It’s not every day (or morning in this case) that the Vikings play a league match on another continent, so it’s important to make the most of this extremely rare event. The Vikings will take on the New Orleans Saints Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. Central Time, which calls for some sort of celebration — like every Vikings game, if I think about it. In this case, may I suggest a proper English breakfast?
According to The English Breakfast Society (I swear it’s a thing), the traditional Brit breakfast (or “fry up,” as the locals call it) is a “substantial meal” consisting of back bacon, eggs, British sausage, baked beans, and Sparkling wine and squeak, fried tomato, fried mushrooms, black pudding, with fried and toasted bread on the side.
The hotlinks above are straight from the Society, who are only too happy to provide a full account of Baked Bacon, British Sausage and Black Pudding on their website, but inexplicably leave us with Bubble and Squeak. My best guess is that the beer and potato chips are what might be acceptable for the entire meal in a pinch.
While we’re at it, allow me to fill you in on how best to watch a London NFL game like a true Brit. Some hints:
- As you enter your chosen viewing area, be sure to yell “Bagsy!” for the claim to the best chair in the room. It’s British for “Dibs!” or “Shotgun!”.
- Every time an image of Prince Charles pops up on your TV screen and every time Kirk Cousins throws an interception, aggressively toss your hat at your set and yell “Damn!”
- If you’re serving snacks to your guests, ask them cheerfully, “Would you like some nibbles?”
- If you have any real Brits in the room, be sure to refer to the sport as “American football” unless you want to be vociferously corrected by an outraged football fan, who will be sure to remind you which sport has bagies on the term ” Soccer”.
- Impress your friends with your knowledge of the game’s venue, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Located in the north London city of Tottenham, you guessed it, it is home to Tottenham Hotspur FC of the Premier League. Spurs’ history dates back to 1884 and they have been a professional club since 1895. The stadium seats 62,850 and features the world’s first divisible, retractable football pitch, revealing an artificial turf pitch underneath for NFL London games, concerts and other events. Now, if the artificial turf pitch were to split and contract again, revealing a swimming pool further down – then they would do it Yes, really to have something.
- Whenever possible, work the word “cheers” into the conversation. Not just to toast with the beer, but when you enter a room: “Cheers!”. If someone hands you the hot sauce: “Cheers!”. If someone spills salsa on your pants: “Cheers!”.
Now that you’re armed with a few tips, you shouldn’t have a problem entertaining your guests and enjoying the big game in jolly old England this Sunday. Finally, one last quintessentially British TV tip: our friends from The Old Country are known for holding back their emotions in a way that even a Minnesotan might find stoic.
So when the Vikings have multiple touchdowns under their belt in the second half, suppress the urge to scream in anger. Instead, just look down from the couch at your nearest viewer and subtly murmur, “Well. It looks like we’re in a bit of a bind now.” and have another scone. Any further reaction would of course be undignified.