Football, or "pigskin," originally a pork byproduct, has become America's most popular pork-related pastime after recently topping baseball—a byproduct of sausage races. Commemorate sport’s other meat with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one lower bowl/100-level end-zone ticket to the UMass vs. New Hampshire Colonial Clash football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Saturday, October 23, at 3:30 p.m. (a $25 value).
As the first-ever college football game played at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, this game between the University of Massachusetts Minutemen and rival New Hampshire Wildcats promises to be a special clash, as both teams jostle for position in the CAA standings. Lead by senior quarterback Kyle Havens, UMass looks to stay atop the conference, while their Granite State gridiron foes hope to ride their stout, interception-hungry defense to an upset victory. Witness the next gridiron chapter in this traditional border battle between bitter enemies, a historic rivalry ever since New Hampshire’s J.D. Salinger recovered Massachusetts-born Jack Kerouac’s fumble in the 1941 Metaphor Bowl.
Football fans of any team will dig the pre-game festivities, as the area around Gillette Stadium will be abuzz with tailgating (parking is free). And each university band will be on-hand to lead pep rallies and play their fight songs, from UMass’s “Fight Mass” to UNH’s “While My Football Gently Weeps.”