I am pleased to tell everyone that I have recruited the services of "The Rich Wanker" to provide insights into the Phins upcoming game in London. Based on my e-mail exchanges with him, it promises to be both entertaining and enlightening.
In the meantime, allow me to tell you what I do know about fans in Europe in general, and London in particular: they've come to like American football. Many are familiar with the sport. A lot love Dan Marino, though most couldn't tell you who he played for.
And, let me give a shout out to Rory, the Brit living currently in Australia. He's a fan of the NFL, and the Miami Dolphins. He provided a lot of insights into the way fans feel about the NFL, and made some really great points about why the NFL is having a game in London, and why the Dolphins were selected for it.
I can summarize it by relaying this comment he made:
Since the 1988 preseason game between the Dolphins and 49ers, the Dolphins have been one of the most popular NFL teams in the UK. The NFL was first on UK TV only in the early 1980's. The 1984 superbowl against the 49ers was one of the most watched
in the UK.
Doen't that say a lot? And then of course, there's Dave Hyde's article about the game.
Fans are passionate. They want their NFL. They get our team. H Wayne can understandably get past mine and every local fan's bitterness to help his product and the NFL's product succeed.