NEWS ARCHIVE: 1-14 February 2001

XFL TV Ratings Blasting Should be Reconsidered
XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.14
The ratings for last weekends XFL Game 2 have been confirmed. "NBC XFL Football: Chicago at Los Angeles" placed 79th overall with a 4.6 share. This places the XFL, the top sporting event in the ratings, on par with weekday prime-time shows such as "Bette"(4.7), "Futurama" (4.6), "Whose Line is it Anyway?" (4.4), "Two Guys and a Girl" (4.3) and "Norm" (4.2). So what is so wrong with these ratings anyways?

Coach Dinardo Speaks at Bolts Press Conference
Bamaslammer - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.14
...The most interesting questions revolved around two goal line plays during the Birmingham/New York Game. Birmingham had a 4th and goal call, Dinardo and Casey spoke on the sideline about a sneak. As per XFL norm the cameras were prying into the conversation. As a fan watching on TV I was delighted. I assumed however that this conversation was not being broadcast on the big screen. According to local Birmingham media who were at the game they heard the call at the field level. This would of course mean that the Hitmen defense did as well. Weldon almost lost his head on that play when a Hitman linebacker shot the gap and hit him right in the chops. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL Announces Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week
XFL Press Release - 2001.02.13
The XFL today named Los Angeles Xtreme WR Jermaine Copeland as its Offensive Player of the Week and Orlando Rage S Omar Brown as its Defensive Player of the Week for week two. Copeland caught 17 passes for 190 yards and a score to help rally the Xtreme from a 12-point deficit in the final three minutes and lead Los Angeles over the Chicago Enforcers, 39-22, in overtime. ... Click Here for More Information

The Fans have Spoken, Again!
XFLBoard.com: Players of the Week - 2001.02.13
In the past 42 hours XFLboard.com has received 5,215 counting votes for XFL Players of the Week. The votes have been tabulated and here are the results... XFL Offensive Player of the Week, Tommy Maddox, Quarterback, Los Angeles Xtreme, 42.1% of Fan Vote... XFL Defensive Player of the Week, Kurt Gouveia, Linebacker, Las Vegas Outlaws, 47.7% of Fan Vote... Shante Carver, Defensive End, Memphis Maniax, 20.7% of Fan Vote... Stepfret Williams, Punt Returner, Birmingham Thunderbolts, 77.1% of Fan Vote. ... Click here to View all the Players of the Week

TNN Scores X-Cellent Ratings
XFL - 2001.02.13
The premiere of the XFL on its exclusive cable home, TNN: THE NATIONAL NETWORK, was a huge success, scoring a 2.4 rating on Sunday, Feb. 11 (4:00 - 7:00 PM, ET), a 336% increase over TNN's typical time period performance in the First Quarter 2001 to date. More than 1.9 million households were tuned in to the debut telecast of XFL on TNN, 335% more than the number of households tuned in during 4:00-7:00 PM, ET, in the First Quarter of 2001 to date. The XFL on TNN was watched by more than 2.9 million viewers, 359% higher than the number of viewers who have watched TNN during the timeslot in the First Quarter 2001 to date. TNN experienced dramatic growth among Adults 18-49, TNN's target audience, which grew 579% for the XFL over this quarter's time period performance to date. "XFL's scored again - this time in its debut on cable," said Diane Robina, General Manager, TNN. "Clearly, the fans want more football, and they find that the XFL feeds their hunger for the sport."

Weldon is tough enough
The Birmingham News - 2001.02.13
Casey Weldon was miked Sunday. What a waste of money and technology. Even without the amplified sound, Weldon, the Birmingham Thunderbolts quarterback, could be heard throughout Giants Stadium. For that matter, from Newark to Wall Street, just across the Hudson River. Bam! Ugh! Pow! Ow! At age 32, Weldon has wisely invested much of his earnings from eight years in the NFL. Good move. Because if he continues to take the beating he has taken in the Bolts' first two games, Weldon may only have the minimal XFL salary - and the inevitable concussions - by which to remember the new league. ... Click Here for More Information

