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Posted by Strickland on February 26, 2010

Recently, I went to a University of Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0 conference; finished 1st in the conference; 12-1 overall) game to watch them play the Fresno State Bulldogs (6-2 conference; finished 3rd in the conference; 8-5 overall).  I took some teenage boys from the youth group I was serving as Minister of Students to as this was a “Boys Only” trip.  The idea was just to go watch a good college football game.  So, we drove close to 3 hours to Cincinnati to watch the #14 team in the nation, Cincinnati, play Fresno State at this noon game.  Big East verses the Western Athletic Conference (or WAC).  Now, Fresno State is really not a push over team.  They normally compete against Boise State for the WAC Championship each year.  And, Fresno State is not afraid to go play a team regardless of their rank, field, or history.  Their motto is to play “anybody, anytime, and anywhere.”  So, I thought this would be a great opportunity to see Cincinnati because they were #14 in the nation; I lived close by for a college football game; it would be a good group outing; I hadn’t been to the stadium; I like the city; and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see Cincinnati play a good opponent, Fresno State.

The game was advertised as a “whiteout game.”  That’s a new one for me.  Never been to a game that is advertised like that.  Now, college teams, and perhaps some pro teams, have a special night at the game like the “whiteout” game.  If you weren’t wearing white at the game, then they gave you a white t-shirt to wear.  But, the “whiteout game” (or insert any other team color) was great.  It’s pretty cool to see everyone wearing the same color in order to try put havoc on the visiting team.

Cincinnati plays at Nippert Stadium.  “Nippert Stadium has been home to Bearcats football since 1902, making it the fourth-oldest playing site and fifth-oldest stadium in college football.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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