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Watching the Game: Live or at Home

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Now that the season has officially begun, fans can finally start getting excited about football again. The highlight for most fans is watching their respective team play. The proliferation of big screen television and hi-definition programing has, however, changed the way fans root on their teams. To go to the game, or not to go to the game: that is the question.

While the experience at Paul Brown Stadium is not quite on par with other NFL stadiums, there is something to be said for watching the Bengals do their thing in person. Getting there early to tailgate with your fellow diehards is always a rewarding experience. You build a sense of camaraderie with your fellow tailgaters that spills over into the stadium when you finally make your way in to your seats. There is no way to explain the energy in the air that you can feel amongst the players and fans during big games. Going to Paul Brown however, certainly has its drawbacks. For one, you have to deal with traffic to and from the game. The food and drink options are limited and pricey. There is the chance for inclement weather. Finally, there is always the potential for unruly fans, not to mention the guy in your row who has to get up and walk past you every five minutes to get another beer or hit up the restroom.

However, watching the game in the comfort of your own home provides a completely different experience. For one, you get to sit in your favorite chair and can control the temperature. If you plan ahead, you will have your favorite snacks and drinks at your disposal. You won't have to wait in line for the restroom, and most importantly, you'll be able to track your fantasy football team much easier. Finally, there is the benefit of saving money. Watching the game from home is not without its own drawbacks though. You may have to deal with pesky inconveniences such as a dog who needs to be taken outside, or kids who would much prefer to watch Dora the Explorer on the TV.

So what do you think Bengals fans? Are you one of those Bengals fan who heads to the stadium no matter the weather or how poorly we have been playing? Or are you a creature of comfort who prefers to watch from the comfort of your own home? Let me know what you all think in the comments section and in the poll below.