ESPN College Gameday at TCU This Week

November 12, 2009

ESPN’s College Gameday will be held in Fort Worth this week at the site of the match-up between TCU and Utah.  I was extremely pumped when I heard this; not because I’m a TCU fan or because I think they will have the best signs all year (not saying they couldn’t either), but because I finally get to post a TCU picture that I’ve been trying to find a reason to post (see below).  This is a huge game with BCS implications and marks the first time a Gameday broadcast has been to TCU.  Another interesting fact:  Gameday has been to three Mountain West Conference schools the past four weeks (BYU, Air Force, TCU). 

My team of choice (as I’ve previously said, they haven’t shown enough on the field this year for me to reveal who they are yet) plays an early afternoon game so signs will have to come Saturday evening, so be sure to stop by the blog and check them out.  If you will be at Gameday this weekend, please send me pictures of signs and I will be sure to post them and give you credit.  I will also be holding another contest similar to the contest ran last week for any fan that can give That Fan a shot-out on a sign this weekend.  Can’t make it to Fort Worth?  Make your own sign and send it to me so I can post them (click here for more details)!

TCUgirl

Advertisements

ESPN College Gameday Signs (11/7/09)

November 7, 2009

This week’s edition of ESPN College Gameday was in Colorado Springs for the Air Force/Army game, and I was very impressed with the crowd and the signage.  This was the third Gameday broadcast from Air Force, the last being in 2002.  Wondering why they chose Air Force rather than Ohio St./Penn St. and LSU/Bama?  ESPN did this as part of their continuing tribute to the United States armed forces, and kudos to ESPN for doing so.  On behalf of That Fan I also want to thank all military personnel out there for all you do.

A few observations from this week:  1)  The guest picker was Lt. Colonel Scott “Spike” Thomas, an all-American safety at Air Force in 1985.  Spike’s plane was shot down in Iraq in the original Gulf War.  2)  Jenn Brown was back again and yes, she’s still pretty damn hot.  3)  No one won this week’s That Fan contest, so we will try again next week.   4)  There were quite a few guys proposing to their significant other via a Gameday sign.

Now let’s move onto the best signs of the day.  With this being a rivalry game there were obviously a lot of signs slamming the other team, but it sure is odd seeing signs making fun of the armed forces.  First up, lets start with all the rivalry signs:

GoodBadUgly

"The Good (Air Force), The Bad (Navy), The Ugly (Army)"

Again, this is very odd posting signs that say these types of things but if our armed forces can make the signs, I figured I could at least post them…

BombArmy

"Bomb Army"

Pound

"Hey Army: We're gonna pound you into the ground!"

Problems

"E.S.P.N.: Air Force, fixin' Army's problems since 1947"

Double bonus here with the sign and the website.  Be sure to thank our troops and visit www.ourmilitary.mil:

StudyHard

"Study hard or you'll end up at Army"

Corso definitely got a lot of love today:

GeneralCorso

"General Corso --->" (Great sign placement!)

Notsofast

"Not so fast, my friend!"

TenchHut

"Corso: Tench HUT!"

This next one needs some explaining.  At first I didn’t know why the hell this guy would have a sign that says this, but after doing some research I found a pretty funny story that I think explains it:

Naked

"Lee Corso: Naked Man!"

If you haven’t seen the Kirk Herbstreit ‘Salsa Boy’ commercial, please click HERE to watch it now!  (I couldn’t get the entire sign):

SalsaBoy

"My friends call me Salsa Boy"

Air Force fans are still bitter about basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik leaving them:

Bzdelik

"I will find you Bzdelik!"

Now, now.  I’m sure Alabama’s Terrance “Mount” Cody has a very healthy diet:

Corndogs

"Mt. Cody eats corndogs for breakfast"

Speaking of healthy diets:

FatKids

"Fat Kidz 4 Heisman"

Water is good:

H20

"I Love H2O"

Iowa fans had a decent presence today, but only one sign worth showing:

HawkOut

"Rock out with your Hawk out"

Lamp

"I Love (Lamp) Football"

This guy followed through on his promise to mom to get on TV.  Bonus – he made it on That Fan as well:

Promise

"I promised mom I'd be on TV!!!"

I’m surprised we only saw two Brandon Spikes signs after his eye-gouging performance:

Heyesman

"Spikes for H'eyes'man"

NeedEyes

"Please B-Spikes, I need my eyes to be a pilot!!"

Looks like Matt Barkley and Army QB Trent Steelman have something in common.  Will we see another added to the list next week?

Twilight

"T. Steelman reads Twilight!"

