The Chicago Bears are living La Vida London, and it has been fun to watch. In town to play the Oakland Raiders Sunday, the Bears arrived Thursday, and have remained focused while also managing to bring some lighthearted humor into the mix.
While the most-watched element of the game is going to be Khalil Mack vs. Jon Gruden and his former team in the Raiders, the Bears visit to London has provided fans and everyone else a reminder of how many fun and unique players this team currently has. Here’s a rundown of highlights from the Bears’ London experience so far:
Khalil Mack’s London Takeover
It’s no surprise that the media swarmed Mack after the team’s first practice, and he offered up a few gems. When asked if he was going to see any of the sights while visiting, Mack responded with his usual blunt hilarity: “I mean, they might get a chance to see me,” he said to giggling reporters.
A bobblehead of Mack also showed up in different locations all over the city, and fans had a great deal of fun with it.
If the NFL wants to promote the league and pique the interest of potential new fans, having a superstar like Mack in town isn’t a bad way to do it. But Mack isn’t the team’s only dynamic personality on display in London.
Tarik Cohen Showcases His Humor and Dance Skills
Apparently, the Bears’ dynamic running back had a specific goal in mind in his brief time exploring the city: to make the Queen’s Guard crack up. “I’m like Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy,” Cohen said, explaining that his style of humor is more elevated than most. Cohen told coach Matt Nagy that he felt he had what it takes to get a smile out of the famously tight-lipped fellows. No word yet whether or not he has succeeded.
The Bears also had a dance-off between Cohen and Josh Woods to kick off their first practice. The team is clearly having fun–which is something that never seemed to emerge as much in the John Fox or Marc Trestman era as it does now under Matt Nagy.
Kyle Long’s Insight and Commentary Are Golden
One of the more fun storytellers on the Bears so far has been Kyle Long, who is back from a recent hip injury. When asked how his flight was, he replied: “In all reality, we had a 6½-hour flight and we had practice today,” he said. “It’s not like we ran a marathon, you know? I had Skittles in my seat. And they kept bringing me water. And the ladies had lovely accents.”
Long then outed coach Matt Nagy as the loudest snorer on the plane ride over.
The Bears guard also provided an unintentionally amusing moment when he was asked about his plans for Saturday courtesy of Bears beat writer Jason Lieser:
Anthony Miller and Food Issues
A few Bears players also noted they were having a difficult time deciding what to eat. Take these tweets by wide receiver Anthony Miller:
Lieser also noted that Charles Leno Jr. also wasn’t happy about his options overseas. “The food isn’t that great out there,” he told reporters. “The food is great here in America.”
Miller later added some fun videos to his story on Instagram, including his takes on British accents and his girlfriend’s taste in shoes.
The early word surrounding the game in London is that there are going to be loads of Bears fans in attendance.
For fans around the globe, the Bears have already put on a show before the game has even started.