Friday, October 23, 2009

Pats-Bucs play in London. Does anybody care?

The Sporting Blog has a couple of articles on the this Sunday's match-up between The New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over in London. According to one article, the game hasn't really hasn't developed any buzz here or Across the Pond.
Dan Levy comments on the lack of coverage of the game in London. He claimed he could only find mention in a blog involving odds making after looking at a meager couple of sites. Well, he obviously missed this one from the BBC yesterday. Though it's more on the NFL's strategy for adding more games in London in the future. And this one from The Scotsman. And this article here on events surrounding the game for fans. And the British tabloid The Sun has an article featuring pics of...well you can guess what a British tabloid would focus on, can't you now?
But generally, this game just doesn't have a lot going for it. The Bucs are 0-6 and that's probably not going to get any better Sunday.
Michael Tunison's article is a little more forward-looking, reporting the the NFL's desire to add more games in London to the schedule, and the possibility of adding an actual franchise there. Well, they need to put the Jaguars somewhere.
This game is pretty much off the radar for Americans. It won't even be seen in a good chunk of American homes. It's going to part of CBS's package of games this weekend, but large parts of the country will be watching regional coverage. And the ones that will are probably be watching Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers vs. Brett the Cute Purple Dinosaur and the Vikings over on FOX. That game is pretty going to be getting almost total coverage across the country.

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