NFL teams are obsessed with routine. Surprises are the worst possibilities imaginable, unless they’re tricking their opponents. When the Jets travel to London for this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, they’ll be bringing all the American supplies they can in order to keep the peace, including toilet paper.
Ben Shpigel of The New York Times spoke with Aaron Degerness, the Jets’ senior manager of team operations, who ran down the preparation for playing one game in England. All the minute details are covered, including the players’ butts:
If the Jets were playing in South Florida, for instance, they would not have needed to pack more than 5,000 items — ranging from cereal and extension cords to gauze pads and wrist bands — onto a ship containing supplies for all six N.F.L. teams playing in London this season.
They would not have needed to list the value and country of origin for the contents in every trunk or bag. Or find an industrial launderer to pick up soiled practice clothing at one location and deliver it clean to another. Or fly in the chef at their London hotel to observe how food is cooked and served at team headquarters.
Or order 350 rolls of toilet paper to replace the thinner version used in England.
“Some may say that’s a little over the top or whatnot, but it didn’t really cost that much, so why not?” Degerness said. “We’re basically trying to replicate everything that we’re doing here over there.”
The Jets—fretting over the availability of food and basic medical supplies on the dank and distant shores—settle for nothing less than two-ply, apparently.
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