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  1. Patspsycho

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    In the spirit of next week's game, I'm curious to know how many British fans we have on here and wonder what draws you all to American Football..

    If I could I'd definitely go to go to London, and catch the game there.. it's a great city. Last time I was there, I survived being run over by a taxi for looking the wrong way and saw a store for walking shoes called "The Rambling store" and above all remembered to mind my gap every time I went on the tube. Only zinger was how expensive everything was.

    Some things I remember that I'd like to share with some of you here :D of course, I stand to be corrected by our British friends if I'm not up to date on any of them.

    bollocks = standard utility cuss word, good for anything
    fag = iif anyone asks if you have a fag.. remember it's a cigarette
    spot on = excellent/good/great
    bloke = fellow
    arseholed = very drunk
    mickey mouse = wasting time
    knackered = wore out
    pitch = football field
    gob****e = someone who talks all the time about something they don't know about ;)


    I remember a lot of people complaining about Wembley- so I hope they've got that pitch set for next Sunday.

    Otherwise looking forward to the game!
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    I will be going to the game, live a decent way away from London but i've been to every game at Wembley and i definetly wasn't going to miss this one. The pitch will be fine as long as it doesn't rain too much.
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    I am the same. Don't live 'close' to London, but am traveling for the 3rd straight year :)

    Also, 'bollocks' can also mean testicles :)
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    My younger brother will be going (he lives in the Netherlands) got tickets behind the endzone AND won some sort of tickets for the tailgate/preparty.
    Curses .. he gets to see the pats live before me and I live in the states dammit.

    Hope he has a good time though.
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    ive been dating an american for 3 years now and im now married so its safe to say it was her that got me into the game.
    Once you know the rules its a great game to watch, very strategic and a nice break from our own sports. I dont think the NFL should get ahead of it self though, stick to the one game a year. An expansion team would be a massive flop.
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    I'll be there on Sunday. Haven't seen them since 2006, so really looking forward to it. I've not made it to any of the previous London games and am really curious to see what the atmosphere is like. Buccs and Pats are both well supported over here, so it should be good.

    As for why I got into it? I don't remember ever NOT being into it. Grew up with it in the 80s in exactly the same way as I grew up with football (soccer), cricket, etc; would watch it with my dad and brother, talk about it with friends at school, play it in parks etc. It was always there.


    Incidentally, I have two free tickets (block 552) if anyone is stuck without and fancies the trip. Could get them sent out tonight.
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    A fag in the uk can also mean the same as in the states.

    Was laughing at the PFW in progress podcast from last week when somebody mentioned fud to them and they were trying to figure out what it means. Over here a fud is slang for, shall we say the female bits., i.e -You're a total fud mate. Made me laugh

    Travelling down from Scotland, been a big fan of all NE sports since I spent summers there as a boy. Growing up Rangers fan though I didn't quite take to the Celtics at first tho!
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    Cheerio pip pip! :D
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    Unlike last year, Wembley has recently been hosting world cup qualifiers for the England national team, including one last week. So, they are set up for sports. I'm sure the pitch will be fine.
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    Winston Churchill once described Great Britain and the United States as two nations seperated by a common language. :D

    Just remember, for all you folkd headed over the pond, that some words have different meaning.

    For example, being really p!ssed, means being realy drunk.

    Also, a cookie here is a biscuit there, and a biscuit here is a bap.

    So a cookie is a biscuit, and a bisuit is a bap. Remember that when you ask for biscuits & gravy... you'll likely get some stares.

    Oh, and chips are crisps, and fries are chips... just a warning.

    The beer is wonderful as are most everyone. Curry bars everywhere, and it's always good. Easy to get around on the underground, especially if you buy a pass for one or more days. I've never stayed in any hotels there, as I've always opted for a Bed&Breakfast package. The alleged "full English breakfast" you get with that deal is really more of a tourist thing, but there's enough food there to keep you going all day.

    I really wish I was going, but it's just not in the cards this year.
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    Wembley was hosting WC Qualifiers last year, but the pitch they had laid was simply ****e.

    What draws me to American Football? The excitement. Your regular Brit sees the NFL as a bit of a joke; a game that should take an hour actually takes 3 hours to play, there's too many breaks, they were pads, blah blah blah.

    A load of bollocks.

    I also love the depth of knowledge you need to understand the game - footy is great, but you can be a complete moron and be at the top of the sport *cough* BECKHAM *cough* - not in the NFL. I dont think there's a comparable position to Quaterback anywhere else in sports. You are everything; the team lives and dies on what you do.
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    not that I'm British, but if somebody asks you if they could borrow a 'rubber' it's not what you think it is
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    lol I asked my father in law for a rubber as i had ****ed up a report i was writing. Safe to say it took me a while to calm him down and explain lol....bad times
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    There are 3 of us flying down to London from Scotland on Sunday. The other 2 have been down before, but this is my first NFL live game. To see Brady, Moss, Welker etc live is fantastic. We're right behind the Pats bench which is a bonus too.
    It should be a cracking atmoshphere with a lot of Pats fan there.

