Break Out Your LA Xtreme Jerseys, Because A 30 For 30 on the XFL Is Coming
He Hate Me, but if you miss the XFL, you're going to love this.
ESPN Films has announced that a new installment in its universally acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series will focus on the failed football league, the result of a collaboration between the WWF (Now WWE) and NBC. Entitled This Was the XFL, the doc will be directed by Charlie Ebersol, the son of former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, who will appear in the film.
According to a press release by ESPN, This is the XFL will "(tell) the story in fascinating, candid, and often rollicking fashion featuring fellow television legends and close friends – Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon". The full release can be seen here.
What would we like to see from the this inside look at one of the greatest failed ventures in not just sports, but television history? Here's a small list....
What Did the X Stand For???
XFL promotors did a lot to garner ratings, including never fully divulging what that famous first initial in the league's logo stood. Many believed it stood for "eXtreme", but this was debunked, as another semi-pro football league owned the same name. It goes down with television's greatest mysteries, like Who Shot JR...OK, maybe not, but if you never wondered this, you're not a true early 2000's kid.
How Did They Do That?
The XFL's style of football was unconventional, and some concepts would be completely balked at today...I think you know what I'm getting at....the opening scramble.
In a world where player safety scrutiny is only getting higher (and rightfully so), the scramble, among other XFL rules, (i.e. outlawing fair catches and penalizing coffin corner punts to increase potential for a big hit) would never be allowed to touch the green grass of a football field today. What I'd like to see is how they came up with this, as well as other unconventional ideas (like its overtime system where teams who got the ball first only had the number of downs it took the first team to score), were brainstormed.
The XFL lasted just one season, but its impact on football cannot be denied. For example, skycams and miked up sidelines were never seen before until the XFL's arrival, and I can only imagine what they could've come up with if they were "renewed" for a second season. More teams? Crazier rules? Worse publicity stunts? Bring it on.
To top it all off, the film is set to debut on ESPN on February 2, three days before some random football event known as Super Bowl LI will go down.
For your viewing pleasure, check out of the league's "highlights" below...
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