Yesterday I sauntered to Twickenham. It was time to see another NFL match as part of the NFL International Series. Normally these matches are at Wembley but I was interested to see Twickenham as I had only been there once before for a Bon Jovi concert. I followed Google Maps all the way there, even though that meant going around the North Circular. Once I found the car park I had to allow security people [who I assume know what they are looking for but I doubt it] to look in the boot and under the bonnet of my car. These “security” steps annoy me as they aren’t evidence based.
Fuck having my car searched because I’m parking somewhere. Fuck you.
— Ian Parish (@iparish) October 23, 2016
Then I walked the short distance to the stadium and boy is it a fucking ugly stadium:
I waited for my ticket to arrive and had food. The pre-game show was performed by Craig David, it was shit. Then there was the national anthems and time for the annual “Jason having a moan at Ian” thing. I don’t stand for anthems. I don’t understand why I should. I also don’t get the patriotism associated with anthems. They annoy me. While it has nothing to do with the blacklivesmatter movement I’m not against their movement. I wrote some stuff here. I’ve probably written loads of stuff about my feelings towards patriotism but you can search for it yourself.
The match was interesting. Not the best one I’ve seen but good enough to justify the money I spent on the ticket!
In the final quarter we were hoping that the Rams would score and bring the game to a tie for overtime. That would have been quite exciting. But they threw an interception in to the end zone with about forty seconds to go. Such a shame, but a good afternoon anyway. I supported the Rams as I had previously when I saw them at Wembley. They are the first team I have seen twice. Also, Rich couldn’t be there and he’s a Rams fan so it made sense to support them. I would never support the Patriots. It is quite possible I have seen the Jaguars twice but the following should clear that up.
I am now going to attempt to log the games I have seen so that at least I have some form of record.
San Diego Chargers @ New Orleans Saints [New Orleans won and are my team following this match]
Denver Broncos @ San Francisco 49ers [49ers win]
2011 – I’m reasonably sure I saw the Bears this year, but am not sure.
New England Patriots @ St Louis Rams [Patriots won – boo]
San Francisco 49ers @ Jacksonville Jaguars [49ers won]
Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders [Dolphins won]
Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons [Lions won]
New York Giants @ LA Rams [Giants won]