April 20, 2001 |
Running back Saladin McCullough was working with young athletes as a trainer in Pasadena, convinced he'd never be given another chance to play in the NFL. "I'd been written off," he said. Wide receiver Jeremaine Copeland, cut by the Tennessee Titans, was working for a janitorial service in his hometown of Harriman, Tenn., when he wasn't playing with Barcelona in NFL Europe.
April 19, 2001 |
The XFL will be back next season, only its games will not be televised by NBC, league founder Vince McMahon said Wednesday. "There's nothing official, but as for NBC showing games on Saturday nights, that's not going to happen," McMahon said during an interview about the first year of his football league. A month after McMahon announced the formation of the XFL early last year, NBC came in as a 50-50 partner.
April 18, 2001 |
And so, California sports fans, this is as good as it gets, right? It's Los Angeles vs. San Francisco in a game for all the marbles. It's a test of municipal muscle, a revival of the state's most enduring rivalry--north vs. south, Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood, cable cars vs. Sunset Strip, and so much more. Then again, no. For the big game in the L.A. Coliseum late Saturday afternoon will pit the Los Angeles Xtreme against the San Francisco Demons.
March 23, 2001 |
The impression at times has been that the XFL is more about cheerleaders in the stands and strippers in hot tubs than it is about football. The XFL encouraged that sort of thinking when the league hit the scene, but it irritates the league's football people, who say that's not what the XFL is all about. And there are plenty of football people in the XFL. Dick Butkus is a top executive, and nobody is more "football" than Butkus, the Chicago Bear hall of fame linebacker.
March 19, 2001 |
NBC has quietly put out feelers to Hollywood's production community in the last few weeks regarding development of low-cost dramatic series that could be scheduled on Saturday night--a programming strategy that raises questions about the network's long-term commitment to its struggling XFL football league. Sources say NBC is interested in trying to produce one-hour series for not much more than $1 million per hour, or about a third less than the average new drama.
March 15, 2001 |
There is no telling how much longer the XFL will be around, but Gov. Jesse Ventura's days as the lead commentator may be numbered. "He's on thin ice," Vince McMahon said Wednesday during an interview on the state of his new winter professional football league. "We've made mistakes, and I think our biggest one was our selection of announcers," the XFL founder said. "We need football announcers, not WWF announcers."