Originally posted by ads_2006:
It was already mentioned during todays game by the announcers how the Jaguars have a following there
That was some of the silliest, most pathetically transparent hype I've ever heard, and they kept at it.
Fact 1. British NFL fans are hardcore.
We stay up till 5 am to watch SNF/MNF as neutrals
(and of course when our team are playing). We pay 130-odd quid per year for Gamepass.We know our s**t. We know a clunker when they see one. And the Jugs are arguably worse than the 0-16 Lions right now (who at least played some teams tight that year).
Fact 2. British NFL fans generally go way back, generally to the 80s and the days of Channel 4 highlight shows. We already have teams!!!
We follow them passionately. Some of us (guilty as charged) pay thousands of pounds and travel thousands of miles to watch them play live in the US. Goodell and the owners should think hard before they put a hapless franchise here and see their few fans outnumbered by 9ers, Broncos, Pats, Cowboys
, Giants, Dolphins, Packers and Steelers fans. Because these are the popular teams here because of their history. What history has Jax ever had? They are a mid-90s expansion team, have sucked through most of their history with the exception of that couple of competitive seasons 6-7 years ago.
Fact 3. Because the Jugs are so terrible in this and every year, Sky Sports hardly ever pick them for their Sunday slate of games.
Fact 4. Jax have never played here before. This will be their first appearance at Wembley.
So, no TV, no history, no live games, no bandwagoneering. How the bleedin' 'ell did they acquire a "following"?
We should easily dominate the stands on Sunday. There will certainly be lots of other "neutral" fans representing the Pats, Dolphins, Cowboys
etc, but of the two teams playing, we should outnumber Jax fans 10-1 at least.
[ Edited by paulk205 on Oct 22, 2013 at 5:44 AM ]