The Broncos And 49ers Will Be The Next Two Teams To Have Their Seasons Ruined By Playing In London
Ahh, bloody hell!
The National Football League has announced that the San Francisco 49ers will surrender a home game next season when they take on the Denver Broncos on October 31st at Wembley Stadium in London.
One person who is thrilled about the news – probably because he isn’t a member of one of the teams being forced to travel to England – is commissioner Roger Goodell.
“For the past three years we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in the UK,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We want to continue to build on that passion by strengthening our ties to our existing UK fans and creating new ones.”
Well, GOOOOOOOOOD FOR YOU, Herr Goodell!!! I wonder, if given the opportunity, how the Patriots and Buccaneers felt about their sojourn over in the United Kingdom last season and how it may have affected how their seasons turned out. Of course, under the iron fist of Goodell, no team has the guts to say anything critical of his reign of terror, lest they be fined, suspended or perhaps even worse. Murder, even? Nah, not murder. But other bad stuff for sure.
There is no way to quantify this, but my uneducated guess is that both the Patriots and the Buccaneers would have much preferred to remain stateside and played their regular season game in the good old US of A instead of being employed as instruments in Goodell’s insane quest for global domination.
Interestingly, after looking at their respective seasons, the Buccaneers won their first game of the season after returning home, beating the Green Bay Packers 38-28 on November 8th. They then lost their next five games after that and their victory over the Packers was more likely due to what Green Bay did wrong in the game instead of what Tampa Bay did right.
On the other hand, after the Patriots beat the Bucs 35-7 in London, they found themselves sitting nicely at 5-2. They then proceeded to lose 3 of their next 5 games. And we all know how their season ultimately ended in profound disappointment.
So I guess what I’m getting at is don’t expect much out of San Francisco or Denver next season. Except built-in excuses as to why things didn’t go their way, which when you think about it, is all an NFL franchise can really ask for.
Broncos, 49ers to play regular-season game in London in 2010 [NFL.com]