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.
April 21, 2001 |
The first Super Bowl was played at the Coliseum in 1967. The first XFL championship game, billed as the "Million Dollar Game," will be played there tonight. The similarities end there. The NFL was an established league in 1967. Although that initial Super Bowl didn't sell out, it drew 61,946. XFL officials would be happy if tonight's 5 o'clock game between the Los Angeles Xtreme and the San Francisco Demons draws 20,000.
November 17, 2000 |
The tall quarterback wearing jersey No. 5 was throwing sharp, crisp passes. A photographer was telling the quarterback exactly what he wanted, and the quarterback was delivering. This scene occurred at the Coliseum, site of a mini-camp for skill-position players for the L.A. Xtreme, the team in wrestling promoter Vince McMahon's new XFL scheduled to begin its inaugural season in February. The team's very first practice had just ended.
February 4, 2001 |
To answer your first question about Vince McMahon's professional wrestling football league, no, the outcomes of these games aren't scripted in advance--not yet anyway, although today is back-to-the-blackboard day inside the executive offices of the XFL, so you never know.
April 4, 2000 |
The XFL, the new professional football league founded by World Wrestling Federation CEO Vince McMahon, has a lucrative television deal with NBC that has all but put a headlock on outdoor football in the spring. Dennis Murphy, co-founder of the International Football Federation, which was supposed to have begun play in February but failed to secure a television deal, said his league will instead open in 2001--along with the XFL--but will play from April to early July.
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."
May 11, 2001 |
It's now the ex-XFL. The experimental football league folded Thursday after one season that lasted 12 weeks and concluded April 21. League founder Vince McMahon, chairman of the World Wrestling Federation, said during a late-afternoon conference call that the decision to fold the league was made earlier in the day, after a deal with the UPN television network fell through. "I came to the realization that we could not continue four hours ago," McMahon said.
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.
February 5, 2001 |
What a bummer, what a fraud. After that full nelson of a buildup from Jesse Ventura, who moonlights as Minnesota governor, and Vince McMahon, the billionaire farceur who heads the World Wrestling Federation. After they and their fellow funny men at NBC promised "Gladiator" with goal posts. After an advertising blitz guaranteed to boil the blood pressures of those wimps and pantywaists in Congress hoping to impose passivity on our savage airwaves. After all of that.