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When you've shot the same Green Bay Packers joke for 10 years, Irish Road Bowling feels like your chance to make a feature film. It's "Citizen Kane" with an Irish brogue. Even after coming home, we still like it a lot. We put so much time into it that we sort of mailed it in when it came to Gaelic Football. But we found a way to save the minimal effort by having Mike Golic make maximum fun of us. All that, plus the network debut of my friend and producer, Matthew R. Doyle. He's got Irish blood. In fact, Tiger's mean old caddie once yelled at him during a golf tournament for being a "terrible Irish driver." Say that in Boston, mean old caddie.
A long, long time ago, when this project was just a bunch of phone calls and desperate emails to bosses, there finally came a day when one of the men on high told us to go make things happen. Just make it happen in a week. We needed someplace foreign and interesting, but also fairly local. Canada was close, but we're more ambitious than that. Plus, by picking London, the most expensive city in the world, they might look the other way if one day we bought an elephant in Thailand. In England, the crew bought me a cricket uniform and I learned how to play that ancient (some might call it "boring") game. We also went to the Lion's Den, a very exciting stadium where the Millwall Football Club does business and its rowdy fans are reputed to do bad things. We took the risk and lived to tell the tale.