The 6 Loudest College Football Stadiums

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Michigan Stadium - the largest stadium in the NCAA

Sports and incoherent loud rambling are a big part of college life. I myself am one of those crazy ramblers.  I’ve been on a mission to visit as many college football stadiums as possible.  Right now I’ve been to 14 different stadiums. Here is my annual list of the most fearsome and electrifying college football stadiums that bring the noise.

 

6. Tiger Stadium (LSU)

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Tiger Stadium - the sixth largest stdium in the NCAA

Tiger Stadium is home to the LSU Tigers and is the sixth-largest stadium in the NCAA and often referred to as “Death Valley” and “Deaf Valley” by many.  Why you ask?  Because you can count on either the LSU football team pummeling the opposing team or LSU fans screaming until your ears bleed.  If you have cochlear implants, I highly suggest you get them surgically removed before entering Tiger Stadium.

 

5. Kyle Field (Texas A&M)

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Kyle Field - the third largest stadium in the NCAA

Nobody does Saturday afternoon in the fall like the people in College Station, TX – home of the Texas A&M Aggies. Kyle Field is more than just a field; it is the third largest stadium in the NCAA.  Kyle Field is home of the 12th man – the fans! The fans support their team so much that they stand throughout the entire game, except when the opposing band plays at halftime or when their legs tire. Football in Texas brings joy to people of all ages unless you’re a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the forever incompetent Jerry Jones.

 

4. Lane Stadium/Worsham Field (Virgina Tech)

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Lane Staduim - the 37th largest stadium in the NCAA

When it comes to home field advantage, no stadium can compare to Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium. Located in Blacksburg, VA, the stadium can hold more than 11,000 screaming Virginia Tech engineers in the student section.  With that amount of berserk engineers, the collective cognitive capacity would be capable of mathematically solving why their team is so bad annually.  The stadium was once ranked No. 1 in home-field advantage by Rivals.com and No. 2 in ESPN’s “Top 10 Scariest Places to Play.”

 

3. Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee)

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Neyland Stadium - the fifth largest stadium in the NCAA

Home of the Tennessee Vols, Neyland Stadium has a style of its own.  It is the fifth largest stadium in the NCAA. The checkerboard end zones will make you subconsciously want to eat Checkers while watching the game (Checkers marketing team – get on this). The crowd is known for constantly chanting throughout games; those who do not like catchphrases are often advised to stay away from the stadium. One nice attraction of the stadium is the the Tennessee River, where fans arrive by boat and tailgate hours before and after the game.  Then they will stumble back onto their boats and disappear into the night like Batman.

 

2. Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame)

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Notre Dame Stadium - the eighteenth largest stadium in the NCAA

The Notre Dame Stadium was constructed in 1930 after coach Knute Rockne threatened to resign if his Fighting Irish didn’t get a stadium more befitting their national stature. As the eighteenth largest stadium in the NCAA, it is known for Hail Mary’s – the prayer and the play.  Jimmy Clausen GOAT.  Since 1964, the school has sold out every game but one. The only non-sellout over that time was a Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force in 1973 when students weren’t on campus.  Students are typically stoic like a monk asking for forgiveness, but when game time starts expect students to confess their desire to drop the hammer on their opponents like Pontius Pilate.  As a sign of their dedication, Notre Dame students also hold rousing pep rallies every Friday night because there is nothing else to do on campus.

 

1. Sanford Stadium (University of Georgia)

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Sandford Stadium - the tenth largest stadium in the NCAA

Woof woof woof! Bulldogs fans are known to bark at opposing, mild-mannered fans who show up in hostile territory to support their team.  Arf arf arf! The barking begins well before kickoff and doesn’t stop until the opposing team has left with their spirits crushed – that’s the intimidation factor at Sanford Stadium, the tenth largest stadium in the NCAA.  There’s nothing more defeating than trying to escort your children back to your Dodge Caravan as grown men bark at you and your family.

 

Thanks for reading and safe travels if you decide to visit any of these stadiums!

 

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Making The Most Of Your Late Summer Travel Plans

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Feel like summer is slipping through your fingertips? It is not too late to salvage your summer. There is still time to plan a late summer vacation. Here are a few last minute tips to help you out.

 

Going Abroad

First and foremost, figure out if you will need a passport for your trip. Due to the recent regulation changes that have been implemented, as a traveler, you are required to have a passport to reenter the US from practically any country. This includes Canada and Mexico. Make sure you have a current updated passport. Otherwise you could end up in the hands of the Federales.

