In a bit of news that brought a tear to my eye, it was announced yesterday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would play the New England Patriots in Wembley Stadium next season as part of the NFL’s ridiculous effort to try and globalize the game.
I actually don’t think that it is ridiculous to try and globalize the game, I just think that it’s quite a burden on a team to try and handle this globalization during the regular season. To top off the fact that we have to travel to a different continent for this game, we also have been advised that we will be the home team, subsquently losing one of the home games at Raymond James Stadium, where we are currently a healthy 6 and 0.
Needless to say, I’m quite pissed. Not only about losing the home game which truly irkes me, but about the fact that we have to travel to a new continent, 6 times zones away. Football is such a regulated, organized, structured sport, and something like this throws all that regulation right out of the window.
The Bucs of course are saying all the right things, and they have a financial reason to do so, as they do own the controlling stake of Manchester United.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization is extremely excited and honored to be chosen to participate in the NFL International Series,” said Buccaneers Executive Vice President Joel Glazer. “We look forward to being part of the NFL’s global outreach and playing our great game in front of Buccaneers fans overseas.”
There is a silver lining in this whole matter for me personally…I’ll be making my first pilgrimage to the rainy, bland food nation of England!