While commuting back from Dallas yesterday, I read the free copy of the N.Y.Times offered by the Fairmont Hotel at Love Field and stumbled upon this story about the NFL's plans to train Chinese FG kickers to use in the exhibition game between the Seahawks and the Patriots next August in Beijing.
I am somewhat flabbergasted that America's most successful professional sports league would stoop to this level to promote its sport in China. As you'll read in the story, the three tryout kickers are having trouble kicking 40 yard field goals.
The Chinese are nothing if not intensely proud of its culture and people. I can almost guarantee that the Chinese reaction to this gimmicky and purely ceremonial use of a Chinese kicker in an exhibition game will be negative, if not outwardly hostile. They know that none of these kickers have any shot of beating out Josh Brown or Stephen Gostowski for a job.
I can't speak for all of China, but I think it's safe to say that the Chinese eagerly await an NFL player to call its own; but that player better be a legitimate player, and not an Eddie Gaedel.
But for the time being, there's always Hines Ward.