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The Buccs have a 'home' game in London next Sunday

The Buccs have a 'home' game in London next Sunday

After just about recovering from a Miami road trip earlier this month it’s time to prepare for the annual pilgrimage to London to see some REAL NFL football.

The 2009 NFL International game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots looked a bit more appetising in September than it does right now.

Before the Week 6 games are taken into consideration the Buccs and the Pats have a combined total of 3 wins – yuk.

Tampa Bay are in fact swimming amongst the used condoms in the zero win sewer, whilst New England are looking like a shadow of their former selves, having lost to the New York Jets and the 5-0 (it grinds my gears to even say that) Denver Broncos.

So what am I looking forward to seeing? Despite this not being the most appealing Week 7 NFL game there are a number of key matchups that will be worth watching.

  • The opportunity to see Tom ‘Two time Superbowl MVP’ Brady passing to Randy ‘yes sir I’m joining Brady in the Hall of Fame’ Moss in my own country is pretty special. Whilst both players may be just starting on the way down their career arc, watching Brady to Moss is something special – a bit better than Cleo Lemon to Tedd Ginn Jnr for sure !!!
  • Watching Bill Belichick in his tramps hoodie pace the soggy Wembley sideline will be fun for sure. After losing to his ‘pupil’ Josh McDaniels in Week 5 this season Belichick will want to get in and out of Europe with a win and no injuries. I still have this abiding memory of Belichick when he was the Browns head coach looking like Obi-Wan-Kinobe after he lost a fight with a razor.
  • Tampa Bay will likely be starting rookie 1st round draft pick QB Josh Johnson, in only his 4th game as the protagonist. With Jerod Mayo back fit and grandpa Junior Seau patrolling the field Johnson will have a hard time finding any rhythm. The Buccs WRs are having a torrid time so far and no-one has shown up from that group.
  • One Tampa stud to emerge in 2009 (and boy there are not many) is the son of Chargers TE legend Kellen Winslow – Mr Kellen Winslow II. Although Winslow is averaging under 10 yards a catch (9.9) after five weeks, he does have 4 tds (team leading) and 26 catches (again team leading). Having played TE when I was on the Crawley Raiders II team I have an affinity for the position, and love to watch dominant TEs.

What is everyone else looking forward to seeing at Wembley next Sunday?

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We haven’t even reached the 2008-09 Superbowl yet here I am sitting here in my living room safe in the knowledge that I already have two tickets paid for to see the New England Patriots v Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in October (25) 2009.

It was a bit of a traumatic experience mind you as I tried first to get level 1 tickets but got booted out the internet.

 I then had to wait until lunchtime to visit my local library, wait 25 minutes whilst people were watching Barak Obama video news clips on MSNBC or trying to fix up a date on some sort of dodgy ‘love match’ website before I got on a free pc.

Once there the best tickets available were up on level 5 (way high) but after 1 minute of contemplating that I would not get the possible opportunity to see Tom Brady in the flesh I reluctantly inputted my credit card details into the Ticketmaster website and hey presto – my wife and I are going to our third consecutive NFL regular season game in England.

I just hope the Tailgate party is INDOORS in 2009 like it was in 2007, not like in 2008 when it was soggy, full of queues and generally a damp merchandise flogging failure.

It’s going to be a low scoring affair compared to the Saints v Chargers fireworks in 2008, but seeing Randy Moss, Jerod Mayo, and maybe even the old legs of Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber. Roll on October !

Who else has secured tickets for this game ?

Rivers is my first fantasy draft pick in the BBFL

Rivers is my first fantasy draft pick in the BBFL

For anyone who owns a fantasy NFL team that enables you to draft NFL rookies you will already know that it is a lottery, just like it is for real NFL owners.

Everyone thinks they are a genius GM, and with the added spice of getting a free ‘try before you buy’ sneak preview of NFL rookies in the NFL pre-season it is truly a case of wandering round the world’s biggest candy store with deep pockets full of loose change.

