Bears players seeking to make most of time in London
By Mark Potash firstname.lastname@example.org October 20, 2011 8:30PM
BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Northampton Saints (R) show the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players training techniques for a line out at Pennyhill Park on October 20, 2011 in Bagshot, England. Gatorade brought these players together to compare training regimes ahead of the Pepsi Max International Series at Wembley. | Dean Mouhtaropoulos~Getty Images
Updated: November 22, 2011 8:39AM
Lance Briggs can’t wait to get to London.
‘‘[I] can’t speak for everybody, but I’m excited,’’ the Bears linebacker said Thursday, before the Bears’ departure for London, where they’ll play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
‘‘I have my flip camera. I’m going to start interviewing guys, as we get ready to get TSA screened. I’ve got my camera charged up. I’m going to take in the whole experience. Every moment that I get, I want to see as much and experience as much as possible.’’
Brian Urlacher, on the other hand, is not quite so enthusiastic. When Urlacher says this is a business trip, he means all business.
Football game. That’s what I’m thinking about,’’ Urlacher said when asked if he’ll take in the sights of one of the worlds’ greatest cities. ‘‘I don’t know anything about it; I’m so not cultured when it comes to that stuff. I’m so bad. So I’m going to have fun in my room, I guess. Watching TV. . . . Hopefully I’ll have movies. I’ll have my I-Pad, too, so I’ll be all right.’’
That pretty much illustrates the extremes when it comes to the Bears’ participation in the NFL’s annual international game. It’s something new and different, but it’s still a regular-season NFL game. Most of the players aren’t quite as ambivalent as Urlacher. But most of the enthusiasm for the trip is out of obligation to support the NFL’s initiative.
‘‘[I’m] excited,’’ cornerback D.J. Moore said, ‘‘but this is pretty much another game. You’re flying somewhere, you’re playing and then you’re flying back.’’
Coach Lovie Smith usually is more in the Urlacher ‘‘all-business’’ camp. But he’s also a loyal NFL soldier, so he said he would like his players to experience London ‘‘to a small degree.’’
‘‘Just like our regular routine here, we normally have a early Saturday practice and the guys really have off the rest of that day. So Saturday afternoon, if the guys want to see a couple of the sights, you’ll have time to do it then.
‘‘But it’s not really a vacation or anything like that. ‘‘ You don’t want to spend too much time doing those kind of things now. But they will be able to take in a few of those sights during that time. Of course Sunday, we have a long time before we play that evening.’’
Defensive tackle Anthony Adams plans on trying to ‘‘break’’ one of the famously stone-faced Royal Guards at Buckingham Palace.
‘‘I don’t think there’s a limit for me over there,’’ Adams said. ‘‘I know I’m going to mess with some guards, though. I know it. I just feel it in my gut that I can get them to break. There’s not enough room here to show you what I’m going to do. I’m going to get ’em, though.’’