With U.K. game on tap, Bucs are London-bound
The Bucs' weeklong trip across the pond is underway.
With their game against the Bears at London’s Wembley Stadium approaching Sunday, the Bucs departed this morning via a chartered Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet from Tampa International Airport. They were scheduled to arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport late tonight after an 8-hour flight.
The decision to spend the week in London ahead of this weekend’s game is a major shift from the team’s approach to its 2009 contest in the U.K. That time, in an effort to stay on East Coast time, the Bucs practiced in Tampa during the week before arriving in London on Friday evening. They went on to lose 35-7 to the Patriots.
This time, the Bucs will settle in for the week, hoping the transition is smoother. But the turnaround from Sunday afternoon’s game to today's 8 a.m. departure was difficult.
“I’m glad we’re going early, but man, it’s early,” tight end Kellen Winslow joked Sunday night. “It’s 9:12 right now and we have to be on the bus at 7:30 (a.m.). You have to do what you have to do. It’s a long flight.”
The Bucs will practice and lodge 30 miles southwest of London in the town of Bagshot. They are expected to spend the weekend in downtown London.