Ike Taylor Gets Playful As Steelers Arrive In London

London hardly abuzz over return of NFL

capitals Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe , would lead to colossal road congestion and overcrowding on trains. The mayors comments, in a submission to the government-appointed panel thats examining how to expand airport capacity in southeast England, are intended to support his case for a new hub to the east or north of the capital. The people who run Heathrow are greatly underestimating the effect of a third runway on the local transport network, Johnson said. They appear to be completely unconcerned about having cooked up a recipe for colossal levels of congestion that sentencetheir passengers and Londoners to years of misery. An extra runway at the existing airport would lead to more than 25 million additional road journeys a year, the mayor said in an e-mailed statement. That would require extra lanes on the M4 highway leading west out of London , while the M25 orbital motorway would need to be rerouted and put in a tunnel under the new landing strip. Including other road works, the cost might rise to 12 billion pounds ($19 billion), according to Johnson. New rail infrastructure might cost 10 billion pounds, he said. Johnson has said Heathrow should be replaced by one of two undeveloped sites in the Thames estuary or by an expanded Stansted airport, 35 miles (55 kilometers) northeast of London. The state-appointed Davies Commission on how to expand airport capacity is due to issue its final recommendation after the 2015 general election. To contact the reporters on this story: Eddie Buckle in Manchester, England , at ebuckle@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net More News:

Vikings Jared Allen (69) and Kevin Williams (93) and Pittsburgh’s Ramon Foster were among those who jetted over to the United Kingdom in July to serve as NFL ambassadors. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Big Ben poses in front of Big Ben. Yes, Roethlisberger did his share of offseason promotional work in London, including this shot in front of his namesake, to market the league. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Fullscreen The Jaguars and 49ers will meet in London on Oct. 27, marking the first time two games have been played there in the same season. The Jaguars will “host” a game in England each of the next four seasons as owner Shad Khan tries to expand the team’s international footprint. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Six-year-old Wembley Stadium has become the NFL’s primary European venue. It holds approximately 84,500 fans for American football and never fails to quickly sell out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports London gets a mini-makeover when the NFL comes to town. Matt Dunham, AP NFL-sponsored fan rallies at Trafalgar Square are part of the festitivities. Matt Dunham, AP The games come complete with pomp and pageantry. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Before exporting regular-season contests as part of its International Series, the NFL regularly staged preseason games in England, Germany and even Japan. The league also supported a minor league called NFL Europe. Katsumi Kasahara, AP The International Series actually kicked off in 2005 when the 49ers faced the Cardinals in Mexico City, the first time a regular-season game was played outside U.S. borders. Marco Ugarte, AP S Robert Griffith’s Cardinals trounced the 49ers 31-14 at Azteca Stadium in front of a record crowd that exceeded 103,000. Claudio Cruz, AP Fullscreen The Bills have been farming out one regular-season game per season to Toronto since 2008 in a bid to expand their regional presence outside of Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor. The game was the NFL’s first regular-season foray outside North America. Ben Stansall, Getty Images The contest itself was nothing memorable, plagued by rain and a waterlogged Wembley field that didn’t hold up very well under the damp conditions. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images QB Eli Manning’s 10-yard TD run helped give the Giants a 13-10 win during a season that later produced a Super Bowl XLII victory for them. Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Perhaps the most entertaining installment came when the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Chargers converged at Wembley in 2008. Nick Laham, Getty Images Saints WR Lance Moore celebrates a 30-yard TD reception in a game New Orleans won 37-32, the most points ever scored in an international game. Matt Dunham, AP England got a taste of New England football when Tom Brady’s Patriots trounced the Buccaneers 35-7 in 2009. Brady passed for three TDs. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Brits got a full dose of Broncos QB Kyle Orton (8) in 2010 rather than experiencing the play of then-rookie Tim Tebow. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports WR Michael Crabtree and the 49ers were too much for Orton’s Broncos, winning 24-16. Alastair Grant, AP Fullscreen The Buccaneers, who are owned by the Glazer family (they also control world-famous soccer club Manchester United), were back in 2011. But they fared no better against the Bears, who won 24-18 as RB Matt Forte racked up 183 yards from scrimmage and scored one TD. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Brady and the Pats invaded again in 2012.

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I still cant for the life of me figure out why commissioner Roger Goodell seems so intent on having an NFL franchise in London one day. I think it would be a logistical nightmare — as does Steelers free safety Ryan Clark who told ESPNs “NFL Live” on Wednesday that he would retire before playing for a London-based team if he had to make that choice. Then there is the reality of how rooted futbol is in Europe. Kovacevic illustrates how a major difference between futbol and football is one reason why the latter has never really caught on across the Atlantic Ocean. The Steelers’ players echoed the sentiments of their coach before the team left for London. There are ample sightseeing opportunities in London, but the Steelers wont take advantage of them since they are focused on coming home with a win . The Steelers need improved play along the offensive line if they are to beat the Minnesota Vikings and avoid an 0-4 start. In their quest to find the right combination up front the Steelers will continue to rotate Kelvin Beachum at tackle with Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. Adams and Gilbert have each struggled through the first three games, and if they dont show marked improvement Beachum will see the field more and more. The Steelers dont have a lot of other options as they try to get better play out of their line, and their hope has to be that some competition will compel Adams and Gilbert to raise their respective games. Kion Wilson has started the last two games at strongside inside linebacker but rookie Vince Williams is on track to make the position his . The sixth-round draft pick played 75 percent of the defensive snaps, considerably more than Wilson, last Sunday night, and it is worth noting that the Steelers list the two as co-starters on their depth chart.