New Orleans Saints 37 – 32 San Diego Chargers

Cracking game I thought this past weekend. The seats may have been pretty high up but we had a great view of the field. I’m so glad the rain held off, which I think had a lot to do with the amount of scoring – certainly beat the snoozefest of the Giants / Dolphins game last year.

Both teams played really well I thought, though the Chargers shot themselves in the foot with the penalties. Too many silly penalties – longs ones too, like pass interference and unnecessary roughness. Still at least both teams aired it out – the Saints particularly had some great catches (i.e. Lance Moore’s over the head TD in front of us in the corner of the endzone)

So what did everyone else think? I think most of the team went – I saw Simon and Jon – anyone else have any highlights or stories to tell?

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Party before NFL Game at Wembley

If you’re going to be in London for the NFL game at Wembley this weekend between the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, you might want to check out a party on the Saturday night.

Organised by our own assistant coach, Katie Taylor, the party will have an NFL theme. Katie emailed me to say:

Next weekend is of course the game at Wembley and I know some of you are going. Just to say that the night before there is going to be an NFL themed party at a bar near Bond Street/ Regent Street that I am organising. It is at Bonds Bar and is downstairs in their cellar bar area. The website is:

The aim of the do is for fans to have somewhere to meet other fans the night before and I am also hoping to arrange to promote the sport in this country. Letting people know how and where they can get invovled and to raise awareness of other versions of the game e.g. flag that they might not know about. We have some freebies from Budweiser and also hoping to have some trivia games with prizes and we also have Steven Miranda and Jeff Ellis of the NFL Rants and Raves podcast in attendance (all the way from the USA).
I listen to the NFL Rants and Raves podcast and these are funny and informative guys who love football, so try and make it if you can.

Sharks Success in St Albans Friendly

Well done to all those that travelled to St. Albans on Sunday for friendlies against the Leicester Eagles, Kent Exiles and the St. Albans Kings.

It was a good opportunity to give players valuable playing experience before the new season. Notably, Martyn Emmens got the 3 starts at QB and made some good plays. QB is one of the trickiest positions to get game experience and so I’m sure Martyn benefited greatly from the trip.

Well done also to Scott Wilson, who in only his 2nd friendly tournament made good plays on both sides of the ball.

The results on the day were:

Chichester Sharks 68 – 6 Kent Exiles
Leicester Eagles 20 – 14 St Albans Kings
Leicester Eagles 26 – 20 Chichester Sharks
St Albans Kings 51 – 0 Kent Exiles
Leicester Eagles 40 – 0 Kent Exiles
Chichester Sharks 19 – 6 St Albans Kings

Hopefully we’ll be able to arrange more friendlies before the 2009 season kickoffs.