Chiefs Fans Get Mum and Dad over London Game
The fixation Roger Goodell and his cohorts have on London is disturbing.
How many times does gridiron football have to fail over there before the penny drops?
The logistics against placing a team there are simply too great, beginning with a potential fan base. It isn't large enough to support a franchise, and won't be for at least a generation. England and its neighbors see games there as an event, but that's about it.
And the problem with keeping the NFL's presence at an event level is its potential to upset local fans. Like Kansas City's.
The Super Bowl carrot is an intriguing trade-off. But it's not guaranteed that a franchise will get to host one anytime soon.
That fan excited about a quick holiday in London will quickly confirm the NFL's first obstacle in gaining a groundswell of acceptance there. They really do speak a different language in everyday life. Even in not-so-everyday life.
The key to Cockney rhyming slang is the rhyming word, which is then dropped when a term is used. For example:
- Apples and pears is stairs;
- Troubles and strife is wife; and
- Dog and bone is phone.
So, if you went upstairs to tell your wife she's got a phone call, it would translate to this:
|You'd go up the apples to tell the troubles she's wanted on the dog.|
It'll be donkey's ears before the NFL figures out how to intertwine itself into that culture; it hasn't worked yet, and the games there will remain a foreign circus until it does. In the meantime, Chiefs fans and others will remain Mum and Dad over losing that home game.
Perhaps they'd be happier if a few neutral site gamess were shifted to, say, Mexico. It's closer, and if they travel to watch it only to find their team lose, they'll be in the perfect spot to realize it's not the end of the world. Really.