute article. My husband and I were astounded at the costs involved in a football game ... although he’s been to a few concerts in the last year, so he wasn’t as flabbergasted as I.


15 posted on 11/18/2012 5:14:59 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: raccoonradio

There’s only ONE reason to stay home: NFL REDZONE! Never has a tv channel ever been MORE in-tuned with the typical football fan. It’s like my remote control has a mind of its own and can snif out all the games where teams are close to scoring. Then at the end you get to see all the touchdowns scored from noon until eight. It might possibly be the pinnacle of Western civilization.


16 posted on 11/18/2012 5:17:09 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: raccoonradio

16) When the game is over at home, it doesn’t take 90 minutes to get out.


He’s obviously not talking about watching the Patriots where you might as well bring a change of clothes and go straight to work on Monday.


17 posted on 11/18/2012 5:25:40 AM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: heye2monn
Along with too many games, there is an article on the website for the DeKalb County (IL) newspaper about the impact of Wednesday night football games on the college "amateur athletes".

Start with a TV deal for second-tier schools who want to be big names (like the MAC conference, which is what Northern Illinois U plays in; NIU is in DeKalb IL) and suddenly you have "Wednesday Night Football."

Like those college football players are supposed to get an actual education. Really?

18 posted on 11/18/2012 5:26:17 AM PST by Bernard ('He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else' - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: raccoonradio
The only reason to go to an NFL game...to see the eye candy


19 posted on 11/18/2012 5:28:16 AM PST by Popman
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To: raccoonradio
If all NFL cames were home games they couldn't be broadcast on TV!

They would be X RATED

and who would want to watch a bunch of guys playin' with themselves!

20 posted on 11/18/2012 5:28:57 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: 9YearLurker

But human psychology is such that if you didn’t have those 60,000 screaming fans there, as captured by the camera, it wouldn’t seem to be such an event worth watching.


I agree with you but you reminded me of the experiment years ago when they had no announcers, only crowd noise. Needless to say it didn’t go well.


21 posted on 11/18/2012 5:31:15 AM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: bramps
I agree with you but you reminded me of the experiment years ago when they had no announcers, only crowd noise. Needless to say it didn’t go well.

I would choose no announcers over having to listen to Brent Musburger announce a game.

22 posted on 11/18/2012 5:41:10 AM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Hot Tabasco

Watched a great High School game last night, Mentor vs St. Ignatious(sp?) Double OT. Haven’t watched the Cleveland Clowns in three years.


23 posted on 11/18/2012 5:46:29 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

At home, I get a better view of all the plays. I’m also border-line introverted so big crowds are a chore to endure and I don’t “feed off the energy” of big crowds like so many seem to do.


24 posted on 11/18/2012 5:52:31 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Isabel C.

I hope I still get your Christmas card but I like him.


25 posted on 11/18/2012 5:55:50 AM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Romney did in 2012)
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To: raccoonradio

Pink Shoes


26 posted on 11/18/2012 5:57:46 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: raccoonradio

My wife likes to go to the games, but I’d much rather stay home and watch them on TV.

Last time I went, I sat next to a drunk who was so obnoxious, his own girlfriend/wife got sick of him and stood up and left.

Then, we got rained on. Afterward, we sat in traffic for an hour.

This year, we had tickets to a game, but I talked her out of going. Sold the tickets and stayed home.

It was windy and rainy and our team lost. My wife thanked me.


27 posted on 11/18/2012 6:01:51 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Freedom of speech is delicious. It tastes like chicken.)
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To: bramps

And after it takes forever to get out, some genius police commander thinks it is a great time to stop all traffic on the interstate for DWI checks, so you get arrested for public urination when you originally thought you could make it till you got home.


28 posted on 11/18/2012 6:01:51 AM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Agreed. Redzone is the only way to watch football now, especially the last five minutes of all the games. Unforunately I’ve cut my cable so I’ll have to watch it on my phone or slingbox it off my brother.


29 posted on 11/18/2012 6:04:04 AM PST by gore_sux (Al Franken - Preferred by Minnesota Educated Somali Pirates and Suicide Bombers Everywhere)
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To: raccoonradio
18) At home, nobody murders the national anthem for you.

You should hear the third-rate Nashville renditions on most NASCAR races. Breathy, moan-y, whiny, and they all sing it at a tempo more suitable for a funeral march.

