THE AAF SHUTS DOWN BEFORE FINISHING FIRST FULL SEASON

The Alliance Of American Football league has suspended its operations. On Tuesday, players were told that the end of the day would be the last day of football operations. There has been no official explanation as to why the AAF decided to shut the doors. But if we’re going to take an educated guess here, I would say that money was likely a big factor.

 

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The AAF started off with a bang. As a football junkie myself, I gave the first televised game a shot just to see what it was hittin’ for. I have to admit, I was impressed. The AAF was far from any “junior” NFL league that I’ve seen over the years. From what I saw the AAF was actually very competitive. These didn’t seem to be guys they just picked up off of the streets. These guys seemed to have played organized football at the highest level before. My thinking was right. I remembered multiple names as players who once played in the NFL. There were also a bunch of known names from their college days that did not make a big splash in the NFL. Still, these are all players who’ve played football on the highest level. A big difference from leagues like the XFL back in the day. Talent was not the AAF’s issue. Getting an audience was not even an issue. With the NFL season over, football junkies like myself were fiendin’ for more football to watch. We would’ve watched the AAF faithfully every Sunday at 1pm. The problem was the difficulty finding AAF games on television. I never checked their official schedule, but it seemed sporadic. People like a routine. Plus, the AAF didn’t have the correct television outlets for a new league. You need to be found on a television network (a free one, not the NFL Network). It needs to be accessible to all people. Then you can spin off to your cable channels and “dot-coms” or whatever. After the first week I was looking for more. I think a lot of people were. I believe the league’s first week ratings were pretty good. The league made the mistake of allowing the excitement to wear off. The very next week I couldn’t find a game. I checked their schedule and they were saying it was on cbssports.com. cbssports,com? No disrespect, but I ain’t going through all of that bullsh*t to watch a team that’s not the Philadelphia Eagles. Even during the NFL’s offseason. I forgot the AAF was still a thing after that. My guess is that most of the league’s week 1 viewers did also. That’s a shame too. I really thought they were on to something. Oh well, I guess it’s on to the next one.

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MO MONEY, MO MONEY, MO MONEY! WR OBJ AND NY GIANTS REACH AGREEMENT ON BIG MONEY CONTRACT

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WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants have reached an agreement on a new deal for the all-star receiver. OBJ and the Giants reportedly agreed on a 5-year $95 million max contract. ESPN (@espn) reported, $65 million of that is guaranteed money. The staggering amount of guaranteed money is enough to make anyone say “Damn!” I agree….but I’m also saying damn for a whole different reason.

As a Philadelphia Eagles fan it’s my duty to stay in tune with the “haps” in the NFC East. The Giants have always been an issue for me, even during seasons they were bad. The Giants have always had a very strange habit of coming out of nowhere and making some major noise in the division. A happy (and paid) OBJ can become a huge problem for the NFC East and probably the rest of the league too. Even with the “human trash can”, that is Eli Manning throwing him the ball, OBJ is a major threat. He can single-handedly make the Giants offense extremely dangerous. A guy with Becham’s skill set doesn’t necessarily need the ball in his hands to make a difference. Defenses need to double team OBJ on practically every play. This leaves one-on-one’s all over the field. Even Eli “The Trash Man” Manning will find it difficult to f*ck that up!

Make no mistake about it, the Giants are a team we need to keep our eyes on this season. OBJ has always put up BIG numbers, especially against us. Most of this happened when he was upset or unhappy about one thing or another. Imagine a healthy, focused, and most importantly, happy OBJ out there on Sundays. So, Congrats to OBJ and the New York Giants on the huge deal, but this could turn out to be a bigger deal for the rest of the NFC East….and not in a good way!

