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SoB’s Jeff is live in London for the Patriots-Buccaneers game for the next couple days. Be sure to check back for more updates, including pictures.
People from across the United States, the United Kingdom, and the world ascended upon Wembley Stadium in London as the Patriots took care of business against the now 0-7 Bucs. Throughout the hours leading up to the game, it was apparent there were many generic football fans in attendance, not just Patriots/Bucs fans, as I saw someone wearing a jersey of each NFL team during the pre-game. Once the game started it looked as though Bucs fans dominated because of the massive amounts of white/red flags waving, however it’s fair to say most of those were being waived by non-partisan English citizens.
Most fans cheered for both teams and seemed to enjoy the game (only twice did I receive a question about these long ‘timeouts for TV’). Living in a culture that’s dominated by soccer, which goes for almost 90 minutes straight, many couldn’t understand these long timeouts. On this point, we can agree!
Many fans will be hopping back across the pond on Monday, but I’m fortunate enough to be in London for a few days more. Just today we saw a handful of haggard looking Pats fans, no question having enjoyed the pub scene after the win.
As far as Wembley itself goes, there’s no stadium like it. 84,000 seats on three decks provide for a mass of people and with more than 2,000 bathrooms (most of any stadium in the world), facilities aren’t bad either.
That’s all for now from jolly old England, I will be posting some pictures/videos of the game later in the week.