Follow up to Standing at games

I blogged recently about when someone is standing and everyone else in the surrounding area is sitting. Sunday while at the Bears game in Buffalo, the opposite occurred. EVERYONE was standing for well what was supposed to be the entire game I’m sure. It became blow-out by the visitors, which I think hindered that from taking place.

This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this. There are several stadiums or at least part of the stadium around the league that stands for the entire game. WHY can I ask? There are times yes when fans should stand. Yes stand when the visitor has 3rd down. Yes stand when an exciting play is taking place and your team is about to score or did score. I’m all for it. That’s great. I also am not talking about any stadium that has designated standing areas. If you’re in one of those sections, by all means stand. No one should complain about someone standing if you’re in the STANDING section. 

That said, I’m talking about the majority of the stadium where this isn’t the case. Standing the entire game can put a damper on another fan’s experience. Everyone should be able to enjoy the game as much as possible. If everyone stands kids attending might not be able to see much of or any of the game. Why would he/she want to come back? Or if a person is elderly or just unable physically to stand the entire time, that’s not fair. What about those in wheelchairs? At Soldier Field, the wheelchair section is the last row of the first level. If everyone is standing, they would not be able to see any of the game. 

So, for me, standing should be for the appropriate time during a game. That to me makes a bigger impact to the team. Just my thoughts. What’s yours? 

Cheering for the Home team

Recently a group of Miami Dolphins fans were asked to either quit cheering or leave. Several fans of the opposing team complained.

Now I don’t know what they were cheering or what tone of voice they used. Thus, my thoughts are not directed towards them. I wasn’t there and don’t know the true context of the situation. These are more general thoughts on cheering.

Cheering is definitely needed and welcomed by the home team. It’s encouraging to the players and makes it harder on the visiting team to get their plays in and can be a factor in getting penalties and botching plays from being completed. 

Everyone cheers and shows their enthusiasm in their own way. However, one must be conscientious of those around them, including visiting fans. Visiting fans have the right to cheer for their team. That said, I do believe they have to understand they are not at home, it is not their house. For visiting fans, sometimes the amount and intensity of their cheers can be determined by the number of fellow fans in attendance. The more fans, the more cheering. You know the saying, there is strength in numbers. Be respectful.

Back to cheering by home fans. I’ve been at home games where, quite frankly, there have been some obnoxious home fans screaming and yelling where I would have like to have asked them to please stop and welcome security to at least ask them to stop or leave. It’s a rare occurrence, but I get it. 

Everyone has the right to enjoy the game and cheer, but again, it shouldn’t be something that interferes with someone else enjoying the game. It’s called respect.

Go cheer for your team when it’s appropriate, don’t use profanity, don’t say rude things about the other team or fans, don’t SCREAM. Keep things in perspective, as it truly is, just a game. 

I can do that job – Holder of Tablet for Reviews

In my book “Tailgating Tales – Diary of a Female Football Fan” I have a number of “I Can Do That Job” idea. As many fans do, I’d love to work for my favorite NFL team. So I’ll be posting jobs I saw during the game, etc. that I know I could do.  The first one is the Holder of the Tablet for Challenges/Reviews.

What qualifications do I need? Hold up to five pounds? Stand still for 90 seconds? Be ok wearing striped pants and a maroon shirt that doesn’t really match well. I can do all of that. I can do that job!

All 32

Today the Bears played in Buffalo at New Era Stadium. This marked a milestone in my travels to their away games. I’ve now been to all 32 stadiums (counting MetLife as 2 as was there for both Giants and Jets) plus two (Toronto and Wimbledon)! This is my 11th season of traveling, but eight years ago when the Bears played the Bills, the game was played in Toronto. That was a great trip but now another item on my bucket list can be checked off! That doesn’t mean though my travels are ending.

Side note: Atlanta has a new stadium, which I haven’t ventured too but I’m still considering my tour is complete. Though, it is on my bucket list and well, visiting it in February to watch the Bears would work for me!

Fan rules – Standing alone

We all have them or is it just me? Some are maybe just our own but many are pretty universal – Fan rules for game day that you wish everyone knew. You know the fan. They mean well. They love their team. They are excited to be at the game finally. But they don’t know the rules! The Fan rules! I’ll be sharing mine occasionally. They are in no particular order regarding importance.

