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Do the British watch the Super Bowl?

FormFactorFormFactor At the core of forgotten
edited Oct 2008 in The Pub
A friend and I recently got in an argument about weather or not our over seas friends in Europe watch the Super Bowl. (The American Football championship game)

Is the Super Bowl broadcast in Europe?

Thanks in advance for any replys!


If so who do you root for? If its New England, who would be your second choice?
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  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
    What's the super-bowl? :confused:

    Don't listen to me, I don't watch any sport at all ;)

    I wouldn't be surprised if it was on Sky Sports.

    And I ain't no European, I'm an Englisman/Brit/Limey/opinionated cockney git :D
  • JimboraeJimborae Newbury, Berks, UK New
    edited Feb 2005
    Yes it was broadcast live on ITV.

    As to how many watched it well thats another matter, American Football is broadcast very late on telly and then it's usually just highlights. It's very much a minority sport.
  • edited Feb 2005
    Isnt american football just a game of rugby for girls? :confused:

    :p
  • RWBRWB Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    Isnt american football just a game of rugby for girls? :confused:

    :p

    American Football is GAWD!!!!! Of course I don't ever watch Professional Football, those guys are a bunch of babies. But I've done both rugby and Football, and while I don't actually know the rules of either too well, I enjoyed Football much more becuase trhe pads allowed you to punish each other alot harsher.
  • GargoyleGargoyle Purveyor of Lincoln Nightmares Illinois Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    Football is religion where I'm from. College football, that is. I didn't care about football at all until I started college, but after hearing the cheers from the stadium only a block away through the brick walls of the dorms, it's hard not to get swept up in it. :D

    Still don't care much for pro. football though. I was a fan of the California teams when I lived there, but since I moved, they've sucked bigtime.
  • tophericetopherice Oak Ridge, TN
    edited Feb 2005
    Isnt american football just a game of rugby for girls? :confused:

    :p

    OMFG...RUGBY is teh GAYEST game EVAR...Abunch of sweaty, burly, blokes rolling in pile groping each other...I've tried to watch a couple of time, but it looks like a GIANT Circle-Jerk.
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
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    football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very good game.
    The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders
    may have noticed that no-one else plays "American" football. You will no
    longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football.
    Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult
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    Thank you for your cooperation
  • tophericetopherice Oak Ridge, TN
    edited Feb 2005
    Ahhh!!!! Good Old British Imperialism at it's finest. Give it a rest already. You know the problem with the British is that all of you with any intelligence or value went out and conquered the rest of the world...in the name of the Queen...then never went back.

    Just joking...I reckon this is turning out to be quite a humerous thread. Can't we all just get along. :usflag: :ukflag:
  • ShortyShorty Manchester, UK Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    Isnt american football just a game of rugby for girls? :confused:

    :p
    Quoted for truth!!!
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
    Shorty wrote:
    Quoted for truth!!!

    Oi - whose side you on? ;D

    Hey, I like Americans, for the most part, but that American Football, bunch o girls who'd cry if they grazed their shins. Full body armour indeed.
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
    topherice wrote:
    Ahhh!!!! Good Old British Imperialism at it's finest.

    And here we see the American inability to not understand irony at it's finest ;)

    That piece of prose is as much a dig at the Brits as it is at Americans.

    I'll meet you at Boston for a nice cup of tea.... ;)
  • RWBRWB Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    You brits don't know what you're talking about, plain and simple. Still can't get over the fact that we can out do you in everything :D

    We even came up with a better sport, one you obviously cannot comprehend.... and it scares you. ;D
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
    RWB wrote:
    You brits don't know what you're talking about, plain and simple. Still can't get over the fact that we can out do you in everything :D

    Well, you be much better at crying than us, that's for sure. All sitting there in the cinema a boo-hoo-hooing at yet another over-sentimental Hollywood 'Blockbuster'.
    We even came up with a better sport, one you obviously cannot comprehend.... and it scares you. ;D

    Call that a sport? I refer you to the blue text above
    '(which is similar to American "football," but does not involve stopping for
    a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like
    nancies).'