    Why did I get into it? I can't honestly remember how it all began, but in the nineties I started to watch highlight shows, and then the games were live on Sky Sports on a Sunday night, and with no other sports on, I began tuning in to watch them.
    It was 2001 and I began to take notice of the Pats when Drew Bledsoe was playing, and I can still remember him getting injured v Jets. Wondering how they would get on with the rookie, Brady, I kept watching out for them, hoping both would do well. The rest, as they say, is history!
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    I would think the Patriots are popular over there, simply because they have the word "England" in their title.

    And, luckily, we took the Minuteman off the helmet years ago, so they won't get too pissed/mad, just pissed/drunk.

    :D
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    Not going to the game :( but I got into the game because I like my tough contact sports (grew up watching Rugby League) and got into the NFL when the Patriots played the Eagles and all my mates were backing the Eagles to win, so I took the Patriots and its stuck ever since :D
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    Anyone else think it's ironic that our team which got it's namesake from the rebels who fought and gained their independence from England is playing at wembley this weekend? Ha.
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    Wonder if that actually causes any resentment, or is that just old history that is irrevelant today?
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    Too bad the Pats can't bring their Minutemen with the muskets.
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    Interesting. Hopefully the pitch will be better. Not that it matters, but would England have played more than one home WCQ in 2008? I remember they beat up on Kazakstan pretty good, but I'm not sure where that game was. I think they also must have played a friendly or two that Spring -- they beat the U.S.A. in the spring at Wembley.

    Anyway, with this latest group play in the WCQ Wembley has looked pretty good.
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    By the way -- how did you come to be a Patriots supporter? As an arsenal fan, Brits love to call me a glory hunter. I'd be interested to hear the other side of the coin -- how does a Brit settle on the Patriots when selecting an NFL team? I basically was introduced to the EPL in the late 1990s through international soccer -- which was all you could see in the states and became a Thierry Henry fan; hence the Gunners. What mad you a Patriots fan?

    Incidentally, assuming you're a Burnley fan, sorry about the Derby yesterday. You'll get 'em at home.
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    Like probably most Brits I got into the NFL in the days of it being on Channel Four and must admit to initially being a Bears fan through the 80s and early 90s before losing some interest in the game. Became a glory fan and got interested again in 2001 and I'm hooked for life now as an NFL fan and a Pats fan. Being an Huddersfield Town fan doesn't offer much scope for glory!

    I'm self employed and couldn't really justify going down to Wembley but as the time gets closer I'm now watching about 20 single tickets on eBay and am 80% sure I'll be there
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    My question is, how does the NFL choose if Tampa or New England gets London as their "home" game. I am so glad this doesn't count as a Pats home game, but still---is it just a coin flip?
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    I am travelling down to London too, from Macclesfield.

    Been a Fan since '85 and words can't describe how excited I am!!!! Staying in the Marriot Hotel at Regents Park from Friday thru Sunday so I Also get to sightsee our Capital too..not been since the late 90s..tut.

    I don't post much myself but I follow all the posts on here most days and enjoy the reading! (more times than not anyhow!).

    Like 'Ciara's Dad' I'm also behind the Pats bench on row 12, and we are looking forward to a different view from the two previous games where we were positioned off to the side behind the end zone and hopefully we will see Randy doing some dancing up close!. :)

    'Patspsycho' - I think its forgotten history, well actually, I'm probably right in thinking that 50% of the population were not in class on this particular History lesson anyway. Just be glad it happened, I can't imagine how 'the English' would of been able to govern a land mass of US size, we have a problem running this little old isle. lol.

    Anyway, All have fun if you are going and Take Care getting to and going home from Wembley! And don't forget to check the Underground/tube system as a lot of work is going on next Sunday, some Lines are disrupted badly. Go to the NFLUK forums here for info.

    Cheers
    Darryl.
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    I wish people would stop calling it the PITCH.
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    You'd be surprised how many people wouldn't even have a clue what you were talking about. Sad but true.
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    bob kraft is pretty tight with goodell. the glazer family - i'm not sure they have as much pull.
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    It's all about TV. Patriots games traditionally draw a huge national audience. Gillette is one of the NFL's biggest advertisers.
    Think there might be a connection ?
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    Why? Is that irritating to you?
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    Read the whole thread, I thought I saw someone say they have 2 free tickets.
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