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3 hours ago, Capella said:

Also smart to play these at soccer stadiums. I know some are playing at NFL stadiums (like the vipers) and that’s going to be a bad look imo. 

Seattle is playing at Century Link.  :lmao:

 

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1 hour ago, Jayrok said:

Conspiracy theory moment but anyone notice during the last 2 minutes of the first half of each game... after a TD the next kickoff either went out of bounds (2nd game) or went well short of reaching the 20 yard line (1st game)?

In those situations the ball goes to the kicking teams 45...not the receiving team's 40. 

Did Vince McMahon instruct them to do this to show how his rules can generate excitement at the end of the half?  No one wants to see a team taking a knee to run out the clock.  

Or just coincidence?  :tinfoilhat:

If one of the games this weekend goes to overtime you'll know the fix is in. :penalty:

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Up 3 units so far.  Busy night of handicapping ahead of me.  Will report back for the cutting XFL wagering insight you guys depend on and deserve since.......(checks the thread) Friday.

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3 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

Up 3 units so far.  Busy night of handicapping ahead of me.  Will report back for the cutting XFL wagering insight you guys depend on and deserve since.......(checks the thread) Friday.

I really really hope you like Tampa Bay to roll New York. :pleasegod: 

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1 hour ago, General Malaise said:

Seattle is playing at Century Link.  :lmao:

 

The Seattle Sounders soccer team also play there.

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1 hour ago, General Malaise said:

Seattle is playing at Century Link.  :lmao:

 

Omg. So if that team is 1-7 in two months there are going to be 18 people there. 

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15 minutes ago, Snoopy said:

The Seattle Sounders soccer team also play there.

Oh, and they pack that place too.  Just not sure the Dragons are going to fare as well there, but I could be wrong.  Seattle fans are not the brightest. ;)

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It wasn't that bad at all. Yes, some miscommunication and dropped passes, but it was entertaining. 

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11 minutes ago, Capella said:

Omg. So if that team is 1-7 in two months there are going to be 18 people there. 

All of them jammed into that weird skinny area behind one of the endzones screaming the Texas A&M slogan "TWELFTH MAN!!!!!"

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3 hours ago, Jayrok said:

Conspiracy theory moment but anyone notice during the last 2 minutes of the first half of each game... after a TD the next kickoff either went out of bounds (2nd game) or went well short of reaching the 20 yard line (1st game)?

In those situations the ball goes to the kicking teams 45...not the receiving team's 40. 

Did Vince McMahon instruct them to do this to show how his rules can generate excitement at the end of the half?  No one wants to see a team taking a knee to run out the clock.  

Or just coincidence?  :tinfoilhat:

Put literally NOTHING past Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

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4 hours ago, Jayrok said:

Didn't care much for all the interviews as soon as a guy walks off the field..

To this point, it makes 100% sense why they're doing it. Trying to create drawing power by hitting gold on a couple of player reaction interviews and make them stars.

Players are going to start practicing like wrestling promos, just you watch.

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According to Dave Meltzer, premier wrestling journalist (no, I'm not making that up), Vince has enough money set aside for 3 years, with the endgame being hoodwinking some TV exec into a contract.

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2 hours ago, facook said:

I really really hope you like Tampa Bay to roll New York. :pleasegod: 

I can't do it.  I just.....I can't.  You're asking me not only to put my money behind Aaron Murray (who was cut more times than the 3rd row of a Billie Eilish concert) but Marc F'n Trestman.  I'm sorry, but no.  Especially not as a 4 point favorite.  This marriage of Murray and Trestman is the kind that happens in Vegas after too many cocktails.  It'll end poorly and soon, trust me on this.  

Meanwhile, I get gritty, scrappy, chippy Matt McGloin as a home dog?  Why on earth would I a bet against the Scranton Scrambler????   McGloin actually won an NFL start or two, which is more than any other XFL QB can say.  Also gets to handoff to perennial under achiever Christin Michel.  

The play: NY Guardians +4 over Tampa Bay Vipers **1/2* out of ****

 

Sorry Cappy

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27 minutes ago, hagmania said:

Put literally NOTHING past Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

For sure, but the commish is Oliver Luck who seems to be of very high integrity. No way he takes this job unless McMahon ensures him he leaves the carnival barking to the wwe. 

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10 minutes ago, General Malaise said:

I can't do it.  I just.....I can't.  You're asking me not only to put my money behind Aaron Murray (who was cut more times than the 3rd row of a Billie Eilish concert) but Marc F'n Trestman.  I'm sorry, but no.  Especially not as a 4 point favorite.  This marriage of Murray and Trestman is the kind that happens in Vegas after too many cocktails.  It'll end poorly and soon, trust me on this.  

Meanwhile, I get gritty, scrappy, chippy Matt McGloin as a home dog?  Why on earth would I a bet against the Scranton Scrambler????   McGloin actually won an NFL start or two, which is more than any other XFL QB can say.

Ahem.

Josh Johnson, he of 13 mostly practice squad or training camp rosters over the course of a 12-year NFL career, has won exactly 1 NFL game.

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13 minutes ago, [scooter] said:

Ahem.

Josh Johnson, he of 13 mostly practice squad or training camp rosters over the course of a 12-year NFL career, has won exactly 1 NFL game.

