I have some vague recollections of the American Bowl's happening in the mid-80s at Wembley. Your younger readers might not appreciate this but in the days before the internet or satellite TV access to this world was incredibly limited which gave it a hugely romantic appeal, there had been years of trouble at Football stadiums and here we had glitz, cheerleaders, noise and excitement. We did have the weekly printed newspaper 'Firstdown' but that was pretty much it. Once I'd left school and was living in student digs in the mid-90s I was glued to Channel 4 and the brilliant Gary Imlach, it's really he who gave me the lasting love of the sport.
This is going to sound daft now but I really started getting into it around 1995 and I knew I needed a team to support. That year the Jags and the Carolina Panthers were expansion teams and I thought as a new fan I should support a new team. So I tossed a coin. In hindsight I should have supported someone good and looking back I particularly remember Troy Aikman and Emmett Smith from that period so I'd probably have ended up a Cowboys fan.
I've been to 3 of the London games and I'll be going for the Jaguars this season. Over the last year I've been making regular trips to the US and I was unfortunate enough to see the Jags blow a healthy lead at the Coliseum against Oakland last season. I also managed to catch the Redskins play at Fedex field about 10 years ago whilst on holiday.
My favourite Jaguars of old are Fred Taylor and Tony Boselli (having met the latter at the Jaguars event in London), currently there's not much choice but Josh Scobee is who I have on my jersey. Away from the the Jags I've always been a fan of recently retired Bear Brian Urlacher and having watched him play for Maryland Terrapins D'Qwel Jackson of the Browns.
Chess on grass
The subtleties of the individual plays on both sides of the ball. That and the stadia. Secretly it's probably the Fantasy Football too, I'm in a long standing and very competitive league.
Give it a chance, it’s very easy to criticise something that you don't understand.
If you've reached the end of an interview with a Jags fan on a Bill's fan's site, you're already hooked - welcome!
New York Jets 10 vs 14 New England Patriots
Tennessee 24 vs 30 Houston (OT)
Cleveland 6 vs Baltimore 14
San Diego 33 vs 30 Philadelphia
Dallas 16 vs 17 Kansas City
Miami 24 vs 20 Indianapolis
Washington 20 vs 38 Green Bay
Minnesota 30 vs 31 Chicago
Carolina 23 vs 24 Buffalo
St Louis 24 vs 31 Atlanta
New Orleans 16 vs 14 Tampa Bay
Detroit 21 vs 25 Arizona
Denver 41 vs 23 New York Giants
Jacksonville 9 vs 19 Oakland
San Francisco 3 vs 29 Seattle
Pittsburgh 10 vs 20 Cincinnati
Okay so now we move onto the winner of the 'Mr Ray Lewis' award and as mentioned it is another team defence, can you guess who it is? The week two winner is …........................ the Seattle Seahawks defence, they were the real difference on Sunday night. Colin Kaepernick is usually a very accurate passer and the Seahawks made him look average by intercepting him three times and also holding the whole of the 49ers team to just three points. I'm sure you would agree that this is impact, wouldn’t you?
The winner of the award this week is ….......................... Aaron Rodgers. As I mentioned earlier Rodgers was surgical in the way he took apart the Redskins defence and forced their offience to abandon the run game and try to pass their way out of trouble. So for the second week in a row a quarterback has won the 'Megatron' award, the question is can anyone take it away from the quarterbacks this year?