The remaining signs are all Air Force related:

Defense

"United States Department of D-Fence"

I think this was an Army guy making fun of Air Force grammar…I think:

MeLikePlanes

"Me like planes"

This is a two-sign combo, comparing Steve Urkel to Air Force linebacker Andre Morris (click here for a better Morris picture).  Has anyone seen both of these guys in the same room at the same time?:

Urkel

"The Good Urkel, The Bad A$$ Morris"

Another two sign combo, this time a serious version:

Thank You Soldiers

"Two teams, one nation" & "Thank you soldiers! College Gameday, Veteran's day, EVERYDAY!"

As much as civilians thank the armed forces, they would like to show some love back:

Taxpayers

"Thank you TAXPAYERS!"

I wish I could have gotten a full shot of this one:

Tuition

"E.S.P.N.: Taxpayer Dollars Pay My Tuition!"

Air Force fans wanted Corso to pick them…

FlipBird

"Lee, flip us the bird"

…and he did just that:

Lastly, I’ve got to show the Washington State flags flying proudly…special story on this to come this week:

WSU

That’s all the signs from today’s episode.  Be sure to check back today or tomorrow for the poll to vote for your favorite sign of the week.  I’ll put together a survey at the end of the year for people to select the  best sign of the year.  If you didn’t vote for last week’s sign yet, you can do so HERE.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that I am starting a contest where those of you who couldn’t make it to Gameday can still show off your signs to fans around the world.  Use the template below and photoshop or edit your message.  Click HERE to learn more details on how to enter the contest!

blanksign


Wish You Were at College Gameday? Now You Can Be!

November 6, 2009

How many of you have ever been to an actual ESPN College Gameday broadcast?  Hopefully a lot of you, buy my guess is maybe 10% or 15% of you.  I was lucky enough to go to a couple, most notably the “Bush Push” game where USC beat Notre Dame after Matt Leinart got shoved into the endzone by Reggie.  Anyways, the atmosphere is amazing, and as cool as it looks on TV, it is even better in person.

I’m starting something new this week that I hope catches on, and that I think can have the potential to be something pretty big.  Now, I can’t promise you this new addition to That Fan will help you get a sense of the fun atmosphere of being at a Gameday, but I can give you the excitement of getting your sign broadcasted to fans across the country

Starting this week, I’d like to start a contest for all you fans who want to make a College Gameday sign but can’t make it to a broadcast to get your sign shown.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the “That Fan Fantasy Gameday” contest.  This may last one week, it may last for decades, that all depends on you.  I’m giving you a template for a blank sign below, photoshop/edit it however you please, and make the sign you would make if Gameday was at your school this week!

BlankSign

I haven’t worked out all the details on how this is going to work yet, but I thought the idea was too good to delay.  This is what I’m thinking…I will personally view each and every sign created and pick the best ones to be voted on each week in a poll by the readers.  The winners will get some sort of prize and be entered into the year-end vote for the best sign of the year.  As for prizes, I’m not sure yet, but I’ll think of something soon and get back to you. 

How can you enter your sign?  Two ways: 1) email it to info@thatfan.com.  2) Upload it to Twitter and let me know via @ThatFan.  This is my preferred method because even if I don’t pick your sign to post to the site, other people can still see them by doing a search on Twitter.  Maybe we start a trending topic like #ThatFan (if you aren’t on Twitter or don’t know what a trending topic is, let me know and I’ll give you the scoop).  Yes, you can submit multiple entries and I actually encourage it.  For this week’s contest, please submit all signs by Sunday at 11:59PM.

Again, this contest could fizz out after this week, and I don’t expect a ton of entries this week, but I think it has the potential to grow to be a huge and fun thing for fans to look forward to every week.  Post a comment with your thoughts!


College Gameday Contest – Get That Fan on a Sign!

November 5, 2009

Last week I held the first contest here at That Fan, basically to get the site mentioned on a sign at the Oregon broadcast.  I wasn’t able to spot any winners, although the crowd was enormous and most of the signs never got on camera.  What I’m asking is for someone who is going to be in the crowd to get That Fan some pub on a sign.  It doesn’t have to be on a sign all to its own, so you can do whatever sign you have planned and then just throw “That Fan” somewhere on the sign (make sure it is still visible).  Better yet, make it large and throw it on the back of your sign.  I know, I know, “What’s in it for me?”

Well, if I can see the sign on TV for even just a few seconds, I’ll give you a $25 gift card to anywhere of your choice.  If the sign gets major airtime, I’ll up it to $50.  If it is a particularly good sign I’ll just send you the money via PayPal.  You will also get MAJOR pub on this site of course!  That might not sound like much but considering I’m funding this out of my own wallet, and assuming you are more than likely a college student, its drinking money you didn’t have previously.  How do you claim your prize?  Send me a picture of you holding your sign, and I will compare it to the sign I saw on TV to make sure it is the same sign.  Easy as that.  **Just an FYI, if a miracle occurs and I see 20 signs showing up on the broadcast, I reserve my right to provide gift cards only to the best signs!**  Examples for your sign, although I encourage creativity:  “I AM THAT FAN”, “THATFAN.COM”, “blog.thatfan.com”, etc.  I am running this contest every week going forward (including basketball season!) so if your school is hosting Gameday in the future, keep checking the site for details.