30 posted on 11/18/2012 6:07:05 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: uncommonsense
Absolutely. I have become a DVR artiste, can fit all the action of two NFL games and one NASCAR race into about an hour and a half of actual viewing time.
31 posted on 11/18/2012 6:09:18 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Popman

Unless you have field-level seats, I think you tend to get a much better view on TV. Even better if you have a DVR with stop, slo-mo and rewind. The same applies to the game itself.


32 posted on 11/18/2012 6:10:32 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: raccoonradio

At home, you stand a slightly smaller chance of getting killed by thug Obama voters who are pissed that their team lost the game.


33 posted on 11/18/2012 6:11:00 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Popman

Lordy.


34 posted on 11/18/2012 6:11:12 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Notary Sojac

Today is the last race of the season... is it going to be JJ or the kiddo?


35 posted on 11/18/2012 6:13:22 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Anyone, anyone but the cheatin' 48.
36 posted on 11/18/2012 6:17:12 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Football is a much better game on TV than in person. Baseball vice versa.


37 posted on 11/18/2012 6:18:25 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Notary Sojac

Its going to be a nail biter.


38 posted on 11/18/2012 6:21:32 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: Notary Sojac
Football is a much better game on TV than in person. Baseball vice versa.

Absolutely true. Unfortunately, both have become unaffordable for the many fans, at least at the professional level. For my family and I to go to a Red Sox game runs well north of $300, and the only reason it's not much higher is because I long ago learned to park 5 miles out of town and take the "T" to Fenway.

The answer has been our local minor (Eastern) league team, who are fun to watch and the tickets are more than reasonable - box seats are $10. And they've got Sam Adams on tap - nice and cold.

39 posted on 11/18/2012 6:35:39 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: raccoonradio

At home I can see the game.


40 posted on 11/18/2012 6:38:21 AM PST by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: bramps

Ha—interesting!


41 posted on 11/18/2012 6:54:16 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: raccoonradio

Sterile (often indoor) stadium which take away from the experience. Too much scoreboard music, advertisements, crowd cams, etc. which take away from the action on the field. And yes, too expensive.


42 posted on 11/18/2012 6:59:49 AM PST by dinoparty
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how bout, at home i don't have to worry about hypothermia or getting murdered because of the team logo i'm wearing???
43 posted on 11/18/2012 7:06:35 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: raccoonradio
Then there is the alternative if you just don't want to stay at home and like crowd reaction: the local sports bar. The beers are a little more expensive there than at home, but not nearly as bad as at the stadium. In Nevada, the even better alternative is the TVs in the Sports Book, because they *never* black out a game there. (Can't speak for Atlantic City.)

The best part of going out over staying home is that you don't have to clean up anything when the game is over. You just head out to the (free) parking lot, and drive through reasonable traffic back to home.

Just a thought.

44 posted on 11/18/2012 7:26:58 AM PST by asinclair (Bulls*it is an ever-renewable resource.)
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Yes though can get too rowdy and loud.One place I go to has good food and cold PBR drafts are a buck.Tho young guy crowd were chugging Smirnoff Ice and chantkng Ice! VERY loud..had to move. OH WELL


45 posted on 11/18/2012 7:39:16 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: asinclair

Yes though can get too rowdy and loud.One place I go to has good food and cold PBR drafts are a buck.Tho young guy crowd were chugging Smirnoff Ice and chantkng Ice! VERY loud..had to move. OH WELL


46 posted on 11/18/2012 7:39:25 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Notary Sojac
Football is a much better game on TV than in person.

I disagree. I have attended most of the USC Trojans' home games since 1973 and a lot of away games as well. If you watch it on TV, you don't see the pregame and halftime shows, the horse running down the sideline when the Trojans score a touchdown, and the lighting of the LA Coliseum's Olympic torch at the start of the fourth quarter as the band plays "Galop," aka "Cavalry Charge," from Rossini's "William Tell Overture." And you don't get the thrill of joining the crowd as they cheer touchdowns and boo bad calls.

47 posted on 11/18/2012 7:39:41 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: raccoonradio

Wild horses couldn’t get me to another NFL game,ever.While games are available,in HD,on channels I already get I’ll watch them.If they ever go pay-per-view or anything like that,I’m done.Watching 40 beer commercials and 10 Viagra commercials per game is as high a price as I’m willing to pay.Not a penny more.


48 posted on 11/18/2012 7:40:02 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Popman

The Texas-Oklahoma college football game isn’t bad either. :-)


49 posted on 11/18/2012 7:41:30 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Smile on Dems: Ignorance is bliss.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Go Fisher Cats! Always go to first Sat home game of yr.Street parking $1 with smart meter


50 posted on 11/18/2012 7:43:12 AM PST by raccoonradio
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