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2 minutes ago, AustinFromBoston said:

Poor XFL just can't catch a break. 

would third time be the charm.

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i now believe Stan Kroenke is behind the virus.

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Regardless of the appeal of the league to some people I don’t think anyone can deny they were doing things the right way. It’s a good look for them paying players for the rest of the season and giving fans the refunds. AAF would’ve thrown its head back and laughed.
 

I hope they can come back next year because I really enjoyed it, and it was nice to have a pro football alternative in America that didn’t feel like a clown show.

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XFL players can sign with NFL teams once their exit physicals are complete. So this may have been the last we see the likes of PJ Walker, Jordan Ta'amu and others who were playing well, in the XFL. I wouldn't doubt many of them are in NFL camps this summer. How different will this league be next year, I wonder? Obviously, always knew that was a possibility, but with a shortened season, kinda feels like being robbed. Oh well. Pretty entertaining 5 weeks.

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Obviously disappointed that I won't get to use my March 21 BattleHawks tickets, but much less disappointed than I would be to see it result in people contracting a disease and dying.

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5 hours ago, Maroon said:

Obviously disappointed that I won't get to use my March 21 BattleHawks tickets, but much less disappointed than I would be to see it result in people contracting a disease and dying.

I hadn't gotten tickets yet, but I was planning on going to that game.

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Just the worst luck ever.  I am glad to see how the general attitude toward minor-league football in general, and the XFL specifically, has changed from "why do we need this?" to "lol I hope they fail, it'll just be wrestling", to "hmm... some of those rules are kinda cool..." to "hey, the uniforms (mostly) don't suck" to "the presentation is really good, and they're getting better-than-expected crowds!" to actual legitimate discussion about the games.  It says a lot about what they accomplished, and it's a shame that they lost all the momentum.  IMO, it'll be hard to come back next year without there being any closure on this year, since the rosters will be so very different.  It'll be like next year is just another first year.

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1 hour ago, BringBackTheVet said:

Just the worst luck ever.  I am glad to see how the general attitude toward minor-league football in general, and the XFL specifically, has changed from "why do we need this?" to "lol I hope they fail, it'll just be wrestling", to "hmm... some of those rules are kinda cool..." to "hey, the uniforms (mostly) don't suck" to "the presentation is really good, and they're getting better-than-expected crowds!" to actual legitimate discussion about the games.  It says a lot about what they accomplished, and it's a shame that they lost all the momentum.  IMO, it'll be hard to come back next year without there being any closure on this year, since the rosters will be so very different.  It'll be like next year is just another first year.

 

BattleHawks had more than half of their upper bowl sold out, and were opening up new sections whenever they sold out of the ones they'd already made available. There were going to be 40,000+ people there... and now that's just not going to happen.

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1 hour ago, BringBackTheVet said:

Just the worst luck ever.  I am glad to see how the general attitude toward minor-league football in general, and the XFL specifically, has changed from "why do we need this?" to "lol I hope they fail, it'll just be wrestling", to "hmm... some of those rules are kinda cool..." to "hey, the uniforms (mostly) don't suck" to "the presentation is really good, and they're getting better-than-expected crowds!" to actual legitimate discussion about the games.  It says a lot about what they accomplished, and it's a shame that they lost all the momentum.  IMO, it'll be hard to come back next year without there being any closure on this year, since the rosters will be so very different.  It'll be like next year is just another first year.

 

I agree about the unfortunate lost momentum.  I was genuinely excited about the resurgent Guardians facing the huge challenge of playing the mighty Houston Roughnecks this coming weekend; and I am so disappointed that I won't be able to experience that. 

The whole league has been fun. With only eight teams in the league, it is possible for a fan to watch every game (or, in the case of D.C. and Houston, to listen).  Having that kind of overview is tremendous. 

Also, there are plenty of good podcasts devoted to the analysis and discussion of the league.  (One of the fan-run podcasts was so good that it was adopted by the league and became officialised!)  It occurs to me that the fun of listening to these shows is similar to how I am grooving on Star Trek: Picard (or how I will be diving back in to the new season of Westworld), with all the fan-driven media enhancing the enjoyment.  The days right after the weekend were taken up by XFL podcasts, just as the days after Thursday have been taken up by Picard podcasts.  I dug following the XFL so much that it wound up taking my attention away from NYCFC and the rest of MLS. 

But I don't agree that the teams' rosters will necessarily be very different next season.  Stars like Walker and Ta'amu may well be off to the NFL; but I think it's a good bet that the vast majority of players who played in the league this year to be back in it next year.  In the AAF about one player per team got an NFL contract (roster or practice squad); even if the XFL's average is two or three times that, this would still mean that most players will be coming back. By this time next year, Luis Perez could well be the best quarterback in the league!

One other note.  You observed that the general attitude towards the league moved from reflexive mockery all the way to serious discussion about play, and noted that this is an accomplishment in itself.  Another thing the league accomplished was to have a controversy and to come out of it looking better than before.  After the officiating mistake at the end of the Houston-Seattle game, the league issued a quick and decisive response.  Criticism of the league for the mistake was overtaken by praise for the league's handing of the mistake; remarkably, this event wound up earning the XFL good publicity rather than bad publicity.  A main reason is that the league had already created a great deal of goodwill around the issue of officiating, by means of its transparency.  On this basis the XFL earned the respect of many fans and even some in the media.

A lot went right in this truncated first XFL season.  Given that McMahon is willing to absorb the additional cost of the lost ticket revenue for the second half of the season and the playoffs, and to continue funding the league, then I expect that the XFL will encounter an audience that is eager to welcome its return.  So I really doubt that next season will be like another first year.

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It's not confirmed until they're on the field.  There's a lot of moving parts, and any of them could derail the train, regardless of what Vince wants to do.

 

hope they're back, but it's far from 'confirmed'.

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18 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

Just the worst luck ever.  I am glad to see how the general attitude toward minor-league football in general, and the XFL specifically, has changed from "why do we need this?" to "lol I hope they fail, it'll just be wrestling", to "hmm... some of those rules are kinda cool..." to "hey, the uniforms (mostly) don't suck" to "the presentation is really good, and they're getting better-than-expected crowds!" to actual legitimate discussion about the games.  It says a lot about what they accomplished, and it's a shame that they lost all the momentum.  IMO, it'll be hard to come back next year without there being any closure on this year, since the rosters will be so very different.  It'll be like next year is just another first year.

The amount of people I saw on Twitter mourning the cancellation like their best friend died blew me away. The XFL was legitimately building a grass roots movement and it was starting to work. People that gave it no shot were coming back for more. This is a shame.

 

Also looks like any plans of doing a playoff later seems to be dashed. XFL is sending people home (also something AAF screwed up) and moving on to 2021.

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, GDAWG said:

 


Assuming Atlanta would be in the East connecting DC and Tampa and Chicago being in the West to less rely on the Texas factor.

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Actually I can think of a Chicago name that would seperate from Bears/Bulls/Blackhawks.....

Chicago Wolves.

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