So that’s the London fog?
After a nine-hour flight, I woke up excited to look out the window of the plane to see London’s Heathrow Airport and hoping to catch a glimpse of a whole new country. But of course, I couldn’t see two feet out of the window because of the thick London fog.
No wonder there is a brand of trench coats by the same name. Duh.
It took an hour to get through customs and get our bags and then another hour cab ride to our hotel, costing roughly 65 pounds or 100 bucks.
We were quickly bused over to Wembley Stadium for an NFL Play 60 event featuring the Dallas Cowboys and local elementary school kids.
They had no idea who Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Tony Romo were. But they know fun when they see it. There were games with a football, a soccer ball and a hula hoop all at the same time.
I don’t know who had more fun, the jet-lagged players or the kids.
It’s interesting that Romo hasn’t thrown a pass in more than a week because of two fractures in his back, but he found himself soft tossing the ball to the kids during their games. He accidentally drilled one poor chap in the chest and said he would blame it on Witten if the kid’s parents raised a fuss.
There is no shutting down that Witten intensity, as he was heard screaming “that’s bloody great” to one of the kids.
“I was getting into the game,” Witten said with a smile. “That’s all I got. I don’t know if they bought my accent though.”
The kids surprised Bryant by singing happy birthday to him. One even threw up his signature X gesture.
“I walked in and I seen a little kid throwing up the X,” Bryant said. “That made me feel real good. I’m like, ‘Yeah, we’re going nationwide, baby. That’s what I’m talking about.’ ”
Nationwide. International. Abroad. It’s all the same thing to Bryant.
The only thing funnier was watching two English soccer players throw the football like they would if they were playing cricket. Bryant was beside himself with laughter.
Unfortunately for them, backup quarterback Brandon Weeden went over to give them proper instructions and was promptly intercepted.
I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.
The early morning fog was capped by showers and cold temperatures in the afternoon. It was almost completely dark by 4 p.m.
But attitude is everything and this is a great opportunity for all, per Coach Process, also known as Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
“It’s such a privilege to be part of the NFL, to be part of the Cowboys, to be part of this football team and have the opportunity to come over here and play at Wembley Stadium, one of the great stadiums in the world,” Garrett told his players. “So it’s a unique opportunity for us.”
This is just the start of a great week in London — something I never dreamed was possible growing up in tiny Schulenburg, Texas.
But have I gone international or nationwide?
Let me check with Dez.