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The Rebirth

Posted in Football, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2018 by ALNTheZone

@TheATrainSTL

8 teams. 10 games. 40 players. 2020.

What does these numbers equate to?

It’s the rebirth of the XFL.

Yes, folks. It’s coming back. And this time it looks completely legit. At least that is what it looked like from the formal press conference that Vince McMahon put out at Thursday afternoon at 3pm Eastern standard time. My interests for the revival, or reboot, have truly piqued.

Now, I don’t know who the teams are, or where they will play, or who’s going to be in it. Because it’s really starting from scratch. With this formal announcement, this is going to be a different product from the one that McMahon put out in 2001.

I must say, McMahon is really going for the “fan approach.” He wants to hear the thoughts and ideas from the fans so the league can prosper.

Vince McMahon, XFL Founder

I happened to watch the presser and he dismissed that there will be no WWE crossovers. XFL 2 and WWE are separate entities and will not coexist. So no Jim Ross, which really stinks, because he loves football and he can announce a football game like he did with XFL 1 back in ‘01. None of your favorite wrestlers, past or present. NO WWE in this rebirth. McMahon also said that he won’t even be the frontman for the league, which gives indication that will be a new face this time running the show. McMahon is the founder but will be behind the scenes. That’s a plus. Because back in 2001, he looked like he didn’t know what he was doing and the product was rushed. 

McMahon also said that politics will NOT be in this league and that players WILL stand for the anthem. Along with, former players that have had criminal records can NOT play in XFL 2. I found that to be extreme, maybe a zero tolerance policy and give players a second chance, but those are his rules and regulations. He wants a clean-cut league. He also did not mention anything about being a competitor to the NFL. 

As of now, no media outlets have been announced, but McMahon said that some outlets have taken interest in the new league. That’s a given. He gave the year 2020 because he believes that it will take 2 years to get everything needed for it.  

What got me is that when the announcement was made in November 2017 (Brad Shepard was the first who broke the story), he had put down $100 million (round or about) into this new league (the entity is Alpha Entertainment, LLC) and just let the rumors fly. He also got the people’s attention significantly. Instantly, abandoned NFL cities began to talk about the potential of a team being located within XFL 2, especially St. Louis. As of now, the city of St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against Stan Kroenke in federal court over relocation. Other cities like San Diego and Oakland (Raiders will be in Las Vegas by the year 2020) will be possibly looked as an XFL city. However, all of the teams will be owned and ran by McMahon because of it being a single-entity league. 

I had been looking forward to this day, and honestly, he didn’t disappoint me. He gave generalized answers during his Q&A portion, but it didn’t matter. He looks at it as: No gimmicks, no politics, just football. There will be a lot of questions surrounding the league in the upcoming weeks and months up until 2020. Our team will do our best to cover the angles as best as possible. 

In case you missed it, you can check out the official presser at the link below. 

A-Train

 

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The A-Train Rant 17.0!!!

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2014 by ALNTheZone

Mark Jackson

The A-Train Rant will not have the following…Michael Sam.

His name has been saturated for a while now and everyone is talking about him whether they like him or not. But I won’t here. Just about everything has been said.

I rant about the Golden State Warriors and the hiring of Steve Kerr.

Kerr was the focal point during the course of the NBA Playoffs about expressing interest in coaching an NBA team. The team that wanted him initially was the New York Knicks. He chose to go to Oakland.

Of course the media will say it’s more about business…I call bull and say it was about race. Now of course, you won’t believe that. That’s not a part of your mindset, right? Just a crazed blogger like myself.

Now, Kerr (in his last year with TNT as broadcaster) signed a 5-year, $25 million contract with the Warriors. Mind you, Kerr has no coaching experience whatsoever. The same could be said for Mark Jackson when he began. Jackson was fired after 3 seasons with Golden State and posted a 121-109 record taking them to 2 playoff appearances in the last 2 seasons.

However, Jackson only received a 3-year, $6 million contract to coach the Warriors. If you do the math, that’s a $19 million difference.

Now what made Kerr received $19 more million than Jackson. Because he knows the game more than Jackson??? I don’t think so, I think it’s equal.

So why did the Warriors hire another broadcaster and fire their coach? Well my friends, the organization had no faith in Jackson. Although they won 51 games (+4 on the win column from last season), they still had no interest in keeping him. Golden State owner Joe Lacob wanted Kerr because he was a more approachable person than Jackson. His personality was better than Jackson’s as well.

But what does that have to do with winning games for your organization?

It seems to me that Jackson was ousted because he was black who wanted things done his way to what HE thought was to better that organization, and the front office were not going to let him do it. Egos clashed in Oakland and Jackson was cut off because of it. It’s good to see that most of the Warriors players still side with Jackson. That may cause friction with new coach Kerr. It’s just appalling to see that All-Star Stephen Curry is in full support of Kerr. It’s bad when an all-star has lost support of the previous coach. Also bad when assistants are trying to get that coach out at any means necessary.

Of course, it will be looked at from a “business” standpoint. But when you are real with yourself and look at the reasons why Kerr was selected…race will STILL be the issue here whether you like it or not.

In the meantime, Jackson is back at ESPN calling NBA games, so at least I’ll get to hear him lend his analyst talent. I hope he does get another coaching gig after his 2nd tenure at ESPN.

A-Train

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