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DBR96A
10-16-2012, 06:24 PM
This per Ed Bouchette and Jamison Hensely via Twitter. They'll be the "road" team, so don't worry about losing a home game. :D

Terrible Towlie
10-16-2012, 08:36 PM
It definitely bothers me less that we are the visiting team. :)


It still sucks though!

SteelBucks
10-16-2012, 08:39 PM
Players are going to hate this.

RuthlessBurgher
10-16-2012, 08:46 PM
The league was too short-sighted regarding using the bye week to help soften the impact of a too-quick Sunday-to-Thursday turnaround for an extra night of primetime TV all season long...hopefully they will learn their lesson and at least schedule the bye around mandated international travel.

Also, wasn't Dan Rooney trying to work something out to have us playing at Croke Park in Dublin in the near future? Why schedule us at Wembley in London now if that may be just around the bend as well?

hawaiiansteel
10-16-2012, 08:57 PM
Players are going to hate this.

players are just pawns...

hawaiiansteel
10-16-2012, 09:09 PM
The league was too short-sighted regarding using the bye week to help soften the impact of a too-quick Sunday-to-Thursday turnaround for an extra night of primetime TV all season long...hopefully they will learn their lesson and at least schedule the bye around mandated international travel.

Also, wasn't Dan Rooney trying to work something out to have us playing at Croke Park in Dublin in the near future? Why schedule us at Wembley in London now if that may be just around the bend as well?

Jason La CanforaVerified via twitter:

‏@JasonLaCanfora

Rooneys note they had a particular family member pushing for a game in Ireland. Commish believes build London fanbase better w/2 games there
16 Oct 12

https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/258321823576494080

Mister Pittsburgh
10-16-2012, 10:56 PM
Goodell doesn't like the Rooney's or the Steelers.

hawaiiansteel
10-17-2012, 01:41 AM
maybe if Ta'amu is still on the team he can drive the team bus while they're in London.

after all, Ta'amu has experience driving on the left hand side of the road...

virgilbosetti
10-17-2012, 07:16 AM
I hate these games. Major distraction in the midst of the regular season.

Slapstick
10-17-2012, 08:54 AM
I hate these games. Major distraction in the midst of the regular season.

Why? It's just another game. Maybe the travel is a little longer, but it doesn't need to be a distraction...

phillyesq
10-17-2012, 09:58 AM
The league was too short-sighted regarding using the bye week to help soften the impact of a too-quick Sunday-to-Thursday turnaround for an extra night of primetime TV all season long...hopefully they will learn their lesson and at least schedule the bye around mandated international travel.

Also, wasn't Dan Rooney trying to work something out to have us playing at Croke Park in Dublin in the near future? Why schedule us at Wembley in London now if that may be just around the bend as well?

I'm pretty sure I saw somewhere that the Steelers will have a bye following the London game.

I'm not a big fan of these games, but less disappointed with it being a road game.

virgilbosetti
10-17-2012, 12:40 PM
Any game abroad will have more travel headaches through customs, more press, more hype, more questions, more tickets for family/friends, more travel for family/friends.....etc. Clearly a distraction.

virgilbosetti
10-17-2012, 12:42 PM
Well....lets say it this way. Clearly it CAN be a distraction. IMO-it will be.

NW Steeler
10-17-2012, 01:01 PM
maybe if Ta'amu is still on the team he can drive the team bus while they're in London.

after all, Ta'amu has experience driving on the left hand side of the road...

Well played sir. Well played. :Cheers

RuthlessBurgher
10-17-2012, 01:29 PM
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virgilbosetti
10-17-2012, 01:31 PM
There they are!.....very funny!

Mister Pittsburgh
10-17-2012, 01:36 PM
if it is a 1 o'clock game eastern time, wouldn't that be like the vikings playing at 9 or 10 in the morning? If it is 1 in pittsburgh is it like 4 or 5 in the afternoon in the UK?

Oviedo
10-17-2012, 02:29 PM
Players are going to hate this.

They will probably not hate it because their significant others will all go and will probably love it. Keep mama happy and everyone is happy!!!!!!

If you haven't been to London, you should go. It is expensive but it is a great city.

Shawn
10-17-2012, 03:06 PM
These are grown men who are professionals making millions of dollars to play a game. Yeah, they should be able to suck it up and be professional about it. Who here doesn't have a boss who occasionally asks them to do things that they don't want to do? Do you let it effect your performance?

virgilbosetti
10-17-2012, 03:18 PM
Yeah....they should be able to.

