Tonight it's the New Orleans Saints versus the San Diego Chargers, but there'll still be some local boys in the photographs. Well, comparatively local, in that it's the Stereophonics who will lead off the proceedings with a short set at 4:30pm, half an hour before kick off, that will feature some old favourites as well new material, all taken from their forthcoming Santa-friendly compilation "Decade in the Sun".
After the teams have made their triumphant entrance a hush will descend as Joss Stone steps forward to have a soulful warble through God Save the Queen and then fellow Grammy winner Ne-Yo, who would seem to be the Mark Ronson of rap given his success as a solo performer and his magic collaborative touch bestowed on artists from Britney Spears to Beyonce, will unleash his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
During half-time many of the company who will have been performing next door at the Arena for the afternoon's tailgate party and on Friday and Saturday at the O2's free Festival of New Orleans will shake their Louisiana tail feathers in England one last time on custom-made Mardi Gras floats.
If you're going to the game or are thinking of watching live on BBC 2, but don't know much about the sport, then take a quick trip to coachstilo.nfl.com for some light-hearted education on the subject. The site, as described to us a few days ago by Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK, is now up and running and the curmudgeonly, but loveable, coach is ready to take you through the basics of the game and then right on up to issues like how the unglamorous work of blockers matters so much to the headline exploits of the likes of Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. One blocker you may need to deactivate at least temporarily for that site, however, is any your browser employs to suppress pop-ups as those are used for language choice during the initial log-in.
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