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  1. Mike the Brit

    Mike the Brit Minuteman Target PatsFans.com Supporter

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    I've actually been to the Harvard-Yale game (you know, The Game) and it was a lot of fun. Mostly, though, I think, because they seemed to treat it as a kind of lark as well as a game. The Harvard band played Ten Thousand Men of Harvard but they were all wearing berets, dark glasses and other kinds of jazz musician gear. The Yale marching band had a cello!

    I don't think any non-American could get their head around a game where everyone is dressed up like the Munchkins' parade and taking it seriously.
     

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    I met a guy that went to Fl. State. When in college, he would attend football games in other states when State was not playing. He caught a ride to Mississippi when the Gators were playing there. He said he was a football fan and a dorm took him right in (shower, food and beer free). Today, he travels to all the college stadiums. When asked what atmosphere was the best, LSU hands down. Pros will never have the atmosphere of college.
     
  3. InRodWeRust

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    I'll be going to the opening game with my wife. We only go once a year and we chose this one because we didn't want to miss the Super Bowl banner reveal. Good rivalry game against the Steelers too. I think there will be a lot of energy and it will be a fun game.
     
  4. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Pro Bowl Player

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    They got Brady there?
     
  5. KontradictioN

    KontradictioN Florida Man PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Never. It’s pretty much an unfair comparison. The ties to college teams run much deeper than ties to pro teams. Especially in the Southeast.
     
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  6. KontradictioN

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    Brady is not an atmosphere. The SEC does, however, have many of the next best players. Never been to an SEC or Big 10 game? Games at Gillette are cheese and wine fests with the Rockefellers compared to atmospheres in both of those conferences. Notice how nobody that’s been to both, like I have, is disagreeing with me.
     
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  7. Patjew

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    What’s the best SEC game to hit? Being a RI and Asia guy I’ve never attended a great college game and I’d love to check it out.
     
  8. KontradictioN

    KontradictioN Florida Man PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Alabama/Auburn, Alabama/LSU in Death Valley, Florida/Georgia (World’s Largest Outdoor ****tail Party), Georgia/Auburn, Alabama/Texas A&M. Not necessarily in order. Alabama vs. Auburn and Florida vs. Georgia are both very deep rivalries. Hate fests.
     
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  9. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Pro Bowl Player

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    You missed my point. I said the product for a reason. The actual football is so damn good here no amount of atmosphere can make up for it.

    I actually do have plans to catch my first College game this year. A Buddy of mine is a big Michigan fan so we'll catch a game before the Ravens game. Michigan at MD.
     
  10. KontradictioN

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    Yeah, see. I knew by your argument that you had never been to one. You don’t have a point of comparison. The two atmospheres are not even remotely close. The most comparable atmosphere to college ball in the Southeast and the Big 10 is a soccer game in Europe. There is absolutely no pro football game whatsoever that compares. It’s a landslide. The tailgating, the crowd, the experience... college ball (particularly in those two conferences) ****s all over a pro game. A regular season game between LSU and Auburn, for example, is going to be magnitudes more rowdy than any playoff game at Gillette you’re going to go to. Same thing with Penn State and Ohio State. Hell, go watch videos of the stadium shaking prior to a South Carolina kickoff when they play “Sandstorm.” You never see that kind of rowdiness in a pro game. The attendees just aren’t passionate enough about the teams as they are at the college level. Just the truth and the reason nobody else that’s been to both is disagreeing with me. Yeah, the product is better but the actual experience is nowhere near as fun.

    And you’ll have a blast. It’s not a heated rivalry but the atmosphere will still be great. I’d recommend an SEC game after that. Top venues are LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, and Georgia.
     

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    signbabybrady Pro Bowl Player

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    I was never arguing. I was joking about how damn good the football is that we get every week. We have it so good here in that department that no amount of atmosphere matters.

    The stadium rocks for Sandstorm but they still watching Jake Bentley instead of the GOAT.
     
  12. UFGatorPat

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    Correct. I was going to post similar.

    Nothing is like the those stadiums such as the swamp in terms of noise, rowdiness for a big game and play to play intensity. UF had the largest student section at one point and it was able to surpass LSU and any other environment, not to mention the closed in nature is conducive to that.

    The Pats opener will be a different kind of emotional event I’m sure, probably the best ever. No one moment in terms of noise, elation, etc within a stadium will compare to that FG block to save the 06 Season or a few other similar moments in UF History.

    The Pats banner ceremony is a culmination of joyous emotion over the course of many years for me, so I can’t imagine anything topping that going forward as far as physically being there.
     
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    Oooooh yes it does. You’ll get it soon enough.

    Of course. The product is better. The experience and amount of fun had for the fan is not.
     
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    signbabybrady Pro Bowl Player

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    That's what I said.
     
  15. Patjew

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    Thank you! I’m thinking Alabama vs. Auburn.
     
  16. KontradictioN

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    That was never the argument.
     
  17. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Pro Bowl Player

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    That's literally all I said.
     
  18. KontradictioN

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    Again, that was never the conversation. The conversation is about the game day experience and environment. Not the product on the field. There are numerous examples, even at the professional level, where the game day experience and environment is better for the fan attending even though the product on the field is inferior. The product on the field is irrelevant.
     
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    signbabybrady Pro Bowl Player

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    Your arguing with yourself. All I said was the product is better at Gillette. You stated you agree with this fact. Feel free to move on whenever you want.
     
  20. BelizePats

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    There is no comparison. I go to Tuscaloosa every other year for a game and have been to Gillette many times. It's completely different. I've been to the Big House for Michigan Ohio State and a home game at 'Bama trumps them all.
    A home game at Alabama is unlike anything I've ever experienced in terms of sporting events. The only thing better is the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona Spain, which I do every July.
    SEC football is in a league of its own in terms of football.
     

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