Wow, was all I could muster, as I sat here at my desk, reading news of a planned professional American-style football league being launched overseas. Wonder what part of Europe it will be in, how many teams, and oh...wait. It's in India.
Yeah, I hear ya. India? Absolutely, as the Elite Football League of India is gearing up to kick-off its inaugural season this November. The league is being bankrolled by numerous Indian and American investors, notably NFL legends Mike Ditka and Kurt Warner, and former Green Bay linebacker Brendan O'Neill Chillar, and Mark Wahlberg. Um...okay.
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How great would the TV be for this league in America? I mean, how the NFL style product translates into Indian culture. I know enough not to think the players will be dressed like guards from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but there is still a part of me that kind of expects every touchdown celebration to include thousands of extras and last fifteen to twenty minutes each. How many yards for that excessive celebration?
Really though, no one should be surprised at the EFLI. There are actually pro/semi-pro American-style football leagues in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Romania (wonder if they have a team called the Impalers), New Zealand, and the utterly insane X League in Japan (60 teams, a crazy mishmash of professional, corporate semi-pro, and club teams). Guess I gotta put that on my bucket list - see an X Bowl. Take out the tentacle rape and massive pixelation, and that's gotta be a halftime show for the ages. Beats an aging Madonna and whoever the blue fuck M.I.A. is...
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