In my league the BBFL (www.freewebs.com/britballfootball) we are in the closing stages of a five round rookie draft, selecting at total of 100 NFL rookies who were drafted for real in the 2008 NFL Draft.

There are 20 teams, so each team starts a season with 5 picks each, but following furious trading and in some cases daylight robbing, we get to rookie draft week with picks locked and unable to be traded during the BBFL rookie draft. We also have a policy of the rookies not playing for a year, so those 2008 rookies drafted in the NFL will play in the 2009 BBFL season.

So after all the explanation where have I decided to go with the picks I have got ? Cue the screams of ‘you did whaaat?’ ‘you passed on whooo?’ ‘you drafted that clown?’

My 1st pick – Overall #8 in Rd One – Keith Rivers, LB, USC Trojans (drafted by #9 Bengals in NFL)

My 2nd pick – Overall #19 in Rd One – Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas Razorbacks (drafted # 22 by Cowboys NFL)

My 3rd pick – Overall # 59 in Rd 3 – Jason Jones, DT, Eastern Michigan Eagles (drafted # 54 by Titans in NFL)

My 4th pick – Overall #81 in Rd 5 – Donnie Avery, WR, Houston Cougars (drafted # 33 by Rams in NFL)

My 5th pick – Overall #88 in Rd 5 – Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville Cardinals (drafted # 56 by Packers in NFL)

My 6th pick – Overall #94 in Rd 5 – Terrell Thomas, CB, USC Trojans (drafted # 63 by Giants in NFL)

My 7th pick – Overall #99 in Rd 5 – Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas Jayhawks (drafted # 112 by Bengals in NFL)

Well here is my justification behind the picks !

I chose Rivers over the available Jerod Mayo because I think that Rivers will become a tackling machine and make an immediate impact as a Bengal, also coming from USC he will be used to the standards demanded by an NFL team.

As a Redskins fan I learnt many moons ago that cutting your nose of to spite your face is not a good NFL fantasy tactic, so I went for a Cowboy in the form of Fexix Jones. Firstly my league was seeing a run of running backs, secondly Jones has not been worn down at college because he was the support act to #4 overall pick Darren McFadden, thirdly Jones has an insane 7.6 yards a carry college career average, andfinally Jones will support Marion Barber III who will pound teams into submission, leaving Jones to become what I hope will be the Maurice Jones-Drew of 2008.

Grabbing Jones was what I would call a disciplined pick – there were a lot more sexy players out there including some wideouts that had slipped from round 2 in the NFL – I however needed a good young DT. Jones can play DT or DE and has already impressed King Headstomper Albert Haynesworth.

Avery for some bizarre reason slipped an incredible 48 places from where he was picked in the NFL draft for real, so I had to triple check my eyes were not decieving me. Yes indeed he is small, but he is already showing some of his talent after grabbing 5 balls for 65 yards in his first NFL pre-season game.

Again Brohm slipped down the BBFL draft ladder. With Aaron Rogers taking the helm at Green Bay, Brohm could be one ugly tackle from taking to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in his rookie season. Brohm was projected by many to be a first round pick, but being drafted in the second gives him a bit more breathing room to develop. I was chuffed to get Brohm, and despite his less than stellar pre-season outings I feel Brohm can be a winner at the next level.

Terell Thomas is going to potentially be the nickel back for the world champion Giants, and is another Trojan star, yet again he was available so I snagged him. He could get 30-40 tackles and maybe even an interception or two.

As for Collins, I don’t feel good if I dont get an offensive lineman prospect in a draft, and the Bengals need all the help they can get. Collins is highly regarded and can make an impact in 2008. I am a big fan of Andrew Whitworth, so I hope Collins learns from him, as he could be the eventual replacement for the legendary Willie Andrews.

Anyone please give me your opinion on the draft – any compliments ? Criticisms? let me know…….