I have to say, when I first heard NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s plan to expand to London, it seemed absurd. Football is an American sport. And I’m about as ethnocentric as they come.
But, I do love the Brits.
They gave us David Beckham. And Hugh Grant. And Burberry. And Def Leppard (I know. Just appreciate my 80’s upbringing). And then there’s British humor…don’t even start me.
Did I say Hugh Grant? And David Beckham?
Plus, London took Madonna off our hands. That arse. Surely, we owe them a debt of gratitude for that.
I never realized how many NFL fans there were in the United Kingdom until I got on Twitter. Some of the most passionate and loyal fans of American football hail from across the pond. And if you think Monday Night Football is late on East Coast time, try watching it on London time…where it’s five hours ahead. That’s dedication, people. And that’s a bugger of a football hangover.
And then, there’s the possibility that someone could recruit British soccer and pop culture star David Beckham into the NFL. Wouldn’t that be something?! He could kick. Or punt. Or snap. Or just stand on the sideline and look pretty. The full monty. He can do it. Clothed, of course. Or not. Either way, he’s the bee’s knees.
Forget Tim Tebow…the Jacksonville Jaguars need David Beckham! Hell, many teams could use Beckham. Just, please…not the Patriots. Brady and Becks is way too much posh for one team. Pretty soon, they’ll be doing manis and pedis in the locker room. Bill Belichick will have heart failure. And their wives would never get along.
We can’t share the best sport in the world with a country we call our BFF? Come on! The Vikings can win in London, so you already know they’re in favor.
The United States is supposed to stand for freedom, opportunity, and all that’s good in the world. And American football is one of those things. We can’t leave our former mother country watching…soccer. That’s just bloody inhumane.
Also, I’m not done using British phrases.
I know. I will stop.