The good news is, given the current currency exchange, Tom Brady’s six-touchdown day Sunday equates to only 3.66 touchdowns in London.
The bad news is this Sunday’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New England Patriots game is being played in London, and not locally at Raymond James Stadium where, you know, the Bucs play their home games.
Given the current state of the Bucs, and given what Brady did Sunday to the Tennessee Titans, it might not be a bad idea for the Bucs to take their act across the pond, as they like to say in England.
Forget Josh Freeman; maybe a change of continent is all the Bucs need to snap this 10-game slide.
Wouldn’t it be just like the Bucs to win their first game of the year more than 4,400 miles from home?
Then there is the fact only 42,847 entered Ray-Jay on Sunday to see the Bucs play the Carolina Panthers in what many assumed was the Bucs’ last chance at a win this year. We can make the assumption not many Buc fans will mind the one fewer home game this season. Except for this: It’s against Tom Brady.
The last time the Patriots came to Tampa for a meaningful game was Nov. 16, 1997. Remember? The Bucs, in their new pewter-and-red uniforms, allowed a meaningless fourth-quarter touchdown that afternoon and won 27-7. It was their eighth win of the season. They would win 10 and return to the playoffs for the first time since Lee Roy Selmon was the man about town.
The Pats quarterback that day? Drew Bledsoe. Brady had yet to arrive on the scene, and given how often the NFL sends the Patriots to Tampa during the regular season — three times since 1976 — it’s likely Brady will be gone before the Patriots’ next trip here.
So, that means football fans in this area are being robbed of their one time to see Tom Brady in his prime.
Somehow, that doesn’t seem fair.
The blokes in London get to see Brady put on an air show, but fans who have supported football in this area don’t.
Brady has played here in the preseason, but that’s the preseason. Heck, one of his passes was knocked down by Gaines Adams of all people.
With the way New Englanders fill Tropicana Field for their beloved Red Sox, we can assume Ray-Jay would be close to a sell-out Sunday if Brady & Co. were headed this way. OK, so that crowd would be decidedly pro-Pats. At least there would be a crowd.
And the Bucs fans in attendance could appreciate the play of a future Hall of Fame quarterback while wondering why the Bucs can’t seem to find one in the draft.
Moving Sunday’s game to London is all about the NFL selling its game to a new market, and the Glazers bringing their two football teams together.
Here’s an idea: Maybe if Brady isn’t allowed to use his hands ...