    Must admit, stupidest thing we ever done was let you lot have your independence, all them natural resources, all that money made from them, and what do you do? Invent a sport for girls and then make men play it :p

    ;)
  • GnomeWizarddGnomeWizardd Member 4 Life Akron, PA Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    BTW man you Didnt LET us have our Independance If you look at history we kicked ur ass for it not once but twice!
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
    BTW man you Didnt LET us have our Independance If you look at history we kicked ur ass for it not once but twice!

    You're right :bawling:

    I can kid myself though, can't I? :D

    Funny how things turn out in the end though, allies and all now...

    When you think about it, it was probably a bunch of ex-Brits who had the complete pox with the UK Goverment's heavy handed and pompous ways at the time, said to themselves 'Stuff This' and struck out. Gaining Independence.

    Can't say I blame them, to tell the truth I'd have probably done the same.

    What does still amaze me is why Canada and Australia still fly the Union Jack... :confused:
  • JimboraeJimborae Newbury, Berks, UK New
    edited Feb 2005
    You're right :bawling:

    .................What does still amaze me is why Canada and Australia still fly the Union Jack... :confused:


    Ah Sir Flopicus, allow me to enlighten you.....

    The Canadians do it to p!ss off the French Canadians & the Aussies do it in a forlorn attempt to try and gain redemption/rehabilitation for being a bunch of convicts. ;D
  • tcithtcith Sydney, Australia
    edited Feb 2005
    Well The Super Bowl is not watched here in Australia either
    I am sure it's broadcast on one of the Fox/sports cable channels

    I usually get the annual MPEG of the Adverts shown during it to have a chuckle.

    We, like the Brits, Play Rugby - we have our own version of football, "Australian Rules" yet we do not assume anyone outside this country wants to play this version (In fact it's pretty much limited to the Southern States of Australia)

    American Football was always a silly game - I have sat through some matches in the USA but got very bored
  • CammanCamman NEW! England Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    Football and Baseball are the sports of manly men, all those little sissie sport that are popular over in England (like SOCCER...THATS ITS NAME, no pansy sport like this would dare share the same name as the real football) are for lesser wimps and total nerds.


    I've also noticed that a lot of brits are very quick to say something about Americans not knowing that there is a "world outside our borders", what makes you damn people so worldly? Lots of you go traveling a lot do ya????
  • mondimondi Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    topherice wrote:
    OMFG...RUGBY is teh GAYEST game EVAR...Abunch of sweaty, burly, blokes rolling in pile groping each other...I've tried to watch a couple of time, but it looks like a GIANT Circle-Jerk.

    1 - What you call 'soccer' is the only real football, you play it with your feet. "american football" you play with your hands, therefore it is not football.

    2 - The picture below is all I need to say about gay games
  • XanderXander (See Avatar)
    edited Feb 2005
    All this jealousy of America stems from one thing:
    We have hills and mountains.

    Oh and being one who played American football. The armor only softens the blows to your shoulders and Pectoral muscles. The pads on your legs really don't help all that much.

    One more thing, I'd like to see a rugby guy get hit by a 6'8 300 pound gorilla running full speed at him. If he gets back up with no broken bones or serious injuries then I will take your insults and jabs.
  • TheBaronTheBaron Austin, TX
    edited Feb 2005
    I dont care who you are, seeing Warren Sapp coming at you would be terrifying
  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    6. You should stop playing American "football." There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no-one else plays "American" football.

    NFL Europe?? Hello??
  • tcithtcith Sydney, Australia
    edited Feb 2005
    Why is American football better?
    Why can't you just say it's different and be done with that, it's just a game and it's by far not the most popular game in the world

    lets looks at the worlds most popular sports
    2002 statistics
    in order of popularity/registered players
    the number beside it is the number of registered affiliated associations for that sport.

