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!

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Will Oregon Black-out USC?

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Why You Should Be Loud At Football Games

October 12, 2009

I ran across a great article from former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger that basically supports one of the main theories of this site…good fans taking the right actions can help impact the game.  If you want to be a better fan, bookmark this site and check back frequently.  This was taken from the 12/12/04 issue of The Sporting News so I owe them the credit for this article:

When I played for the Eagles in 1992, we went to Dallas for a divisional playoff game. I played left guard, and though I was right near him, I never heard Randall Cunningham call a signal all day. The Dallas crowd was so noisy, the best I could do was keep one eye on the ball, the other on the tackle I had to block, and wait for the snap. We scored 10 points and lost.

Don’t let anyone tell you home field doesn’t matter in the playoffs. It does, especially to offensive linemen. When you can’t hear, you lose the advantage of knowing the snap count. You’re slower off the ball, and you’re not as strong as you’d like because you start every play with some indecision and doubt. You’re never really in attack mode.

Psychologically, the crowd can be such a boost for the home team. The roar gets the adrenaline pumping so much that you feel like you have a reserve energy tank. If you’re the visitor, the crowd can sap some of that energy out of you.

This is the core reason you see players motioning to the crowd to get loud on 3rd downs (technically they should be doing it every play, not just third downs).  This is also the same reason you will see the scoreboards say “Make Some Noise!” (or something similar).  Any fan should have an accomplished feeling when the opponent gets called for a false start penalty after the crowd went wild in the huddle…someone obviously didn’t hear the snap count (or lost their concentration in the madness).  The flip side of this is that making all that noise when your team has the ball might do some detriment by not allowing them to hear the play call in the huddle either…however, Brian makes a good point by mentioning the added adrenaline when you hear the home crowd roar.  Take a look at how the crowd amazingly impacted this Notre Dame/Michigan game:

**In case you were wondering, the NCAA eliminated the rule that penalizes teams if their crowds are too loud, or what I like to call, the That Fan rule (see the last bullet of the NCAA article)**

Over time I will be developing the That Fan 10 Commandments of Fandom for each of the main sports…making insane amounts of noise when your opponents have the ball will be a key item on the football list.  Just some more future That Fan foreshadowing…