The British Don’t Like Football

October 24th, 2009

If these clowns don't want the NFL, why force it upon them?

Joe is an admitted ugly American. He doesn’t have a passport and the only time he ever stepped foot on foreign soil was a week-long work assignment he once had in Hutchinson, Kan.

Joe has no pressing desire to travel to Europe, outside of Italy to eat some great food and sample some awesome women. Oh, yeah. Germany would be a fine trip as well to drink the beer.

(Speaking of which, Joe is ashamed to admit he nearly forgot this is the month for Oktoberfest. In honor, Joe just picked up some brats, which he will grill later today while watching college football, and an ample supply of Caybrew. Props to the Krauts: They have a whole month dedicated to their culture. The Irish have only one day. Ha!)  

Other than Italy and Germany, meh. You can have Europe.

Which brings Joe to playing football in Europe. While NFL warden commissioner Roger Goodell seems to have a boner about London, this is totally lost on Joe. The British don’t want football and while playing regular season games over there, the NFL screws fans back home.

NFL fans pine for eight months a year to have football, go to games, tailgate, etc. Yet Goodell is hell bent on depriving fans something they crave to push a sport upon a people that do not want it.

Case in point, Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. He is in London to cover the game and documented how far down the totem pole the Bucs game is.

During an hourlong train and taxi trip in from the airport, in the city there were no signs promoting the game, and few of the locals who were asked about the game seemed to even know it was going to happen.

“Bloody hate the sport,” said one taxi driver. “I’m a real football fan. Fulham’s my team.”

The newspapers are giving the event scant coverage at this time. The Times of London had one short on the game, and that was a story about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Page 91 of Thursday’s edition.

Joe doesn’t know what is more surprising, that a British cabbie would prefer that glorified Easter egg hunt over football or that a daily newspaper in the first decade of the 21st Century prints  (more than?) 90 pages in a Thursday edition?

Good thing for that cabbie Aqib Talib wasn’t a passenger.

Goodell’s fascination over forcing the NFL on an unwanting society is also lost on’s Peter King.

The league seems bound to play two games a year in London by next year, with as many four on the continent by 2012 and a team there by 2020. Make no mistake about it: These 32 owners want to grow the league and make it a world-wide entity. Just wanted to throw this in: When I was in England in May, I asked 10 Brits if they’d heard of Tom Brady. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. And no.

Look, Goodell can have as many preseason games in Europe or Mexico or Australia or Japan as he wants. In fact, Joe would encourage Goodell to hold all preseason games outside of American soil; let those games soil some other countries.

If a lesser society prefers kickball to football, fine. Don’t force the NFL upon them while screwing your loyal fans in the United States the right to get blasted at a tailgate party and scream obscenities at the opposing 11.

7 Responses to “The British Don’t Like Football”

  1. Paul Wiezorek Says:

    I don’t get it either. It takes something away from the game when the Bucs are playing in England instead of a home game. I would have watched it on TV either way, but there is no pirate ship, cannons, or hot chicks in the stands in 85 degree weather. It is just wrong. God forbid this goes further into actually having an international league.

  2. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    Goodell must have watched “Rollerball” one to many times! (the original version with James Caan not the remake) “Victory Tokoyo”

  3. Joel Says:

    No doubt, Paul Stewart is a Bucs fan and Ron Diaz of your station WDAE doublecrossed him. Ron Diaz is a hack who loves to have his power of a microphone and is nothing more than an ant crawling around with a pulpit

  4. Joe Says:


    Not sure what you are speaking of (seriously) but Joe can tell you he is perplexed why this Paul Stewart gets so much love, especially from the Tampa Tribune crowd.

    The Tribune hosted a worthless blog of his that Stewart rarely updated. You should also see the nasty correspondence that guy Stewart has sent Joe.

    Joe has no idea why this Stewart has been propped up as some model of a Bucs fan who lives overseas. Big deal? There is a fellow who posts here regularly who lives in the UK and will attend Sunday’s game. Joe has kindly asked him if he would send Joe a write-up of the game and the atmosphere and he has kindly agreed to.

    Why is Stewart any better than this gentleman?

    FYI, all the run this Stewart character is getting is from current or former Tribune scribes. Vacation Man/BSPN is a former Tribune reporter, David Whitley/Fanhouse, a former Tribune columnist, Woody Cummings, current Tribune Bucs beat writer.

  5. PetetheHat Says:

    I don’t care one way or another if the NFL expands in England or the rest of Europe but financially it’s gotta be a windfall. How is it people don’t know Brady or that the game is going on but it sold out in 1 1/2 hours… someone slanting their coverage or reporting? And sorry “Joe” I loveya and your site BUT, your being narrowminded when it comes to Europe. But , then again , your not reporting on Europe. Keep up the great work otherwise.

  6. Scott Says:

    What is really surprising is that a reporter found an English speaking cab driver in London.

  7. PetetheHat Says:

    Good point Scott (lol) almost as tough as finding one in NYC.