Archive for October 21, 2010

 

The ginger prince rejected my questions

Had the rather disappointing email earlier today that informed me that I was not one of the 175 ‘random’ (yeah right) fans that would have the opportunity to ask NFL commissioner Roger Goodell some direct questions the day before the Broncos play the 49ers at Wembley on October 31.

This is the email I got from NFLUK

Dear Lawrence Vos

Unfortunately because of a huge flood of applications to meet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and participate in a Q&A with him on Saturday October 30th we could not accommodate your request to attend at the present time.

The event was heavily oversubscribed, and we randomly chose 175 people to attend. We have asked that any of those that were picked that now cannot make it for any reason let us know as soon as possible so that we can invite some of you that missed out to take their place.

On Saturday afternoon there will be an opportunity to hear the Commissioner speak and answer some of the type of questions that you sent in, when he is interviewed at the NFL Fan Rally event in Trafalgar Square. The interview will take place within the first hour of the Fan Rally – which starts at 1pm – so come down early to see him along with NFL greats Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and current 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, as well as music and entertainment. Click here for further details.

We hope to see you at Trafalgar Square on Saturday October 30th and also at Wembley for the 2010 NFL International Series game between the 49ers and Broncos on Sunday.

Thank you again for your application to meet the Commissioner and please accept our sincere apology that we could not fit you in.

NFL UK”

Polite yes, the complete truth? Not sure about that.

Here are the questions I asked that will now remain unanswered;

1) What % of likelihood is there to move the Jacksonville Jaguars to England?
2) How far do you think you will cripple the global growth of the NFL if there is a player strike in 2011?
3) The World League failed, NFL Europe failed, what makes you think there is a future for the NFL in England?
4) Did you know you need to have TWO SEPARATE satellite television contracts to watch Sunday NFL games and Monday Night football?
5) Any plans to introduce the NFL Sunday ticket onto a European satellite audience?
6) Which player or players are in your eyes the ‘Face’ of the NFL in 2010?
7) Why do you give players who take drugs a second chance and why did you let someone who fought dogs to death back into the league? Just because he can effectively scramble does not make Michael Vick the comeback player of the year.
8) Are there any NFL team who refuse to come over to play in England?
9) How likely is it that we move to an 18 game regular season?
10) What was it like the first time you picked up an NFL football and saw YOUR signature on it?
Come on Roger – we want answers!

 

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Because you're 'Gore'geous - the tickets arrived today !

Phew! They have arrived in our house, two pieces of thin card that bring a huge smile to my chubby face.

Yes my two tickets for the San Francisco 49ers v Denver Broncos are here and on my coffee table.

Despite both teams travelling to a different continent to play their week 8 game, it is billed as a 49ers home game.

With that in mind I was delighted to see 49ers workhorse running-back Frank Gore as the ticket star.

I had a bad feeling that 49ers quarterback, and the man that will cost Mike Singletary his job, Alex Smith would be on the tickets.

Gore is one of the hardest working running backs in the NFL, a player who plays with passion, guts and a nose for the endzone.

The former Miami Hurricane has only managed one season without injury since he was drafted in 2005, but despite that he has amassed 6,032 rushing yards (at an impressive 4.7 yards per run) and 2,115 receiving yards, resulting in 42 touchdowns.

In six games so far this season Gore has only managed three total touchdowns. This is not Frank’s fault, it is Alex ‘millstone’ Smith who has crippled the 49ers offensive production.

With under two weeks until I get to see Gore in the flesh, I only hope the man handing him the ball is not a former #1 pick in the NFL draft (and yes that includes you David Carr!).