The first problem was that Vince McMahon and NBC wanted two different things to happen with it. Vince wanted football in the spring. NBC wanted an NFL alternative, so they didn't want Vince showing off cheerleaders and Jerry Lawler constantly gawking at them.
There's also a thing that...yes you can have too much football. Easter Sunday is not time for Football. Vince thought after the Super Bowl that people interest in football is at a high.
Oh God, Dick Butkus went over the PA to call out the coach on a coaching move? I missed that, but that had to be awesome, even if it was really a joke.
I could only imagine "Hey, Andy Reid, you know that was real stupid to go for it on 4th Down."
I remember that Butkus went nuts on the broadcast about how gutless the NY coach was for whatever he did, as he went on to win the game. And was still being called gutless because he didn't talk long with the reporter.
It was completely uncredible, but sometimes it was great television.
Some of the rule changes were interesting. I believe the XFL created the behind the QB camera - could be wrong there. No fair catches and the receivers were allowed to run at the line of scrimmage prior to the snap.
I also believe there was no pass interference initially but that rule was changed after a few games. Ultimately the quality of the product on the field sucked.
The behind-the-QB cam was amazing, but disagree about the quality of play. Given that every team was an expansion team, yes, the first few weeks were hit-or-miss, but by the end of the season, the offenses were actually pretty decent. Unfortunately, audiences had pretty well tuned out by then ...
Originally Posted by clefty
Didn't they basically say "**** it" and hire strippers as cheerleaders?
I would have rather watched the CFL, and if I was a player I would have rather played in the CFL too. The XFL was an interesting idea, but it became too much of a joke, like a parody of itself, too focused on the show to actually play football.