It's always great to catch up with Freddie Coleman one half of "Freddie And Fitzsimmons" 9 pm to 1 am right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Freddie is one of the truly great and knowledgable people on sports talk radio. We get his insight on where he thinks the Yankees and Mets seasons ending but most importantly we find out that Freddie is not a fan of the XFL, or any Spring football for that matter. With that being said will I (Levack) have any chance of getting Freddie Coleman to commit to going to an XFL game with me whenever the league kicks off?
My support of the XFL is well documented. I bet Goz it would kick-off and that I could pull together a bus trip to go to a game with listeners, and won both. So when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the leagues shutdown and eventually to be put up for sale, it stung a little. But to quote some smart guy "It's always darkest before the dawn" (Thomas Fuller was that smart guy). The WWE and Hollywood legend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is teaming up with Dany Garcia and Red Bird Capital to buy the upstart pro Football League for approximately $15 Million.
There's an old saying that "Hindsight is 20/20" but in the case of former Albany Empire star receiver Malachi Jones his foresight appears to also be very clear. After last year's Arena Bowl Jones was picked up by the Seattle Dragons of the new and improved XFL. Malachi's days as a Dragon were numbered as he shortly thereafter joined the Montreal Alouettes. We all know now that the XFL was doomed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but what was it that made Malachi decide to take his talents north of the border?
The XFL has not only ceased to function as a league but now has filed for bankruptcy. The XFL is the first sports league to fold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of the major sports leagues will no doubt feel the effects of postponing, suspending, amending or even cancelling games and or seasons due to the world wide Pandemic but the loss of half a season and the effects on the WWE could of closed the XFL's doors for good.
The second go round for the XFL didn't happen as planned, at least not so far. The season like many, if not all professional sports leagues was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 version of the coronavirus. The first season which was off to a pretty good start was shut down prematurely. With many wondering if the XFL will be able to return for it's second season one player could decide just how seriously fans of the NFL begin to take the XFL. Houston Renegades QB PJ Walker was a breakout star for the XFL and now he'll get his chance to play in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.
Week one of the XFL was everything I hoped it would be and more, so I'm super excited for week two. I already find myself angry that teams are being ranked ahead of "MY" New York Guardians. One of those teams will host the Guardians Saturday when they head to D.C. to face the Defenders.
With the NFL season over and the Kansas City Chiefs crowned as champs, normally football would be over BUT NOT THIS YEAR! The XFL is back and kicks off this Saturday. Here is the full slate of this week's games and details on how you can join us when we go see the New York Guardians host the Los Angeles Wildcats.
As soon as the XFL announced they would have a team in New York I got excited. I love football and the XFL will help with my post Super Bowl withdrawal. However Goz took the stance of "the league will never even kickoff." So of course we decided to settle our discussion as only two mature grown men could...A BET and now XFL commissioner Oliver Luck is here to help us settle the bet once and for all.
The XFL will kick off the week after the NFL Super Bowl on Saturday, February 8th and we're now learning some of the rules that will differentiate the XFL from the NFL. You can see a quick tutorial at XFL.com.