Send two teams of American football players to Europe, keep them there for four months, then watch them beat up on your U.S.-based teams. It was no summer camp for the London Monarchs (10-1) and the Barcelona Dragons (9-2), but it got them to the World League of American Football's first World Bowl today.
"It's been a great experience. We've traveled 22,000 miles in five weeks but now we Americans are sort of back home, here in England," said Monarchs coach Larry Kennan.
Organizers hope for a 70,000-plus crowd at Wembley stadium, which would eclipse the 61,946 that witnessed the first Super Bowl in 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
ABC will broadcast the game live, and TV networks in Britain, Spain, Germany, Austria and Canada also are showing the game.
"I feel good for these young players who have given a lot to this team, staying away from home for so long," Dragons coach Jack Bicknell said.
Kennan, the WLAF's Coach of the Year, now has the task of making sure the Monarchs' name is the first to go on the league roll of honor.
Bicknell's job is to fire his team up for a repeat of the 20-17 triumph at Wembley just two weeks ago. That victory put the Dragons into the playoffs as a wild-card entry.
"It may be a disadvantage, playing them again so soon," Bicknell said. "We know what we've seen but we don't know what's coming."
The Monarchs, with quarterback Stan Gelbaugh, the league's MVP, lead the WLAF in points scored with 310.
Browns get Roy Green
from Cards for draft pick
CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Browns acquired wide receiver Roy Green from the Phoenix Cardinals and acquired tight end K.D. Dunn from the Montreal Machine of the WLAF on Saturday.
The Cardinals traded Green, a two-time All-Pro, to the Browns for an undisclosed draft choice. Dunn was a fifth-round draft choice out of Clemson for the Cardinals in 1985.
Green, 33, was the Cardinals' all-time leading receiver with 62 touchdown receptions.
Dunn, who was released in training camp by the Cardinals as a rookie, played sporadically for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets in 1986-1989.