March 07, 2007

Kicking for a China Bowl dream.: bugmenot: ihateyou/ password: losers The NFL is paying former Notre Dame kicker and longtime mercenary Nick Setta to train four Chinese Nationals to kick Field Goals. The two most successful will be on the sidelines, available for duty, for the August pre-season matchup between New England and Seattle, which is to be played in Beijing.

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 08:17 PM - 6 comments

Discretion of use will be left to Holmgren and Belichick. Given the NFL's - and frankly most other pro sports leagues' - desire to make a mark in the untapped Chinese market, I've a hunch they'll see at least an XP or two.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:17 PM on March 07

The Chinese might be more interested in the game now sounds kind of cool

posted by luther70 at 10:46 AM on March 08

I've a hunch they'll see at least an XP or two But an hour later...

posted by Howard_T at 02:53 PM on March 08

The Chinese nationals on New Englands sidelines could greatly improve their chances of seeing playing time if they happen to suffer from concussions. OK, that's a cheap shot. Sorry. I'd venture a guess that both coaches are going to have their arms twisted just a bit by the league to get the locals involved. Glad I'm not the one who has to ask either one of them late in the game when the Chinese fellows will get their chance to kick.

posted by THX-1138 at 05:29 PM on March 08

Everybody's at it trying to get the China market - the Indian cricket board have had coaches up here spreading the true faith. Basketball's big of course, but I suspect your dodgy version will never catch up with proper football. (flamebait :D) There's even the odd rugby side out here - I know the agriculture university competes in the Hong Kong Sevens.

posted by Abiezer at 10:38 AM on March 09

An NFL game in a Commie Nation. (irony)

posted by desigol at 10:30 AM on March 23

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