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2012-10-16 11:43:56 PM
Sounds like one hell of a boat party.
 
2012-10-17 12:26:20 AM
For entertainment value, give Chris Kluwe a videocamera and turn him loose on London.
 
2012-10-17 12:57:27 AM
Did someone not use their Capital One card again?
 
2012-10-17 01:00:06 AM

DanZero: Did someone not use their Capital One card again?


What's in your Wembly?
 
2012-10-17 06:31:04 AM
Meh. The last time a Viking landed in New England, all it amounted to was a bunch of Moss.
 
2012-10-17 07:29:46 AM
Will Emperor 'Adrian be along for the trip?
 
2012-10-17 07:47:19 AM

RedZoneTuba: Will Emperor 'Adrian be along for the trip?


They really should call their offensive line "Adrian's Wall."
 
2012-10-17 08:09:09 AM
Did anybody else watch the Nova last night about the viking sword? That was pretty cool
 
2012-10-17 08:20:33 AM

SilentStrider: For entertainment value, give Chris Kluwe a videocamera and turn him loose on London.


I would pay money to watch that. The guy is simultaneously hilarious and smart as all hell. And I virtually guarantee he's a Farker. .
 
2012-10-17 08:26:25 AM
Jags vs 9ers in london? my money is way on the jags.
 
2012-10-17 08:26:56 AM
The best part is that this doesn't cost any fans a home game, cause otherwise screwing your fanbase for a market that has already proven lukewarm to NFL Europe would be a pretty crappy thing to do.

And even if it does, how much are season ticket licenses and seats? $20? $100? A good fan shouldn't mind giving up a game for people that show up expecting a different kind of "football" entirely.
 
2012-10-17 08:29:24 AM

SearchN: Jags vs 9ers in london? my money is way on the jags.

 

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2012-10-17 08:35:34 AM

born_yesterday: The best part is that this doesn't cost any fans a home game, cause otherwise screwing your fanbase for a market that has already proven lukewarm to NFL Europe would be a pretty crappy thing to do.

And even if it does, how much are season ticket licenses and seats? $20? $100? A good fan shouldn't mind giving up a game for people that show up expecting a different kind of "football" entirely.


While I don't entirely disagree, as a Viking fan currently living in Europe, I'm ecstatic!!! I just wish the NFL hadn't chosen the Steelers for the opponents. Who travels further for games than Steelers fans?
 
2012-10-17 08:42:13 AM
Well that's 70 bucks out of my pocket.

Thanks Goodell.
 
2012-10-17 08:50:55 AM

born_yesterday: The best part is that this doesn't cost any fans a home game, cause otherwise screwing your fanbase for a market that has already proven lukewarm to NFL Europe would be a pretty crappy thing to do.

And even if it does, how much are season ticket licenses and seats? $20? $100? A good fan shouldn't mind giving up a game for people that show up expecting a different kind of "football" entirely.


For Season Ticket holderds that are paying the same price for less games or for those of us who work part times at these games it's money out of our pocket.

Hey, I love the principal of it. Not fussing about that. I'd be pissed to pay for 10 home games and only get 9 for the season if I had season tickets and I am annoyed as hell that I would be working that game and now will not ave the opportunity to make any money.
 
2012-10-17 08:50:57 AM
So they are playing the Steelers. Cool, my team will be overseas playing the Vikings. I do wonder how many Terrible Towels will be waving in London come next year.
 
2012-10-17 08:50:58 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Well that's 70 bucks out of my pocket.

Thanks Goodell.


Off-topic, but if you polled 100 random strangers on any given street in any given city, 100% of them will call Goodell a cockbag. Man, I miss Tags. And I'm not just saying this because I'm a Saints lifer. Goodell is just that awful. Ship his ass to Guantanamo. He will not be missed.
 
2012-10-17 08:52:58 AM
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"I told them we've already got one."
 
2012-10-17 08:55:51 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: born_yesterday: The best part is that this doesn't cost any fans a home game, cause otherwise screwing your fanbase for a market that has already proven lukewarm to NFL Europe would be a pretty crappy thing to do.

And even if it does, how much are season ticket licenses and seats? $20? $100? A good fan shouldn't mind giving up a game for people that show up expecting a different kind of "football" entirely.

For Season Ticket holderds that are paying the same price for less games or for those of us who work part times at these games it's money out of our pocket.

