XFL: Take Two

Discussion in 'Sports' started by JohnBM01, May 29, 2019.

  1. JohnBM01

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    So the Alliance of American Football failed- will the XFL fail (again)? I am devoting this thread for discussion of the new XFL apart from the failed XFL of 2001. This isn't your average [gridiron] football league. The new XFL will debut in 2020. For more information on the new XFL, visit: https://www.xfl.com .


    Let's discuss this new XFL in this thread! XFL, take two... ACTION!
     
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    Other than some vague claims about speeding up the game and having no gimmicks (oh really?), their website doesn't really say anything about how this is going to be different or presumably better than how the NFL does things. I get that they probably want that curiosity factor to spike the first week's ratings, but with the AAF collapsing like it did, they're going to need to be more forthright about how the XFL isn't the same old mess under a different logo.

    Also, I didn't see any team names anywhere but I seriously hope they don't call the New York team the Enforcers again, because that's like the most cliche thing ever.
     
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    So it's the end of July almost and there's still no word on when they're announcing team names. People are understandably frustrated.

    I certainly hope that they're not trying to wait for the NFL to make some big announcement and attempt to steal thunder from that, because that's... not a good idea.
     
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    If I had to guess, it's probably something Vince wants to decide himself but hasn't had time due to WWE's current issues. Granted, I wouldn't put it past him to try one-upping the NFL.
     
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    Maybe, but the article says they already missed two announcement dates regarding it. The longer it takes, the less time there will be to build any proper hype for the start of the season.
     
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    The XFL has recently sent out invites to past players to join the league. These invites will be handed out between now and early October. Players are those whom have had experience in the NFL, the CFL, and the defunct AAF. Here is some insight courtesy of ESPN: https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/27341402/xfl-send-invitations-players-draft .

    By the way, there are no mention of team nicknames for any of the XFL teams at present. I mean, we don't even know if a team could be called any variety of nicknames at this moment.
     
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    There are eight teams in this new age XFL. Now, they have names! So cheer on the following (in no particular order):

    * Houston Roughnecks
    * Seattle Dragons
    * Tampa Bay Vipers
    * DC Defenders
    * Dallas Renegades
    * Los Angeles Wildcats
    * St. Louis Battlehawks
    * New York Guardians

    I think it is October when the first XFL Draft will be held for these teams to play in 2020. So now that we know of the teams, it's time to think about who will fill the rosters so we can see who could become champions of the 2020 season. That is... unless they don't even complete their inaugural season, like the American Association of Football (AAF) earlier this year.

    You excited for some XFL football?
     
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    And the logos, which are a lot more subdued than I expected:

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    The Houston logo being an oil derrick like the Oilers logo is a bit ehhh, but I guess there's only so much Texas based iconography to go around.

    Probably gonna be grabbing some Seattle merch soon, because dragon. Yeah, that's my process of picking a team to support what of it? :p
     
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    Vince McMahon sold $200 million worth of stock to raise capital for this out of his own pocket; let grandad play with his toys.

    Wonder if it's going to be like the WWE and the first XFL and not offer health insurance for the players?
     
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    Vince knows he's got more sunsets behind him than in front of him and given that both Shane and Stephanie are successful on their own, I guarantee he's planning to spend every dime of his fortune on his own interests instead of leaving it for them (see also; that disastrous and expensive political campaign for Linda a few years back)
    Given all the outrage the NFL had to deal with regarding CTE and other head/brain injuries, I feel that health coverage is kind of a mandatory thing for any football league now. I'm sure the press is going to be scrutinizing for something to give the XFL a thrashing with, between the history of the first attempt and the AAF's recent massive collapse.[/quote]
     
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    Here in Houston, the *Houston Roughnecks* will play their home games at TDECU Stadium, home of the University of Houston Cougars' football team. I've been to TDECU Stadium before a few years ago, and let me tell you- that stadium is beautiful! There are some fairly nice facilities in the stadium formerly known as Robertson Stadium. It even has a pretty unique view of downtown Houston. I mean, a stadium like this makes you think Houston is in the Big XII. TDECU Stadium is a fairly modern stadium that is a fine place for the Roughnecks to play XFL football. The first games for the new XFL will start on February 8, 2020.

    I guess my biggest concern with the XFL is learning from the Association of American Football (AAF). What can the XFL do to make sure they don't become a passing fad like the AAF was? These two leagues are two different animals. That said, though, will this XFL redux fare better than the AAF or even the first attempt at XFL football? That will be my storyline regarding the XFL. Maybe it would be cool if good ol' J.R. called a few games, like he did during the first XFL.

    If you want to educate yourself on the old XFL, you can probably find a handful of YouTube videos on the old XFL. Those may even include the famous "He Hate Me" player.
     
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    Wonder what round Antonio Brown will be drafted in?