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Chalk Talk - Home Field Advantage


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submitted Today, 05:20 PM in Texas Longhorns Football By Coleman Feeley
 

“The eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live-long day. The eyes of Texas are upon you, you cannot get away…â€

Every year in college football, tens of thousands gather in stadiums all across the country to watch their teams play the game fans love. With trumpets blaring, drums booming, and fans screaming, the noise can be quite deafening. In fact, in 1988, as Louisiana State faced off against rival Auburn University in Baton Rouge, LSU found themselves on the winning end of a last minute drive that sent Tiger Stadium into a frenzy. The celebration following LSU’s 7-6 victory was so tremendous that it actually registered as an earthquake on a nearby seismograph, leading to the now infamous name, “The Earthquake Gameâ€.

Not unlike “The Earthquake Gameâ€, one of the greatest college football games of all time, the 2013 Iron Bowl, created quite a commotion, as Tiger fans poured onto the field in celebration of Chris Davis’ 109 yard field goal return. Often referred to as one of the best college football games in history, Auburn and Alabama winded up tied with only one second left on the clock (a one second that actually required multiple replays and lengthy conversations between Nick Saban and referees to ensure that it should, in fact, be on the clock). Alabama attempted a 54-yard field goal, only to have it fall short and into Chris Davis’ hands and the rest is history. The resulting celebration measured on seismographs all across the state of Alabama.

Speaking from personal experience, I have had unforgettable opportunities to play in some of the loudest college stadiums across the country, including Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, LSU’s Death Valley, and Clemson’s Memorial Stadium (also affectionately named Death Valley). All of these stadiums, their institutions, and fans are rich with unique traditions, and while specifics differ, the common thread was the electricity in the cheers and cries of fans.

I have been in the middle of Bryant-Denny’s most overplayed song, “Sweet Home Alabamaâ€, as fans add their own lyrics of “ROLL TIDE ROLL†after the chorus. As the opening kickoff was set to go up at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, the fan noise was so deafening that our kicker stood an extra ten seconds before he realized that the referees had indeed blown the whistle to begin the game. I have also been in the crosshairs of LSU’s most notorious “Neck†chant (if you’re unfamiliar feel free to check it out online, however, make sure that there are no young children present).

Aside from stadium-wide chants, I have heard my name called directly in an attempt to distract me from my responsibilities. I always kept my cool except on one occasion in Lafayette, Louisiana…let’s just say The Ragin’ Cajuns are a harsh crowd.

Nearing one hundred thousand fans, crowds take on an identity of their own. With cheers and waves in unison, the mob becomes, as many stadiums claim, the twelfth man. Oddly enough, none of my memories come from on-field time – the silence that develops within a player’s helmet during game play is surprising. But when you exit the white lines and sit on the bench, the earsplitting roar comes back to life.

In DKR Texas Memorial Stadium, Longhorn fans may not be as nasty as some of their counterparts, but they certainly bring energy. As the season approaches, I expect a swarming crowd of fans all clad in burnt orange to bring a nearly indescribable presence to each home game.

“…Do not think you can escape them, at night or early in the morn’. The eyes of Texas are upon you, ‘till Gabriel blows his horn!â€

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Is there a Texas tradition that the crowd only gets loud on third downs AFTER the QB has audibled into the play he wants ? Its like 80% of the crowd doesn't understand football at all in regards to how noise can disrupt an offense. Half of them are too busy texting to even know what is happening on the field. The only time I remember a DKR crowd being REAL was when #3 UH visited. There was home field advantage that night.

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Is there a Texas tradition that the crowd only gets loud on third downs AFTER the QB has audibled into the play he wants ? Its like 80% of the crowd doesn't understand football at all in regards to how noise can disrupt an offense. Half of them are too busy texting to even know what is happening on the field. The only time I remember a DKR crowd being REAL was when #3 UH visited. There was home field advantage that night.

so you are part of the 20% that understands football?
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GBT's post raises an interesting question: considering Texas is not known for having a consistent homefield advantage, what was the "best" crowd you've been part of in the last 15 years?

08 mizzou was pretty rowdy.

 

I think home field advantage is more about the team, not the building. We had an undefeated streak at home from 68-75 with a track around the field and infrequent sell outs. But...we were usually really good.

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GBT's post raises an interesting question: considering Texas is not known for having a consistent homefield advantage, what was the "best" crowd you've been part of in the last 15 years?

WVU shootout in '12 against Geno was a ton of fun, especially when Jump Around hit in the 4th quarter.

 

In high school, played in the Alamodome once, but nowhere even close to being full. As such, was not nearly as loud as a couple of home playoff games. Couple that come to mind was a sold out first round game with almost 10,000 fans....there was a point in the 2nd half where the visiting team false started 4 times in a row due to crowd noise. It was pretty insane.

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WVU shootout in '12 against Geno was a ton of fun, especially when Jump Around hit in the 4th quarter.

 

In high school, played in the Alamodome once, but nowhere even close to being full. As such, was not nearly as loud as a couple of home playoff games. Couple that come to mind was a sold out first round game with almost 10,000 fans....there was a point in the 2nd half where the visiting team false started 4 times in a row due to crowd noise. It was pretty insane.

 

Agree.  That WVA 2012 shootout was the loudest home crowd I was a part of.

 

The loudest TEXAS - ou game I ever attended was the 1977 game.  UT fans were very hungry as the Horns had not won the game since 1970 and suffered some big losses (the prior year '76 game was the spygate, hate filled, bitter 6-6 tie). In the '77 game 2 UT QB's knocked out and it was close right down to the final gun. 13-6 was the final score.  I saw grown men in the stands with tears in their eyes after that victory. 

 

Many demons were exorcised that day.

 

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What kind of fan are you if you don't have  tears in your eyes after the OU game ??? Either your ecstatic or crushed after that game.

 

I was ecstatic and think I remember I did have a couple of tears after the 1977 ou vicktree, but I had a HOT date, so I wanted to be strong... like bull (or BEVO) !!!

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