On Thursday morning the Vikings took up practice at a location that didn't look like your typical NFL practice facility:
But hold up. Is that actually a castle castle or just, like, a really big house?
Hold on, ask the vast majority of Americans what a castle looks like and they'll tell you it looks a whole lot like the structure in the aforementioned tweets. You see those weird turret things? Yup, I don't see those on many mansions -- even gaudy ones. Also, everyone knows that royal figures live in castles, not homes or mansions.
We need to investigate this a little more:
According to Merriam-Webster (American), a castle is:
- a large fortified building or set of buildings
a) a massive or imposing house
- a retreat safe against intrusion or invasion
According to Oxford Dictionaries (UK), a castle is:
- A large building, typically of the medieval period, fortified against attack with thick walls and battlements, towers, and in many cases a moat.
- A magnificent and imposing old mansion.
OK, so Americans aren't completely wrong, the Syon House is definitely imposing and old -- it was built in the 16th century.
On top of the history and looking very cool in general, Syon House has been the film location for many movies, including The Avengers (not the Marvel one, the 1998 one with Uma Thurman) and Gosford Park.
I'm so relieved we can all rest easy now and have avoided this clash with our ally -- this was looking like another soccer vs. football conflict.
I hope everyone enjoys their hot dogs and fries (or chips) or even strawberries and cream at the game on Sunday.