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I was so outraged I wrote a strongly worded letter to NFL Network 

Of all of the things to complain about yesterday’s game; this is not one of them 

Didn’t watch the anthems. The broadcast was trash though. Missing key replays on plays. 

7 hours ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Indeed.  London/the UK is kind of a lousy place to try to promote American Football.  Germany is much more interested in the sport.  Hence why 5 of the 9 NFL Europe teams were located in Germany.  

NFL Europe wasn't successful because it was worse than expansion level football. It was primarily practice squad guys trying to get some reps to show what they could do. Most of them never played a down in the NFL, and those who went on the be successful were the exception not the rule.

UK fans saw it for what it was - a pale imitation of the real thing - hence the far lower attendances. So you could argue that we're a far more developed fan base from that point of view. Give us the real thing and we show up (65k at the game on Sunday ... compare that to the Tenn game in New Jersey). Given that most of the fans there were not Falcon or Jet fans, and the price of the tickets, I'd say that shows there is a huge interest in the game. They could easily sell out far more than the 2 or 3 games each year.

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7 hours ago, jamesr said:

NFL Europe wasn't successful because it was worse than expansion level football. It was primarily practice squad guys trying to get some reps to show what they could do. Most of them never played a down in the NFL, and those who went on the be successful were the exception not the rule.

UK fans saw it for what it was - a pale imitation of the real thing - hence the far lower attendances. So you could argue that we're a far more developed fan base from that point of view. Give us the real thing and we show up (65k at the game on Sunday ... compare that to the Tenn game in New Jersey). Given that most of the fans there were not Falcon or Jet fans, and the price of the tickets, I'd say that shows there is a huge interest in the game. They could easily sell out far more than the 2 or 3 games each year.

 

That's fair, I just think if you were trying to start a pro team in the NFL the novelty would wear off quicker in London than it would in Germany.  And I wasn't trying to argue NFL Europe was a success or anything.  Just that it was a bit more successful in Germany than the UK.

2-3 games a year is fine.  But beyond that?  Support would be limited.

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47 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

That's fair, I just think if you were trying to start a pro team in the NFL the novelty would wear off quicker in London than it would in Germany.  And I wasn't trying to argue NFL Europe was a success or anything.  Just that it was a bit more successful in Germany than the UK.

2-3 games a year is fine.  But beyond that?  Support would be limited.

Germany is still the most pro-American football country in Europe. Makes sense. Kind of like how Japan likes baseball. US had a big influence here after WWII and German teams won like 75% of the NFL-Europe championships. There are some semi-pro teams around to this day here.

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4 hours ago, Dunnie said:

This is just pure talent. Where was he last Sunday ??? Clearly understands the lyrics.

Thanks for this.

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Last sunday sadly he was in his grave

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I was in the stadium

As an Irishman I greatly appreciated the shortened GSTQ

I always think that everyone who sings TS-SB tries to do it in their own style / change the ending so that they get remembered. This version was another attempt to do that.

My sense from the crowd was that Katherine Jenkins won the singing contest.

The crowd preferred Marisha Wallace’s overall performance as she the guts to stand on top of the stadium knowing that they would quickly be filling her airspace with fighter planes and fireworks.

As one commentator quipped - “She is very committed …. or maybe she should be committed”




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On 10/11/2021 at 9:27 AM, The Crusher said:

Rosanne Barr, I still remember my fathers face when she cawed out her version. It was priceless. Guy didn’t say a word, literally watched the game without saying a thing during the firsts quarter. Took a day for him to finally talk about it. 

I like your dad. 

 

Oh, and this is still my personal favorite. 

 

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I'm really tired of the totally overdone R&B massacring of the national anthem. It's over, it's old hat. It's been done, and a lot of these people need to stop thinking they're Aretha Franklin. Learn the words and stop worrying about hitting the extra high note. I'd like to see how many of these singers can actually explain to you what the words mean without looking at them on a piece of paper.

Maybe we should have some Rock and roll versions of the anthem — another thing stolen from black people.
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11 minutes ago, DLJ said:


Maybe we should have some Rock and roll versions of the anthem — another thing stolen from black people.

Luckily Jimi Hendrix’s version will always and forever be the best version of the anthem, and no one else should even try to top it.  

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15 hours ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

That's fair, I just think if you were trying to start a pro team in the NFL the novelty would wear off quicker in London than it would in Germany.  And I wasn't trying to argue NFL Europe was a success or anything.  Just that it was a bit more successful in Germany than the UK.

2-3 games a year is fine.  But beyond that?  Support would be limited.

The real difficulty in starting up a team anywhere - be it UK, Germany or elsewhere - is that most of your expected fan base already have a team they follow (often very passionately). How do you get people to give up being fans of established teams to follow some new organisation that has no history, no meaning, no attachment? You're not going to build up a fan base of people who are all new to the game, so your best bet is that it's the fans of tomorrow that will become loyal fans - but that is a VERY long term commitment, you could be looking at 10 years to get a decent home following if you go that route. And that's assuming people will still go to watch an expansion team through all the struggles and losing that that would entail.

I feel that what we have at the moment is the best way to do it - a handful of games each year with rotating teams so that everyone plays every X years (looking at you Green Bay Packers!). The support is there - we had two 1-3 teams facing off last week, this week is 1-4 vs 0-5 but the stadium will be full, and the cash tills will ring.

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On 10/11/2021 at 7:56 AM, mrcoops said:

I thought:

1) Catherine Jenkins is quite hot, even though she's Welsh.

2) She can really belt out a tune.

3) Whoa...that's REALLY high.

4) It's OK...she has a safety line.

5) The US national anthem is really long compared to the British national anthem (although that wasn't the full version).

6) It's game time!

I agree.

I also thought it was an analogy for the relationship between the two countries.  You know the conservative parent and young child who has eclipsed their expectations.  :)

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