Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own, especially the stupid ones.
The other day, I went to one of the NFL games hosted in London. You may have seen them promoted around the capital. The game was hosted at Twickenham stadium, home of England’s rugby team. I used to live pretty close to the 82,000 seater but never got the chance to see a match, so it was cool to finally visit the iconic venue.
Rugby’s removed US cousin is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, thanks to a growing number of annual events held here. This year, 4 games were imported to British shores.
As far as I’m concerned, I’ve always been more of a ‘soccer’ fan. I’ve watched the Superbowl on a couple of occasions back at uni, before I actually needed daily sleep. That said, it was more as a drinking game than as a genuine follower. So it was pretty cool to try something new – and by ‘try’ I mean enjoy the game and its unique live atmosphere the American way, over a couple of beers and a good hot dog.
For this really is a day out rather than just a sporting event. Slow paced – the game is often compared to chess with human pieces, admittedly more violent – NFL is regularly paused with entertainment which cannot be appreciated behind TV ads. There are giant balls, dancers, guns firing free merchandise into the crowd. And, crucially, the cheerleaders.
The intricacies of the rules can be confusing, despite the ref being on loud-speaker – by the way, this is a practice football should definitely adopt. The general gist of the game is pretty straightforward and easy to follow though. Even as a newbie, it became rather evident my adoptive team for the day, the Cleveland Browns, were getting ripped apart. Final score 33-16 to the Minnesota Vikings. Never mind!
The NFL returns to the UK in 2018. Check it out if you get a chance.