2009 College Football Attendance – Week 11

November 19, 2009

Here are the top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Penn State vs. Indiana:  W, 31-20  (107,379)

2)  Ohio State vs. Iowa:  W, 27-24  (105,455)

3)  Georgia vs. Auburn:  W, 31-24  (92,746)

4)  LSU vs. Louisiana Tech:  W, 24-16  (92,584)

5)  USC vs. Stanford:  L, 55-21  (90,071)

If I missed something let me know.  This is the sixth week in a row that a Big Ten team has been first on the list.  All of the games were fairly close except for the beatdown that USC got from Stanford.  This weeks cheerleader offering has to go to Stanford for their performance vs. the fifth largest crowd in the country!


2009 College Football Attendance – Week 10

November 12, 2009

Here are the top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Penn State vs. Ohio State:  L, 24-7  (110,033)

2)  Michigan vs. Purdue:  L, 38-36  (108,543)

3)  Texas vs. UCF:  W, 35-3  (101,003)

4)  Tennessee vs. Memphis:  W, 56-28  (94,636)

5)  Georgia vs. Tennessee Tech:  W, 38-0  (92,746)

If I missed something let me know.  This is the fifth week in a row that a Big Ten team has been first on the list.  The top two both lost their games, so my picture love this week goes out to the Longhorns.  Hook ‘Em!


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)!


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:


"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…


"Bomb Army"


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


"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:


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

Corso definitely got a lot of love today:


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


"Not so fast, my friend!"


"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:


"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):


"My friends call me Salsa Boy"

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


"I will find you Bzdelik!"

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


"Mt. Cody eats corndogs for breakfast"

Speaking of healthy diets:


"Fat Kidz 4 Heisman"

Water is good:


"I Love H2O"

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


"Rock out with your Hawk out"


"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:


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

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


"Spikes for H'eyes'man"


"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?


"T. Steelman reads Twilight!"

The remaining signs are all Air Force related:


"United States Department of D-Fence"

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


"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?:


"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:


"Thank you TAXPAYERS!"

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


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

Air Force fans wanted Corso to pick them…


"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:


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!


Just Another Reason I Love LSU Fans

November 4, 2009

In case you haven’t noticed, this blog isn’t your typical sports blog.  I’m not going to talk about last night’s basketball game, or give you a preview of the World Series.  What I will do however, is talk about FANS.  This blog is made by a FAN, about FANS, for FANS.  There is nothing that gets me more pumped than seeing a fanbase go above and beyond the call of duty, and LSU fans have a good history of doing just that.  Not only is Tiger Stadium one of the most intimidating places to play a game on the field, but the Tiger fans have been trying to do some intimidating off the field as well.

This week LSU fans have gotten ahold of Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s cell phone number and have been bombarding him with texts and calls.  I’d be willing to guess these people aren’t calling to wish him good luck either.

The best thing about this is that it isn’t the first, second, or even the third time they’ve done this.  This has happened numerous times the last few years, so much so that it is starting to become a tradition!  Here at That Fan, one thing that makes us happy is a great fan tradition, and this is one for the record books.

Earlier this year it was Florida head coach Urban Meyer, backup QB John Brantley and wide receiver Riley Cooper.

Urban Meyer Sign

"Urban, Did U Get My Text?"

Last year they tracked down the number for Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno.  A couple games later it was Alabama QB John Parker Wilson.  Two years ago they dialed in to Tim Tebow.  All three players later taunted the LSU crowd with a “call me” signal after scoring touchdowns.


"Hey Tiger fans, can you hear me now??"

In case you were wondering, LSU won vs. Florida in 2007 and Tebow had a decent game.  LSU lost to Georgia last year and Moreno rushed for 163 yards and a score.  They also lost to Alabama last year although Wilson had a poor game.  Florida did beat LSU this year, although it was a close game.  Maybe the calls had some impact, maybe they didn’t, but it sure is fun to pretend that they did! 

Let me be the first to say that on behalf of That Fan, I do not condone any fans making threatening calls, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with (and encourage in a sinister sort of way) calling and texting a player non-stop to try and get in his head.  Good job LSU, you have made That Fan proud!

Penn State White-out Controversy

November 4, 2009

This weekend Big Ten rivals Penn State and Ohio State lock up in Happy Valley, and this game will be another installment of the Penn State white-out game.  The white t-shirts that have been chosen as the “official” design however, have apparently caused quite an uproar.  The shirt, shown below, has a blue stripe down the middle which correpsonds with the PSU helmets, yet some insist it looks too much like a cross.  That Fan’s response:  blah blah blah. 


Now, I understand that some people are refusing to wear it, and that is why you have this tremendous alternative (and one that I like even better than the “official” shirt), the “Terrelle Cryer” shirt (aptly named after Pryor was seen crying after his sub-par performance in the loss to Penn State last year). 


Now this is my kind of white-out shirt...

Penn State is known to have the best white-out every year, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks on TV.  If you will be at the game, take pictures and send them to us (info@thatfan.com).  White-out games haven’t gone so well this year as you can see from the study I’m doing, and don’t forget, Penn State lost a white-out game to Iowa earlier this year.  To all my Penn State fans out there reading:  what are your thoughts???

College Football Attendance – Week 9

November 3, 2009

Here are the top 5 stadium attendance figures from college football this past weekend (home team listed first):

1)  Ohio State vs. New Mexico:  W, 45-0  (104,719)

2)  Tennessee vs. South Carolina:  W, 31-13  (96,263)

3)  LSU vs. Tulane:  W, 42-0  (92,031)

4)  Auburn vs. Mississippi:  W, 33-20  (84,756)

5)  Florida vs. Georgia:  W, 41-17  (84,604)

If I missed something let me know.  A few things to point out:  1)  This is the fourth week in a row that a Big Ten team has been first on the list.  2)  Most of the ten schools with the largest stadiums were playing away games this week, thus the reason for the lower attendance totals compared to the last several weeks.  3)  Four of the top five were SEC teams…is there any doubt that they love their football down there?  4)  The Florida/Georgia game wasn’t at UF, rather it was in their usual neutral site of Jacksonville.  Congrats to the Buckeyes!