Crowd


ESPN College Gameday at Air Force This Week

November 2, 2009

ESPN’s College Gameday will be held in Colorado Springs this week at the site of the match-up between Air Force and Army.  Shortly thereafter I will have pictures up of the best signs throughout the broadcast so be sure to stop by the blog and check them out.  If you will be at Gameday this weekend, please send me pictures of signs and I will be sure to post them and give you credit.  I will also be holding another contest similar to the contest ran last week for any fan that can give That Fan a shot-out on a sign this weekend.  More details to come this week!

AFCheer


College Gameday Contest & Notes

October 29, 2009

I mentioned earlier this week that College Gameday was going to be held in Eugene, Oregon, and that I would be holding my first official That Fan contest.  Basically what I’m asking is for someone who is going to be in the crowd to get That Fan some pub on a sign.  It doesn’t have to be on a sign all to its own, so you can do your sign making fun of USC (I’m assuming that there will be mostly Oregon fans there) and throw “That Fan” somewhere on the sign.  Better yet, make it large and throw it on the back of the sign.  I know, I know, “What’s in it for me?”

Well, if I can see the sign on TV for even just a few seconds, I’ll give you a $25 gift card to anywhere of your choice.  If the sign gets major airtime, I’ll up it to $50.  If it is a particularly good sign I’ll just send you the money via PayPal.  You will also get MAJOR pub on this site of course!  That might not sound like much but considering I’m funding this out of my own wallet, and assuming you are more than likely a college student, its drinking money you didn’t have previously.  How do you claim your prize?  Send me a picture of you holding your sign, and I will compare it to the sign I saw on TV to make sure it is the same sign.  Easy as that.  **Just an FYI, if a miracle occurs and I see 20 signs showing up on the broadcast, I reserve my right to provide gift cards only to the best signs!**  Examples for your sign, although I encourage creativity:  “I AM THAT FAN”, “THATFAN.COM”, “blog.thatfan.com”, etc.  By the way, I will run this contest every week going forward so if your school is hosting Gameday in the future, keep checking the site for details.

Enough about the contest for now.  Duck fans, if you are wondering where Gameday will be filmed, it will be at the Casanova Center parking lot that is parallel to Martin Luther King Blvd. and north of the Casanova Center.  The show airs at 7 a.m. (PDT) and the gates are expected to open to spectators & That Fan contest winners at 5:30 a.m.  More details can be found HERE.

Being that Oregon has been the topic at hand, I wanted to post a fantastic article talking about Oregon’s homefield advantage at Autzen Stadium.  This only gives further credibility to the post I wrote several days back about the importance of making noise at football games.  You can read the ESPN article HERE.

I’ve heard rumors that Oregon is telling everyone to wear black for Halloween, thus making the game an official black-out game.  Might want to be careful, blackouts haven’t gone so well this year!  Can any Oregon fans confirm?

A few final notes:  I hope to see at least two Washington State flags like I have every week so far considering how close you are to Oregon.  Jenn Brown is supposedly going to be on Gameday this week.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite signs from last week’s Gameday at BYU!  Lastly, my “team of choice” (who will continue to remain nameless until they prove on the field that they deserve the publicity) has a game at 3:30pm ET, so I may not get the signs up until that night, but I’ll do my best to get them up as soon as Gameday is over!

BlackOregonHelmet

Will Oregon Black-out USC?


College Gameday in Eugene Oregon This Week

October 26, 2009

ESPN’s College Gameday will be held in Eugene, Oregon this week at the site of the big-time match-up between USC and Oregon.  The broadcast will be done at Autzen Stadium, the site of this week’s game between the two top-10 ranked PAC-10 teams.

Gameday has visited Eugene twice before:

9/29/07:  #6 California beat #11 Oregon 31-24

11/3/07:  #4 Oregon beat #6 Arizona State 35-24

Shortly thereafter I will have pictures up of the best signs throughout the broadcast so be sure to stop by the blog and check them out.  Saturday is also Halloween so if there are any interesting costumes I will try and post pictures of those as well.  If you will be at Gameday in Oregon, please send me pictures of signs and/or costumes and I will be sure to post them and give you credit.  I will also be holding a contest for any fan that can give That Fan a shot-out on a sign this weekend. More details to come this week!

OregonCheer