The XFL is back!
Whether or not you laughed, rolled your eyes, or got excited for that first sentence is totally up to you. I remember the XFL from 2001 here and there, but not nearly the same way as others do considering the fact I was just 8 years old. If you’re not familiar or briefly remember the XFL here’s a refresher.
According to Wikipedia, “The XFL is a professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment, and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. It is the successor to the original XFL, which was controlled by the World Wrestling Federation and NBC, and ran for a single season in 2001.”
The new and revamped XFL likes to describe their new league like this:
“FOR THE LOVE OF FOOTBALL.
THIS IS THE XFL.”
“The XFL is a brand new, fan-first league that’s reimagining the game of football and offering fans an opportunity to experience more action, access and fun.”
Starting February 8, 2020, the XFL’s eight teams will play a 10-week regular season and a two-week postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game on April 26.
The season lasts just 79 days and will be a non-stop sprint from the first kick to the last down. Along the way, fans will experience a league built on three core principles:
- FAN-FIRST. We love our fans and want what they want. The XFL is a league that listens.
- ULTRA-ACCESSIBLE. We get fans close to the game in fun and imaginative ways.
- TRUE TO THE GAME. We are faithful to the foundations of football. Never different just to be different. No gimmicks. Ever.
Why are we launching the XFL?
For the Love of Football. It’s as simple as that.
For the Love of Football is why our coaches coach, players play, and why we invite new fans and the tried-and-true to be part of it all.
If you’ve been a football fan all your life, you’ll love the XFL. If you’ve never been to a professional football game, you’ll love the XFL (our ticket prices are affordable and family-friendly!).
What brings us all together is the love of America’s most popular sport and the desire to share more of it together.
For the Love of Football is the reason behind the XFL’s existence this time around, or at least that’s what they’re saying. Unfortunately, Philadelphia was not one of the first 8 cities with a team. The XFL is made up of 8 teams split into two divisions, East and West.
Below is a graphic of the current XFL teams:
Below I put together a list of each team with their head coach, starting quarterback, and their expected best player:
Head coach + GM: Bob Stoops
Quarterback: Landry Jones
Top player: WR Jeff Badet
Head coach + GM: Pep Hamilton
Quarterback: Cardale Jones
Top player: DE Charles Harris/WR Rashard Davis
Head coach + GM: June Jones
Quarterback: P.J. Walker/Connor Cook
Top player: WR Kahlil Lewis/WR Sammie Coates
LOS ANGELES WILDCATS
Head coach + GM:Winston Moss
Quarterback: Josh Johnson
Top player: RB Elijah Hood/WR Tre McBride
NEW YORK GUARDIANS
Head coach + GM: Kevin Gilbride
Quarterback: Matt McGloin
Top player: OT Jarron Jones
ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS
Head coach + GM: Jonathan Hayes
Quarterback: Jordan Ta’amu
Top player: RB Christine Michael/RB Matt Jones
Head coach + GM: Jim Zorn
Top player: LT Isaiah Battle
TAMPA BAY VIPERS
Head coach + GM: Marc Trestman
Quarterback: Aaron Murray
Top player: C Jordan McCray/TE Nick Truesdell
The XFL also has a ninth team by the name of “Team 9.”
“Team 9 is essentially an extra squad stocked with players available to fill open roster spots on any team in the league at any time. Say the St. Louis BattleHawks lose a safety in Week 2, they can “call up” a football-ready replacement in time to face the New York Guardians in Week 3.”
“Team 9” has a coach to go along with the players. The coach holds practices to keep the “reserve” players ready and in game shape in case one of the 8 XFL teams come calling.
I honestly think it’s a solid idea and I’m intrigued to see how it pans out.
The XFL is played 11 on 11 on a 100 yard field just like normal football is, however they do have their own set of unique rules that they believe will keep fans interested in the league and the games. You can view the XFL’s rules here: XFL RULES
Every XFL game will air live on national television on the following networks:
ABC, ESPN, and FOX Sports.
“During the regular season, four games are scheduled each week at the times football fans love to watch football, typically with two back-to-back games on Saturdays and Sundays. The XFL schedule also features two primetime Thursday night games in the final weeks of the regular season.”
Here is a look at the season schedule:
The following odds are brought to you by BetOnline
These are tough because nobody knows much about the revamped league, but my guess is Vegas insiders have combed through these teams rosters and coaching staffs a handful of times and these odds are what they came up with. I’d have to agree that Dallas and D.C. have the best overall rosters. Coach Stoops is a great face for the league.
XFL games begin today! if your city doesn’t have a team who you gonna root for, or are you just gonna sit back and enjoy a fresh league of football in the beginning of February?
Either way, many are intrigued to see what the new XFL has to offer, lets see if the XFL is here to stay this time around.