AkronSteel
10-17-2012, 03:41 PM
It hasn't seemed to bother the Giants too much. IIRC, the Giants have won the Super Bowl both times they have played in London. I don't think it is that big of a deal. It's good that it's not a home game but I didn't figure they would pull a game from the Burgh to play the Steelers abroad. I really don't think it is that big of a deal and it will be cool to see the Steelers play in one of these games, been expecting it for a while.

Sugar
10-17-2012, 03:54 PM
It's not like the Steelers have to travel and the Vikings don't. From what I understand, they also won't lose a home game, so the fans should be cool as well.

Oviedo
10-17-2012, 04:23 PM
These are grown men who are professionals making millions of dollars to play a game. Yeah, they should be able to suck it up and be professional about it. Who here doesn't have a boss who occasionally asks them to do things that they don't want to do? Do you let it effect your performance?


I go there on business. It is not a hard flight and once in the city everything is pretty easy, just expensive.

It's not like the game is in Australia. Trust me that is a travel hardship.

virgilbosetti
10-17-2012, 04:43 PM
Saw an interview years ago from Shannon Sharpe regarding relatives and logistics being tough for playoff games, and how it could be a distraction. I'm sure relatives will be traveling to London. Sharpe said he had to get tickets, make housing arrangements, transporation to and from for friends/relatives. I would think similar issues could arise for players playing in London.

It will certainly be more of a media frenzy than a regular season game......sight seeing, family time. Anything different than their normal routine could be......

Like another dood said though....they are professionals. They should be able to handle it.

Oviedo
10-17-2012, 04:47 PM
Saw an interview years ago from Shannon Sharpe regarding relatives and logistics being tough for playoff games, and how it could be a distraction. I'm sure relatives will be traveling to London. Sharpe said he had to get tickets, make housing arrangements, transporation to and from for friends/relatives. I would think similar issues could arise for players playing in London.

It will certainly be more of a media frenzy than a regular season game......sight seeing, family time. Anything different than their normal routine could be......

Like another dood said though....they are professionals. They should be able to handle it.

And it isn't like they will be doing alone. The teams and the NFL will have all the contacts and everything place to make it pretty effortless.

Probably the hardest part for the players will be making sure their families have passports. If I was the Rooney's I would hire a tour company to come in and take care of all the things for the families and friends to mkae it a relaly great experience.

squidkid
10-17-2012, 04:49 PM
players are just pawns...


just like the rest of the employees in the world

Sugar
10-17-2012, 05:41 PM
Saw an interview years ago from Shannon Sharpe regarding relatives and logistics being tough for playoff games, and how it could be a distraction. I'm sure relatives will be traveling to London. Sharpe said he had to get tickets, make housing arrangements, transporation to and from for friends/relatives. I would think similar issues could arise for players playing in London.

It will certainly be more of a media frenzy than a regular season game......sight seeing, family time. Anything different than their normal routine could be......

Like another dood said though....they are professionals. They should be able to handle it.

Also, the Vikings have to do it to so it's not like the Steelers are at some disadvantage.

Medea
10-18-2012, 01:40 PM
Why? It's just another game. Maybe the travel is a little longer, but it doesn't need to be a distraction...
It is so nice to see that being said. I am a fan in the uk and I have heard nothing but bitching on other boards since this announcement. Other than the travel time (which is not that much further than some away games in the states) the only thing that could be a bit of distraction is the publicity stuff that occurs while they are over here. But that is more the cheerleaders than the players, so not an issue for the Steelers.

Oviedo
10-18-2012, 02:12 PM
It is so nice to see that being said. I am a fan in the uk and I have heard nothing but bitching on other boards since this announcement. Other than the travel time (which is not that much further than some away games in the states) the only thing that could be a bit of distraction is the publicity stuff that occurs while they are over here. But that is more the cheerleaders than the players, so not an issue for the Steelers.

Travel to the UK from the Northeast is not hard. I do it several times a year. This will not be a problem for the team at all.

DBR96A
10-18-2012, 03:26 PM
Couldn't all the travel arrangements be made in July before training camp starts?

8467thekraken
10-18-2012, 05:46 PM
I want to go to this game.