Hey, I love the principal of it. Not fussing about that. I'd be pissed to pay for 10 home games and only get 9 for the season if I had season tickets and I am annoyed as hell that I would be working that game and now will not ave the opportunity to make any money.


If they calculated a per game cost of tickets/licenses, then either reduced this years cost or provided a refund, I wouldn't have a problem from a paying fan's perspective. As far as workers, yeah, you're getting screwed out of a game, and I don't see Goodell giving a crap about you, either.
 
2012-10-17 08:56:14 AM

dickfreckle: SearchN: Jags vs 9ers in london? my money is way on the jags. 

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May be a reference to the fact that SF is twice as far away as Jacksonville. That's a fark of a long way to travel...
 
2012-10-17 08:56:42 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: I'd be pissed to pay for 10 home games and only get 9 for the season


You can't be serious. The NFL is going to force season ticket holders to pay for tickets happening across the ocean?
 
2012-10-17 09:04:12 AM

digistil: Jim from Saint Paul: I'd be pissed to pay for 10 home games and only get 9 for the season

You can't be serious. The NFL is going to force season ticket holders to pay for tickets happening across the ocean?


I could be incorrect, yet I believe they have already started selling next year's season tickets. Maybe they'll give people a refund. Suppose there will be a story about it at some point.
 
2012-10-17 09:10:42 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: digistil: Jim from Saint Paul: I'd be pissed to pay for 10 home games and only get 9 for the season

You can't be serious. The NFL is going to force season ticket holders to pay for tickets happening across the ocean?

I could be incorrect, yet I believe they have already started selling next year's season tickets. Maybe they'll give people a refund. Suppose there will be a story about it at some point.


Judd said they're going to go over season tickets after this season is over. I took that to mean first choice of seats at Wembley, if they decide to opt it. If it's forced upon them, the NFL should get hell.

/I do feel for ya about the lack of work this results in.
 
2012-10-17 09:18:50 AM

The_Sponge: Sounds like one hell of a boat party.


Beat me to it. A tip of my horned cap to you, friend.
 
2012-10-17 09:40:40 AM
Lock up Lindisfarne!
 
2012-10-17 09:43:15 AM

AhhhhhhHHHHHHHhhhhh, ahah
We come from the land of walleye and snow,
And our kicker's gay but he does not blow.
Hammering on whores, we'll rent some ships in Englland,
Dont pay the whores, we sing they cry: Sufiah, I am coming!

On we sweep a purple horde, Our only goal will be the Steeler gore.

AhhhhhhHHHHHHHhhhhh, ahah,
We come from the land where the Gophers blow,
Got the northwest corner from the Britanadians Yo.
How soft your lads, so keen on fads, and whisper fashion woes
Of how purple is just for kings. We are young overlords.

On we sweep a purple horde, Our only goal will be the Steeler gore.

So now you'd better stop and resod farking Wembley,
For muddy goo aint fit to play despite of all your raining.

 
2012-10-17 09:54:37 AM

kdawg7736: So they are playing the Steelers. Cool, my team will be overseas playing the Vikings. I do wonder how many Terrible Towels will be waving in London come next year.


All of them.
 
2012-10-17 10:06:49 AM

kdawg7736: So they are playing the Steelers. Cool, my team will be overseas playing the Vikings. I do wonder how many Terrible Towels will be waving in London come next year.


London does have a fair number of Steelers fans. Wembley will be more yellow than Purple even though its a Viking "home" game. But it IS London after all. Douglas Adams charactors aside for the moment, fashionable London gentlemen do NOT carry towels with them unless they are at a pool. Would you settle for seeing terrible swishy scarves?
 
2012-10-17 10:15:01 AM

hamfast gamgee: dickfreckle: SearchN: Jags vs 9ers in london? my money is way on the jags. 

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May be a reference to the fact that SF is twice as far away as Jacksonville. That's a fark of a long way to travel...


Correct. hat is going to be a nasty flight and jet lag. hopefull its going to be the week after their bye.
 
2012-10-17 10:27:07 AM

SearchN: hamfast gamgee: dickfreckle: SearchN: Jags vs 9ers in london? my money is way on the jags. 

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May be a reference to the fact that SF is twice as far away as Jacksonville. That's a fark of a long way to travel...

Correct. hat is going to be a nasty flight and jet lag. hopefull its going to be the week after their bye.