NY-NJ Hitmen GM Drew Pearson Comments on the XFL
By The Masked Prognosticator - 2001.02.13
For those out there who think the XFL has not gone mainstream should have listened to the Mike and Mad Dog Show on New York's top rated sports talk station, WFAN 660-am on Monday. Despite the Big Apple featuring eight major league sports teams, including two that won a title and one that fell short of such, the talk of the town was obviously the New York-New Jersey Hitmen. The main attraction of today's show was NY-NJ GM Drew Pearson. Pearson, who called in, is a former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro receiver who started a very successful sports headwear company upon retiring. ... Click Here for More Information

Coliseum Cope-Land Where Receiver Handles Challenge for L.A.
David Curtis - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.12
Last week Jeremaine Copeland’s biggest play cost his team recovery of a punt when he was illegally downfield. This week his big plays down the field cost Chicago a victory it apparently had in the bag, and he made them look so easy that defenders probably wondered if these shouldn’t have been illegal as well. The wideout converted a fourth down on each of two touchdown drives in the final minutes of regulation, then outdid himself by scoring twice on last chances in overtime. ... Click Here for More Information

Demons Starting Tight End Roche Lost for the Season
San Francisco Demons - 2001.02.12
Brian Roche, the San Francisco Demons' starting tight end for its first two XFL contests, has been lost for the season with a torn right Achilles tendon suffered Saturday night in the 26-14 loss at Orlando. Roche was placed on the injured reserve list and surgery is scheduled to be performed in Houston later this week. Concurrently, the Demons have claimed a third quarterback and former Florida A&M standout Oteman Sampson will begin practice with San Francisco here Tuesday morning. ... Click Here for More Information

Puleri may be First Hitman to get Whacked
NY Post - 2001.02.12
For the second straight week, the Hitmen offense sputtered at times and failed to get the job done. For the second straight week, the Hitmen lost with Charles Puleri at quarterback - a fact not lost on those in the stands with signs and words calling for the removal of the quarterback from The Bronx. Sitting at 0-2 after falling to the Bolts, 19-12, Hitmen head coach Rusty Tillman paused for a minute before answering the question regarding the people he puts on the field. "We're talking about personnel, I got to take a look at the film," Tillman said. "I don't want to say anything until I see the film and then I'll have a much better idea, talking with coaches and talking with the players. We're gonna get better." ... Click Here for More Information

Bolts use big plays to earn first win
The Birmingham News - 2001.02.12
The weather was frigidly old school. The atmosphere screamed New York. But the performance was purely XFL. In a game that began raggedly and closed ferociously, the Birmingham Thunderbolts overcame the Arctic blast and their own miscues, pulling out victory with one big play after another to defeat the host New York/ New Jersey Hitmen 19-12. That outcome, sealed on a final Charlie Puleri pass incompletion inside Bolt territory with a minute left, obviously didn't please the frozen locals. Yet an impressive crowd of 36,458 that filled the lower confines of Giants Stadium despite a game-time wind chill of 6 degrees, provided the heat at the end - jeering the Bolts on the sidelines with verbiage even Vince McMahon wouldn't let on the air. ... Click Here for More Information

Many happy returns for Outlaws
MSNBC - 2001.02.12
Jason Kaiser and Kurt Gouveia scored on long fumble returns and Las Vegas’ defense also set up a field goal as the Outlaws beat Memphis 25-3 on Sunday night in the XFL. Kaiser scored on an 80-yard return in the second quarter, and Gouveia had a 100-yarder in the third quarter. The victory left Las Vegas as one of only two XFL teams undefeated through the first two weeks. Orlando is the other. ... Click Here for More Information

