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Thought I would encourage all on here to attend this weekends game in Johnson City. 

I know others have been attending road games a lot longer. But we've steadily gone to most away games since 2014. 

Here's what we have enjoyed:

  1. The fellow Bulldog fans. The serious supporters go on the road. You won't generally run into fans that ask. Why don't we pass more? What's our record? and so forth. 
  2. Many have formed relationships where they travel, and tailgate in packs. Some meet coming from different directions. 
  3. Decent to good locations. Generally the lodging costs aren't that high. You see some good sites like this weekend. It should be a pretty drive up through the mountains this weekend from the NC/SC border all the way to Johnson City. 
  4. When things go good you take over the opponents stadium. 
  5. In the last few years theres been plenty of great weekends and memories made with some big wins or playing really well against the odds. Bama, Wofford, Ga Tech, Furman, and many others. 
  6. You have a little better opportunity to take yourself and your kids over to meet players and staff after the game. 
I realize some can't go due to kids playing travel ball, marching band competitions, work, etc. Another limiting reason is money. I get it. Please understand I'm just trying to encourage folks to travel to cheer the team, and have fun. I would never be negative to someone for the reasons above. 

But I will say if you have money to sit around somewhere in Charleston with a group and have a watch party spending money on drinking and eating...you probably could afford it, and have a lot more fun if we didn't attend watch parties and opted to get in the car/be a road warror. 

A win Saturday means a .500 or better season. Less than 1/2 of all Citadel football teams have recorded a .500 or better season. Frankly it's a big deal, and they've got a better chance with more folks there cheering them on. 

GO DOGS! Beat ETSU!

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My wife and I are going to make the trip from Charleston.  Since it is a 3:30 kickoff we plan on leaving James Island about 8:00 AM, the computer says it is a 5 1/2 hour drive.
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All very excellent points BIGGUN. 

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And fans who travel never yell, “Down in front!”. See you in Johnson City.
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What he said !! Bama and GT are life highlights from a el
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I live in Washington state and still work full time, so it's a little hard for me to get to ANY games - BUT - 

last year, I did go to the 'Bama game with a classmate of mine that lives in Birmingham.  I had just come back from a 3 month TDY in Germany the Saturday before, too!!

Also, I plan to retire in the next year or 2 and am seriously considering buying season tickets to our home games & might even go to a few away games.  I won't have anything better to do in September, October, and November!


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I'm still overseas but I just got my next assignment which will see me in DC for at least the next 3 years... I was always a traveling fan when I lived in Charleston up until 2009 and I'm looking forward to doing it again!
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Hope you folks understand I would never be a jerk, and get crossways with fans that live on the west coast, and overseas, expecting them to attend away games.

I’m trying to encourage (not demand) folks that live in SC, or other folks within decent driving distance to East Tennessee, to travel to the game if they’re available.


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Hope you folks understand I would never be a jerk, and get crossways with fans that live on the west coast, and overseas, expecting them to attend away games.

I’m trying to encourage (not demand) folks that live in SC, or other folks within decent driving distance to East Tennessee, to travel to the game if they’re available.



I was one of your "likes" on the original post.  I did not take it "crossways" in any way.  It was an EXCELLENT post! 

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its a real shame so few cadets take the initiative to go to away games, its great they take knobs to some big contests but it would be even better to offer free bus trips for any cadet that wants to go; also sad that we very rarely have the band or even a pep band at any away contests, 'lack of funds' seems to be the stock excuse.
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Well, I guess most of them wouldn't go if you offered.  My seats are at the top of Sec E, near the Corps, and the upperclassman are almost completely disinterested and for the most part don't even stand up or clap for anything, and stay on their phones.  Never seen anything like it.  The student sections in most schools are crazy places, where some even have lotteries to be able to get a seat.

I kinda liken it to what I have heard from grads sometimes when I ask if they watch Citadel football.  I've had guys tell me that they hated being forced into going to games as cadets and vowed to never see another Cid game again.  Most of my classmates (I'm 79, so it was my 40th) sat on the upper terrace (other side from the CFA terrace), ate, drank, and never looked at the game.  I had some quizzical looks at my CFA badge, and some seem astonished that I would even buy tickets. 

So, I would love to see upperclassmen go to away games, but not putting any money on it. 
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Well we’ll see what difference it makes in the Wofford game with them not being there.
It may not be the difference you think it is.

Also sometimes I wish the band went on the road. I’m not trying to slam them. But the truth is the band is incredibly small these days. And at a home game...you can’t even hear what they’re playing. So I wish we had a band of over 100 cadets that played more and better stuff. But we don’t. So it is what it is.

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I’ve heard recent grades saying we should do away with Football. This on El CID Memes. They resent paying 50 G in tuition and having to watch “crappy football “. Makes me wonder what kind of people we produce nowadays.
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Unfortunately, social media brings out the worst in people. They can post with anonymity on any topic they want with any amount of ridiculousness. These people have always existed with social media they now have a forum. Whether it’s flat earthers or people who don’t like football, They all can go to the same room now. I don’t take them seriously. I see it with the sounding board and also in other groups not related to our college on Facebook people post whatever they want...and make statements they would never say out loud. Just ignore them.

Asshole Citadel graduates have always existed en abondance. With social media we just see more of them now especially on facebook.

And of course football has nothing to do with $50,000 year tuition. You can blame that on the banks (and of course the out of control bureaucracy at the various colleges and state governments). The banks are making billions of dollars a year in interest on student loans and until that changes tuition will continue to increase. The colleges know they can continue to raise prices and the banks will continue to fund it until the whole thing crashes much like the housing crisis from 10 years ago. Except this time where is the collateral??? On the backs of college graduates. That is my own conspiracy theory ha ha.

A few months ago I sat in the vehicle for six hours with a recent grad in an entry law-enforcement position who made probably $40,000 a year at best. He had $95,000 in student loans. And that is just the principle. Multiply that by millions of young people. What kind of affect is that going to have on the economy long-term when they can’t buy a house or even a new car? They probably put off getting married and starting families, it’s a societal wrecking ball. But I digress.

See you in Johnson City this Saturday.


QUOTE=cidgrad90]I’ve heard recent grades saying we should do away with Football. This on El CID Memes. They resent paying 50 G in tuition and having to watch “crappy football “. Makes me wonder what kind of people we produce nowadays.

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I think the thing to remember is that the loudest yellers in the room aren’t generally the indicators of what typical folks think. Quite honestly to quote Nick Saban “they’re rat poison.”
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