Including the differences due to the time zones I think that its roughly a 19 hour diffference between takeoff in CA and Landing in London. So takeoff at noon on Monday and land at 9AM Tuesday.
 
2012-10-17 10:37:59 AM

SearchN: Correct. hat is going to be a nasty flight and jet lag. hopefull its going to be the week after their bye.


Teams playing in London have always had their bye scheduled for the following week.

For the 49ers, the NFL will probably schedule an eastern timezone road game for the week before, so that they can travel directly from there to London. Minimize the travel impact as much as possible.
 
2012-10-17 10:40:58 AM
Also, anyone know why the bye is for the following week, rather than the preceding? Going east is much more draining than going west.
 
2012-10-17 10:41:45 AM

mikaloyd: kdawg7736: So they are playing the Steelers. Cool, my team will be overseas playing the Vikings. I do wonder how many Terrible Towels will be waving in London come next year.

London does have a fair number of Steelers fans. Wembley will be more yellow than Purple even though its a Viking "home" game. But it IS London after all. Douglas Adams charactors aside for the moment, fashionable London gentlemen do NOT carry towels with them unless they are at a pool. Would you settle for seeing terrible swishy scarves?


Sure, I don't know a whole lot about British culture when it comes to towels but scarves will do.
 
2012-10-17 10:45:05 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: I am annoyed as hell that I would be working that game and now will not ave the opportunity to make any money.


You will not be working and annoyed that you will not be not getting paid for not working?
 
2012-10-17 10:53:38 AM
The oil will hit the Lindisfarne.

purplejesus.files.wordpress.com

SOON.

/for the horde
 
2012-10-17 10:57:26 AM
If we're gonna showcase games overseas shouldn't we be sending more marquee organizations? Steelers are OK, but the Vikings? Really?
 
2012-10-17 11:10:44 AM

TheOther: Jim from Saint Paul: I am annoyed as hell that I would be working that game and now will not ave the opportunity to make any money.

You will not be working and annoyed that you will not be not getting paid for not working?


Pretty sure my grammar is good, if not my spelling of "have" anyway.

I work Viking games to supplement costs for my daughter's dance classes.

No Viking game at Metrodome = No extra money for daughter's dance = Annoyed Jim.
 
2012-10-17 11:18:08 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: If we're gonna showcase games overseas shouldn't we be sending more marquee organizations? Steelers are OK, but the Vikings? Really?


It seems like every Wembley game is one marquee organization, one bleh organization. Now, of course, the league guaranteed at last one lousy organization the next four years.

/The list of teams Wembley has seen is not that bad: Giants, Dolphins, Chargers, Saints, Patriots (twice), Bucs (twice), Broncos, Niners, Bears, Rams. Why not rotate and get the other 22 teams there?
 
2012-10-17 11:29:30 AM

saintstryfe: The oil will hit the Lindisfarne.

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SOON.

/for the horde


"We kick it to Hester".
 
2012-10-17 12:18:35 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: If we're gonna showcase games overseas shouldn't we be sending more marquee organizations? Steelers are OK, but the Vikings? Really?


Minnesota has a large Scandinavian population, many with relatives in Norway, Sweden, Germany, etc. I'd imagine the Vikings have a better than average following in those countries, so going overseas isn't too extraordinary.
 
2012-10-17 12:31:41 PM

VvonderJesus: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: If we're gonna showcase games overseas shouldn't we be sending more marquee organizations? Steelers are OK, but the Vikings? Really?

Minnesota has a large Scandinavian population, many with relatives in Norway, Sweden, Germany, etc. I'd imagine the Vikings have a better than average following in those countries, so going overseas isn't too extraordinary.


I know from personal experience that not a lot of people in Ireland give 2 shiats about Notre Dame football
 
2012-10-17 12:41:24 PM

AliceBToklasLives:
/The list of teams Wembley has seen is not that bad: Giants, Dolphins, Chargers, Saints, Patriots (twice), Bucs (twice), Broncos, Niners, Bears, Rams. Why not rotate and get the other 22 teams there?


Because the Bengals and Raiders can't get the OK from their probation officers to go overseas?
 
2012-10-17 12:53:48 PM

hamfast gamgee: dickfreckle: SearchN: Jags vs 9ers in london? my money is way on the jags. 

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May be a reference to the fact that SF is twice as far away as Jacksonville. That's a fark of a long way to travel...


They could fly the 49ers in from the Moon and losing to the Jags would still be embarrassing.
 
