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(ESPN)   Vikings invade England, leave victorious. This is not a repeat from 793 AD   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 55
    More: Cool, Vikings, England, Jerricho Cotchery, Shaun Suisham, Greg Jennings, Tim Timmons, Matt Cassel, Jason Heyward  
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2013-09-29 06:19:08 PM
Here's a fun fact:

The word Norman, as in the Norman people, comes from Old Norse meaning Northern Men.
 
2013-09-29 07:40:35 PM

cman: Here's a fun fact:

The word Norman, as in the Norman people, comes from Old Norse meaning Northern Men.


What part of that fact was the "fun" part?

Skol Vikings
 
2013-09-29 07:46:31 PM
Wow, Steelers.  Even the farking Browns could beat the Vikings.
 
2013-09-29 07:51:21 PM

llortcM_yllort: Wow, Steelers.  Even the farking Browns could beat the Vikings.


Hey, Browns are in first place in their division!
 
2013-09-29 07:59:13 PM
www.medievalists.net

It's good to be Ragnar
 
2013-09-29 08:01:25 PM
Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.
 
2013-09-29 08:05:02 PM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


The English appear to be a touch more cosmopolitan than Americans in this regard.
 
2013-09-29 08:07:23 PM
Skol Vikings!

Can we finally get rid of ponder now?
 
2013-09-29 08:09:05 PM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


There are a lot of American ex-pats over there.  And I'm not sure what other sports are on in England on Sunday night (our Sunday afternoon games) but that schedule works a lot better for their clocks than the mostly primetime games for other sports which translate to middle of the night over there.
 
2013-09-29 08:29:58 PM

cman: Here's a fun fact:

The word Norman, as in the Norman people, comes from Old Norse meaning Northern Men.


upload.wikimedia.org

"Don't call me Norman."
 
2013-09-29 08:31:22 PM

12349876: HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.

There are a lot of American ex-pats over there.


So that's where Belichek sends them.
 
2013-09-29 08:50:38 PM

farkin_noob: Skol Vikings!

Can we finally get rid of ponder now?


And Cassel.  And MBT.  Better be a clean sweep of the QB position going into 2014.
 
2013-09-29 08:52:07 PM

Fallout Zone: farkin_noob: Skol Vikings!

Can we finally get rid of ponder now?

And Cassel.  And MBT.  Better be a clean sweep of the QB position going into 2014.


I hear Sanchez and Freeman might be available.
 
2013-09-29 09:05:00 PM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


So you're asking if England has a football team playing at just about every college and many grad and high schools, a few gentlemens' football teams playing in each major city, a national football team that competes in international football tournaments, and a city that built a dedicated municipal football stadium?

No, they don't.
 
2013-09-29 09:11:36 PM
Did they come out of the tunnel at the beginning with the Immigrant Song playing?

...cuz that would be cool.
 
2013-09-29 09:13:53 PM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


American football is very popular there. It's shown on several channels live, & they show replays throughout the week. It's been popular there for years. They even show college football regularly & when the company that took over for ESPN announced they weren't going to be showing College GameDay live anymore all hell broke loose.
 
2013-09-29 09:18:22 PM
Winter is Coming
 
2013-09-29 09:36:14 PM

bubbaprog: HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.

American football is very popular there. It's shown on several channels live, & they show replays throughout the week. It's been popular there for years. They even show college football regularly & when the company that took over for ESPN announced they weren't going to be showing College GameDay live anymore all hell broke loose.


One of the few places you can stream it online for free, or at least redzone iirc.  We have friends in Scotland who are Vikings fans, and have been for years.

The NFL has been pumping a lot of money and advertising dollars into the EU for a while.  By building up their fan base directly with the free product, I'd imagine we'll see NFL Europe make a showing in 2020.
 
2013-09-29 09:38:16 PM
I hope them there lime-sucking hobosexuals enjoyed a real man's sport.
 
2013-09-29 09:40:35 PM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


Attendance for the game was 83,518, out of 86,000 available seats.  Tickets sold out, so the difference is no-shows.

As far as the NFL is concerned, that's a win.  No idea what the television ratings were like in England.
 
2013-09-29 09:45:50 PM

bubbaprog: American football is very popular there. It's shown on several channels live, & they show replays throughout the week. It's been popular there for years. They even show college football regularly & when the company that took over for ESPN announced they weren't going to be showing College GameDay live anymore all hell broke loose.


That explains all the Vikings/Steelers gear in the crowd.  I was surprised when they panned to the crowd during the broadcast-- it looked like more jerseys than you see at a game in the US.  We thought they were handing it out at the gate or something.
 
