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You have got to be kidding me.
Do they really think the North American sports landscape needs a minor league, spring/summer football league populated by guys who can’t cut it in the big league and who will put their brains and future lives on the line to play for the guy who brought you the XFL?
I love the part where the players will be forced to stand for the national anthem (I wonder if that doofus Trump can get in on the ground floor of another football league that’ll go bankrupt since he’ll be looking for work in 2020); and I particularly love the part where only players of high moral character and pristine personal backgrounds will be allowed to play. Not a single DUI, nada, nothing. Forget about paying a debt to society or treating each case individually, zero tolerance.
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Sounds like pandering to a certain segment of society to me and while some will love it, I’m dead certain it won’t last.
What a hoot.
When I heard about it yesterday my first reaction was skepticism not only because of McMahon’s involvement given his past football failures but because the sport itself may not be exactly dying on the vine but it’s trending that way and it’s certainly far from healthy.
The concussion issue is real, parents aren’t letting their kids play the sport as teenagers; the NFL’s not exactly a bastion of good corporate behavior; there’s not much television money or time left and while phones and tablets and what-have-you may be the way of the future, monetizing them to the extent you’d need seems more difficult for a start-up league than you might imagine, I suspect.
Two hour games!
Not sure how they accomplish that.
More things you like and fewer that you don’t!
No sure what the heck they mean by that.
No bad apples, stand for the anthem!
They gotta get He Hate Me involved. Amirite?
Who didn’t have Bad Habits in the vinyl collection back in the day?
You know, if you can write about pepperoni balls and get in a reference to Crockett and Tubbs, you’ve had a good Nothing But Net day. Really. The Pepperoni Balls!
And some interesting Raptors quotes as well.
Kyle Lowry kind of hit the nail on the head about the all-star game yesterday when he made these two points at practice while I was being slightly delayed by Delta because – get this! – the ticket reader at the gate check-in counter was busted and one woman had to call out the names and seats to another woman 20 feet away before each of us could board.
Yeah, that was fun.
Anyway, Lowry on the game and it’s what I’ve been saying all along; it’s on the players to make it work.
“I think this format will help in general. I think that’s why the league is doing it, to try to help the game be more competitive. A lot of things have been said but I think as players and as professionals we do want to put on a better show.”
Does it mean playoff intensity?
“No but you’ve got to play hard. You’ve got to play some defence, put some coverages in and just talk about it and be a little bit more vocal on the court.”
We can only hope, right?
Oh, the teams?
Who ya got?