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6 July 2011 - 2:17am

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With American Football season about to get underway I am wondering if anyone on this site is a fan. I hope that the NFL works out its labor dispute so that I can try my hand at pro football betting. If you are a fan, what is your favorite team/player and who do you think will win the Superbowl?

If you aren't a fan, why not? Do people from other parts of the world follow follow the sport?

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26 October 2011 - 12:39am
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Very well stated BB84. I think a London team isn't likely, but certainly doable.

Say you put the London team in the AFC East. That means everyone is in the same timezone (unlike the NFC East which includes Dallas, 2 hours behind everyone else) and would make trips easier. You would be talking maybe a 6-8 hour flight to get out there or vice versa... Certainly long, but not much longer than flying New York to Seattle, or Oakland, if at all.

However, what if it was structured like this? The London team splits half the season in home and away pulls. By this I mean they start out their first eight weeks on the road, have their bye week and then the next eight consecutive weeks are played at home. It would make it easier I think.

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27 October 2011 - 5:37am
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I disagree. I think it would be an extremely tough sell in London. One-off games have the novelty factor, but I doubt there would be a huge market ready and willing to support a team for a season. For starters obviously its not an "English" game like football, rugby, cricket etc. Secondly and probably more importantly the whole "sports franchise" thing is very much looked down upon in the UK. People are used to supporting a team from their local area or community, not something transplanted in and foisted upon them. There are a lot of people unhappy about the way teams in the Premier League are being bought by mega-rich foreigners, and just a week or two ago a suggestion by club owners that they could do away with relegation in favour of a franchise based system was widely ridiculed.

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1 November 2011 - 10:42am
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Slim - I agree that makes sense but then they essentially spend upwards of two months hanging out in the US. Would they even go home at all before then? It seems to be quite a demand for them to be physically absent for such a long time but, on the other hand, perhaps that makes more sense than shuttling them back and forth, especially if there are west coast games in there somewhere.

I would love to see them in my AFC East (and then maybe exile the hapless Dolphins to the AFC south). We need to spice things up a bit in our division. This year it is a bit more interesting with the Bills playing so well but the past 10 years or so it has been a one or two horse race in our group! I'm not saying a London franchise would be competitive - in fact, if its an expansion team then it is certain they would not be! - but it would change things up a bit.

Oh and that's another thing - expansions teams are usually awful for awhile. This will make it tougher for the team to catch on if it were to be started up.

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18 November 2011 - 8:17am
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Ok - so, I'm moving towards getting on the Tebow bandwagon. I guess beating our rival Jets will always make me a fan! What does everyone else think?

For those of you not in the know, young quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos has been carrying the team to many victories this year playing a style of football that is more appropriate to college football than to the NFL. It is very a odd kind of game which involves the quarterback running with the football more than he does throwing it. It has led them to a 4-1 record during his time (they were 1-4 with a different QB) but something about it just seems so amateur. So, is it passing phase or are the Broncos a legitimate threat?

By the way, Ed, when a quarterback spikes the ball into the ground it is considered an incomplete forward pass. What this does is stop the clock, but it obviously it costs the team a down, i.e. an opportunity to advance and keep the ball. They often do this at the end of halves and games when stopping the clock takes precedence over other considerations.

Fumbles are different. They occur when a player has a ball knocked loose by an opponent (it cannot be upon impact against the ground) or when a player tosses a ball backwards and nobody is there to receive it and it falls to the ground. In these cases the ball is considered live and the clock continues to run.

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19 November 2011 - 2:34am
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I am from Minnesota, so I should be a Vikings fan, but......lol. The Vikings are (in seasons past) so good at going the distance then screwing up at the end, whether it be a game or a season. This year they are really weak; not doing well at all.

I am not the hugest sports fan, but my entire family is except for my me, my middle son and my oldest son. My entire extended family LOVES football (Vikings fans) including my (soon to be) 83-year-old mom. There is a rivalry going on within my family, because since DAY ONE, my youngest son has been a HUGE Packer fan. I always used to joke around and say, "I don't know how it happened, but I raised a Cheese Head." He used to have a HUGE Packer collection (lost in a house fire, years ago), and he loved Brett Favre, so I really had to tease him when Favre came over to the Vikings.

Even though football (and sports in general, although I DO love live games and I love a good basketball game) isn't my favorite, I try to watch with my youngest son when he is home, just to take an interest and I have to admit that sometimes the games can get really exciting. He also has a close friend, and they have always had their love for the Packers in common, since middle school, and they still get together and watch Packer games, sometimes. I have always wished they could go to Lambeau field together, take a road trip and see a game. Maybe, someday! 🙂

On another topic, the Vikings are pushing for a new stadium here, even during this horrible economy, and I have mixed feelings about this. When they always say, "pay up or we will leave Minnesota," sometimes I just want to say, then GO! They act like big babies, imho, pay for our stadium or we will go. Good-bye! lol

Another problem I have with American sports...football, baseball, is that it used to be something the "average American family" could enjoy. Now, a family of four has to pay a pretty penny just to get tickets to a game, which to me is very sad. Not to even mention the price of the food and drinks, etc. Pros and cons, I know, but that, to me, is sad. Just my two cents. 🙂

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19 November 2011 - 4:08am
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Tim Tebow is something else, BB84. Sure, the guy can run like hell with the football, but he really has no legitimate NFL quarterback skill that I have seen. I watched the game the other night, and he was missing passes where receivers had NOBODY within 5 yards of themselves. It really is just awful to watch, but you have to give the guy credit; he wins.

My feeling on this whole situation is that he will be decently successful until teams can figure out a scheme to beat his option play. A few weeks back the Lions played the Broncos, and tore Tebow apart when he tried to act like a normal quarterback. He really has no future playing like a normal quarterback, and NFL coaches will find a way to beat him and the Broncos system. Think about it in terms of the Wildcat formation... It lasted a year or so until teams found out how to defend it. Now how often do you see it?

Oh, here are his stats too from the most recent games:

VS KC (WIN): 2/8 Passing for 69 yards with a 56 yard TD pass
VS NYJ (WIN) 9/20 Passing for 104 yards with no TDs

Hope: Being from Michigan I am a Lions fan. Wish I could say I am sorry to hear the Vikings suck this year, but I can't with a straight face! 😂

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19 December 2011 - 6:15pm
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Man, it has been a while since anyone posted in this topic.

The NFL playoff picture is starting to shape up! My Lions have come apart a bit, but have won the last two (last night in DRAMATIC fashion).

Who is your best bet to win the Superbowl now?

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31 January 2012 - 10:10am
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It has indeed been a while, especially for me. Life got in the way I'm afraid!

I think that this season has had some great story lines, the best of which have been the Giants' and Pats' runs to the Superbowl, Tebow time, and the happenings in Indianapolis.

Regarding the last of these, I just read this bit of news about Peyton Manning: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/peyton-manning-indianapolis-colts-nec.... It appears that his career may very well be over. Even though this would be a good thing for my Patriots, I think that on the whole it is quite sad. I like having Peyton around as a rival and football would not be the same without him. I also always think its a bit a sad when a player of that caliber leaves the sport, especially in circumstances like theses...