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I just wanted some fish n chips

 

Comfort Is King

A second issue to consider is the end of summer weather. Plan and dress appropriately for the heat. Most travelers usually equate the end of summer with cooling temperatures. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is not true. August is one of the hottest months and September can bake you like a baguette as well. It is only towards the end of September that can you expect things to cool down. If you are spending your remaining summer vacation at the beach, it is important that you bring along the appropriate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and head pieces. You wouldn’t want to end up getting sunburnt and looking like a lobster.

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The coolest lobster in the Pacific NorthWest

 

If you are flying, being comfortable on the plane should be your biggest priority. Make sure you try to travel as light as possible.  Struggling to put a 50lb luggage piece in the overhead bin is asking for a strained shoulder or mild concussion.  Sitting uncomfortably on a 5 hour flight is no fun if unless you are a glutton for punishment.  It is suggested that you dress in relaxed clothing like pajamas or a snuggie.  It is no longer cool to “dress to impress” on a flight.  The more you look like a bum, the better.

 

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I should've taken that Imodium AD

Discounts Over Everything

If your wallet is light, try to look for discounted airfare online. Ticket prices can get super low towards the end of summer. According to the CEO of the airfare search engine FareCompare, Rick Seaney, “As kids start to go back to school, bookings start to drop down and airlines are forced to discount.”

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The tainted seat discount was not worth it

 

High Thread Counts

Consider non-hotel lodging. With summer hotel occupancy numbers up almost everywhere, many travelers are turning to vacation rentals for last-minute deals. The strategy makes perfect sense as owners of apartments and villas that still have openings may be willing to negotiate prices. Search Airbnb for some killer deals.

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Help yourself to the expired Wheaties in the cupboard

 

Whatever be the motive for your late summer travel, the very essence is the bonding among the members of the family. Never compare your destination with that of others. It does not matter if yours is a few miles away and theirs span an ocean. Make this summer travel a special one with warm memories. Good luck, and get moving – your vacation awaits!

 


 

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10 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft While Traveling Abroad

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and thieves are smart enough to use many advanced tactics to steal personal data and money by taking advantage of your carelessness while traveling abroad. As a traveler, you’re usually more focused on having fun, but it’s important that you know the different, unsuspecting ways that you can become a victim and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

 

Here are some simple but very helpful steps to follow on how to avoid becoming an ID theft victim while traveling abroad:

 

  • 1. Keep your personal data updated and secured in a protected cloud service such as Snap Secure.

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  • 2. Use credit cards and traveler’s checks and try to avoid using debit cards. Keep credit card numbers and traveler’s check numbers in a safe place.
  • 3. Never give out personal information on the phone.
  • 4. Keep track of bank and credit card statements. If you’re not receiving them on a monthly basis or you see charges that shouldn’t be there, contact them immediately and request prompt action.
  • 5. Do not put your wallet in your back pocket. Put your wallet in your front pocket or use a money pouch. If you must use a purse, carry it close to your body, holding the top closed and keep it on the front of your body.

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  • 6. Use secure wireless networks. The free Wi-Fi networks at cafes, hotel lobbies, and other public places are notoriously unsecured because they do not have the data-encryption protections that closed networks have.
  • 7. Be smart and protect your phone with a home-screen-locking password. We often store a lot of data on our smartphones: text messages with personal information, emails, photos, and important travel information such as boarding passes and itineraries.

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  • 8. Use cash more frequently. When traveling, always keep cash and cards on hand. Use credit cards at airports, major chains, and shops that clearly use secure payment systems. Again, avoid using your debit card if you can.
  • 9. While abroad, don’t use your passport as your primary identification. Lock up your passport in the hotel room safe and use a driver’s license or an international ID for places of admission.

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  • 10. Avoid being pickpocketed by being aware of your surroundings. Pickpocketers usually work in teams of 2′s or 3′s. One of them will bump into you or drop something in front of you or make a loud noise or do anything to cause a distraction. Once you have been distracted, the other pickpocketer will steal your valuables and walk away nonchalantly.

 

If somebody does manage to steal your identity, then you need to find out about it in the earliest stages possible so you can take immediate action before things get completely out of control. Keep in mind that there are many more preventive measures, these are just some of the most common and important tips you can apply to successfully prevent identity theft from happening to you.  To completely protect yourself from any ID theft mishaps, identity theft protection is always available.