Demon's Commit Costly Turnovers - Lose First game
San Francisco Demons - 2001.02.11
In a battle of unbeaten XFL teams, San Francisco's margin for error on the road was slim. Then the Demons committed the mistakes that reduced their chances to none. After San Francisco meticulously marched 90 yards for a touchdown on its first possession, Orlando Rage capitalized on two massive plays to score the next 26 points and cruise to a 26-14 victory. The Rage have now won two in a row to start the season at home. The Demons lost for the first time after a season-opening triumph over Los Angeles at home. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL Ratings Drop 50 Percent
Associated Press - Yahoo.com - 2001.02.11
NBC's second XFL broadcast drew about half as many viewers as tuned in for the debut of the fledgling football league owned by the network and the World Wrestling Federation. Tellingly, NBC finished last among the four major networks in prime time on Saturday one week after beating ABC, CBS and Fox with the opening of the part-spectacle, part-sports program. The preliminary overnight rating for Saturday's XFL show was 5.1, meaning an average of 5.1 percent of television homes in the country's largest 49 markets tuned in at any given time. That's a steep drop from the 10.3 preliminary Nielsen number for last week, and reminiscent of the viewer erosion experienced by the U.S. Football League when it started in the 1980s. ... Click Here for More Information

Rage roll past S.F. to go 2-0
Orlando Sentinel - 2001.02.11
The buzz at the Citrus Bowl was turned down a couple of decibels from a week ago when the Orlando Rage made their successful XFL debut in front of a capacity crowd against the Chicago Enforcers. Thankfully for Coach Galen Hall and an anxious crowd of 25,049, Orlando free safety Omar Brown managed to turn his game up a notch just in time on Saturday night to help lead the Rage to a 26-14 win over the San Francisco Demons. ... Click Here for More Information

NBC Has Power Problems
Associated Press - 2001.02.11
A power generator problem with an NBC truck at the Los Angeles Coliseum caused TV viewers to miss most of the first quarter of Saturday night's Los Angeles Xtreme home debut against the Chicago Enforcers. NBC lost its feed from the Coliseum just 1:45 into the contest. The network switched to the San Francisco at Orlando game, before restoring power to the truck at the Coliseum. NBC rejoined the Xtreme-Enforcers game with 4:30 left in the first quarter. The contest was the first significant pro football game in the Los Angeles area since the Raiders and Rams left following the 1994 season. The crowd for the first XFL game in L.A. was estimated at 35,000.

Maddox, Xtreme Win in OT
Washington Post - 2001.02.11
Former UCLA and NFL quarterback Tommy Maddox completed 38 of 65 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns, the final one coming on Los Angeles' second possession of overtime, leading the Xtreme to a 39-32 win last night over the visiting Chicago Enforcers. A loud, slightly rowdy crowd of 35,813 watched as the Xtreme evened its record at 1-1. The Enforcers fell to 0-2. After bringing Los Angeles back from a 25-13 deficit with two fourth-quarter scoring drives, Maddox capped his performance with a 20-yard scoring pass to Darnell McDonald in the second overtime. Chicago failed to score on its ensuing possession, as Tim Lester's final pass fell incomplete in the end zone. ... Click Here for More Information

The Drivel Report
XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.10
Some may call it bad press or negative publicity but we call it "drivel". Why? Because most of it is based on bad information and/or quotes from the mis-informed. The latest drivel comes from Phil Mushnick of the NY Post, who reportedly went to the retirement home of Chet Simmons, the first ever president of NBC Sports, to get a cutting edge opinion of the XFL. And guess what - Chet Simmons did not like the XFL! We decided to some research of our own. ... Click Here for More Information

Xtreme challenge for Enforcers
Chicago Daily Herald - 2001.02.10
The Chicago Enforcers may be the worst team in the XFL, as Las Vegas suggests, but they are playing with the most exciting single athlete in the league, as last week's results suggest. Running back John Avery earned the XFL's inaugural offensive player of the week honors. He was the best thing from an Enforcers standpoint in the season-opening 33-29 loss to the Rage at Orlando, Fla. Avery gained 157 rushing yards and scored a touchdown, then added 93 yards in receptions and 1 touchdown. ... Click Here for More Information

Maniax march toward goal of 30,000 tickets
The Commercial Appeal - 2001.02.10
The Memphis Maniax are getting closer to their goal of selling 30,000 tickets for their inaugural home game Sunday against Las Vegas. The XFL reconfigured the seating capacity of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium so that it would seat approximately 30,000. As of Friday, Maniax vice president of sales and marketing Steve Becvar said there were approximately 24,000 tickets sold. ... Click Here for More Information

