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Old 11-10-2014, 10:59 AM
 
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I agree and I'd say a large percentage of them are smart enough to know they won't make a living playing pro. That means the college game is the end of the road for 'em so they play with nothing but heart. That's the biggest reason something like March Madness is so fun...some kid you've never heard of from some school you've never heard of can do something great.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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American football is like the game of Chess - all ages can learn to love it.

It is a very complicated game - much more sophisticated than soccer - even though much of it involves brute force. Most outsiders don't seem to grasp that.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:30 AM
 
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Lol, you must not be familiar with the Red River Shootout or the Iron Bowl if USC-UCLA is the best challenger to Army-Navy you can come up with.

I understand and respect the tradition behind the two service academies, but how many people do you know that are actually interested in the game itself?

I'd say Texas-OU takes it. Stadium is almost equal mileage between the schools, cotton bowl split in half, the fair. Nothing like it.
i am quite familiar with the iron bowl, i am a big auburn tigers fan ever since they came to the UA stadium to play the wildcats in 1969(?). i was at that game. but very few of the big rivalry games are broadcast around the world like the army/navy game is every year, and has been for many decades.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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WTF happened to the Tigers, lettin' the aggies beat them?
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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i am quite familiar with the iron bowl, i am a big auburn tigers fan ever since they came to the UA stadium to play the wildcats in 1969(?). i was at that game. but very few of the big rivalry games are broadcast around the world like the army/navy game is every year, and has been for many decades.
1976.

UofA played Auburn in the Sun Bowl in 1968.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:30 PM
 
Location: The 719
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WTF happened to the Tigers, lettin' the aggies beat them?
Their defense has been suspect thus far and the aggies are another SEC W opponent. Due to strength of in-conference schedule, they keep each other sharp.
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:31 AM
 
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I will be the first to agree that the NFL is a better game, but I still prefer college football to the pro game.

Maybe it the rawness, and the pure effort put out by kids who have nothing to lose.

Maybe I just can't get into a particular pro team, but support a local college team.

College football just seems better than the NFL.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:24 AM
 
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I will be the first to agree that the NFL is a better game, but I still prefer college football to the pro game.
Maybe it the rawness, and the pure effort put out by kids who have nothing to lose.

Maybe I just can't get into a particular pro team, but support a local college team.
College football just seems better..
Great post..
The other thing I'll add is superior intensity of college/alumni rivalries.. Schools that have been playing each other over 100 years, etc.
With the hyper free-agency in pro football, players are constantly switching teams which has diluted pro rivalries.. A guy playing for the Redskins isn't gonna hate the Cowboys like he used to, 'cuz he might be playin' for Dallas next year. It used to be a player likely would spend his whole NFL career playing against ( & disliking) division opponents. College guys do still spend their whole college careers hating/battling the same rivals..
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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1976.

UofA played Auburn in the Sun Bowl in 1968.
thanks for correcting me on that. it has been a while.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Really not sure what needs to be explained.... the same question is constantly asked by many here in the US about the love European's have for their soccer... ahem... futbol.

Two different sports... but fans of both are equally passionate.... that's all that matters whether one "gets it" or not...
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