Fan rule 1 – Know you never have to and never should stand alone. If the people in front of you aren’t standing, you don’t need to stand!!!

You are standing because?

When a Win comes with a Loss

The only stat that really counts in football is number of wins. It’s what determines if your season continues into the playoffs or not. Many will say it’s not easy to win a NFL game. Fans of some teams will say it’s much harder than other fans. That said, every win is cherished. Every win is celebrated no matter what the record of the team you beat. But sometimes with a win comes a loss. A loss of a key player that will change the make-up of your team and maybe, in your number of wins. 

I was excited and happy my team, the Bears, won yesterday, but also sad. We suffered a big loss. One of our best players, one of our leaders, went down with a serious injury, Kyle Long. It hasn’t been said how long he’ll be out. He’s a key to our offensive line which is key to our quarterback’s success.  I feel terrible for Kyle and am praying for his recovery as he’s had a tough few years recently. Hang in there Kyle!

Anybody else have one of those days? 

Thursday Night Football

Your week is almost over. Tomorrow is Friday. The weekend is almost here which means Sunday and football. But wait! It’s Thursday! There’s football! I could watch football every night and I don’t think I’d get tired of it. From a fan’s perspective whose team is playing, is Thursday night football a good thing? Is it any different from a Monday night game? If you’re watching from the comfort of your home, probably not.  If  you are going to the game, maybe. Your answer might depend on how many Monday and Thursday games your team has scheduled. I love night games but unless it’s a Sunday night game, it does mean for home fans leaving work early to get there on time and if you tailgate, it’s even a shorter work day. Or do you use a vacation day?

For the visiting team’s fans it’s a different story. Thursday games ARE different from Monday games. You have to more than likely take at least two vacation days and maybe three depending where you’re traveling from and where you’re traveling to for the game. 

Or are Thursday games great for planning a long weekend get away?

As someone who travels to away games. I don’t mind Thursday games depending on how many away night games my team has and location. But in all realty, no matter what the answers to those points are, I will just work around things regarding vacation days and make it work.

I know the NFL isn’t going to change anything for the “small” number in reality of fans it affects, but what are your thoughts? 

Back up and running!

I should give myself a BIG penalty flag for delay of game for not posting in 11 months. I’ve regrouped and am believing I’m back on track with a new perspective! My goal is to blog several times a week. Stay tuned for more! You can follow me on Twitter @aFootballdiary as I’ll be tweeting with each new post.

Nov. 2, 2017 – Touchdown Celebrations – A good or bad thing?

This season the NFL decided to lighten up their stance on touchdown celebrations. Their reasoning, put the fun back in football and the players and fans want it. Hmmm? Did you take a vote on that? I think there are other changes that could be made to put the fun back in football.

Now maybe I’m in the minority here but WHY is there a need to celebrate you did your job? Why can’t players just hand the ball over to the referee? The celebrating is getting out of hand and ridiculous. It’s not just players scoring touchdowns, it’s sacking the quarterback, recovering a fumble. Everything’s a celebration. It’s become a production. A premeditated skit. How many people do a dance when they have a success with their job? Then again, maybe we should all start and we’d have more fun at work.

One thing Mr. Goodell did say was no twerking, no sexual gestures, or offensive acts. That’s a good thing. Or is this because you’re leaving that to the cheerleaders. Have you watched them lately Mr. Goodell? But that’s a whole other blog.

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Oct.29, 2017 – I Can Do That Job!

This year, referees no longer run to the sidelines and “go under the hood” for play reviews and challenges. Nope not any more hiding while reviewing. Modern technology has caught up with them and the NFL. Now, they will go to the sideline, but not the back of the sideline like before. Someone, hired by the NFL, will meet them carrying a Microsoft Surface tablet.

What do I say to that? I can do that job! For those that haven’t read my book, Tailgating Tales: Diary of a Female Football Fan, this was a segment after each home game diary entry, of a job I know I could do during games. Well, I have found one more! I mean, really, what qualifications does one need? Must be able to walk, recognize which one of the guys in the white stripes is the Referee (hint: think white cap), be capable of carrying at least 5 lbs, steady hand, make sure the screensaver is set for over two minutes, and jog off once the Ref has determined the correct call. I can do all of that!

How do I apply? Job seems simple enough, and I’d sill be able to watch the game, and from the sideline no less. I love this game!

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