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We Have a Guest Today...

First the news! It figures to be another week of intrigue and/or madness....We're monitoring Asante Samuel and other stuff.
As for the schedule, the NFL is telling Zach Johnson look-alike Mark Maske (or is it Mark Maske look-alike Zach Johnson?) that it will not be announced today and no date has been set. There's also disciplinary news coming out this week and the league most likely isn't going to want both of those nuggets competing for coverage on the same day. When we know a timetable, you'll know.

Today, we have a guest blog from Marlon White, who lives across the pond and is writing about something called "soccer" vs. American football. Tomorrow, Will Weatherly will do the honors.

Well, first of all thanks to Jason for giving me a chance to write this blog, I really appreciate it!
So let's talk a little football shall we...being in the U.K. is a lot different especially when talking about football. I seemingly had my first reality check when I was doing my inprocessing and I asked our briefer about playing football. First of all she gave me a huge smile and with warm eyes and the sweetest voice she said, "it's good to see that you love the game and you would like to play football here. I would love to tell you about the teams and where to go and get signed up. What position do you play?" This is evidently where our conversation hit rock bottom as I proudly said, "Quarterback." That warm smile and loving eyes slowly disappeared and I could feel a little chill from her breathe as she said "Oh you play American football, don't know much about that sport."
She looked at me as if I had cursed the ground she walked on. Not being to big on history and not getting my U.K. history up to date before I asked this question, I assumed "soccer" was called "soccer" all over the world, how wrong I was! The World Cup is as huge in the U.K. and around the world just as the Super Bowl. In a country where the names Sven-Goran Eriksson, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Wayne Rooney are as much a part of an English household conversation, just as loyal Redskins fans discuss if and when we will hire a general manager and why in the world we would give up our number six pick in the draft to sign Lance Briggs.
I never knew who David Beckham was until last summer, due to the fact that I usually didn't pay much attention to sportscenter when "soccer" highlights came on, to me that was the time to refill the Redskins cup with more sweet tea. Now he is not only the topic of conversation in England, but has an even larger fan base and if I should say so a contract as huge as my home city Centenary, SC, that he just signed with the L.A. Galaxy. But watching the World Cup last year and basically talking to people about the sport that they love so much I have gained a great appreciation for this sport we call "football". Even though the games are played differently, one wears pads and helmets and the other doesn't, there is a Superbowl every year and the World Cup every four years--the one thing we do have in common is a love for the sport, loyalty to our teams and appreciation for the game and when coming from a fans standpoint, that is all you can really ask for.

By Cindy Boren  |  April 9, 2007; 11:08 AM ET
 
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