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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

14 Jan 2017, 00:39 #51

It is a real landmark that NFL is borrowing a soccer stadium, rather than the other way around.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

14 Jan 2017, 12:37 #52

Yep, It's bizzare that they didn't try one of the many larger stadiums in the Los Angeles Area, apparently the practice is a bit dated now but baseball stadiums have doubled up for NFL before. Or maybe they did try those bigger places and got rejected, which would say a lot about how well-planned this move is from a member of supposedly the most profit-driven group in the sporting world.
If NFL stadiums were European (doesn't even need that part though really), UEFA would put almost all of them near the top of the list for potential Champions League final venues. LA Galaxy's ground on the other hand they'd barely consider for the Europa League final...
Huge win for soccer over there by proxy though, won't stop the American traditionalists from belittling the game and continuing to cheer only for 'real football', but it's a long-overdue slice of humble pie for the league to be appearing as rent-paying guests at such a 'tiny' stadium belonging to a team from an 'inferior sport'...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

27 Jan 2017, 20:14 #53

Coming soon live from Houston: Super Bowl LI (or 51 if you don't like their use of fauxman numerals) - Patriots v Falcons. Still no Wurzels to perform halftime, it's going to be Lady Gaga. Recent Trumptastic events and her knack of performing attention-seeking stunts combined with being a known activist is a recipe for some kind of huge headline-making incident occuring... that or the NFL and many sponsors will nix it in advance.
Interesting to see at this time of year just what it takes to put on the most ridiculously bloated single-game extravaganza on the planet, the results, predictably, are a ridiculously bloated list of requirements. FIFA have their hosting rules but I don't think they've gone as far as requesting that their executives have on-demand private use of the city's finest bowling and golf facilities...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

06 Feb 2017, 18:33 #54

So... look at that scoreboard and try and think of a bigger collapse in a big game in any sport.
But as much as he is given stick for being the poster boy of the most unlikeable team, credit to Tom Brady for eventually showing why he's now won 5 Super Bowls, and at almost age 40. Although the league should probably investigate him for his use of performance-enhancing pyjamas:
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

07 Feb 2017, 00:35 #55

Stupid Americans. Don't they know how to waste time by holding the ball near the corner flag and rolling around pretending to be injured? Or making unnecessary substitutions of the player who is, serendipitously, diagonally furthest from the dugout.
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

07 Feb 2017, 13:36 #56

I like how "auto-complete" has produced a spin-off of people posting photos of "superb owls" on Twitter.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

07 Feb 2017, 21:24 #57

TheRoonBa wrote:
I like how "auto-complete" has produced a spin-off of people posting photos of "superb owls" on Twitter.
The backstory to 'Superb Owl' basically comes from the NFL being hyper-protective of their brand.
Hyper-protective to the point where they threatened to sue a church for a sign that was holding a 'Super Bowl viewing party', and to the point of attempting to copyright terms such as 'the big game', a TV comedian parodied the fact his channel wasn't 'allowed' to use the proper title and instead always referred to it as though he was describing a brilliant nocturnal bird.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

01 Apr 2017, 09:33 #58

So after that Rams/Chargers relocation situation where the new city held firm and refused to be held to ransom, the next relocation is back on the familiar path of extorting public funds.
In a few years the Oakland Raiders will become the Las Vegas Raiders, and will play in a brand-new $1.7b, 65,000-seater stadium, with $750m of it coming out of the city's funds, although apparently this will be raised through an increase in hotel tax, so I guess they at least have the sense to bill their target audience...
Looking at the stadium it looks like it could be a shoo-in for any 2026 World Cup bid the USA puts up... but this is America we're talking about, 65,000 seats just about puts it in the top 60, although I guess recency bias and new facilities would make their case.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

15 Aug 2017, 10:01 #59

nfm24 wrote: It is a real landmark that NFL is borrowing a soccer stadium, rather than the other way around.
New landmark: the LA Chargers played their first game at the stadium and got a lower attendance than LA Galaxy's most recent effort. Granted the NFL is still in pre-season, but to not be able to fill a stadium that size in a league so huge in America is hilariously bad.

Although prices starting from $75 for said pre-season game may have something to do with it... almost "Miami Clasico" levels of bad. Impressive transformation speed though...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

24 Sep 2017, 20:01 #60

Donald Trump v American sports stars: it's going down (then up again as soon as a different national anthem plays).

His last attempt to take on the NFL didn't go so well, but if nothing else he seems to have a decent vegetable-based grasp on the sport:

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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

30 Oct 2017, 19:49 #61

Went to my first-ever NFL game this weekend: Minnesota Vikings v Cleveland Browns at Twickenham.

The main takeaway is that I got the fully authentic experience of being legally mugged by the NFL, for starters being told my bag (which I've had no problems with at other stadiums) isn't small/transparent/officially branded enough for their liking, meaning I had to go back to some nearby college where they were holding an official locker service for £10 each. Then once I was past the first checkpoint massive queues so I only had time to do one of their free activities before the game started, then food-wise being charged £8.50 for a thing of pulled pork, £5.50 for a Budweiser and £1.20 for a Twix.

They did give you a free Browns flag and a plastic bag at your seat though, only noticed when the national anthems were being played that the plastic bags were being used to create a fan tifo of the American flag... clever but this event was being played in London. The stadium announcer sounded like one of those ring announcers in boxing ("THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRD DOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWN!").

Also at some breaks in play they had the 'NFL Party Patrol' come out with t-shirt cannons and stuff, I'm no expert but I thought 'party patrol' was a term used on the people who come and shut down a party, Urban Dictionary makes it sound even worse.

The game itself was really competitive in the first half, then in the 3rd quarter onwards I realised why clips like the ones below make so much sense:





And then a nightmare getting back including a replacement bus service. Other than all that though it was quite good.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

31 Oct 2017, 19:24 #62

This is terrible.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

14 Nov 2017, 18:32 #63

Also terrible is the new contract demands from league commissioner Roger Goodell.

I don't know anywhere near enough about their internal dealings to know if he's actually proportionately worth it or whatever, but wanting $50m/year plus 'lifetime use of a private jet' put down in writing seems to be a bit much for a job they could probably just stick any old suit into... and it says several things about America is that 'lifetime family health insurance' is up there as the other incredible condition in the article.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

14 Nov 2017, 20:46 #64

Yeah!  He can use his private jet to fly his kids to a country with a health service.
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