 

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World Cup 2014 Update

Hey Futbol fans!  Have you enjoyed the World Cup so far?  It’s been an amazing ride to this point and there’s only a few games left.  Here’s a quick recap of the important events during the World Cup and a short preview of the upcoming games.

 

Oh, what had happened?

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Without America’s most recognizable soccer star Landon Donovan, the naysayers were ready to write off the US.  But Clint Dempsey dazzled the world and my heart in the first round of the tournament, rising like a phoenix from the ashes and resurrecting US hopes and dreams.

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Luis Suarez of Uruguay sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini of Italy because he mistook him as a calzone.  I can’t blame him, calzones are bomb.com.

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It burns like Hot Pockets!

The US team played horridly against Belgium in the round of 16.  Tim Howard had a sensational game with a record-setting 16 saves.  He played his heart like a true champion.

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Neymar has been spectacular all World Cup and has lived up to the hype.  Unfortunately, he took a painful tiger knee shot to his back from Columbian player Juan Zuniga.  It’s disappointing his World Cup experience has been cut short, but I am sure we will see more from this promising young star in the future.

And then there were 4. 

The World Cup semi-finals begin tomorrow with Brazil playing Germany and then Netherlands playing Argentina on Wednesday.  Brazil has been playing great but with the absence of Neymar, I don’t think they will be able to triumph over Germany.  Argentina will steamroll Netherlands solely due to the fact that Lionel Messi is a beast.  Final Prediction: Argentina will beat Germany in the championship game 2-1 and Messi will be crowned the undeniable King of Futbol.

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Messi has more accolades than I have facial hair.

If you’re in Brazil right now catching all the action in person, pray that you don’t run into Luis Suarez and his fangs of fury.  It’s never too late to purchase travel insurance, which covers injuries abroad like human bites!

 


 

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Last Minute Travel Checklist

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Traveling is exciting, but it can also be very hectic. There are all kinds of things that you need to remember. Some of them, if you forget them, are not the end of the world. Others, however, can ruin your whole trip! The more prepared you are, the less stressed out you will be on the day of your trip. It helps to be organized, so here’s a last minute travel checklist that you can refer to every time you travel. Here are the most important things you will definitely want to check off.

 

You Don’t Need To See My Identification

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  • Passport (if traveling overseas) – make sure that your passport isn’t expired. For certain countries, your passport must be valid for six months after the date you travel so verify this before you leave for your trip.
  • Visa – if required.
  • Flight Tickets – if you don’t have a physical ticket, confirm your E-ticket with the airline before you leave.
  • Accommodation Vouchers
  • Transfer Vouchers
  • Travel Insurance – consider whether you want to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself & family from unforeseen events.
  • Phone Numbers for Home
  • Health Documentation(s)
  • Emergency Information
  • Local Currency – if you’re traveling out of the country, be sure to have the local currency on hand.
  • Credit Card(s)
  • Driver’s License – do not leave this at home and make sure it is not expired. Be mindful of the driving laws of the place you plan to visit.
  • Make copies of all documentation keep one copy with you and leave a copy of your passport, credit cards, travel insurance with a friend or family member.

 

Dress Accordingly

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Before you pack your suitcase, do your research on the kind of weather you will be getting and pack accordingly. Always remember that the weather can change quickly, so pack for unexpected changes.

 

  • Underwear
  • Socks/Hosiery
  • Belts
  • Casual Day Wear
  • Sleepwear
  • Cold weather gear (jumper, coat, warm hat, gloves, scarf)
  • Warm weather gear (swimsuit, shorts, sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes (must be worn in)
  • Sun Hat

 

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

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  • Comb and/or brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss etc
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Skin-care lotion
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Make Up
  • Vitamins
  • Bath / beach towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Upset stomach / Diarrhea medication
  • Regular medication, plus a letter from your doctor for anything unusual.

 

Okay, Just Get The Bare Essentials

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  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Luggage (Check any weight restrictions)
  • Back pack
  • Wallet
  • Money belt
  • Ipod/MP3 Player
  • Camera & memory cards
  • Guide book and maps
  • Travel journal & pens
  • Games / playing cards
  • Small padlocks for suitcase
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Travel pillow
  • Zip lock plastic bags
  • Electrical converter / adapter if you have AC appliances
  • Earplugs / eyeshades

 

These are important things to remember when making your last minute travel checklist. Most likely you’ll come up with other things to include, depending on your specific plans.

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