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Here it is, the official first image of the new XFL 2016. Lots of familiar teams here. 

 

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Since Tommy Maddox has pretty much retired, who do you predict will be under center for the Xtreme?

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14 hours ago, WideRight said:

Here it is, the official first image of the new XFL 2016. Lots of familiar teams here. 

 

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Charlotte Hounds?

Does the MLL not exist in this universe?

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1 hour ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

 

Charlotte Hounds?

Does the MLL not exist in this universe?

No, the USFL means that a lot of other sports leagues and pretty much every other non-NFL league do not exist.  MLS is struggling for audience, Lacrosse, Rugby, WNBA all suffer because so much more corporate and fan attention is kept with football through the USFL in spring.  It is very possible that the Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies also don't exist. 

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15 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

Since Tommy Maddox has pretty much retired, who do you predict will be under center for the Xtreme?

 

Could be a local "territorial pick" like Brett Hundley or Matt Cassel, or the XFL might jump on some down & out NFL players like Case Keenum, Matt Flynn or Tom Brady (who is just getting killed behind a makeshift SD Chargers line, just manhandled, and hearing a lot of boos.)

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1 hour ago, WideRight said:
3 hours ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

Charlotte Hounds?

Does the MLL not exist in this universe?

No, the USFL means that a lot of other sports leagues and pretty much every other non-NFL league do not exist. 

 

Except the XFL.

 

1 hour ago, WideRight said:

MLS is struggling for audience, Lacrosse, Rugby, WNBA all suffer because so much more corporate and fan attention is kept with football through the USFL in spring. 

 

Hmm.  So another spring football league has sprung up to compete with the USFL; but these leagues in other sports are somehow struggling on account of the USFL?  That doesn't hang together at all. 

Even if a spring football league such as the USFL were to exist, the fans who watch the other sports and who don't care about football (and there are plenty of them) would still watch those other sports.  There may be more competition for some sponsors; but these leagues are dealing with a largely different set of sponsors than a football league would be.

 

 

 

2 hours ago, WideRight said:

It is very possible that the Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies also don't exist. 

 

Wait -- what?  I'm afraid this is getting worse.  So Major League Baseball never did their expansions in 1993 and 1998 because the USFL was so popular?

 

This is your fantasy universe; so you can write the story however you like.  But it's not making much sense on these questions.  The logos are great; but the narrative is pretty far removed from anything resembling the realistic.

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Oh the potential is there for this to get a whole lot worse.  I have to wrap it up at 2017, so all kinds of crazy could happen.  You might even see an NFL team jump ship for another league, or perhaps be forced to leave the NFL for all kinds of cheating/collusion/illegalities, not the least of which might be the owner's corporate connection being found guilty of colluding with the Russians to corner the disposable razor market and the head coach discovered to be a killer android from the future whose goal is to destroy football and the media by giving just horrible interviews and dressing like a hobo.  Could happen!

 

 

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And before this series wraps up, I'd like to know if either league in this universe has experimented with one of those helmet cameras like USA Network did with the World League in real life?

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10 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

And before this series wraps up, I'd like to know if either league in this universe has experimented with one of those helmet cameras like USA Network did with the World League in real life?

 

No doubt.  The USFL is always looking for cutting edge ways to present themselves.  They were the first league to use the helmet cam, the wire cam that trails plays, cameras on referees, etc.  They also innovated with fantasy football, condensed rebroadcasts of games, and the Gridiron Network had the first "Redzone" channel.  Not to mention the constant competition between EA Sports Madden game and the All Pro USFL 2k series in gaming.  

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Something must be going on, with the forum being incredibly inactive, but take your time, OK?

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31 minutes ago, HereComesThax said:

Something must be going on, with the forum being incredibly inactive, but take your time, OK?

 

One of two things:

 

He's working on the XFL night and day to create an amazing clash of the near-titans below the NFL. Whoever wins, fans of football win.

 

The authors are human beings like you and me with their own schedules.

 

Either way, sit back and enjoy the plot as it comes.

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Sorry, folks.  I have had just a bunch of other things going on.  2017 USFL is coming, and that will end the thread for me.  I am thinking about a 2020 XFL concept series.  We shall see. 

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No worries.

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6 hours ago, WideRight said:

Sorry, folks.  I have had just a bunch of other things going on.  2017 USFL is coming, and that will end the thread for me.  I am thinking about a 2020 XFL concept series.  We shall see. 

 

After 32 seasons, the wall has finally appeared and the alternate USFL is going to hit it.

 

Shame to hear it's going to end, but I did enjoy reading this.

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2016 USFL Season

The 2016 USFL Season brought some sense of normalcy, as the league was able to run a standard 16-week season, but despite strong on-field performance, the league was still clearly reeling from the defection of several franchises to the newly-formed XFL.  Attendance was down, nerves were frayed, and with the league already announcing that it would contract to 20 teams, fans in several cities were already nervous that their franchise might be the one. 

