The 49ers mid-season excursion to London will be topped off this Sunday by a demonstration of American style football. The Jacksonville Jaguars have graciously agreed to attend the game and be used as fodder for this demo. Afterwards, the Brits will compare the game to a domestic dispute between Camille and Charles that results in the prince wearing sunglasses for a week. I.E., a tad one-sided.
Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 60+ years, longer than the storied reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The Beatles weren’t even teenagers when she took the throne in 1952. The first Elizabeth produced a whole magnificent Era, which included Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and one of the greatest upset victories in military history when the Brits defeated the Spanish Armada. The current Queen has produced a tabloid era, featuring Prince Charles as the son who looks like he gets his knuckles whacked with a ruler every night at the dinner table, the charismatic Princess Diana who was offed by the British secret police, and the shrew Camille, who looks like a skid row alkie ranting on a corner.
Football might be a thriving industry for Florida college teams, but the NFL squads are pretty much a suck hole. Miami is having a monster 3-3 season, with the Patriots coming to town, but Jacksonville is 0-7 and Tampa Bay is 0-7. The only winless teams in the league. Can two franchises in one year both go 0-16? We shall see.
Justin Blackmon is probably the Jaguars best player. He’s a terrific WR, who had 14 catches for 190 yards against Denver, but he’s already one strike away from a one year league ban in only his second season. He got a four game suspension to start the 2013 season.
Jacksonville will be scouting this game as much as they will be playing it. The 49ers have 4 guys who have recovered from injuries and returned to practice this week (Nick Moody, Eric Wright, Mario Manningham, Tank Carradine). That means 4 guys currently on the team will get waived sometime next week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Jaguars put in a claim on all of them. Tied for the worst record in the league, they’ll have first dibs on any waived players that Tampa doesn’t also claim.
2010 was the last time the 49ers played in London. Their QB was Troy Smith, who staged a 21 point 4th quarter comeback against the Kyle Orton Denver Broncos to win 24-16 and enter the BYE week with a 2-6 record. Both QBs are now gone, one out of the league, one backing up Tony Romo in Dallas. Both woeful teams are now playoff contenders. Take heart, Jacksonville. Someday, you might be a winner, too.