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I like to think that the XFL, a no-holds-barred football league that played one season in 2001 during the NFL offseason, was ahead of its time. The NFL is currently seen so unfavorably by its players, fans, and the entire population of New England that I bet a 2017 XFL would achieve at least minor success — which is definitely better than the $70 million loss incurred by the league after all was said and done back in ’01.
Even if the NFL is too established to ever allow for another major football league in America, I think we can all agree that we wish the NFL adopted the XFL’s rules. Big hits were not only encouraged, but expected, the coin toss was replaced with a 2-man rugby scrum called the “human coin toss,” there were no PAT kicks because they were deemed too easy… the list of awesome (and dangerous, which is pretty much what I mean by awesome) rules goes on and on. If there were ever a way to adopt the XFL’s rules without increasing the risk of CTE, I have to imagine most of America would be on board. The XFL is often likened to the video game NFL Blitz, and that’s exactly what it was: pure, unadulterated gridiron mayhem to be enjoyed by people who want to see modern day gladiators concuss the tits off each other.
As someone who never watched the XFL’s lone 2001 season, I couldn’t be happier that, this February, I’ll be able to live it through the next installment in ESPN’s 30 For 30 series. Here’s the trailer to get you pumped for 1.5 hours of Vince McMahon and concussion protocols.
We miss you, XFL. You didn’t deserve the disrespect we showed you. Maybe if this movie does well you’ll come back…?.
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