Preseason Football Can be Fun

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OntheJob_LukeG_Lambeau_FieldMarquette, MIAugust 14, 2017 – There has always been the old adage that if a game doesn’t officially count, it’s worthless. I am not a huge fan of preseason football, it’s a bit of a tease as I crave the regular season to get here. But I was able to get down to Lambeau Field this past Thursday for the Green Bay Packer’s first preseason game, and I’m glad I did.

I am not a Green Bay Packers fan, but I am a football fan. So when we got to the stadium about an hour and a half before kickoff, people were out and about, tailgating and having a great time as if it were any regular season game. This really reminded me how much I love the experience of going to a game. The at-home TV experience has gotten so good that many people say they would rather watch the game on TV than go and see it in person. Not I.

The game day experience is about so much more than just the game itself. It’s about exactly what it should be about, the “experience.” From the tailgating, to the wave (which I refuse to participate in), to the roars on good plays and the groans on bad plays from 70,000 people in unison. You don’t get that experience from sitting on your couch by yourself.

Also, the notion that preseason football is somehow bad is just disingenuous. While the players are still going to be a little rusty and make some mistakes, it is still good football. Me and my friend Brad (pictured in the #21 Charles Woodson jersey above) were having a conversation in the 2nd quarter about preseason football. And we mentioned that every single 2nd string player, every 3rd string player out there, was a stud in college. These guys are all still professionals and great players.

I am glad I made the 3 hour trip to Green Bay on Thursday. It was a blast, and it reminded me of how glad I am to have football back.