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Bucs passed over for U.K. trip



It looks like the Bucs will be passed over for this year's international game.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Chargers will play the host Saints at London's Wembley Stadium next season. The Bucs, Saints, Seahawks and Chiefs were said to be under consideration for the game, with the Bucs being a logical choice because of the Glazer family's English ties through its ownership  of soccer club Manchester United.

The news will be officially announced later this week in a press conference from the Super Bowl.

Word is the league was looking for a potential high-scoring game after this season's rain-slicked 13-10 Giants win over the Dolphins in October in London. If that's the case, the Bucs weren't really that smart a choice given their 20.9-point scoring average in 2007. That ranked them tied for 18th in the league.

This news has left me kind of bummed. I was looking forward to my first trip to England. Thought the Bucs were a slam dunk. Guess I'll have to cash in my Delta miles to get there after all.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:56pm]


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