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The X.F.L. is C.R.A.P.


Fri, Feb 16th, 2001
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Monday, February 19, 2001

Like most Americans, I was intrigued by the XFL when it was first being advertised in the fall. I thought it could be the return to real football. Tough, smash mouth type football that players like Dick Butkus (who, by the way, is the XFL's Director of Competition), Ray Nitchke, and Jack Lambert played way back in the days before the game gave way to the cocky, self-centered, me me me type football that is prevelant today. (Example: Randy "I'm so good that I can bad mouth my teammates and my organization after losing 41-0 to the Giants where I only caught 2 passes for 18 yards" Moss)

The major difference between the NFL and the XFL is the pay rate. A player in the NFL (Example: John Randle) can make $8 million dollars a year, record only 8 sacks, and still demand a trade. However, in the XFL quarterbacks make $50,000, a kicker makes $35,000, and all other players make $45,000. Plus those figures are their salary for an entire year, I think Randle made that much just to put that so called "intimidating" face paint on himself every game. For XFL players there is also a $2,500 bonus for each game won, a $7,500 bonus for each playoff game won, and a $1 million dollar purse divided up amongst the winner of "The Big Game At The End", which is the XFL equivalent of the Super Bowl.

I was also was captivated by the XFL's rule changes from the NFL's. The rule change that the XFL pushed the most was that there was no fair catches and a punted ball is live after traveling 25 yards. Another rule the XFL adopted is that an extra point cannot be kicked, the scoring team must run or pass for the extra point.

The best rule that I found was how the two teams decide who kicks. Instead of the standard coin toss, two players from opposite teams stand at the 30 yard line and race for the ball which is placed at the 50. Who ever comes up with the ball after the scramble has the option to kick or recieve.

So on February 3rd, I sat down and expected, like millions of other Americans who tuned in, to see hard hitting, action packed football. The XFL's first nationally televised game was the NY/NJ Hitmen versus the Las Vegas Outlaws. The first scene of the game was Vince McMahon, the brains behind the XFL and the World Wrestling Federation, screaming to the Las Vegas crowd, "This is the XFL!!!!" The only thing cheaper than his opening line was the rows upon rows of pyrotechnics exploding around him.

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A Step Back in Time

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Monday, February 19, 2000

The elderly lady behind the counter says, "Here are your tickets. You must go upstairs now and when you hear the bell, you must come down and begin the tour. No one is allowed into the Clock Museum without a tour guid ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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Escape from America

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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Iím a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like itís going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Telephones

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Monday, February 12, 2001

It is Saturday and the telephone rang again for about the sixth time and it is only two p.m. The various jingles, tones, and warbling throughout the house barely stir me. The kids will get it. The phone hardly ever ri ..... 
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Tooting our own horn

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Monday, February 19, 2001

It is usually at this time of year, after the groundhogs have seen their shadows and spring seems like an eternity away, that various news organizations hold their annual conferences. This is an opportunity for us new ..... 
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