When we first heard that the NFL would stage a regular season game in London, we could hardly contain our glee. Are you kidding? The world's finest on-field violence, coupled with the world's premeire hooliganism? It's the perfect storm. European fans evidently agree, as 40,000 tickets for the game — between the Dolphins and the Giants at 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28 — were sold out in about 90 minutes on Wednesday. Let's get ready to rumble, you scousers!
We are thinking of attending simply to hear a vendor yell: "Bangers, here! Get your red hot bangers!"
"The speed in which such a large number of tickets were snapped up ... demonstrates the great excitement and appetite for the game in this country," said Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK. "We know that the last few tickets available in this first batch will be gone very soon."
In Britain, there's always someone named Alistair around to state the obvious. In America we call that person Dan Dierdorf.
But our only real regret is that the Raiders aren't playing, so that we could watch a British person hurt himself trying to pronounce Adimchinobe Echemandu.
NFL London Sells Quickly [Sportsnet]