Hi again, NFL fans!
Being a native of Hawaii, I crossed two ponds (Pacific and Atlantic) to attend the 2009 International Series game in London between the Patriots and Buccaneers. Not exactly home-field advantage for either team, but your Director wants to see how far real Fandemonium can spread!
At first, I was a bit skeptical about whether a country where “football” isn’t played with your hands could generate the same kind of NFL Fandemonium that we all know and love stateside. What I found were nearly 85,000 fans packed into Wembley Stadium wearing every kind of NFL jersey, hat and scarf you could imagine. Even with a huge “football” game of their own between Liverpool and Man U played earlier in the day, the British crowd was still incredible. I saw fans of bitter NFL rivals happy to show their NFL pride by wearing rival gear. One woman I met, named Cassie, was even wearing a jersey bearing the patches of all 32 teams! Sure, the majority had to ask the closest American sitting near them about the rules, but these fans sure know how to support the NFL game. London gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up for its widespread Fandemonium.
I also had one of the coolest experiences of my life before the game started. I was in the tunnel pre-game with the players helping to hype them up before running onto the field. Imagine those huge, talented athletes ready to go. It was like bulls in a cage! The adrenaline was pumping and I was so excited to be a part of it. I still can’t believe all the access I get as the Director of Fandemonium! This is such a dream job.
Though it was a lopsided victory for the Patriots, a great time was had by all. I even had the privilege of being part of the biggest fan ‘wave’ I have ever seen. That tsunami of Fandemonium lasted nearly 10 minutes! To finish the weekend, on the train ride back to the hotel, I befriended a group of bonny Scots from Ayre who came to London just for the game. They claimed to be big Miami Dolphins fans, even though they live more than 4,000 miles away. That’s commitment!
What a trip! You can check out all my pics and videos on www.facebook.com/fandemonioum and don’t forget to sign up to be the next Director of Fandemonium at www.nfl.monster.com. There are only a few weeks left to apply!
NFL Director of Fandemonium