    Volleyball - 218
    Basketball - 211
    Table Tennis - 186
    Soccer - 204
    Badmington - 147
    Tennis - 191
    Baseball - 110
    Dragon Boat Racing - 51
    Team handball -147
    Hockey - 118
    Judo - 187
    Rugby - 97
    Cycling - 160
    bocce - 73
    Cricket - 74

    The results are obviously skewed to the populations of asian countries where certain sports are more popular ...

    American Football does not rate - it is a large spectator sport in the USA, but is not played by a large enough group of people, registered Baseball players outstrip is massively.

    BTW the largest spectator sport watched is the Formula one racing.
  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    I don't know about other cities, but I was in Northern Spain a few years ago and they were pretty fired up about the Barcelona Dragons. So American Football is popular in some places outside of the US. But I agree that it's a different game and not necessarily better.

    w00t for Dragon Boat Racing!!
  • leishi85leishi85 Grand Rapids, MI Icrontian
    edited Feb 2005
    CrazyJoe

    indeed woot for dragon boat racing, i'm telling you guys, it's intense, good stuff there.
  • botheredbothered Manchester UK
    edited Feb 2005
    Camman wrote:
    I've also noticed that a lot of brits are very quick to say something about Americans not knowing that there is a "world outside our borders", what makes you damn people so worldly? Lots of you go traveling a lot do ya????

    Seems so, yes. Apparently Americans are one of the least travelled people. If we want sun, mountains, skiing or whatever we have to go abroad. The USA is so vast you have all these things in the same country, you may travel as far but go abroad much less often because you don't need to. Alaska to Texas and everything in between. We have Scotland (Green and wet) to Cornwall (Green and damp)
    And I'm with floppy, I don't watch any sport at all either, not even all these 'crutial' football games that are on every other day.
  • JimboraeJimborae Newbury, Berks, UK New
    edited Feb 2005
    Xander wrote:
    .....

    One more thing, I'd like to see a rugby guy get hit by a 6'8 300 pound gorilla running full speed at him. If he gets back up with no broken bones or serious injuries then I will take your insults and jabs.

    You've obviously never heard of the man mountain that is Jonah Lomu. ;D
  • botheredbothered Manchester UK
    edited Feb 2005
    He's that hard he doesn't even have hair protection!
  • JimboraeJimborae Newbury, Berks, UK New
    edited Feb 2005
    Camman wrote:
    ......

    I've also noticed that a lot of brits are very quick to say something about Americans not knowing that there is a "world outside our borders", what makes you damn people so worldly? Lots of you go traveling a lot do ya????


    As Bothered said yes we do, so much so that at one point we owned most of the known world. ;D

    Also we've never really had isolationist foreign policies in our recent history unlike America; which in turn means we're never late when it comes to going to war unlike some other countries I could mention. :D
  • floppybootstompfloppybootstomp Greenwich New
    edited Feb 2005
    Xander wrote:
    All this jealousy of America stems from one thing:
    We have hills and mountains.

    The only geographical feature our little island doesn't have is a desert. For which we are grateful :D And you never heard of Ben Nevis?

    Jealousy? Y'all assume everybody's jealous of America. We're not. Well, apart from some of your music maybe....
    Oh and being one who played American football. The armor only softens the blows to your shoulders and Pectoral muscles. The pads on your legs really don't help all that much.

    It still softens the blows though, dunnit? You get health and safety insepctors at those matches? Wouldn't want anybody getting hurt now would we ;D
    One more thing, I'd like to see a rugby guy get hit by a 6'8 300 pound gorilla running full speed at him. If he gets back up with no broken bones or serious injuries then I will take your insults and jabs.

    See Jimborae's Jonah Lomu post. Note: no armour :p

    Somebody mentioned baseball. Yep, we play that here, it's a good game. Oh hang on, no, we call it rounders here and it's played by Girl Guides.
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