This post has all the promise to be my most profound post all time, but I worry it is only of interest to a small audience or perhaps entirely just myself. But considering how my roommate Buddy Burkhalter and I stayed up until 3am on a Sunday night to watch Superbowl LI in Denmark earlier this month, I have been yearning for football in my life abroad. So naturally I researched American football in Denmark. I was reading this article about the time difference struggle of the Danish NFL fan and this lead me down a lonely corner of the internet that I can't imagine many in this world have journeyed down. I was astonished to find that in fact Denmark has their own league. I give you the DAFF.
12 teams make up the league from around the small country of Denmark. If you image search National Ligaen you can gather a feel of the look and size of the Danish football player and an introduction to the team logos and colors. They play a regular fall season of football and compete toward a similar caliber of title game such as the Superbowl only in Denmark it is naturally called the Mermaid Bowl. The above video are highlights from the game in '15 and below is the list of team names:
AaB 89ers (their wikipedia page says its because they were founded in 1989, but we all see the reference)
Copenhagen Tomahawks (questionable name to say the least...)
Copenhagen Towers (architectural history reference)
Odense Swans (cute)
Søllerød Gold Diggers (best name by a long shot)
I am a devout sports fan so I find it a thrill to learn about other international sports. I hope to write more about Danish handball and soccer (real football) in future posts. If interested, you should check out the photos by Allan Høgholm capturing the Mermaid Bowl '15. His blog post offers the best depiction of Danish American Football. I would have liked to have used his photos for this post but chose not to for copyright purposes. He has a photo of a fan holding a banner saying JJ Worm. I can't tell if that is an actual Danish player or a play at JJ Watt.
Morten Anderson was the first Dane to make it to the NFL, playing from '82 to '07 on 6 different teams as a kicker. His nickname was 'the Great Dane.' Classic.