The Frugal Way To Watch Football

Did you spend money to watch the football game yesterday? Maybe you went to the game and dropped $20 on parking, and another $11 for a beer, and at least $50 for a ticket in the nose bleed section. Or maybe you went out to a bar with a big screen TV and ordered wings and a pitcher of beer and it set you back $25. Or maybe you were influenced by all those TV commercials and ordered the special satellite football package where you can get ALL the games every weekend. Or maybe you are a Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan and were blacked out from watching your favorite team at home for the 10th time in a row. Like me.
 
It looks like the Bucs will be blacked out all season, so if you really want to see all those great interceptions, there is a way to see it for FREE. Yup. I did. Watched it on my computer streaming online yesterday. You still get the original broadcast with all the commercials, so you can still get up to refill your chip bowl. Granted the picture is a little grainy when you expand it to full screen, but it is better than nothing. Just go to firstrowsports.eu and click on AM FOOTBALL and select the team you want to watch, there are several so it doesn't matter if you want to watch the Vikings and they don't show that game in your market. You get all the markets online. There are many links you can choose from so if one doesn't come through, click the next one.
 
This type of viewing is not without its perils. You are watching a European feed and the potential for viruses is definitely there. There are several pop ups, but just click the red X to close them. You shouldn't have to download anything to make it work. It does require Adobe Flash Player so I would go ahead and download that first from a trusted source, like Adobe. And it also requires firefox or chrome browser, not internet explorer, so if you don't have that go ahead and download that before you set out to watch TV online too. I was able to watch it on my desktop with Windows 7, but was having trouble with my laptops with Windows 7 and XP - still troubleshooting those. I would like to get it on my laptop and connect to my HD TV for a better viewing experience.
 
If you're thinking of setting up your computer, don't delay if you're a Bucs fan - the next game (10/3/11) is at home on Monday Night Football and it wouldn't be cool to miss that one.

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