2013-09-29 09:46:02 PM

OtherLittleGuy: cman: Here's a fun fact:

The word Norman, as in the Norman people, comes from Old Norse meaning Northern Men.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 325x436]

"Don't call me Norman."


i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-29 10:06:12 PM
Hahahahahahaha!  Suck it Rapistberger!
 
2013-09-29 10:21:35 PM
Eat an enormous bag of shiat, Steeler fans.
 
2013-09-29 10:38:42 PM

Your Average Witty Fark User: Eat an enormous bag of shiat, Steeler fans.


But but but....6 RINGARHBLLL!!!!!
 
2013-09-29 10:59:52 PM
Entering this game of winless teams, I expected it would be more indicative of the loser than the winner, and I was correct.

A healthy Ponder would have had similar success against PIT's aging and disinterested defense. Minny has been revealed to have one the worst offensive lines in the NFL, and yet AP had gaping holes to run through, and Cassel was rarely pressured the way Ponder was their first 3 games.

I expect both these teams to be picking near the top of the draft in 2014, along with JAX and NYG.
 
2013-09-29 11:17:30 PM

fatalvenom: Your Average Witty Fark User: Eat an enormous bag of shiat, Steeler fans.

But but but....6 RINGARHBLLL!!!!!


Who was the Fox guy doing the Bears-Lions game today saying, "I'd never Imagine the Steelers, of all teams, being this bad in my lifetime."  He must've missed the entire 80s and the early part of the 90s.
 
2013-09-29 11:32:12 PM

balki1867: Who was the Fox guy doing the Bears-Lions game today saying, "I'd never Imagine the Steelers, of all teams, being this bad in my lifetime."  He must've missed the entire 80s and the early part of the 90s.


They had TWO 10-loss seasons in that span. They were wholly mediocre that whole time, not 0-4 and losing to 0-3 teams bad.
 
2013-09-30 12:11:31 AM

Ishkur: Did they come out of the tunnel at the beginning with the Immigrant Song playing?

...cuz that would be cool.


Valhalla I am comiiiiiiing!
 
2013-09-30 12:12:22 AM

oukewldave: llortcM_yllort: Wow, Steelers.  Even the farking Browns could beat the Vikings.

Hey, Browns are in first place in their division!


Huh -- the Vikings have lost to the 1st place Browns, the 1st place Bears, and the 1st place Lions...
 
2013-09-30 12:14:13 AM

12349876: HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.

There are a lot of American ex-pats over there.  And I'm not sure what other sports are on in England on Sunday night (our Sunday afternoon games) but that schedule works a lot better for their clocks than the mostly primetime games for other sports which translate to middle of the night over there.


Well, there's always a 4:00 PM (UK time) soccer match.
 
2013-09-30 12:14:28 AM

meanmutton: Huh -- the Vikings have lost to the 1st place Browns, the 1st place Bears, and the 1st place Lions...


They are the kingmakers!

/since none of those teams would be in first if not for their wins over the Vikings
 
2013-09-30 12:25:06 AM

meanmutton: 12349876: HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.

There are a lot of American ex-pats over there.  And I'm not sure what other sports are on in England on Sunday night (our Sunday afternoon games) but that schedule works a lot better for their clocks than the mostly primetime games for other sports which translate to middle of the night over there.

Well, there's always a 4:00 PM (UK time) soccer match.


Which would be over by the time the football games start (other than those weeks when Europe has left daylight time and the USA hasn't)
 
2013-09-30 12:26:07 AM

meanmutton: oukewldave: llortcM_yllort: Wow, Steelers.  Even the farking Browns could beat the Vikings.

Hey, Browns are in first place in their division!

Huh -- the Vikings have lost to the 1st place Browns, the 1st place Bears, and the 1st place Lions...


The Bears & Lions are in the same division. First place at the time is meaningless. 
The Lions won't make the playoffs. 
The Browns won't make the playoffs.
 
2013-09-30 12:31:50 AM
Let us never mention Ponder again
 
2013-09-30 12:31:56 AM

bionicjoe: The Lions won't make the playoffs.


Why not? They actually have a good team.

/assuming they keep playing more like 2011 than 2012
 
2013-09-30 12:56:13 AM

fatalvenom: Your Average Witty Fark User: Eat an enormous bag of shiat, Steeler fans.

But but but....6 RINGARHBLLL!!!!!


And that's precisely why they can eat an enormous bag of shiat.
 
2013-09-30 01:05:45 AM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


Cor blimey. Yer jumblies are 'alf bollixed up the M86 like vuh Queen servin' high tea to a three arsed strumpet, like. Can't stall the beans when ya see red, bunchin ten in the box wiv no time to wash the laundry, like. Flash wankers the lot of you, stuff it it oop yar mum's shiatebox live on telly, like. Actin' vuh lairy round here will ketch ye a smart brogan in ya shandons, not that ya 'ave any, ya fookin steamin clotter.
 