Bosh
10-20-2012, 05:52 PM
I am going to this game!!! been a steelers fan for 30+ years and this will be me first opportunity to see them live - sorry if there are fans not happy about this, but I am so excited and can't wait

fordfixer
10-20-2012, 07:06 PM
I am going to this game!!! been a steelers fan for 30+ years and this will be me first opportunity to see them live - sorry if there are fans not happy about this, but I am so excited and can't wait
Good for you Bosh :tt1And welcome to the Planet....

fordfixer
10-20-2012, 07:10 PM
It is so nice to see that being said. I am a fan in the uk and I have heard nothing but bitching on other boards since this announcement. Other than the travel time (which is not that much further than some away games in the states) the only thing that could be a bit of distraction is the publicity stuff that occurs while they are over here. But that is more the cheerleaders than the players, so not an issue for the Steelers.welcome to the Planet Medea:tt1

hawaiiansteel
10-20-2012, 07:33 PM
Other than the travel time (which is not that much further than some away games in the states) the only thing that could be a bit of distraction is the publicity stuff that occurs while they are over here. But that is more the cheerleaders than the players, so not an issue for the Steelers.

Go Steelers, Go Steelers, Go Steelers Go!!! :tt2


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Medea
10-21-2012, 09:40 AM
welcome to the Planet Medea:tt1
Thank you. :tt1:

fordfixer
10-27-2012, 03:41 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000085949/article/nfl-in-london-a-british-fans-perspective


LONDON -- The NFL returns to play its sixth International Series game in London on Sunday, with the Rams and Patriots battling it out on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium, and it's at about this time each year that fans back in the "home" of football start to wring their hands over whether teams should travel internationally to play in front of a non-American audience.

Having tracked the responses from U.S.-based fans year after year in comments on NFL.com and fan forums, the vitriol normally goes something like this:


"They've got their football, why do they need ours?"

"Over there they call it American Football, so why doesn't it stay in America?"

"People there don't understand the game, so why should the NFL give them one? It's a waste."

"They had NFL Europe and it failed, they don't deserve a second chance."

"They've got rugby, we've got football. Keep it that way."

Truth is, though, that football is followed just as passionately in the UK as it is in its homeland. While there aren't as many fans in the UK and around the rest of the globe, they are just as passionate and knowledgeable about the sport as fans that show up week after week to support their favorite teams across the U.S.

Consider the sacrifices that fans overseas have to make to follow the game. On Sundays in the UK, the "early" NFL games kick off at 6pm, with "Sunday Night Football" at the ungodly hour of 1:30 a.m.

Tens of thousands of fans stay up to watch that game, and then do it all over again on Monday night, just to be able to follow their favorite sport. Many ensure that they can track their favorite NFL teams through the season by buying the NFL's excellent NFL Game Pass product, which allows them to live stream games on their laptops or tablets, but at $100 for the season, you certainly would need to be a fan to buy it.


Other fans will spend thousands to travel over once a year to see their favorite team in action in its home city, buying up as much merchandise as they can fit into their suitcases on the journey home so that they can own the authentic product of the NFL.

In terms of the depth of knowledge about the sport, fans overseas will consume as much information and content as they can about the NFL. Sit down with any British NFL fan, and they'll happily spend hours discussing the same things that fans in the U.S. would chat about.

How is Tony Romo still the Cowboys QB? How much longer will the Jets stick with Mark Sanchez? Who's going to win the NFC North? The same coherent, cogent conversations are taking place among NFL fans in the UK as back home in America. And what's more, those same conversations are going on in different languages around the world on a daily basis too.

What's the point of all of this? As a British NFL fan transplanted to live and work in the U.S., I see the arguments against games being played overseas every time it's brought up by the NFL, and while many are logically thought out, the vast majority are of the knee-jerk type mentioned above.

The NFL has fans around the world, and they are growing in numbers each year - in part due to the presence of NFL games in the UK. So instead of demanding that the NFL stop playing those games, fans in the U.S. should allow the NFL's global fan base its day in the sun (or drizzle) so that they can have a taste of what makes football the best sport in the world.

Follow Henry Hodgson on Twitter @nflukhank.

kindlecatsb'ng
10-27-2012, 06:04 PM
Heard on 93.7 the Fan this morning that AAA in Pgh is putting together a trip to London. No details yet but they are in the planning stages.

Would love to go! :tt1

Kindle