Super Bowl

They Want To Have the Super Bowl Where?!

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts speaks to members of the media after being defeated by the San Diego Chargers 23-17 in the AFC Wild Card Game on January 3, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Tim SeemanAnalyst IApril 24, 2009

I made the same face Peyton up there is making when I heard this news: The National Football League is seriously considering holding a Super Bowl in London, England.

Let me say it again.

The National Football League, the most important sports league in the United States, wants to hold its championship game, the most important sporting event in the United States, in LONDON, ENGLAND.

Does this bother anyone else?

There are so many things wrong with this possibility. Many American fans, the ones who love the game the way the Brits love their football, will be unable to attend a game like this. It's already bad enough that they take away home games from NFL teams to play in London.

And what's to be gained from holding the Super Bowl in London? They've already had the opportunity to embrace the game and they haven't risen to the occasion once, cheering only on punts and blowing whistles from the seats during the games.

Adjusting to the time difference will be difficult for both fans and players. Traveling abroad is no easy task, and that's for average people who go on sight-seeing tours. None of us can imagine what it's like to have to adjust our bodies to do something as physically grueling as professional football.

Also, to play the game in prime-time in the United States would be to play the game in the wee hours of the morning in the United Kingdom.

The most obvious reason, of course, is that the NFL is America's league. There's no place for American football across the pond; they don't want it. And the United States, by and large, wants to keep it to itself.

If the Super Bowl goes to London, why not bring the UEFA championship match to Foxboro or Columbus?

Yeah, it's that ridiculous. Please, NFL, keep the Super Bowl where it belongs: in the United States.

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