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Doug Farrar

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Need for Greed

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If you think it's a great thing to schlep your team across the pond and suit them up in London, you're barmy, as in daft, as in off your bloody rocker.

Not only do the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose a home game off their schedule because the New England Patriots play "at" Tampa Bay, but both teams have to get ready for this game in the equivalent of a short week with every routine changed. Football teams are routine-driven entities -- with all the variables that can happen from the film room to the field, teams need a certain amount of rote reliability in their week. The fields haven't been up to NFL quality, and while it might be a nice travelogue for the NFL, the import idea doesn't make a lot of sense.

Buccaneers defensive coordinator Jim Bates, whose squad has given up more big plays than any other this season, now has less time to figure out how to stop New England's high-octane offense because he'll be spending a whole day on travel. The 0-6 Bucs will need all the time they can get, but they will play on Sunday afternoon EST -- the NFL didn't even see fit to make this matchup the Monday Night Football game. When both teams finish this game, they then have to move their entire base of operations back across the pond -- their standard modes of preparation completely upended.

If Roger Goodell is so absolutely desperate to sell the NFL to the world despite the failure of NFL Europe, give him the old NFL tradition of having the two losing teams in the conference championships face each other in the "Playoff Bowl". Take those two teams to England anytime you want in the offseason, and let the exhibition be seen. But don't take pieces of a season away from two teams -- one trying to get back on track and the other dealing with a lost 2009 -- simply because Goodell's hubris has him believing that the world just can't get enough of his sport.

By Doug Farrar  |  October 23, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , New England Patriots , Roger Goodell , Tampa Bay Buccaneers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Yeah, that's all the rest of the world needs: NFL football pollution. Need a way to kill 6-9 hours on Sunday? Simple, watch the goons on the NFL maim each other for a couple of hours. Miss a play, or even a whole series, or a quarter. No problem, unless you are a fanatic every game is pretty much like another these days. The players are interchangeable too.

On second thought, yes, let's send them all to Europe. And take back our Sundays. What a waste of time. NFL football.

Posted by: jrw1 | October 24, 2009 9:37 AM

Yeah, that's all the rest of the world needs: NFL football pollution. Need a way to kill 6-9 hours on Sunday? Simple, watch the goons on the NFL maim each other for a couple of hours. Miss a play, or even a whole series, or a quarter. No problem, unless you are a fanatic every game is pretty much like another these days. The players are interchangeable too.

On second thought, yes, let's send them all to Europe. And take back our Sundays. What a waste of time. NFL football.

Posted by: jrw1 | October 24, 2009 9:38 AM

You obviously dont travel much. "the NFL didn't even see fit to make this matchup the Monday Night Football game." Forgetting that a MNF game here in the States (8:30 EST kickoff) would mean a 1:30am kickoff in London?

Posted by: rademaar | October 24, 2009 12:39 PM

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