By now you’ve probably realized that I’m obsessed with anything to do with politics. Combined that with the Prince’s obsession with politics, specifically British politics, and you pretty much have the biggest #LoveNerds (as my sister likes to call us).
I love American football. Actually, to be honest, that’s a total understatement. I live and breathe American football from August to February. Even though I grew up in Washington, D.C., I’m a Detroit Lions fan through and through. My Dad was born and raised in Michigan, instilling his love and passion (and occasional frustration) of the Lions in me. As a young boy, he remembers them winning the NFL Championship (pre-Super Bowl) in 1957. Lions football is a special bond between me and my Dad. Whenever I’m home, I spend every Sunday afternoon planted on the couch watching the game with my Dad. It’s just our thing…we love football and we love the Detroit Lions!
When I found out the Lions were playing in London this season, I knew I had to get tickets. And then I found out the tickets went on sale on my birthday. It was a sign from God that I was meant to be at the game! So I rounded up a group of my American friends plus the token Brit and we headed off to London this weekend to see the Lions beat the Atlanta Falcons! :)
The weekend started at the NFL Fan Rally at Trafalagar Square on Saturday. They brought out the main players of the Lions (can you see Stafford, Bush, Megatron, Suh, Raiola, etc. plus Head Coach Caldwell??) who all gave some sort of inspiring, pump-up speech. After totally fangirling over them, we got to mingle with the crowd and bond with other fans from both near and far!
Classic tailgate! It was awesome to not only see a ton of Lions jerseys, but also the jerseys from other teams. It seems as though the citizens of London are genuinely excited for American football.
Me and my boyyyssss! Laurence is a Brit (and thus has no favorite NFL team), Greg is a huge Green Bay fan (yuck), and Paul is a die-hard Saints fan. The Lions beat the Saints the week before the game in London so it was a bit awkward for Paul to now be rooting for the Lions. However, as he said, the Falcons are sworn enemies of the Saints so he had to be a Lions fan!
Representatives from the NFL were handing out temporary tattoos…so obviously Greg and I had to put them on our face. We awkwardly forgot about them the rest of the day and went to restaurants, bars, etc. with them on our face :)
Getting interviewed by a reporter from the Detroit Free Press. It was such an exciting moment for me. I mean, a major newspaper that I read wanted to interview me! Unfortunately, I don’t think my interview made the cut but it was still an exciting experience (and thank you Greg for your quick thinking and snatching this photo of me being interviewed!).
I loved seeing all the decorations on Regent Street for the NFL games! They seem to really be getting into the American football spirit in London!
We woke up bright and early for the game on Sunday! Thankfully, due to daylight savings happening in Europe this past weekend, we got an extra hour of sleep. Yippee! The game was being played at Wembley Stadium and was completely sold out. It was pretty awesome!
The line from the tube station to Wembley Stadium. Look at all those fans!!!
Because Laurence is British, we gave him the honor of wearing this Lions temporary tattoo face mask! hahaha..it didn’t even last until the second half (although in his fairness, he couldn’t move his face with the mask on and he really wanted to eat!)
Little Mix performing before the game started. You have to admit, their song “Salute” is quite catchy! For anyone who doesn’t know who they are, they’re like the “It” girl band in the United Kingdom right now.
Our first half feelings vs. our second half feelings. At halftime, the Lions were down 21-0!
LET’S GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Final play of the game. Sorry for the blurriness but I was jumping up and down, and yelling like crazy! After being down 21-0, the Lions came back and made it 19-21. With 4 seconds left and within field goal range, the Detroit Lions brought on the field goal unit to kick the field goal and win the game. Well, our kicker missed and time had run out. After falling back in my seat, people started asking what was going on on the field. Well, the refs called it a delay of game penalty which meant that our kicker had to back up 5 yards and kick again. By now, I’m screaming and jumping like crazy (I think the Brits had no idea what to do with me. They’re a bit more…subdued. At one point in the 4th quarter, I turned around to our section and yelled at everyone to stand up! haha!). So this picture above is the second field goal attempt. And guess what, our kicker MADE IT! Lions won 22-21. Best game of my life.
Thanks for such an awesome time in London guys and LET’S GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I should preface this by stating that to say that I’m obsessed with the Royal Family is an understatement. My motto of my summer in London was, “WWKMD” or “What Would Kate Middleton Do.” When Kate and William got engaged, my Dad personally called me to deliver the “devastating” news to me. I woke up at 2 am to watch the entire Royal Wedding and spent hours glued to the screen. When Kate announced her recent pregnancy, it felt like I was the one pregnant! I received emails, messages, tweets, instagrams, etc. from friends around the world! Guys, I’m fully on Royal Baby #2 watch.
When I met my friend Joanna in London, I knew the Victoria & Albert Museum would be the perfect day adventure for the two of us. I think there are 6 or 7 floors and we only managed to get through 2 of them! They had a special exhibition (you had to pay for it, the rest of the museum is free) on famous wedding dresses and wedding dresses through the ages. Unfortunately, they didn’t have Kate Middleton’s dress but they had the dress from Gwen Stefani’s wedding, Kate Moss’s wedding, etc. They also had a ton of footage of all the royal weddings of the 20th century. It was a really awesome exhibition and I would highly recommend it. Call to book tickets in advance! Also, the courtyard of the Victoria & Albert Museum is perfect for family picnics or bringing small children to run around. Joanna and I could have easily stayed there a few more hours.
As much as I love Germany and all the wonderful cities within Germany, London stole my heart many years ago. After living in that city for a summer, it always feels like I am coming home whenever I go to London. I spent the summer between my sophomore and junior year of university studying at the London School of Economics and interning in the House of Lords. To be honest, I spent that summer being as posh as possible…seeing the Royal Family (Kate Middleton!), going to the Royal Ascot (with a giant hat), attending Wimbledon, drinking champagne at polo matches, etc. It was probably the best summer of my life.