Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 9/26/13
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This weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings will be playing across the pond at Wembley Stadium in London. This cute “experiment” needs to be put to a halt. Isn’t football in England called soccer? These games were set up by the NFL to see if there was any interest overseas with our version of football. People in the UK don’t care! When I see the highlights I rarely see a packed stadium. The game doesn’t hold that much importance to most of the people in the UK. To make matters worse it seems that Roger Goodell would like a team to be housed permanently in London. Bart Hubbach of the New York Post spoke with Goodell on that topic. The NFL commissioner said, “Our thought is, it’s going to be London’s team. It’ll be the London Whatevers playing the New York Giants. The logistics we can work out because we only play once a week. We can deal with that. What we really want to understand is, can the market support a franchise long term there? The more we see, the more we like it.” You guys at the NFL front office might like it, but I think that is about it. Players are not fans of the traveling to London to play in a regular season game. Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who is playing in London this weekend, had a few choice words about a team moving to London. “I’d retire. I’d definitely retire,” Clark said. “That team would be asked to travel eight weeks of the season extremely far away. It would be extremely tough to ask. I don’t know if guys want to relocate their families, have their families educated in London, have their families relocate to London. It just seems like a hard deal for players to do. I can’t see unrestricted top notch top caliber free agents wanting to go to London to play football.” So if the players don’t want to play there just think about the fact that it would make the game on the field suffer. Player safety is one the topics on the front burners in the NFL. Can you imagine the amount of fatigue the London “Whatevers” would have by traveling to an away game that is so many miles away? Teams from the west have issues playing with on the early east coast games. Just think about what the players would go through physically and mentally. No matter if it was stress on the teams who are playing in London or if the “Whatevers” are playing in the States. There are also discussions about having the Super Bowl being played outside the US. Any idea where the talks have been on where the game might be played? I’ll give you one guess. London24.com reports “Goodell has previously floated the idea of playing the Super Bowl outside of the USA and if they do, Wembley will be bidding to host the NFL’s annual climax. Wembley managing director Roger Maslin said: ‘Absolutely – if they are bringing it anywhere in the world we would want it here at Wembley.’ (Gets back up from falling off chair) Taking the Super Bowl out of America. Really? What is next paying the World Series in Japan? I know moving the Super Bowl outside of the States is just cloud talk right now, but let’s hush that notion fast! Think I am just trying to cause a stir? Take a look at the games that are being played on Thursday night. Most of the players are tired from the short week. The games have been lopsided or just low scoring. I do love that fact that the NFL is on three days a week, but you can see a decline in the quality of game play on Thursday nights. If Roger wants to set up the NFL in another country, why not try teams in Canada? I can hear the Buffalo Bills fans cringe at that suggestion especially when there were talks of moving the Bills to Toronto. I am not suggesting moving the Bills. I just think the league should look for places here in the states to set up a new team. Also let’s hold off on moving a team to Los Angeles. That has been done before. Why not give a shot to a new deserving city. There are many cities pleading for the chance of an NFL team to set up shop in their backyard. Heck even my boy Nick, who owns the site here at Strait Pinkie is in favor of bringing pro teams to Louisville.  Roger what do you say? NFL to Louisville? Finally for my last point in the argument to keep the NFL in North America, I just need two words. NFL EUROPE!     
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