Mike Carlson

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About Mike Carlson

"Mike Carlson's writing makes me come" -George Pelecanos (novelist, scriptwriter, show-runner and producer, Redskins fan)

"Iron Mike...you're too much" -Osi Umeniyora (ex Giant, current BBC pundit, unabashed Giants fan)

"Can't wait for your season picks" -August Kleinzahler (America's best poet, Niners fan)

"Can you please not crash over my intro this time?" -Nat Coombs (prolific TV, radio & podcast host, Dolphins fan)

At the start of the 2018 season, Iron Mike promised elite weekly predictions, and FMTE delivered. A 172-82-2 record, 67%, which would place the column fourth among all the pundits tracked on the US nflpickwatch.com site. In 2019 he did virtually the same,  172-83-1, again 67%, but last season that was good enough to have been number one at nflpickwatch. That's right, number one. And when pickwatch hired KC Joyner as a columnist, boasting of his second-place there over the past six season, I pointed out that he was third, because FMTE's six year mark was number one by a comfortable margin. It reminded me of when I was picking weekly for nfluk.com. When they had an actual 'pick 'em' competition, I finished second in the first year, then won three years in a row. Instead of retiring the trophy, they retired the competition.

I began picking every week for nfluk.com in 2005. Now, after 15 seasons, for the 2020 Covid season, FMTE is going back to its original incarnation, my columns for First Down, and bring you analysis and opinion instead of picks. It will make my picking games harder: I tended to write my way around to deciding who I thought would win, but it will make my Fridays much easier and give me time to do more columns as the issues or ideas arise.

So Yes! Heee'sss Back! Iron Mike Carlson's Friday Morning Tight End. For more than two decades, he's been the UK's most popular NFL pundit, analysis and off-the-wall comment...Live and uncut, only on Patreon!

Iron Mike hates people who talk about themselves in the third person! Sadly, we won't have any games in London this season, so I'm not likely to be on the BBC until the Super Bowl. I'll be on talksport with my old buddy Gnat Coombs whenever they want me, and on Gnat's ESPN podcast. And I will be picking against the spread for my weekly @betfair column, and doing their NFL Only Bettor podcasts with Kieran O'Connor and John Balfe which are a hoot. And I write a monthly column putting the NFL in historical perspective for Gridiron.

Not to go all Troy McClure on you, but If you're old school like Iron Mike, you might have seen or heard me over the past 28 years, going  back to WLAF and the London Monarchs on ScreenSport. Or WLAF/NFL Europe and NFL on Sky. Or the late lamented Sunday and Monday Night Football all-nighters on Channels Five and Four. Or Big Ten and Notre Dame college games and European amateur games on Eurosport. Or NFL on BBC Radio Five Live. I covered NFL Europe for Pro Football Weekly, the International Herald-Tribune and the Guardian; wrote a million words (literally) for First Down; and podcast on Americarnage, Carlson & Coombs, and elsewhere. Most memorably for me, and I hope the audience, I did the play by play for the Global Kilamanjaro Bowl, the first-ever American football game in Africa, from Arusha for ITV Tanzania, as pictured above with my broadcast analyst Reggie Brooks.

What I love most is meeting people who watched those shows, enjoyed them, decided to give the NFL a try, and have stuck with the game. Because that's what this is all about. Iron Mike hates the cult of personality! Yet here he is, no here I am, for another NFL season. Hit the 'Become A Patron' button and join the party...

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