So we are back on controversial ground this week @ The Sporting View as I’m going to write about sport again. After diving into the world of International Soccer, I’m going to talk about the National Football League (NFL) and it’s recent visit to London. This past weekend was my third visit to Wembley for the International Series, a poor return given that Sunday’s game was the 10th staging of the International series and the second of three games to be played at Wembley this season.
3 GOOD THINGS!
1. THE NOVELTY. Every week thousands watch the excellent coverage of the NFL on Sky Sports. I love the game but it’s also a good form of escapism for me on a Sunday night. It’s nice being whisked off to Cincinnati or Santa Clara before work on a Monday. To have this come to your own city is cool. It’s the NFL for goodness sake. It’s American, what’s it doing in London?
2. THE ATMOSPHERE. Here’s the thing. The crowd are very knowledgeable. More than you might think. The crowd appreciates and recognises good play, let’s the players know when play has been bad and I think, really gets the subtleties of the game. Even with fans of every NFL side in attendance, there is a real buzz around the stadium and a super friendly atmosphere. The NFL really “gets” the game day experience. Little touches like flags on the seats for everybody, all the announcements on the HD Screens in the stadium to fire up the crowd and the fact you can drink at your seat all adds up to a positive experience.
3. THE SPORT. After-all, this is what it is all about. This past Sunday, the Lions and Falcons served up what was the closest and most interesting of all 10 International Series games. It wasn’t all pretty, top class football but it was a close game, it was tense and you could see just how much it meant to the Lions players to take the win. Once you get used to this sport, it is something else. To watch it on TV is one thing but you miss so much of what is going on. TV doesn’t show you all the personal match-ups, the little battles going on at the line of scrimmage and all the idiosyncrasies around the game. If you haven’t seen it then go with an open mind. You won’t regret it.
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