2013-09-30 01:15:07 AM

rickythepenguin: HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.

Cor blimey. Yer jumblies are 'alf bollixed up the M86 like vuh Queen servin' high tea to a three arsed strumpet, like. Can't stall the beans when ya see red, bunchin ten in the box wiv no time to wash the laundry, like. Flash wankers the lot of you, stuff it it oop yar mum's shiatebox live on telly, like. Actin' vuh lairy round here will ketch ye a smart brogan in ya shandons, not that ya 'ave any, ya fookin steamin clotter.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-09-30 01:27:00 AM

Infobahn: Winter is Coming


Its Minnesota winter is always coming unless it is Winter then Road construction is coming.
 
2013-09-30 05:45:01 AM

OtherLittleGuy: cman: Here's a fun fact:

The word Norman, as in the Norman people, comes from Old Norse meaning Northern Men.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 325x436]

"Don't call me Norman."


Who's that guy?
 
2013-09-30 07:15:40 AM
Next time the NFL should send the Giants over there, and the Giants' charter plane would fall in a sinkhole so I don't have to watch them anymore.

Or I guess I could change the channel, but where's the fun in that?
 
2013-09-30 07:20:48 AM

mikaloyd: Let us never mention Ponder again


Including in the sentence "Ponder has been released?"
 
2013-09-30 08:01:21 AM

OtherLittleGuy: cman: Here's a fun fact:

The word Norman, as in the Norman people, comes from Old Norse meaning Northern Men.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 325x436]

"Don't call me Norman."


upload.wikimedia.org

One of your customers calls you by your first name, Norman.  Do you:

A.  Accept the familiarity as part of running a motel.
B.  Politely request that they call you "Mr. Bates", or
C.  Hack her to death with a kitchen knife.
 
2013-09-30 08:08:43 AM
I could see a full four-team division in EU in 10 year. London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid. Not sure how that would factor into league balance though.
 
2013-09-30 08:59:48 AM

HotWingAgenda: Are there actually American football fans in England? I have this feeling like football in England would be about as popular as rugby in America.


It rises and falls. Some of the main newspapers have NFL assigned journalists.

As with the baseball, the initial interest came because it was hours and hours of content to fill late-night slots without much cost. This was helpful to new stations in the 80's. Channel 5 used MLB for the same purpose and I would argue had better presentation and more informative presenters [on teeny budgets, admittedly] than the fairly terrible US broadcasts.

More recently, the price of the contracts has gone up, and US sports has shifted from free-to-view to paid channels mostly - though the BBC still has an interest in the NFL. Shame really, as the best way to get more fans is by using freely available games as advertising.

US sports do poorly in the global stage wrt brand recognition compared to Euro football teams. MLB - Yankees are well known, Rex Sox second and the rest pretty much nowhere. Chicago Bulls had some reach but its fading. For the NFL its bad - a medium to large EPL game [say Tottenham Vs Chelsea] will bring in a bigger global audience than the Superbowl. 49'ers had recognition through long term dominance, but that has faded - much as per Liverpool from the 70's-80's.
 
2013-09-30 10:36:21 AM

IAmRight: bionicjoe: The Lions won't make the playoffs.

Why not? They actually have a good team.

/assuming they keep playing more like 2011 than 2012


Because they're the Lions. 
I doubt they'll win the division. To make the playoffs one of the following 3 teams must miss out: Bears/Packers (NFC North non-winner), 49ers, Falcons. All of those teams have better players overall and a better coach. 
It will be close, but I'd pick against the Lions.

/my two cents
 
2013-09-30 12:51:11 PM
Was Cassell better? Sort of. He was more effective at getting it to WRs, yes. He was also wildy inaccurate and threw a ponder like out route pass that the defender dropped (if he had caught it, it was an easy 6. Ponder was sitting on the sidelines going "That's bullshiat, they always catch it when I throw that).

The Vikings STILL tried to give up the game at the end.

This defensive coaching staff has the worst 2 minute plan I HAVE EVER PERSONALLY SEEN. I mean, DAMN. We are up 17 points with *MATT CASSELL* starting at QB and we STILL almost lost? Good god.

Keep Cassell in. You have to if only so you don;t lose the locker room.

/wont matter if we don;t change SOMETHING up on D.
 
2013-09-30 12:52:57 PM

mikaloyd: Let us never mention Ponder again


If Steelers guy doesn;t drop that out route ponderesque pass, we mention him a great deal.

Cassell got lucky he didn;t give up the ball more, including that god awful fumble.
 
2013-09-30 01:21:01 PM

bionicjoe: All of those teams have better players overall and a better coach.


The Falcons kinda suck, in case you haven't noticed. The Packers aren't particularly great, either. The Lions have a two-game lead over each.
 
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