This summer I've been working with the London Blitz of the British American Football Association. I write their games stories and I've been providing online radio play-by-play, and this past Sunday we wrapped up the regular season. But thankfully the Blitz are good and they finished second in the South Division - the playoffs will begin on August 24th with us hosting the Lancashire Wolverines - and so my very enjoyable first year foray into the world of Brits playing American football continues.
First as a fan growing up, and then as a writer for Fox Sports, I've watched and covered a huge number of football teams from all levels of play. But there is something extra special about a team that isn't playing for a paycheck, or a scholarship, or notoriety, or the potential of any of those possibilities down the road. These men instead pay out of their own pocket to run the league. Most of their fellow countrymen know about the NFL, and many do follow a team back in The States, but very few of them are aware that there is tiered league (much like the structure of football/soccer here in England) playing right here in the U.K. And other than the diehards, friends and family members of players, and the lucky American football fan who happens upon a game, they play largely in anonymity.Continue reading