VINCE MCMAHON ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE XFL (VIDEO)

Yesterday I wrote about an announcement Vince Mcmahon was going to make at 3pm. The announcement was exactly what we all expected. The return of the XFL. The new edition of the league will be coming in 2020. Mcmahon promises that his league will be everything that the NFL is not. The XFL will let the fans choose what they want and don’t want. Vince Mcmahon, alwats the showman, stands at his podium to garner some interest in this new league. (just like the first time around) Making promises of something exciting and new coming to football. Almost like a political candidate on a campaign trail. All of the promises of what’s to come is all good, but there’s still one problem. You’re going to have to put a watchable product on that field in 2020. A thing Mcmahon and the failing XFL were not able to do in 2001. Watch Mcmahon announce the return of the XFL below:

 

 

Video courtesy: ESPN

 

 

VINCE MCMAHON SET TO GIVE XFL ANOTHER TRY?

Are you old enough to remember the XFL? The XFL was a professional( I use that term loosely) football league that was headed by WWE founder Vince Mcmahon. The big draw for the XFL was supposed to be “excitement” and the fact that the XFL season was supposed to run during the NFL’s offseason, which actually was a pretty good idea, especially for football junkies who have a jones for the sport during the NFL’s offseason. The problem with the XFL is that Mcmahon was never able to fully separate it from his wrestling empire. Mcmahon’s wrestling empire was built on a soap opera-like theme. Good guys, bad guys kind of thing, which some people love. That’s why the WWF (now WWE) became so popular. Characters like Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre The Giant. Mcmahon managed to use the same successful formula and pass it down to the next generation of superstar wrestlers, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, etc. etc. etc. It was a formula that always worked. Bad guys vs. good guys. When that gets boring, turn the good guys into bad guys and the bad guys into good guys. Things like that seemed to hold wrestling fans interest. It certainly held mine as a youngster. Mcmahon seemed to try to bring this same formula for success into his latest business venture, The XFL. The league really tried to focus on the players and coaches as characters, not their talents on the field. The league even went as far as to add nicknames to the back of the jerseys to let the fans know a little about the players’ character. The most famous, was a guy who wore a jersey with the name “He Hate Me” on the back. I can’t recall that players name at the moment, but I do remember he went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles a few years after the XFL went out of business. Rod Smart! It just came to me. I think that was his name, or something like that. Anyway, the XFL only lasted for that one season in 2001. The league had one great night of ratings. The very first night. After seeing commercials for the league all over the place, most people were curious to see what the league and games would actually look like. After people got a quick peek at the mediocre talent on the field, most people were disappointed with the XFL. Ratings dipped week after week. The XFL blames the league’s failure on NBC. There was a Saturday Night game being played that went into overtime. NBC cut away from the game to go to their regular programming at the time (Saturday Night Live). The XFL blames NBC for their league failing because they cut away from one of their best games of the season before the game was completed. Whatever helps Vince Mcmahon and the failed XFL sleep at night I guess. Truth is, the league was going under anyway. Maybe you can sell characters in wrestling, but you can’t sell that sh*t to hardcore football fans. Football fans want to see good football, not colorful characters. Anyway, Mcmahon is reportedly going to give the XFL another try. I wonder if he’s learned that football fans want to see good football? Probably not. People who have success in one thing seem to have a hard time understanding that some things are different. It takes a different formula to be successful in different things sometimes. Mcmahon will probably trot out a bunch of wrestlers to promote a league based in mediocre talent once again. Once again, it will fail. And once again, Vince Mcmahon will likely blame someone else for his inability to adjust. Because, smart, successful businessmen never make mistakes, therefore every failure has to be someone else’s fault, not that of the genius.

 

 

 

ESPN (@espn) reports, Alpha Entertainment, a company formed by Mcmahon, issued a media advisory Thursday saying that Mcmahon would have a “major sports announcement” on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

Last month, WWE filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that Mcmahon would sell approximately $100 million in stock to fund Alpha Entertainment, a company founded to make investments “including professional football.” All signs lead to Mcmahon announcing that he is forming another football league this afternoon. The announcement is set for 3pm today. I’ll try to keep you posted with word of the announcement.