2012-10-17 01:01:36 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: TheOther: Jim from Saint Paul: I am annoyed as hell that I would be working that game and now will not ave the opportunity to make any money.

You will not be working and annoyed that you will not be not getting paid for not working?

Pretty sure my grammar is good, if not my spelling of "have" anyway.

I work Viking games to supplement costs for my daughter's dance classes.

No Viking game at Metrodome = No extra money for daughter's dance = Annoyed Jim.


One of the un-thought-of consequences of having Goodell steal a home game for his own little pet project that will never, ever pan out.

I seriously want to know, from London farkers, what in the holy hell Goodell thinks he's doing there? Is there any interest in this being anything other than a novelty? Because I can't see it ever taking off, if not for the fact that it seems like it'd be a novelty over there, then for the travel implications, the impossible divisional scheduling, to the simple fact that said team pretty much can never have a home marquee game because the SNF/MNF/TNF slots are all 1am London time. Again, they have trouble getting SEC/Texas school kids to play in Minnesota or Buffalo, what shot do they have in getting them to play in another farking country??

Just seems like the ultimate pipe dream by a guy who's spent most of the last six months trying to be the worst commissioner in North American sports.
 
2012-10-17 01:25:22 PM

FriarReb98: Jim from Saint Paul: TheOther: Jim from Saint Paul: I am annoyed as hell that I would be working that game and now will not ave the opportunity to make any money.

You will not be working and annoyed that you will not be not getting paid for not working?

Pretty sure my grammar is good, if not my spelling of "have" anyway.

I work Viking games to supplement costs for my daughter's dance classes.

No Viking game at Metrodome = No extra money for daughter's dance = Annoyed Jim.

One of the un-thought-of consequences of having Goodell steal a home game for his own little pet project that will never, ever pan out.

I seriously want to know, from London farkers, what in the holy hell Goodell thinks he's doing there? Is there any interest in this being anything other than a novelty? Because I can't see it ever taking off, if not for the fact that it seems like it'd be a novelty over there, then for the travel implications, the impossible divisional scheduling, to the simple fact that said team pretty much can never have a home marquee game because the SNF/MNF/TNF slots are all 1am London time. Again, they have trouble getting SEC/Texas school kids to play in Minnesota or Buffalo, what shot do they have in getting them to play in another farking country??

Just seems like the ultimate pipe dream by a guy who's spent most of the last six months trying to be the worst commissioner in North American sports.


And as I mentioned upthread, they already tried an European-based NFL league. Logically, the only thing he COULD be going for is the novelty. IE, how much more money will this one game make than it would have for the home team in the states?
 
2012-10-17 01:42:11 PM

born_yesterday: Just seems like the ultimate pipe dream by a guy who's spent most of the last six months trying to be the worst commissioner in North American sports.

And as I mentioned upthread, they already tried an European-based NFL league. Logically, the only thing he COULD be going for is the novelty. IE, how much more money will this one game make than it would have for the home team in the states?


That's pretty much it. Get the British watching 1 NFL game, even if the stands are filled with mostly US ex-pats, buying merchandise, etc. It would be like playing a Premier League match in New York, instead of some friendly against an MLS team.
 
2012-10-17 01:47:16 PM
If I was a coach I'd frown on these over sea games. Seems a lot for a team to lose a home game and have to travel a long ass ways to play.
 
2012-10-17 02:10:46 PM
I'm not sure which team will get more support. I'm inclined to think that Londoners would see an NFL game as more of a curiosity than anything else. Something interesting from across the pond to watch, but not really much to get excited about. Are there a ton of NFL fans in England or something? I thought they liked soccer and rugby.
 
2012-10-17 02:28:18 PM

litespeed74: If I was a coach I'd frown on these over sea games. Seems a lot for a team to lose a home game and have to travel a long ass ways to play.


But then you'd realise that since the salaries of all those juiced up neanderthals keep going up exponentially, and the owners aren't going to give up any of their profits, and the American market is completely saturated to the point of diminishing returns, that if you want to keep getting paid high six figures to coach grown men in the game of football, you'll get on that plane and go play a game in England.

/and China in a few years, I'll bet
 
2012-10-17 03:00:47 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: work Viking games to supplement costs for my daughter's dance classes.

No Viking game at Metrodome = No extra money for daughter's dance = Annoyed Jim.


Little club-footed girls in London need dance lessons, too!!!
 
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