About the author: Liz Bhandari is an NFL writer, podcaster, and blogger based out of Manchester, England. She is the host of the popular podcast @GridironWine and is the event planner for #NFLUKFanMeetUp events.
Last week, rumours circulated around the Los Angeles Chargers being linked with a move to London. It was very quickly denied by the owner, Dean Spanos who said he has no intention of moving the franchise to London despite reports of a potential relocation. The best part though was their social media team’s reaction and reference to the iconic scene in Wolf of Wall Street where Leonardo Di Caprio’s character Jordan Belfort tells the office, “I ain’t f****** leaving!”.
Heading back to the States was always a big plan of mine after I spent three months across the pond five and a half years ago.
What I find quite funny about this now, and if some of you have read my stuff elsewhere, you will know I was on an NFL boycott due to a guy I was dating dumping me out of the blue.To explain, he was, and I think still is, a Green Bay Packers fan, and he was the one that got me into the Harbaugh Bowl, also known as the Brother Bowl.
Well, thanks to Seattle winning that glorious trophy, and for my friend deciding to do a weekend trip there, I caught the Hawks bug – hook, line, and sinker. And it just so happened we won the 2014 NFC Championship against the Packers… in your face dude!!
“OK, that’s good, now look down at your feet and remember the place where you are at. You’ll need to hit that spot when we come out for pregame,” bellowed the coordinator. How could I forget? I looked down at my feet—32-yard marker on the field of Arrowhead. I looked up into the empty stadium, 3 hours before the Monday Night Football game between Kansas City and Washington. I scanned the faces of my new and old Arrowheads Abroad friends, all scattered about the edges of the United States-shaped flag. We were all grinning, not believing where we were and what we were going to be doing on national TV. This was the beginning of the end of a perfect long weekend that seemed too good to be true, even by Hollywood standards.
It all started on Friday, when they each landed in Kansas City, after at least half a day or more of travel from the UK. The unusually warm weather was as if they had ordered it so they could get the most out of every second they were here.
Right off, many of them began their BBQ odyssey, starting at Char Bar in Westport, which has a great outside patio. Saturday, they toured the National WW1 museum and Liberty Memorial. Several of them also made their way to see the lovely architecture of Union Station, and ambled around a bit in town. Continue reading “Chief Fans Get A New Perspective from UK”→
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, but it wasn’t all bad for fans of the team. Coming off a big win in Week 1 over AFC South rival Houston Texans, the Jaguars were poised at the top of the division. Alas, it was doomed not to last as they fell to the Titans 37-16.
It is still early and they can certainly rebound with a win in London, England over former AFC Central foe the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are currently undefeated and sit atop the AFC North but as the saying goes any given Sunday. The Ravens defense is playing lights out but their offense has suffered several injuries. It remains to be seen who takes the win across the pond.
In the meantime, we are here help Jaguars fans feel better heading into that tilt. So, here are three things Jags fans can take away from the game to make them feel better.
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette is the real deal. The former LSU product is fifth in the league in rushing yards at 140 despite having a lackluster game (14/40/1). He is second in the league in rushing attempts only trailing to Denver Broncos CJ Anderson at 45. He has been everything fans could have hoped for and then some. Just watch this grown man run versus the Titans.