Vince McMahon's XFL has made its glorious return after almost 20 years. Will you be tuning in?
Vince is promising that this go-round will be more true to the game of football with less glitz, less sexual exploitation of cheerleaders, less over-the-top antics, and better announcing. Although, we won't get the fun nicknames on the jerseys this time.
How ever you personally feel about the nicknames, the gimmick ended up being one of the better ideas for a league with rosters full of unknowns. D-Day, Death Blow, Big Daddy, and The Truth were memorable from the champion Los Angeles X-treme. Rod "He Hate Me" Smart, literally made his name on the Las Vegas Outlaws and later made the rosters of the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.
Standouts such as Tommy Maddox, Mike Furrey, and Jose Cortez landed on NFL rosters relying on their skills on the field rather than any cleverness on their nameplates.
It will be interesting to see if this new version of the XFL can capture (and keep) the attention of football fans with rosters built by the scraps of former NFL, CFL, and NCAA players. Many players and coaches will actually be recognizable to fans that have paid close attention. For those that don't go so in-depth, here's a helpful list of known football names to give you someone to cheer for!