Oh yeah.... :lmao:

And he won LAST year, too.  Right?  I'm a moron. 

 

If I somehow hit on the Guardians to go 3-3 on this stupid thing, I'm going to money line bet St. Louis.  Currently 9.5 pt dogs, could be juicy. :popcorn:

 

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15 minutes ago, [scooter] said:

Ahem.

Josh Johnson, he of 13 mostly practice squad or training camp rosters over the course of a 12-year NFL career, has won exactly 1 NFL game.

Cardale Jones has never lost a college or professional football game he started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(please don’t look at how many NFL games he started)

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Do people really think that the XFL execs would commit a felony in the first two games of their existence in order to hopefully up viewership? :confused:

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Day 1 was very enjoyable imo. 
 

they talked up the league as a place to get a chance to show your stuff, get starter reps, and hopefully get a chance to play in the NFL again. They also pointed out a player's NFL experience every chance the announcers got. The "nfl farm league" mentality is the best chance for success imo, so I’m glad they’re pimping that angle. 

full (though small-ish) stadiums also bode well.

I also dig all of the rule tweaks so far. Fun and interesting wrinkles. 

Looking forward to day 2. 

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5 hours ago, General Malaise said:

 Aaron Murray (who was cut more times than the 3rd row of a Billie Eilish concert)

jfc 

:lmao:

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2 hours ago, TheIronSheik said:

Do people really think that the XFL execs would commit a felony in the first two games of their existence in order to hopefully up viewership? :confused:

Personally, I do not.

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10 hours ago, Tony Jabroni said:

It wasn't that bad at all. Yes, some miscommunication and dropped passes, but it was entertaining. 

Definitely drop off in talent,  but plus points for faster pace and a few rules and production wrinkles.

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DC drew 17,163 fans to Audi Field (this is DC United's home, they averaged 18,844 last season in this stadium)

Houston drew 17,815 to TDECU Stadium. (This is the University of Houston's home, they averaged 25,518 in this stadium)

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I have no idea how the attendance will do overall but I did expect the first games to sell very well due to the hype and marketing.

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2 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

DC drew 17,163 fans to Audi Field (this is DC United's home, they averaged 18,844 last season in this stadium)

Houston drew 17,815 to TDECU Stadium. (This is the University of Houston's home, they averaged 25,518 in this stadium)

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I have no idea how the attendance will do overall but I did expect the first games to sell very well due to the hype and marketing.

The NFL is out of some families price range, as long as they keep prices low the live gate should continue to do well.

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4 minutes ago, Leroy Hoard said:

The NFL is out of some families price range, as long as they keep prices low the live gate should continue to do well.

We will learn a lot more from what each team draws in their 3rd home game.

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5 minutes ago, Capella said:

Man I just don’t know about these vipers jerseys. 

The team-themed ball is sick tho

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7 minutes ago, Capella said:

Man I just don’t know about these vipers jerseys. 

Great color scheme for nighttime jogging or biking.

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8 minutes ago, Capella said:

Man I just don’t know about these vipers jerseys. 

Feel like that shade of green on their helmets is the only shade of green Oregon has never attempted on a uniform. 

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Just now, General Malaise said:

Feel like that shade of green on their helmets is the only shade of green Oregon has never attempted on a uniform. 

Gonna score that as a point for Oregon.

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1 minute ago, Leroy Hoard said:

He threw that into 3 Guardians

Fyp, I know the league is new.

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Feels like the Vipers could have got somebody a little more up on a changing game than an 80 year old DC. Guy is falling for mesothelioma scams in between blitz calls. 

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How did these initial rosters come together? Did they hold some kind of draft, or just all free agents?

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4 minutes ago, hagmania said:

McGloin really is the best player in the league, huh

He's a legit NFL backup.  That's good enough to be the Pat Mahomes of this league. 

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6 minutes ago, ShamrockPride said:

How did these initial rosters come together? Did they hold some kind of draft, or just all free agents?

Yea there was some kind of giant draft a few months ago. They drafted by position. 

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41 minutes ago, hagmania said:

The team-themed ball is sick tho

Was gonna buy one for the kid but a 125 bucks. Yeesh. 

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happened by the Guardians game on Fox ... just in time for the McGroin bomb, and subsequent TD pass. 

saw some yahoo from J.C. i used to drink with celebratin' like a damn foo' :towelwave:fully decked in Guard Gear :lmao:  he may own 1% of that mess, who knows 

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15 hours ago, General Malaise said:

I can't do it.  I just.....I can't.  You're asking me not only to put my money behind Aaron Murray (who was cut more times than the 3rd row of a Billie Eilish concert) but Marc F'n Trestman.  I'm sorry, but no.  Especially not as a 4 point favorite.  This marriage of Murray and Trestman is the kind that happens in Vegas after too many cocktails.  It'll end poorly and soon, trust me on this.  

Meanwhile, I get gritty, scrappy, chippy Matt McGloin as a home dog?  Why on earth would I a bet against the Scranton Scrambler????   McGloin actually won an NFL start or two, which is more than any other XFL QB can say.  Also gets to handoff to perennial under achiever Christin Michel.  

The play: NY Guardians +4 over Tampa Bay Vipers **1/2* out of ****

 

Sorry Cappy

Great call, you were right, I was wrong.  I gave Trestman the benefit of the doubt for his CFL coaching.

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