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July 27, 2021. Toronto should be ahead of London for NFL franchise.

The NFL has broached the idea of creating a franchise in London due to the overwhelming success of the International Series at Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The series began in 2007 and has been played in London for every season other than the 2020 campaign since its inception. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XK4eiHlK-h4" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard- write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Almost every team out of the 32 outfits has made the journey across the Atlantic, with the exception of the Green Bay Packers who have not participated in the International Series. The Packers have been reluctant to give up a home game at Lambeau Field given their dominance at their own stadium.

The Packers currently stand at 28/1 odds to be the next Super Bowl winners. However, part of their reluctance to play abroad is down to their fear that doing so may affect their future hopes of winning, even if they are always perennial contenders to triumph in NFL odds on bet365. Despite the Packers' lack of participation so far, the International Series has gone from strength to strength. The Packers may have resisted international play so far, but they will likely be forced to leave their home stadium for an international bout sooner than later, as a result of the new 17-game format that has been unrolled this season.

As a result of its popularity, the NFL has gradually increased the number of games being played in London. Four matches were played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Wembley Stadium in the 2019 campaign, edging the UK closer to the eight-game mark that would represent an entire slot of home games for an NFL franchise. There have even been murmurings about using Wembley Stadium as a venue for the Super Bowl. It would be a strange sight to see two teams competing overseas in the USA’s signature sporting event. Even more so to see a team moved permanently outside of the States.

If the NFL are looking to move a team outside of the country, why have they not considered Canada as a viable option? All of the other major sporting leagues in the US have teams based over the border. For example, the NHL has seven franchises, while the MLB and NBA both have teams based in Toronto. The Buffalo Bills played six games at the Rogers Center between the 2008 and 2013 seasons. All six contests were well attended by fans from the region, albeit the Bills struggled, losing five of the games. Their only victory came in the 2011 campaign after shutting out the Washington Football Team.

The attendance at the Bills’ games proves that there is an appetite for the NFL even with CFL action ongoing in their season. The NFL needs only to look at the example of the Blue Jays and the Raptors to see that a franchise would not only entertain the fans but also work in luring sufficient talent to win championships.

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NFL players have raised issues in the past about the prospect of playing in London. Not only would they be leaving the States to live in the UK, uprooting their families in the process, but they would also have to travel back on a consistent basis to play road games. All that cross- Atlantic travel would certainly have an effect on their performances on the field. Toronto on the other hand is a mere 100 miles away from Buffalo. If the leading players in the NFL will play for the Bills, they would surely have no objection to plying their trade in Toronto.

It should be an area that the NFL explore in the future, especially at first with the Bills. With a franchise quarterback in place in Josh Allen, they are a prime project to test out the market once again. If it proves to be successful, then Toronto should certainly be ahead of London in the bid for an NFL franchise.

 

 

c 4, 2015. Were the Eskimos deserved winners of the Grey Cup?

The Edmonton Eskimos ended a ten-year Grey Cup drought to earn a 26-20 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks. Edmonton were one of the standout performers throughout the regular season and were well fancied to win the 103rd edition of the Grey Cup. But did they deserve the victory based on their performance in the final? Simply put, yes. And here's why.

In a close encounter, Edmonton never gave in and put together an exceptional game-winning drive to secure the win. Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly led his side to victory, making a number of pinpoint throws under intense pressure to set up running back Jordan Lynch for the one-yard touchdown run that all but secured the win. After outscoring the Redblacks 69-29 in the regular season, the Eskimos were favourites for victory but in a game of this magnitude, there was almost nothing between the two sides.

In terms of drama, it wasn't quite as dramatic as the 2015 NFL Super Bowl but it was certainly up there. With less than three and a half minutes remaining in the final quarter, Eskimos coach Chris Jones challenged a play that was ruled as an incompletion. The ruling on the field was overturned and the Eskimos suddenly had the ball at the Redblacks' 10-yard line.

Bizarrely, this was Jones' second correct challenge of the season and he couldn't have timed it any better as his side rushed for the touchdown and ultimately, the win. With a bit of luck, this year's NFL Super Bowl could be just as equally exciting as the CFL Grey Cup and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, who are priced at 15/4 with betfair to win February's event, could emulate the Eskimos' victory.



by  mastermaq

It was a close affair but based purely on their regular season record and ability to get the job done when it matters most, Edmonton were deserved winners of the Grey Cup. They will find it very difficult to defend their crown but, with a bit of luck, who's to say they cannot go on to win the 104th edition next season?











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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