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|Caminante Nocturno |
Let's be fair, on paper, the XFL looks like a good idea. I mean, provided that you only write one or two sentences on that paper.
Some sports remain entertaining when the quality of players drops. Aside from basketball, football is probably the sport that most comes to mind where B talent playing B talent makes the game considerably less entertaining.
Hockey could have worked (except for most Americans not caring about hockey), some crazy arena soccer variant might have worked (given that good play leads to airtight defense and low-scoring games), lacrosse could have been okay along with a bunch of other obscure full-contact sports (rugger, Aussie rules football, Gaelic hurling etc.). Or gone full short track car racing/demo derby. Streamline the rules to cut out play stoppages and you're good to go.
I don't think it's impossible to overestimate how much Americans love football. I've never met anyone into sports who wasn't also into football. It doesn't last year round simply because the beatings players take is crazy.
Baseball would be a good sport for a "B on B" league. Along with desperately needed updates to bring it out of the 19th century. It's crazy how the least physically demanding sport in the world has the most downtime.
|Seven Arts/H8 Red |
Imagine, cutting Smackdown to ninety minutes! WWF/WWE would never do that!...aside from when Smackdown segued into the premiere of The Mullets.
|MacGyver Style Bomb |
This leaves out the parts where the higher ups openly suggested hiring players straight out of high school, and the reaction of every sports analyst and professional coach was pretty much "What? Jesus Christ, no!"
If they were going for stunt spectacle, they should have gone full on Great White Hype. Take a sport and have the best men's high school team in the country play against a professional women's team.
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|Herr Matthias |
I remember watching the first XFL game on NBC. When the first couple of guys that scored touchdowns came out and vociferously thanked Jesus for their success, I really, honestly, genuinely felt bad for Vince McMahon.
Also, love that "guys can wear whatever they want on their jerseys" rule. Why, almost one or two guys per team took advantage of it.
I kind of imagine that Week 4 went something like this:
Jesse Ventura: "Have I mentioned that there are NO FAIR CATCHES in the XFL?"
Other guy: "Shut the hell up, Jesse."
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