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Christopher L. Gasper

NFL still a foreign subject in London

Invasion a crawl, say those in pub

LONDON — It’s all a jolly good show here for the NFL as the league trumpets its success in bringing American football to the United Kingdom.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke Saturday at an NFL fan rally and told the crowd in Churchillian fashion that it was time they got their own franchise. The league is promoting the fact that two games will be played here next year as a result of a rising demand. The Brits just can’t get enough of A-gap blitzes and in-cut routes. Harrods is going to start stocking helmets and shoulder pads. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Wes Welker are like the reverse John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

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