Sunday, October 21, 2007

NFL in the UK


The Bridgestone International Series game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants at Wembley Stadium is just over a week away, and consequently this is a bumper edition of your nfluk.com weekly newsletter to let you know of everything that is going on next week in the build-up to this historic event.


You might have read earlier this week about the 26-foot high replica of Miami Dolphins star player Jason Taylor to mark the game. The formidable animatronic, the biggest animated human figure ever built, is a 'world first'. If you want to go and see 'Big JT' in action in London, you can find him all day long at the following venues:


Monday October 22 – Trafalgar Square
Tuesday October 23 – Canary Wharf
Wednesday October 24 – Victoria Station
Friday October 26 – Victoria Station
Saturday October 27 – Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock, Essex
Sunday October 28 – NFL Tailgate party @ Wembley

Big JT will be followed around by a huge LED screen showing NFL action, and passers by can pick up badges showing which team they will support at Wembley, so make sure you take time to see him in action!


Appearing at times with Big JT - and at other spots around the capital next week - will be the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, who will be arriving in London ahead of the rest of the team. They will at Soccer Scene on Carnaby Street on Thursday and Saturday, performing at half-time of Crystal Palace's game on Tuesday and Chelsea's game on Saturday, and on TV and radio throughout the week, so make sure that you look out for them!

While you are at Soccer Scene you could pick up some gameday merchandise, available there or at Foot Locker stores. We understand that some people have had problems with their orders from Kitbag stores. If you are one of these people you can find out when your order is coming by calling 08081560156.


If you fancy training as a cheerleader, or even getting some tuition from a former Dolphins player on how to play football, there are a number of clinics taking place across London next week. Former players including legendary receiver Nat Moore will be running a Junior Player Development camp at Selhurst Boys School on Wednesday and Thursday next week. There are still a few spots to fill, so if you are between 14 and 18 years old and want to get started playing the sport, click here to download a form and you could get underway with coaching from the very best.


If you still haven't got your hands on tickets for the game there are a very limited number still available to buy from Club Wembley. These tickets have been returned to us from the Dolphins and the Giants allocation, so if you want to go, call on 0845 676 2007 and choose option two.


Throughout the next week the NFL will be in partnership with Capital Radio, who will be promoting the big game over the airwaves in London on 95.8 FM. They will have several on-air giveaways, including tickets for the game on Bam Bam's Evening Show every day, Johnny Vaughn's Breakfast show on Friday, and shows across the weekend. In addition to tickets Capital FM will be giving away NFL merchandise and two families can win trips to Miami and New York.


The NFL will not only be on the radio next week, though, as there will be plenty of coverage of the big game on television too. For the second year in a row the NFL has got together with MTV to take viewers behind the scenes in the NFL. NFL Touchdown in Miami features host Trevor Nelson going deep in Miami to find out how the Dolphins fit into South Florida's vibrant lifestyle, meeting the players and learning more about the sport from some of their star players. BBC's Inside Sport on Monday at 11:15 will have a feature on the Dolphins and their visit to London, with presenter Des Kelly going behind the scenes with the team. In addition to these pre-filmed pieces you should look out for NFL coverage on Blue Peter and other BBC shows, as well as ITV's London Tonight program.


The Madden Challenge continues this weekend with your final chance to qualify for the UK finals – which will be held at Wembley before the game on the 28th. If you think you have a chance of representing the UK, make sure you head down to Virgin Megastore in the Arndale Centre in Manchester or on Oxford Street in London on Saturday and Sunday and sign up for one of the regional qualifying rounds. All qualifiers for the final will win tickets to Wembley as part of their prize, so this is one of your last chances to make sure you are at the big game next Sunday.


Week Seven's games on Sky feature Tampa Bay at Detroit and Chicago @ Philadelphia, with Miami @ New England and Kansas City @ Oakland behind the red button. On Sunday Night Football you can see the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Denver Broncos – which will also be shown on Five dependent on the outcome of the American League Championship Series. While on Monday Night the Indianapolis Colts try to maintain their undefeated record against Jacksonville in a game that will be shown on both Sky and Five.


Throughout the next seven days nfluk.com should be your port of call for all the stories and news about the Wembley game and the events that lead up to it. There will be plenty to watch on nflukTV, as well as news stories and features by all our usual writers.


Enjoy the coming few days as we lead up to the biggest event in the history of the sport in the UK.

NFLUK.com

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