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Next step in London project? Building a fan base for one team

As the NFL continues its flirtation with England, the relationship could soon be moving to phase two.

You know phase two.  Extra toothbrushes.  Increased call frequency.  Walkin’ around naked.  (Yeah, that one goes way back.)

Per Peter King of NBC, the league is exploring the possibility of having one team play in London each year over the next three or four seasons in an effort to build up some sort of a fan following there.

And, of course, that team would then become the logical candidate to eventually move to England.

So, yes.  Get ready for the London Shaguars.  Or the English Muffins.  Or the Britain Dental School Dropouts.

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37 Responses to “Next step in London project? Building a fan base for one team”
  1. aec4 says: Oct 25, 2009 8:11 PM

    Britain Dental School dropouts, classic.

  2. Wiscdave says: Oct 25, 2009 8:14 PM

    Someone from West Virginia should not be criticizing British dentistry.

  3. Clapbeck says: Oct 25, 2009 8:15 PM

    hmmm… no team in LA, instead a different east coast.

  4. steelframe says: Oct 25, 2009 8:32 PM

    The Werewolves. Think about it…

  5. arsewhooper says: Oct 25, 2009 8:33 PM

    The London Browns sounds good…just like the color of the teeth over there.

  6. GoBrowns19 says: Oct 25, 2009 8:37 PM

    Good god, can this day get any worse?

  7. briano29 says: Oct 25, 2009 8:38 PM

    the English Muffins
    I always love that one

  8. Fan_Of_ Four says: Oct 25, 2009 8:52 PM

    Great, now even more jobs being out sourced to another country.

  9. War Machine says: Oct 25, 2009 9:01 PM

    Oh, I get it: It’s because we English know nothing at all about football and every last one of us has bad teeth, unlike you folks.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
    Sorry, I had my sarcasm control stuck to “full on”.

  10. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 25, 2009 9:16 PM

    London Buccaneers

  11. CB34 says: Oct 25, 2009 9:17 PM

    Bad teeth?
    Strange because I would swear blind that everyone in this country has complete healthcare coverage. Unlike some barbaric countries I could mention who had apartheid laws in place as recently as 40 years ago.
    A similarly demented statement about the US would run, “They are all immensly fat, plently of them have diseases they can’t afford treatment for and the streets are full of beggars and tramps.” It would be similarly unfair.

  12. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 25, 2009 9:26 PM

    America is worse than that. Dont forget the beggars crap in the streets…..
    Also American teen agers wear their pants down to their knees. Most of our cities look like Tijuana.
    And most Americans are meth users, which leads them to have no teeth.

  13. returner8685 says: Oct 25, 2009 9:29 PM

    “They are all immensly fat, plently of them have diseases they can’t afford treatment for and the streets are full of beggars and tramps.”
    Yes, unfair indeed… but it is uncanny how it pretty much summarizes my entire life.

  14. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 25, 2009 9:31 PM

    You lost me at “Per Peter King of NBC”.

  15. SlimPickens says: Oct 25, 2009 9:34 PM

    London Pale Faces

  16. footballisfun says: Oct 25, 2009 9:49 PM

    I’m not adverse to expansion outside of the U.S., but Mexico or Canada would seem to make more sense because of the time zone issues. If it worked out in London, great. I just don’t see how the logistics could work.

  17. PackFanNChiTown says: Oct 25, 2009 9:55 PM

    I say welcome to our brothers across the Pond!
    “Strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!”

  18. Deb says: Oct 25, 2009 9:59 PM

    You’ve found another gold mine topic, haven’t you?

  19. slipkid says: Oct 25, 2009 10:00 PM

    or… London Bad-cooks
    roger talks like no london franchise for the foreseeable future… or 10 years…
    they want one so bad they are salivating.

  20. VikingsPimp says: Oct 25, 2009 10:08 PM

    The West Virginia state song is Dueling Banjos and most residents believe Deliverance was a love story

  21. hotchick says: Oct 25, 2009 10:12 PM

    We dont need a team in London under any name

  22. JJMADDOG says: Oct 25, 2009 10:13 PM

    Werewolves of London
    London Admirals
    British Monarchs
    British Invasion
    London Lords
    Soho Serfs
    Westminster Wildcats
    The Old England Red Coats (as opposed to the New England Patriots)
    Kent Kings

  23. Bill says: Oct 25, 2009 10:19 PM

    London Broil

  24. Lance Alworth says: Oct 25, 2009 10:53 PM

    Cockney Cocks
    London Queens
    Monty Pythons
    Liver Pudlians
    U.K. Chavs

  25. BigDawgGottaEat says: Oct 25, 2009 11:00 PM

    British Bulldogs
    Reference to Churchill, gotta get the good historic reference in there.

  26. JoeSixPack says: Oct 25, 2009 11:04 PM

    Cleveland should be given an NFL franchise before London gets one.

  27. VikingsPimp says: Oct 25, 2009 11:07 PM

    The London Bridge
    The London Fog

  28. konaehukai says: Oct 25, 2009 11:15 PM

    I wouldn’t put it past the slimy Glazer’s to move the Bucs to England.
    The Manchester Muffins. Fantastic.
    How about a team in Canada or the US? Hawaii Maybe?
    Logistically, a team in England would be a nightmare.
    It’s the NFL, not the Euro League. Or whatever it was they called it.

  29. MkePackFan says: Oct 25, 2009 11:27 PM

    The London Redcoats
    The London Arthurians
    The English Scousers (if put in Liverpool instead).

  30. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 25, 2009 11:39 PM

    London Tea and Crumpets
    Britannia’s Proper People
    London Top Hats and Big Staches
    England Eggheads
    and the….
    British Butterflies

  31. bbq says: Oct 26, 2009 1:04 AM

    Forget London!
    I’d take a team in Canada or Mexico before one in England. Same continent and there are already established football fanbases… at least more so than in England.

  32. Pantherfan10 says: Oct 26, 2009 1:18 AM

    The last thing the Brits want is more Glazer controlled franchises.
    Im all for the NFL trying to get world coverage but their is too many barriers for a team to play full time in the UK. Think of teams on the west coast traveling across the world to play a game…they would all need bye weeks the next week. Most teams would have to be east coast teams that would travel to the UK. That alone causes 100’s of problems with the schedule.
    Its a nice thought but I doubt anything would materialize other than 1-2 permanent games across the pond.
    You name trolls for the “possible london team” have probably the lamest names i’ve ever seen. I also love the fact that someone from WV is knocking on dental care in the UK. I’m sure “mountain dew mouth” or meth isnt a problem in the UK…

  33. piemaster says: Oct 26, 2009 4:01 AM

    Can’t believe nobody has suggested the London Fletchers.
    Oh and Florio, this anti-English thing is getting old. And if it was against a different country it would be called flagrant racism, so give it a rest.

  34. Romford Raider says: Oct 26, 2009 6:24 AM

    “Cleveland should be given an NFL franchise before London gets one”.

  35. RFM says: Oct 26, 2009 9:39 AM

    The London Queens?
    The Cornish GameHens?
    The London 49ers? Wait, that would be redundant to the London Queens.

  36. sim448 says: Oct 26, 2009 9:40 AM

    “Welcome to Wembley Stadium, where the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the London Gingivitis.”

  37. dontcallmepete says: Aug 24, 2012 12:49 PM

    You guys need to remember something. Once the league gets around to publicly discussing something it’s a done deal. NFL to London.

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