I just saw what might best trailer in the history of television. ESPN teased the shit out of us with their new trailer for the 30/30 on the XFL. Vince McMahon’s attempted to bring us the most entertaining sports entertainment league in the world. It was WWF (now WWE) mixed with the NFL and boy was it an absolute shit show.
In 2001 McMahon created the XFL, a league consisting of 8 teams that would fill up TV time during the NFL’s off season. The teams were all owned an operated by the same people, McMahon and NBC universal. The idea started when the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL approached McMahon about ownership.
The games would feature players and coaches with microphones and cameras in the huddle and in the locker rooms. Stadiums featured trash-talkingpublic address announcers and scantily-clad cheerleaders.
East – Orlando Rage, Chicago Enforcers, NY/NJ Hitmen, Birmingham Thunderbolts
West – LA Extreme, San Francisco Demons, Memphis Maniax, Las Vegas Outlaws
The XFL attendance stats were decent, only 10 percent less than their goal, however TV ratings were abysmal. The league folded after the first season but left a lasting impression. The laid back rules and progressive entertainment was hilarious.
Grass Stadiums – only played on fields with grass
Opening Scramble – no coin toss, just mayhem to get the ball to start the game
35 Second Play Clock – designed to speed up games
Bump and Run – defensive players could make contact passed 5 yards
Halo Rule – no fair catch, a billion concussions
Players Micd up – unreal content
Famous XFL Players:
Tommy MAddox – MVP
Rod Smart aka HE HATE ME