The NFL may only know that they have reached the limits of Britain’s potential when it fails. Perhaps it should deliberately pick an unattractive match-up for next season and see if it can still sell out. If there is a full house to see the Carolina Panthers take on the Buffalo Bills, the NFL can take over the world, never mind Wembley.
Point Szczepanik was making here, simply, was that the NFL had simply attracted the fans who were already into the game from all over Europe. And that if the mission was to grow the game, this event really didn't do much.
I don't know. I thought it was a pretty cool atmosphere, but it was hard to tell how many there were really fans of the game, and how many were there out of curiosity. One thing that was clear was that in several spots -- the booing of Bucs coach Raheem Morris for punting on a fourth-and-1 at midfield, down 21-0 is one example -- it seemed like the fans knew what they were looking at, which would indicate the crowd was more of the former than the latter.
One more thing from The Times, before I hop on this plane for Boston. Or two.
First, the lead for the game story, which ran underneath the column, was "It was a bad day for the Glazer family," tying in the Manchester United loss to try to draw readers, rather than highlight the game at hand. Second, there was a pretty funny cartoon accompanying this package. It was an illustration of a Wembley concourse, under the caption "They've had to build wider gates," with drawings separate entrances for people from the UK and US.
I guess this is where we'd throw in a joke about bad teeth, right?