Solder, Jackson do London meet and greet July 11


Solder, Jackson do London meet and greet July 11

Might you be in London on July 11?

Perhaps you know someone who will be? Or even know someone who knows someone who knows someone who will be?

Then you (or whomever) have a chance to meet Patriots tackle Nate Solder and St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.

I'll explain.

NFL UK and Thompson Sport have teamed up to give some football fans across the pond something like an introduction to the October 28 Patriots-Rams game at Wembley Stadium. At 7 p.m. in The Drawing Room of the Landmark Hotel (a drawing room!), Solder and Jackson will talk about the tilt before answering questions. The night ends with a meet and greet.

British bonus: A "special guest" will be unveiled at some point during the night.

All the information you need is here.

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

FOXBORO -- Leave it to Martellus Bennett, the children's book author, to make a cartoon reference when asked about the lingering effects of Deflategate. 

Could hear the "Where's Roger?" chants that rang throughout Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a reporter wondered? Bennett deflected at first. 

"Who's Roger," he asked? 

Then it was pointed out to him that the chants were directed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who opted to attend the NFC title game in Atlanta -- his second trip to the Georgia Dome in as many weeks -- instead of the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers. 

"Oh yeah," Bennett said, his memory apparently jogged. "Where is he? He's like Waldo right now. He didn't want to come here."

Tom Brady was asked about the chants as well. He had to have heard them, a reporter noted. 

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady insisted. "I did hear them singing to Bon Jovi, though, that was pretty cool."

Awaiting the Patriots in Houston will be the Atlanta Falcons, obviously, but one side plot will be the potential for a face-to-face for Goodell and the Patriots.

In the past, Goodell has handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl winner following the game -- a tradition one would expect would continue this year regardless of who wins. The commissioner has also awarded the game's MVP award to the honoree on the morning after the game. Following the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Brady and Goodell shared a stage as Brady accepted the MVP hardware.