Sunday, January 27, 2008

Is It Next Season Yet?

because I kinda really want to buy a ticket for this game.
According to the Fanhouse:

The San Diego Chargers will take on the New Orleans Saints in London on October 26, the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting.

"We want to go," Chargers president Dean Spanos told the newspaper. "I'm cautiously optimistic."

The Chargers said on their official web site that they're ready to go:

"The Commissioner and I talked about two and half months ago and we talked again as recently as last week," said Spanos, a member of the NFL's International Committee. "Should this occur, we would welcome the opportunity."
"This would be a positive announcement in a number of ways. First, it shows that the Chargers clearly have become one of the NFL's marquee franchises; a team with a strong following that the League is proud of. Second, it would be good exposure for our organization, for the players and for the city of San Diego. And finally, I believe it would give the team added experience from playing in another big game."

The game will be the second regular-season game outside North America, after the Giants played the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in 2007. The NFL's strategy of broadening its international appeal has also included a regular-season game in Mexico City, and the Bills are expected to play a home game in Toronto in 2008. The trip to London for the Chargers will be the farthest any NFL team has ever had to travel for a regular-season game.

The London game will be the eighth game of the season for both the Chargers and the Saints, and both teams will have their byes the following week. The game is considered a Saints home game, meaning the Saints will have only seven games at the Superdome, while the Chargers will have the usual allotment of eight games at Qualcomm Stadium.

That would actually be a tremendous game, not to mention showcasing a lot of marketable stars and good guys like LT and Drew "Like a Cool" Brees. And this way people could actually see decent football and not be turned off by it, like even I was with whatever happened between the Giants and the Dolphins.Imagine being exposed to "American Football" for the first time with that Let's hope though that there's not a 30 foot robot of Phil Rivers as promotion, though- that would be terrifying...and probably classless

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