For the life of me, I don't understand why reasonably sane people watch football games in person. 

I've done it, with regrets. I've sat in the rain--and cold. But that was years ago, before one could watch most games on television.

I wondered what obsessed fans to sit in frigid seats to watch Green Bay play (and lose) San Francisco. After all, it was on TV. What does a playoff ticket cost, anyway?  What kind of seats do those fans have? Bet mine is better! How many layers to go through before peeing? While in front of people at a trough. Snacks? My popcorn cost me a few cents--vs. ?  Plus I get instant replay (replayed way too many times) and analysis and insights.

I admit the live "atmosphere" is different, unless you're watching with friends (I don't). And some broadcasters and "color" commentators are unbearable (Phil Simms, for one). But I can mute them.

Sports fanatics, religious fanatics, whatever fanatics--they're all a little crazy.

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Comment by Michael Penn on January 8, 2014 at 12:47pm

Randall, I don't even see why people watch football games. None of it interests me at all, and I used to weight train. My daughters are supposedly half way interested in this football stuff, but they didn't get that from me. I'd rather watch an old movie.

                                          THE BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ

This is my re-vamped version of that old film with Brett Canlaster in the lead role. Sirens are going off everywhere in the prison yard and lights are scanning back and forth in the night sky. Two uniformed guards run up to the captain reporting that they almost had him, but the Birdman flew over the walls. (It gets better if he had a cool suit to wear.)

Gimme the old movies any day.

Comment by Pat on January 8, 2014 at 12:30pm

I don't understand it either, but then again, I'm not a football fan.  I've been to one professional game in my life, where the Chicago Bears played the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Stadium in St. Louis.  It was one of the "Monday Night" games, and the thing dragged on longer than a Catholic Solemn High Mass, and in my estimation, equally as boring.  Every time there was a play, it was followed by a five minute lull so the TV advertisers could sell beer and pickup trucks. After the game, a friend asked how I liked it.  My response was something to the effect of not near as much as I would prefer watching a documentary on the life cycle of amoebic dysentery.

Just not a football fan!  As to sitting in -2 degree weather to watch it, whatever floats your boat.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 8, 2014 at 8:54am

The last time I watched a pro football game live was several years ago at Cleveland Browns Stadium, a pre-season game between the Browns and the Green Bay Packers.  We'd gotten the seats from a friend who couldn't use them.  Frankly, I had a great time.  The stadium, now known as First Energy Stadium, is a reasonably modern facility, and even though we were up in the nosebleed section, our view of the game was excellent.

Granted, this was in August and the weather was mild, but I also remember attending some of my daughter's high school teams playoff games in weather which would daunt some of the staunchest die-hard fans.  Was worth it, too - we damned near won State.  Haven't done that since, but then, I haven't had the bread to do another Browns game and my daughter has long since graduated high school.

Fact is, I enjoy watching football, and given a chance, I'd go back downtown to watch the Browns live again ... at least if I thought they'd actually show up for 60 minutes of play [a matter for a different discussion!].

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