Wednesday 26 July 2017

The New York Jets have brought 350 rolls of toilet paper with them to London... really

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks during a press conference after an NFL training session at London Irish training ground in south west London today
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks during a press conference after an NFL training session at London Irish training ground in south west London today

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

The New York Jets are doing plenty of things to acclimatise to England ahead of their Wembley clash with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but it was items they had reportedly brought from home that were the talk of their Friday press conference.

The NFL franchise's senior manager of team operations told the New York Times that the Jets were bringing 350 rolls of toilet paper with them to the capital, rather than relying on the thinner version Britons are used to.

"Some may say that's a little over the top or whatnot, but it didn't really cost that much, so why not?" Aaron Degerness told the newspaper. "We're basically trying to replicate everything that we're doing here over there."

Jets head coach Todd Bowles was quizzed on his team's toilet habits at London Irish's Hazelwood training base on Friday afternoon and opted not to weigh up the merits of loo roll on either side of the Atlantic.

"I could make a short comment right there but I decline," he said through laughter.

"I'm not touching that one; I'm not saying a word!"

Starting center Nick Mangold, who saw his sister compete in the weightlifting at London 2012 and was flown over earlier this summer for the NFL's media day, was asked whether he experienced any bathroom problems during previous visits to England.

He replied: "It seemed fine, no issue there."

Both New York and Miami only arrived in Heathrow on Friday morning ahead of Sunday's lunchtime kick-off and Bowles is determined for his men to shake off jet lag as soon as possible.

Gang Green hired a sleep specialist and gave their players orange shades to limit the light their eyes took in on a flight lasting six hours and 15 minutes.

"A lot of the guys got sleep on the plane," Bowles added.

"Other guys got some sleep, some will get more sleep tonight. We're just trying to go about our day as normal as possible."

British toilet paper is not the only local item the Jets are being kept away from.

Their pre-game commitments mean wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be unable to look into adding to his collectables in Notting Hill this weekend.

"There is something cool going on every Saturday here in London, Portobello (Market) - I'm an antique guy, I collect antiques so every time I get a chance I'm always looking. It's like a festival," the 31-year-old said.

"I have a 1940s doctor's bag; that's pretty cool. That's my thing now, collecting antique bags. I've got an 1800 bag.

"I want to go but I will not go. I just want to be at my best for Sunday but if it was a regular week I'd definitely go for an hour or so."

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