Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
In the middle of entertainment apocalypse, where dead and buried, TV shows and movies rise from the ground. We take special notice towards the reemergence of the Xtreme Football League (XFL).
In the early 2000s, there was a widely anticipated new form of football on the horizon. Commissioned by WWE commissioner, Vince McMahon. Riddled with promises of ‘more ferocious football’ and a new style of entertainment, the audience was sucked in.
Opening night was a big success. However, with the shaky football play and odd commentating, the ratings dramatically fell. Reaching an all-time low for primetime sports ratings, especially when battling the NCAA tournament, the league folded as quick as it won over everyone’s hearts.
However, just like many stories in football. One failure is just another notch on the bed post of adversity. The XFL is making its comeback and gaining some heavy conversation, with ex-NFL players stating that they would gladly play.
The XFL will deliver more of what fans want, and less of what they don’t. How would you change the game of football? #XFL2020
— XFL (@xfl2020) January 31, 2018
Can you imagine a league highlighted by Johnny Manziel, Colin Kaepernick and Vince Young throwing to Dwayne Bowe, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. We would still see shaky, actual, football. Yet, just like before, I’m giddy to see what could be.
As much as this was a gimmick during the first go around, I hope McMahon had done his research and actually provides us with entertainment and football at the same time.
One of my favorite aspects of the XFL was the freedom the players had when it can to the nicknames on their jerseys.
He Hate Me, as we all remember, was the most noted nickname. Now with talks of the Hefty Lefty surfacing, I’m already getting excited to see what Ochocinco would put on the back of his jersey.
You would think if you gave the football community another league to pay attention to, during the off-season, it’d be a sure thing. That is not the case, and actual football fans adore the game and not the gimmicks. So McMahon will have to incorporate a style of football that is not only entertaining but actually good football.
I’m not sure if it can be done, but this league will open the door to the NFL for many of the players. The CFL has a few players each year that make their way to an NFL team and this wouldn’t be any different.
Even if the game is not entertaining. It will at least bridge, a nearly impossible, gap from outside the NFL to inside it.