London Calling

What we've known for weeks became official on Friday with the announcement that the Dolphins will face the New York Giants in London during the 2007 regular season. We did find out about the particulars, though, such as the game being scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern time (6 p.m. London time). The game also will be played at the new Wembley Stadium.

As expected, the Dolphins and the Giants will have a bye the following week.

This wil be a Dolphins home game, leaving them with seven on the season.

"It's still a home game and I want to encourage our fans," said new head coach Cam Cameron. "We'd like to see this be a home game. We'd like to walk into that stadium and see an entire stadim full of aqua and white. Dan Marino expressed that when he went into the Hall of Fame, and it happened."

The announcement was made at the Super Bowl media center on Friday, and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, Cameron and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor were on hand for the press conference.

"It's an honor for us to be picked to do it," Taylor said. "We get Thanksgiving Day, we get international games, and there's a reason why, because of the history and the respect that the Dolphins fans have not only the league but also around the world.

"It's an honor for us and we'll have fun with it. At the end of the day, I'm sure the stadium is the same size as Dolphin Stadium as far as the field is concerned, they'll have lockers and footballs and everything else and we'll just go out there and do what we do. In the meantime, we'll go over there and have a good time."

Cameron said it was too early to address whether the Dolphins would leave a day earlier than normal for the game. Huizenga, meanwhile, downplayed the travel issue by pointing out the flight to London isn't that much longer than a trip to Seattle.

"I think we're going to look at it as business as usual," Huizenga said. "This is a business trip. It's not much different for us as if we were going to fly from here to Seattle, maybe it's another hour longer. It's not that much farther, so we'll treat it just like an away game, like we were going to San Francisco or Seattle. I don't think it'll be a big issue at all."

The Dolphins had been among one of six teams considered to be the home team for the game. They will not be asked to host an international regular season game again until every other team in the league has done so.

"Anything we can do to help with the league moving forward with the global program, the Dolphins are proud to do our part," Huizenga said. "To take one of the 250 games played (during the regular season) outside the country, I don't think that's too much to ask. If we can make the NFL stronger around the world, we will help make that possible.

"I think it'll be good for the NFL and be good for Dolphins fans as well."

Taylor acknowledged that some of his teammates have expressed some reservation about playing in England, but -- as Taylor points out -- it's not as though they have a choice.

"We'll have the chance to see the city a little bit," he said, "and I'll look forward to having some good food and a good time, and hopefully a good win."


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