Rams at home in London
The St Louis Rams have quickly managed to feel at home in London ahead of their Wembley date with the New England Patriots.
The Rams will take on the New England Patriots at Wembley on Sunday.
It was originally supposed to be the first of three visits over the next three years after the Rams signed up to be the first NFL team to try and make itself a regular 'home' presence in London and corner the market of local fans seeking a team to root for.
But earlier this year, they backed out of the deal in order to pursue stadium redevelopment back home in St Louis, not wanting to give up a precious home game more than once.
They had seemed like obvious candidates for the Wembley arrangement when it was first made, with team owner Stan Kroenke able to combine his two major investments, the Rams and Arsenal.
Unlike the Patriots, the Rams chose to arrive in London early and spend the week here practicing, able to take advantage of Arsenal's Colney facilities as they settle in.
"We are actually very fortunate that we get to train at the Arsenal facility," coach Jeff Fisher said as several of his players fawned over the facilities.
Fisher has been to London before, albeit not for 20 years.
He was part of the Philadelphia Eagles organisation that visited for a pre-season game in the 1980s, and then returned with the San Francisco 49ers in 1992.
"I haven't been back since 1992 but on both those trips, the fans were very excited about football here," he said.
The Rams will be the 'home' team on Sunday, although Fisher accepts the Wembley crowd might be more excited about seeing New England's Tom Brady in action.
He does not expect that to prove a distraction to his team.
"We had a lot of Green Bay Packers fans our stadium last weekend and that didn't bother us a bit," he said, even though they lost 30-20.
"It didn't have an impact on the outcome of the game."
One of the defensive stars on Fisher's team is linebacker James Laurinaitis, son of former professional wrestler Joe Laurinaitis, better known as "Road Warrior Animal", who wrestled at Wembley during his career.
Laurinatis remembers growing up watching the video of his dad in action here.
"To be able to be in that stadium, and with the Olympics just being here and everything, it's going to be pretty cool," he said.
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