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Give Credit to the Jacksonville Jaguars Fans

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Jacksonville Jaguars fans take a lot of crap from a lot of people. Quite a bit of it is by no fault of their own, as with ticket issues and black outs you're going to get a lot of crap, especially in a market in which most people don't think a team is deserved.

I have to give credit where credit is due, however.

The Jacksonville Jaguars distributed over 62,000 tickets for Saturday's game which was originally scheduled for a kickoff at 7:30 PM. It began to rain around oh... 5:30? The rain wasn't that bad, so everyone made their way to the stadium. When I got to the stadium, I walked up the concourse and noticed thousands of people just standing around in the hallways, and I asked what the problem was.

"Oh, it's delayed for lighting until 8:00," a random Jaguar fan told me.

"Oh, okay. Thanks," I said and I went and got a pretzel.

8:00 rolls around and I ask someone else, "What's going on?"

"It's delayed until 8:30 because of lighting," another person told me.

I decide to walk back out to the ramps and lean against the edge, because it was getting uncomfortably hot and there was a breeze. You could see the lighting cracking in the background and heat lightning putting on a display in the sky.

About an hour later the game kicked off. I was expecting the place to be empty, as I remember seeing lots of people walking down the ramp muttering, "Screw this, I'm going home," which is completely understandable. You've been stuck with thousands of people for two hours.

It's obnoxious.

I do have to hand it to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins fans that stuck it out. Well over 40,000 of them (by turnstile count).

Just for comparison, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their game on time against the Kansas City Chiefs, and they had a turnstile count of oh... 30,413.

There was a much bigger crowd than I expected after all that mess, and they were loud. I'm pretty confident that EverBank Field is going to be plenty full once the real season rolls around.