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Fan Rant New England Style

One of the great benefits of working at Rant Sports is our Fan Rants. This is where we travel to different cities and interact with fans. Last weekend, we had the opportunity to travel to Boston and see the New England Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts.We ask fans about the game. It leads to some fun and interesting moments. My favorite moment of the day was the Marine we met that was attending his first Patriots game in 25 years. When he retired from active duty, he asked the Patriots if they could fly a flag in his honor at the stadium. Of course, the team honored this great American hero.

Patriots fans aren’t as rowdy as other fans we’ve encountered. At MetLife Stadium a few weeks earlier, the New York Giants fans were fired up. They’ll let you know what they’re thinking whether you want to hear it or not. On the other hand, Patriots fans are a very calm and confident bunch. While there was the occasional off-the-wall fan, they were quite pleasant for the most part.

Gillette Stadium is a really nice facility and designed to maximize the fan experience. Not only does the stadium feature the sports facility, it has several restaurants, shops and a movie theatre. A fan can come for a game and stick around for a movie. I was really impressed by the whole experience. Modern NFL stadiums are becoming more about maximizing the experience and less about the stadium itself.

This season, thanks to the fine folks at Verizon Wireless, I’ve been given two of their devices (well I am still on device one) and service through the NFL season. All of the photos from this piece were taken on the Motorola DROID RAZR M. It is a wonderful little phone and very powerful.  Its battery will last a whole day even with heavy use. Having a phone that lasts as many of you know makes all the difference in the world. It also helps to have access to the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE service even in a crowded environment. I’ve now used Verizon’s service in three different NFL stadiums this season, and it works better than expected. Considering the amount of traffic on the network, I am always able to get voice and data service. Can’t say the same thing for the other carriers (and I speak first hand).

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Fans program and have been provided with a wireless device and five months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”