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Bigger, noisier, wilder. Americanised. Well it is American football after all Tim!

NFL London (4)
Showing solidarity!

A zip lining mascot, drum ensembles, cheerleaders, club tracks, t-shirts being shot into the crowd. Oh yeah, and an NFL game. The NFL International Series came and brought their A-game clearly.

I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe not all NFL games are this epic back in the States? Don’t get me wrong, I had a great day out, well worth the £25 I paid for the ticket. Here are my thoughts on the day.

Pre-game

I arrived three hours before kick off, but luckily there’s lots of things to do pre-game. Read my tips for NFL games at Wembley.

There were lots of people wearing various teams’ jerseys. The cowboy supporters had the most interesting outfits, with their large blue cowboy hats and one fan even wearing one those fancy dress inflatable horse costumes!

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Yeah, it did take me a second or five to make the connection

It wasn’t all fun pre-game though. We were subjected to Joss Stone singing… definitely the low point of the day.

Game? What game?

It’s been a few months now and to be honest I can’t remember too much of the Jaguars vs Cowboys game itself. But I do seem to remember all of the added extras.  At times it seemed like a show with an NFL game breaking out in the background.

l was told that the Jaguars vs the Cowboys wasn’t the greatest game (a few Mexican waves did brake out) which might explain my haziness towards the match.

There were flashes of brilliance like players ducking and diving to evade tackles and Hollywood passes from the quarterback to assist a touchdown. And of course the crunching tackles.

Much more than American football

The atmosphere at an American football game is so different to a football (soccer) game. While both are ‘electric’, football is a little more ‘us vs. them’ so the atmosphere can get a little hateful at times (sometimes mistaken for passionate).

Where football is about your team and 22 men chasing a ball around a pitch, American football seems like it’s built around a celebration of the game as a whole. Sure, there is a definite home team vibe and booing of the away side (even if this had to be generated by the tannoy announcer…), but the spectacle didn’t just focus on the actions on the pitch. This provides a number of distractions.

Break! No.100…

NFL is a lot slower than I had anticipated. There are a lot of breaks between plays. Plenty of opportunities for DJ Ray to play a club track (Party Up (Up In Here) by DMX always goes down smoothly), the teams’ drum ensemble to bang out a tune or the cheerleaders to shake their thang (that’s not a euphemism either, I’m referring to their pom poms, get you head out of the gutter.)

I guess as there’s so much variety of entertainment on show, there’s something to interest everyone. It’s a great day out and I highly recommend it for families.

Here are some other photos from the day.

Have you been to an NFL game in London? What were your highlights of the day? Tell me in the comments section below!

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