He is a legend throughout New England and the whole of North America for that matter, but after the announcement today that the New England Patriots will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley in 2009 one question remains – can Tom Brady recover from his injury to lead his team to victory in the 3rd annual NFL International Game to be played in London in three years.
Getting to see many players who have won Superbowls will bring extra spice to the game as the Pats and Buccs combine for 7 Superbowl appearances in their history and four wins between them (three to the Pats and one to the Buccs).
This game could go back to a similar point-scoring pattern that was experineced by NFL fans in the UK when they came to watch NFL pre-season games in the late 1980s and the early 1990’s.
I think the NFL pulled a mater stroke by getting the firepower of the Chargers and the Saints to combine for 69 points (and very little defense) in the NFL International game this year, as it was a great way to get new fans into the game.
The 2009 game will be a lot less work for the scoreboard staff, but to get to see a Buccs D and a Pats D face off in a game that matters will be yet another treat for all fans who get tickets.
The NFL has yet again made a great contest – and if you check back on my blog I predicted in August that the Buccs could be at Wembley in 2009 – guess it pays to be on the know !
A lot more to come on this blog over the next few days including my thoughts on Plaxico Burress and his dead leg !