Archive for October, 2011

Rich Grove and his fiance Natasha Machtus were at Wembley - pic by Natasha

I had to watch the Bears v Buccs at home last weekend as we have a new arrival in the Vos household.

Normally when the NFL is playing a regular season game in London at Wembley Stadium my wife and I are there, but this year I wanted to be a dedicated father and mum wasn’t going anywhere that wasn’t warm.

Thank goodness I had a very kind NFL FAN IN ENGLAND blog reader Rich Grove who managed to persuade his fiance to take pictures at the game.

Rich send the pics through which can be found on THIS FLICKER LINK. The pictures are great and well worth a look, especially the flag waving pictures depicting the electric atmosphere at Wembley.

Thanks very much Rich and Natasha – great job capturing the essence of NFL fun in England. Roll on 2012 with hopefully TWO NFL games in England.

On slightly sad note to leave this post on was the injury to Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham who is now out for the season. I predicted him to be the game MVP last week, lets hope I didn’t curse the guy.

This was as near as me and my beautiful daughter got to Brian Urlacher and Da Bearz

 

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The reason I wont be at Wembley on Sunday

I haven’t missed an NFL game at Wembley Stadium since 1987 (Los Angeles Rams v Denver Broncos) until tomorrow.

Whilst it has been painful to think that a real NFL regular season game is taking place about two hours drive from my doorstep tomorrow I do have a legitimate reason for not attending the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Chicago Bears in England – the birth of our first child Gabriella Ruby Vos.

Gabriella is just over two weeks old, but in terms of due date she arrived almost two weeks early so there was never a chance I was even going to have bought a ticked to the 2011 NFL International game.

For the first time since 2007 I will be watching the two NFL teams that have made it over to this side of the pond from the warmth of our living room, wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

I love the game atmosphere and the fact I am witnessing a game that actually counts, but I never loved the weather in late October – its usually raining at Wembley and it is normally quite nippy.

Watching the game at home will be a new experience – and a much cosier one.

I am gutted that I wont get to see Devin Hester electrify Wembley with his dazzling kickoff and punt return skills, gutted I wont see Julius Peppers attacking Buccs offensive tackles with his super-human wingspan, and gutted I wont see the Bald warrior Brian Urlacher (makes me sound like a Bears fan!).

I hope Tampa come back with winning on their mind as they were pretty awful when they last came over and got embarrassed by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

My predictions for the game are as follows:

  • Score – Buccs 20-17 Bears
  • Game MVP Earnest Graham the unsung Buccs RB who is the perfect workhorse do-it-all backup and a man who deserves more love.
To all the fans from England, Great Britain, Europe and those coming from the Stars and Stripes I would like to wish you all a great day out in London, which I hope stays dry and sunny.
Raise a glass of ripoff Wembley beer from me and have a great day.
Ill be back in 2012 for the 6th annual NFL International Game – maybe NFL people will even bring the game forward so its a bit warmer – Roger why can’t you do September in London sir?

Ill miss putting on my Art Monk shirt and seeing the Wembley arches.

Lovin it - forget top 100 I'm top 60.

Yes it’s been longer than Ron Jeremy’s penis since I last posted to this blog, but I have been wrapped up with far too many NFL fantasy teams for just one human being.

I have teams in NFL.com, Yahoo.com and ESPN.com and even a few on Facebook.

Its funny though, my actual favourite fantasy team that I manage is on Sky Sports – where you pick a different team every week – 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 team defense.

For some reason Sky Sports and NFLUK officials (the joint competition hosts) still had their fingers stuck up their butt cheeks so the competition only began in Week 2.

With three NFL weeks in the books in this competition I am very proud to say I am ranked 6oth in the UK. I am pretty happy with that, but I want to crack the top 50 next week.

One thing for sure is that I am enjoying playing this game and there is absolutely no cost.

It does start getting interesting from Week 5 and beyond as the bye weeks start kicking in so its not only picking the best, its making sure my players are actually suiting up at the weekend.