Super Bowl XLII: The luck of London?
While the dust was settling on the NFL's historic match at Wembley back in October, our presenter Jake Humphrey and I were discussing how we were going to finish the BBC's highlights programme.
"Why don't we say the New York Giants' win makes them a good bet for the Super Bowl, and that way we can plug the fact that we're showing the thing," we agreed.
Now, without incurring the wrath of Giants fans, I'm not sure either of us completely believed it at the time, but here we are three months on and the Giants have made it to the big one, with Scottish kicker Lawrence Tynes and London-born defensive terror Osi Umenyiora playing a major part.
Both of our "British boys" will have their hands full, though, as they try to prevent the New England Patriots becoming the second team in NFL history to go through the entire season without losing a game.
Sounds like it's going to be a memorable night no matter what the result.
Jake is once again fronting our coverage out in Arizona, and joining him in the studio is a familiar face to NFL fans in the UK, Mike Carlson. I'm also delighted to announce that our other guest on the night is one of the finest defensive backs in the history of the NFL, Rod Woodson. To diehard fans of the game, he needs no introduction. To those occasional viewers, let me put it a different way - think of the legendary quarterbacks of the past 20-odd years - Joe Montana, John Elway, Troy Aikman…well, he's intercepted passes from the lot of them.
As for commentary, we'll be taking the NFL's world feed pairing of Dick Stockton and Sterling Sharpe, with Radio 5 Live's Arlo White and Greg Brady available on the red button. We know there were a few of you who wanted us to take the FOX commentary to give it the full authentic American feel, but we decided on this occasion to go with the more inclusive world feed. Let us know what you think though.
Also available on the red button during the game will be a beginners' guide to the sport courtesy of the Miami Dolphins. And if you're one of those Monday morning strugglers who find themselves confessing "I made it as far as U2 at half-time, but then I fell asleep", the highlights of the game will be available on interactive the following day. (In case you didn't know, it's Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at half-time this year).
Of course one of the main challenges facing the BBC as it shows the Super Bowl for the first time is filling those ad-breaks - well, in addition to more studio analysis with Rod and Mike, we'll also be trawling the archives for the best moments from Super Bowls past. So, if you've got a favourite you want us to show, shout now.
I'll finish where I started, at Wembley, and the news that the NFL is set to announce another game in the UK for October 2008, with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints poised to make the trip. Both teams have plenty of offensive firepower so we could be set for quite a game - and once again the BBC will be there to cover it. Who knows, if Wembley becomes some sort of good omen for NFL teams, they'll soon be queuing up for a game in lucky London.