It was my first game!
I got a ticket for the game in London between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, who were the designated home team. To use a sporting cliche, it was a game of two halves – Atlanta went in 0-21 up at half time, but went on to lose the match 22-21 with a dramatic last kick field goal, which had to be retaken.
A great game for my first, but when you go to a game, it’s all about the day more than just the actual game.
As you travel up, you see more and more people with NFL jerseys on, and the Wenbley games have been known for the rainbow of jerseys from different teams. Since I don’t have an NFL jersey, I wore an England top from the 1982 World Cup, just for a bit of fun.
I’ve written for many years that the money in sport is in the merchandise, and that’s as true as anywhere in the NFL. The merchandise tents are huge, with massive numbers of staff, working like crazy to get through the queues. The credit card terminals were singing as the money flowed into the NFL coffers! I got some specific game day stuff – a hat, a scarf, a sweatshirt, that all set me back a bit!
You get struck by the sheer scale of everything, way more than you do by watching on tv, the NFL is simply ‘BIG’!
I enjoyed watching all the people doing their jobs inside the stadium – yes the players obviously, but it was fascinating to watch the cheerleaders, nearly 40 of them, dancers who work for nearly 4 hours, reacting to what’s happening on the pitch as well as their own routines.
Cheesy? Oh blimey yes, but they are a part of the game as much as anything else.
Here’s something else I noticed – you know the headsets that the coaches wear? Well, I always assumed they were wireless, but I noticed that they have a massive long wire, being held by someone! That means that every coach with a headset has an individual following them around a pace behind them, for the whole game, holding a massive lead for the headset. No wonder the sidelines are always packed with people!
So, that’s my first NFL game seen in person. A great day. I’m not sure I’d go to all of them, after all it has taken me until the 10th to get round to it. For me it depends which teams are playing. If Peyton Manning came over, I’d go to that one, and if London ever gets a franchise I’d go and see them. Apart from that, who knows when my next one will be, but you can imagine why it was a big NFL moment for me, it could easily qualify as my moment of the season, so definitely sits easily as my moment of the week!
Let me know your thoughts!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. I said there was money in the merchandise. Way back when, I made money online from NFL merchandise. In my book I tell you *exactly* how, and how you can do the same via social media sites today. Why not go and take a look, and if you don’t like it, you get your money back!
FB Passion Profits!