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I heard today that the National Football League is going to play another game in Britain in 2008 with different teams from the 2007 game of course.

I am curious as to what the Europeans think of this game being played in Europe and what the European opinion is on the American version of football.

Johan, I know you are a big soccer fan from reading your posts on here.  Your thoughts?

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I think it's a win-win,except for the Wembley turf,which doesn't recover well.
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I saw that in last year's game Johan.  The grass at Wembley reminded me of the grass at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh where the Steelers play actually. 

I think its a win win too.  Its nice to share a favorite American pasttime with our European friends!!!

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I hope you get two real good teams so it's an exciting game.  As far as the playing field, if the NFL can play games in blizzard conditions, I am sure the field can be overcome.  Hey, I've got an idea!  Maybe we can send Jessica over to distract the teams so no one notices the field. 


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By the way, I still don't understand how soccer (or should I say "footie") didn't catch on here when the rest of the world sent some of their best talent to us way back when.  I got to see some of those games (now I'm really showing my age) and was thrilled to see Pele and the rest.  I won't date myself further by plugging some of the other names.   


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I agree, it's very strange that soccer hasn't caught on in the U.S.  There are gobs of fields and youth programs all over the place, but by the time the kids hit high school, the interest vanishes, and it's all about American football (anyone else wonder why we call a game that involves little foot action 'football'?).

The FBI will probably start a file on me for saying this, but ... I hate American football.  Too slow.  Too much money.  Too big of egos.  Too much padding.  Hope the Europeans don't envy us that one.  Give me a sport (like rugby! ) where the players play for the love of the game first, paychecks and SI covers second.


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I don't disagree.  Professional sports in the US has taken on too much of a star quality.  And you are right.  WIth all of the soccer in the US it is utterly amazing it is not bigger.

And..  For 2008...   GO STEELERS!!!


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I hope you get two real good teams so it's an exciting game.  As far as the playing field, if the NFL can play games in blizzard conditions, I am sure the field can be overcome.  Hey, I've got an idea!  Maybe we can send Jessica over to distract the teams so no one notices the field. 

Pardon my ignorance nocan...who's Jessica?

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I don't know all the rules of (american) Football but, even if I don't understand all of what I'm seeing, I like to watch a match when it's broadcasted on TV (in Italy is very rare to say the truth...).
Anyway, I consider the US football a sport... OUR football (or "soccer" if you prefer) instead it's not sport: it's a religion!


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OUR football (or "soccer" if you prefer) instead it's not sport: it's a religion!


Perfettamente d'accordo!


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Ric--that would be Jessica Tandy,the old dear from 'Driving Miss Daisy'.
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Ok......so not a 'Erica Roe' then!


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Yes,apparently that's her spesh! It brings in the golf crowd.
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I do beg your pardon,our Webmistress informs me it's not Jessica Tandy,but Jessica Hahn,and it's 'Driving Miss Daisy Crazy'. Sorry for the mix-up, I had no intention of inferring that Ms.Tandy is a porn star. Perish the thought.
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John...that is a an absolute bloody classic!
....Not to mention slander!!!

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