Pat McAfee Epitomizes XFL’s Early Struggles

This weekend’s XFL was…okay. That is exactly what was wrong with it. Nothing special. A mixed bag. People are going to check in out of curiosity, but I didn’t see anything that would keep bringing people back for sustained success. The football seemed to be better than what we saw in 2001, but that’s not saying much.

There were two main problems. One is the gambling talk. It’s crazy to think how dramatically different sports coverage is today in terms of mentioning spreads. The announcers went way overboard. First of all, we get an over/under graphic (and Dallas -9.5) on the score bug. It was so forced and awkward. When people bet on games, they usually know what the bet is. You don’t have to keep reminding them about totals. Again, viewers had a graphic of the total to inform them anyway. If your game announcers aren’t talking about how there hasn’t been a lot of scoring, the sideline reporter is.

That brings me to Pat McAfee. This guy was awful on numerous levels. At least twice he mentioned that every XFL game of the weekend went under. That was strange and uncomfortable. Also, inaccurate. Los Angeles and Houston combined for 54 points. The closing total was listed at 51. Line movement indicated only a slight difference. Nothing more than 52. Already we have annoying, plus wrong. One or two things can be overlooked. However, you know what they say in commercials and infomercials. But wait…there’s more! One would think that the former kicker could at least pronounce a punter’s name correctly. Well, one would be incorrect. Marquette King should have corrected him to his face when they spoke. I definitely think somebody should have corrected him about the Houston game going over.

They had plenty of time before he reiterated the thought later on. Just read my tweet to him. Then, another mistake. Also on special teams, ironically. Dallas muffed a late punt but was able to get back on the football. McAfee proclaimed that it was game over before finding out that the punting team didn’t recover. Nothing like declaring the game over when it’s not. One of his partners even spoke about this and said he hoped that people didn’t change channels. Maybe ESPN knows what they are doing. I might have to catch McAfee next weekend to see how many more mistakes will be made. Still, that figures to get old in a hurry. Perhaps next weekend we can get the odds on this league coming back for a second season. Talk about that, Pat.

XFL Is Back: Vince McMahon To Make Announcement About New Pro Football League Today

WWE – WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon will make a major sports announcement today at 3 p.m. ET, streaming live from the digital platforms of his new enterprise, Alpha Entertainment.

THIS IS THE X-F-LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

Great news today. The XFL is coming back. Why? Your guess is as good as mine! That being said, it’s more football and that’s never a bad thing. Since I watched the 30 For 30 on the XFL, I’m an expert on the matter of why it failed. The league just seemed way before its time and the competition on the field had a lot to do with it. You can try to make new rules, but the game still has to resemble football. There is no way Vince is creating this league again to “fail.” Vince has to have a new plan with new investors to capitalize on his mistakes from his previous go-around.

The XFL has the right idea in terms of what it wants to do, which is to become a successful alternative to the NFL. They just have to make sure the product on the field doesn’t become a cheap gimmick. If the competition is good and it’s exciting, people will watch. The league needs to attract young, exciting players. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t recruit former NFL stars with big contracts. Johnny Manziel, RG3, Tim Tebow. These players will bring people to the stadiums. Make your season from June to August so fans will get the taste of football that they have been missing. The XFL will be the perfect lead in to college football and the NFL. However, I’m praying the XFL brings back some of the old rules.

The Scramble

Huge hits

WWE style promos

And the beautiful, Black and Red Ball

The XFL is so back.