Sports hold a strange power within them. Just weeks ago, we were in London doing our first European concerts. The Detroit Lions were on "Monday Night Football" and were 4-0 and the Detroit Tigers were in the American League Championship Series.
Our hotel provided Internet only if you were in the lobby, so we sat up until 6 a.m. U.K. time rooting for our teams -- and beyond that, our city. It was a proud moment for us, and was further bolstered by the teams' matching victories.
Something that struck us as we watched the Lions' Monday night game there, though, was that the English hotel guests seemed to be far more knowledgeable about "American football" than we anticipated. They knew who Megatron is, and that the Lions are a team on the rise.
We came to the conclusion that the British interest in American football was likely attributed to this past weekend, when the NFL had its annual game at Wembley Stadium. It's something that is catching on all over the world, even as it has dominated the U.S. sports world for the past decade.
Josh (one half of our band) played college soccer in the United States, and was quite prepared to talk football (soccer) with the locals. We wondered if American football could ever overtake the local brand of football in popularity. We also wondered what the hell has happened to Arsenal. And if the billionaire owners of a few teams were inspiring the same amount of vitriol that the Yankees seem to evoke in a salary cap-free league.