Forever high on hubris, the sport is pondering extra games, playoff teams, and new franchises, perhaps in London or Los Angeles. And it feels like all are in the name of profit, not principle.
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The thirst for additional wealth among the NFL owners simply cannot be slaked, and therefore those in charge of such decisions will likely push hard to move a team there if it results in even $1 more net per year. The question is, should an NFL team move to London?
The Minnesota Vikings got on the jet back to the United States with newfound reasons to believe they can salvage this season. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, an unsuccessful London trip means it already could be time to start looking toward next year.
Greg Jennings made two touchdown catches, Adrian Peterson ran for two scores and the Vikings’ defense made a big stop with time running out to preserve a 34-27 win over the Steelers on Sunday for their first win of the season.
Running back Isaac Redman is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers for their game against the Minnesota Vikings in London, with rookie Le’Veon Bell set to make his debut.
David McCoy knows sports, but he doesn’t seem to have a clue when it comes to London landmarks. He’s in the United Kingdom to cover the Vikings as they play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium Sunday.
Vikings fans travel rather well, but there’s droves that have traveled to London to watch the men in purple play Pittsburgh. And it doesn’t even have to be Minnesotans, as fanatics from as far as Denmark are in England to catch the NFL’s European matchup. As for how the locals feel about the American version of “football”?
The Minnesota Vikings are getting ready for Sunday’s game in London and are experiencing part of the culture first-hand. We decided to have a little fun with the players as David McCoy tested several of them on British language.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s playing status for Sunday’s NFL game in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers is in doubt because of a rib injury. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that practice on Wednesday will “be a big signal in what direction we’ll have to go,” with a decision expected by Friday.
Like the Vikings themselves, Hubert’s Sports Bar across the street from Mall of America Field has a loyal fan base of their own. “We have people who have been coming in for years,” manager Jody Anderly said. “They have their favorite table, their favorite server, and they’re not going to vary their routine at all.”
The NFL is back in London boasting the star power of Adrian Peterson and Ben Roethlisberger. Trouble is, their teams have nothing to brag about. The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers are both 0-3 heading into Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings are bringing some extra baggage to London. They don’t have any wins to take with them, though. Just a home game they have to play overseas.
Are you a big Vikings fan looking to land a ticket to their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London? You’ll want to pay attention. The Vikings will face the Steelers on Sept. 29 in London, and you could win a ticket through the “Vikings go to UK” sweepstakes.