 

Uncertainty, paired with the recent exodus of talent both to the NFL and now the XFL affected many franchises.  Quarterback play in particular seemed to be taking the biggest hit, as teams struggled to sign or retain top name talent.  The one exception to this was in Tampa Bay, where the combination of Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow shredded the league to the tune of a 12-2 record.  What made the combination so deadly was not so much the ability to rack up passing yardage, though Tampa finished in the Top 10 in that category, it was the threat of the run.  The Bandits finished first in the league in rushing despite not having a 1,000 RB on the roster.  With Kaepernick taking the majority of snaps, but with Tebow subbing, or serving in dual QB/RB formations, the combination became the first in history to post 1,000 yards from the QB position. 

 

The other teams that had managed to retain or acquire legitimate franchise quarterbacks also saw success in 2016, including the Drew Brees-led Washington Federals, Marcus Mariota and the Seattle Orca, New Jersey with Brock Osweiler, and the Cleveland Invaders led by young gun Dak Prescott.  Franchises who struggled at QB or found themselves in transition, trying out various signal callers, tended to fall flat, including the floundering LA Express, who started the year with Wisconsin QB Ricky Stanzi under center, but eventually started 4 different QB’s in their 3-win season.  Houston also suffered as former Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib led the league in interceptions. 

 

The biggest surprise of the year was the success of new HC Wally Buono in Jacksonville.  Not much was expected of the CFL coach in his first year, and while the 7-7 record attests to the erratic play at times in the Alamo city, the Bulls finished the year with 4 straight wins, including stunning victories in Tampa and at home against the Federals. 

 

When the playoffs rolled around, once again QB play was crucial.  All 4 semifinal squads had league-leading QB play, and while Tampa Bay easily dispatched the plucky Orca squad, the Federals and Generals played one of the greatest, most exciting, playoff games in league history, a 42-40 gunslingers duel that came down to who had the ball last.  That team was New Jersey, who used a last minute drive to finish off the Federals, scoring to take the lead and the win with only 7 seconds left on the clock with a beautiful Osweiler to Tyler Lockett fade pattern for the 17 yard score.

 

In the Championship it was the Bandits vs. the Generals, two franchises certain to be retained as the league contracted.  The Generals came out flat, perhaps still reveling in their win the week before, and by halftime the Bandits had built up an impressive 21-3 lead.  A Sean Lee fumble recovery and 22 yard scamper to the end zone brought the Generals closer at 21-10 early in the 3rd, but that was quickly followed by two successive Kaepernick-led TD drives that put the game out of reach.  After falling just short in the 2015 Championship, the return trip was magic for the Bandits, who won their first championship since 2003. 

 

 

2016 USFL Final Standings

 

Northeast

Southeast

Gulf Coast

Central

West

 

*NJ     10-4

*NE      9-5

PHI       7-7

PIT        6-7-1

 

*WSH     11-3

*BLT         9-5

JAX           7-7

ATL          6-8

 

 

*TBY       12-2

*BIR          8-6

MEM        7-7

NOR         5-9

 

*CLE    10-4

*MGN    8-5-1

SAN       6-8

CHI        5-9

HOU      4-10

 

 

*SEA       9-5

*ARZ       8-6

DEN        8-6

SJO          5-9

LA           3-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 USFL Playoffs

Wildcard Round                Birmingham(10) d. Baltimore(7)                Arizona(9) d. Michigan(8)

 

Division Round                  Tampa Bay (1) d. Birmingham(10)             Washington(2) d. Arizona(9)

                                           New Jersey(3) d. New England(6)            Seattle(5) d. Cleveland(4)

 

Semifinal Round                Tampa Bay(1) d. Seattle(5)                       New Jersey(3) d. Washington(2)

 

2016 USFL Championship             Tampa Bay 35    New Jersey 17

 

2016 USFL Awards

2016 USFL Most Valuable Player:   Colin Kaepernick, QB, Tampa Bay

2016 USFL Coach of the Year:  Bruce Arians, New England

2016 USFL Rookie of the Year:  Dak Prescott, QB, Cleveland

 

2016 USFL Relocation/Expansion or Logo/Uniform News

1)      Louisville and Minnesota withdraw from the USFL in order to join the new XFL.

2)     The USFL announces plans to contract to 20 teams in 2017.  The two teams to be contracted or absorbed by other USFL franchises are not named at this time.

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BANDITS WIN!!!!!! HECK YES!!!!!

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Are there still tensions between the Bucs and Bandits in the Tampa market?

 

Also, I would imagine this song being used in some capacity at Bandits games...

 

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