Hi guys this week I’ll be talking about a game played on our side of the pond. The Tampa Bay buccaneers are taking on the Chicago Bears in Wembley Stadium in London.

It’s classed as a home game for Tampa Bay because they agreed to come to Wembley and host one of their home games over in London. It’s all part of the NFL trying to make their product a global one and market it more to countrys other than the US.

For three years in a row now Wembley have hosted a regular season game now and it’s likely that this trend will continue. It is no doubt an inconvenience for the two teams to travel that far to play, especially Tampa Bay who are giving up an all important home game. For their troubles it is likely that the teams were compensated probably with big brown envelopes under the table from the NFL. All kidding aside it is big business for the NFL who will have a full Wembley Stadium with over 90000 people crammed in to watch this extravaganza. A huge amount of money will be made from ticket sales but more importantly there will be more and more money made from merchandise which is all over London. There is a huge fanfare surrounding this game and below shows the list of entertainment on in London all weekend, it includes fan rallys and parties which will be attended by celebritys and ex NFL players and of course a tailgate party which is where people party at the backs of their cars in the car parks before the game. These parties generally involve lots of junk food and copious amounts of beer. What better way to prepare for a game.

Friday October 21, NFL Friday Night Lights, Trafalgar Square, 5:00-9:00 p.m

Saturday October 22, UK Talent Camp¸ London Soccerdome, Greenwich, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday October 23, Commissioner Fan Forum, Landmark Hotel, London, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday October 22, NFL Fan Rally, Trafalgar Square, 12 noon-5:00 p.m.

Sunday October 23, Wembley Stadium, Tailgate Party, 12noon-5:00 p.m.

As regards the game itself I’ll be watching out for number 22 Matt Forte the bears running back who is a really talented player up against an average Tampa Bay defense which is ranked 25th in the league this year. Forte is a great runner and is an exceptional receiver aswell which makes him a double threat as he can do damage against you running aswell as catching short passes in the backfield.