In celebration of this year’s Superbowl, here are some images from the 2008 NFL game held at Wembley between the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers.
The fans were in fine mood. Unlike many sporting events, the crowd was unpartisan. The ages of the London crowd went from school child to pensioner and the atmosphere was great. There seemed to be shirts from every NFL team and lots of college, World League and Britball teams as well.
This is New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees taking the snap.
One of the issues with the UK broadcast of the Superbowl is the international commentary you often get. As broadcasters believe that lots of new people who don’t know the rules will be watching, they use a dumbed down play by play which explains what’s going on. The biggest game of the year and you get told what a forward pass is. Can you imagine watching the FA Cup and the commentator tells you why the referee has a whistle?
Also, you tend to get ‘special guests.’ All year long, the TV company has coped with two men in the studio but now it feels the need to bring in an ex player or two to change the atmosphere. Even worse is the guest without football experience. Don Johnson springs to mind as an example of a guest who spent four hours in the Sky Sports studio with only his experience of Miami Vice to see him through.