Posts Tagged ‘Randy Moss’

One way to combat the off-season blues - watching people play Madden

I recently upgraded to a bit of High Definition (HD) Sky TV, meaning better clarity for sports events, and stunning detail on some cool shows such as Lost and 24.

Whilst HD is not the greatest thing since sliced bread, getting it on Sky does mean a few extra channels that I had never watched (or even heard of).

One of the new HD channels I can now get is Rush HD (Sky Channel 452), a mix of extreme sports and computer game shows, including would you believe a whole 1 hour show a week devoted to the NFL Madden game.

Pubescent boys and young men looking like wannabe gangstas are pitted against each other to see who has the best XBOX 360 Madden skills.

The show airing at 11pm on a Friday night is certainly one for the Sky+ recording system, but as a fun thing to watch on a lazy Saturday morning/afternoon it can’t be beat.

The Madden Challenge is unfortunately using the Madden 2008 game, so most of the competitors, who had won regional heats across America to qualify for the televised stages, are either the New England Patriots (Randy Moss is scarily good on that version) or the San Diego Chargers (with a fully fit Ladanian Tomlinson and Cromartie at his career peak).

The host wears some pretty nasty shirts, which remind me of the ones Will Smith wore when he was in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and the show has two fully grown men wearing those giant black headphones that commentators have when they are broadcasting live from a packed out stadium.

The young men competing are a mix of geeks and cocksure jocks, but watching the action is entertaining. The rules are not fully explained, but there is a mercy rule that if you have a lead of over 28 points I think you automatically win.

Above all it is a bit of a healthy break from the next two months worth of draft speculation, which even for the most avid fan, will get a bit tiresome by the time we hear analysis on Division II long snapper prospects.

As it says in the title of this post – anyone else watching this?

It wasn’t a close game, and in fact it never was going to be, as the New England Patriots bossed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from start to finish at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Still, six total touchdowns, no rain, and a masterclass from Tom Brady was well worth the entrance fee, and the slick Patriots offense had all of the fans from across Europe hypnotised.

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It was fun to see #24 Cadillac Williams and #34 Earnest Graham warm up in front of me

I was sad not to see Randy Moss score a touchdown, but I did enjoy seeing the likes of Buccaneers RB Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams warming up in front of me, as well as witnessing Junior (oh the irony) Seau suit up and go after Josh Freeman as late as the fourth quarter.

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He may be in his 40s but #55 Junior Seau still knows how to play football

The big questions now being asked are Can London host MORE than just one NFL regular season game? and in the future could there be enough interest for England to have its very own NFL franchise?

Judging by the knowledgable fans (yes here in England we do know the difference between the Wishbone and the Wildcat, and we can spot someone who has just been found guilty of illegal motion) I think that it is possible to sustain an NFL franchise here.

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I can't wait to come back to London to see NFL football in 2010

84,000 fans made their pilgrimage to Wembley from across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and many countries across Europe. I saw people from Germany, Italy and Finland just as a start.

If Roger Goodell needs any more proof that there are dedicated and loyal NFL fans in England then I do not know what to suggest.

Thankyou Roger and thankyou to all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organisation, including the fans in Florida. You sacrificed a home game to enable passionate NFL fans from Europe to witness real NFL football in the flesh, and we are forever grateful.

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We all went home happy after seeing Tom Brady strut his stuff at Wembley

Roll on 2010 – with maybe two NFL games in London. Can I put a bid in for the Redskins to come over please!

After adjusting to the sensory experience of the marvels of Wembley Stadium it was time to spot the players from the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warming up for this regular season NFL game in London.

As is the tradition at all NFL games it is the kickers, punters, long snappers, holders and then the kick and punt returners that take the field first, and Wembley was no exception. It was quite fun to see Steven Gotskowski warm up, but I have to admit it wasn’t what I really wanted to see.

That sight came after the offensive teams hit the field to warm up, and a giant cheer warmed the stadium as the starters began to remove the travel cobwebs and get the blood pumping through their masculine North American shoulders.

It was then, through my zoom lens, that I spotted the most famous NFL player of the last 10 years, two time Superbowl MVP, three time Superbowl winner and four time Superbowl starting quarterback for the New England Patriots – Mr Tom Brady. It was worth the ticket fee alone just to say ‘I was there when Tom Brady came to England’.

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Tom 'the second coming' Brady warms up at Wembley Stadium, London

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#83 Wes Welker looks on as Tom Brady drops back to pass

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#81 Randy Moss chills out with Brady before the game in London

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Patriots offense v Patriots defense in Wembley warm-ups

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?