Xtreme returns pro football to the Coliseum
Orange County Register - 2001.02.10
Matt Keneley has been to the L.A. Coliseum more times than he can remember. The Santa Ana native and Mission Viejo High grad used to go to games there as a kid. He played his college ball for USC. But Keneley's never played in the Coliseum as a professional football player. And he's never played there as a member of the XFL. "There's going to be a different vibe," Keneley said. "I'm used to coming out there and seeing Traveler and the 'SC band." When he runs out of the tunnel this evening for the Xtreme's home debut, Keneley will see scantily clad cheerleaders, a huge video wall and even a hot tub. Welcome to pro football, XFL-style. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL Players Aren't Kings on the Road
San Francisco Chronicle - 2001.02.10
On their first road trip of the season, the San Francisco Demons encountered a slight glitch. They arrived in this central Florida city on Thursday night, but their equipment didn't. It was on a truck somewhere, being transported across the country. "There are some kinks that need to get out," Demons quarterback Mike Pawlawski said. "It's the first year (of the XFL), you have to expect it, but things are getting better every day." ... Click Here for More Information

Brohm hoping Demons will be blinded by Rage
Orlando Sentinel - 2001.02.10
Jeff Brohm admits to being a little nervous last weekend when he made his XFL debut as starting quarterback of the Orlando Rage. It had nothing to do with the boisterous crowd at the Florida Citrus Bowl, which was sold to capacity. Nor did it have anything to do with Orlando's season-opening opponent, the Chicago Enforcers. Instead, Brohm was a little jittery because it had been a while since he played in a professional football game that counted. Before last Saturday, his last game action had taken place four years ago when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. ... Click Here for More Information

The Eyes of the Nation Watch the Enforcers
QumarChicago - XFLBoard.com Team Reporter - 2001.02.10
After a tough inaugural game against the Orlando Rage, and the practices in Orlando, the Enforcers finally leave Orlando. This time they are heading to battle the Los Angeles Xtreme. The Enforcers, after losing 33-29 on Feb. 3 to the Orlando Rage, will battle another winless team. The Xtreme lost their inaugural game on the road against the San Francisco Demons, 15-13, by a game-winning field goal. This game will tell which team is really the worst team in the XFL. Someone will get back to .500 and the other will be 0-2 looking up at the the other 7 teams in the league. ... Click Here for More Information

Demons Leading Receiver Roberson Out
San Francisco Demons - 2001.02.09
Brian Roberson, the San Francisco Demons' leading receiver in their season opener last Sunday, was placed on the practice roster Friday and will not be available tonight when the Demons continue the XFL season at Orlando. Roberson damaged his right foot in practice last week and the injury did not respond to treatment as rapidly as had been hoped. Calvin Schexnayder, who caught a 32-yard touchdown pass last week against Los Angeles in San Francisco's 15-13 triumph, will start in Roberson's flanker position and Tydus Winans was activated as the Demons' fourth receiver for the 5:00 p.m. PST contest with the Rage. ... Click Here for More Information

Raw Raw Rah!
Entertainment Weekly - 2001.02.09
Feminism, schmeminism. Like any good ol' girls, the XFL cheerleaders know how to stand by their men, outfitted in little more than super watt smiles and bodacious... personalities. EW.com gets down to the business of what it really takes to root a tough guy on with Bonnie-Jill, a member of the L.A. Xtremes, who take to the field on Saturday. Don't forget to watch the the Xtreme Cheerleaders on NBC Saturday night. ... Click Here for More Information

Smart, media forming love-hate bond
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.02.09
Stand next to Trey Fitz-Gerald, the Las Vegas Outlaws' director of communications, during one of the team's practices and you'll notice one thing quickly: His cellular phone never stops ringing. Many of the calls this week have come from members of the media trying to arrange interviews with Outlaws running back Rod Smart. While Smart had a solid game Saturday in the Outlaws' 19-0 victory against the New York-New Jersey Hitmen, prospective interviewers haven't been so much interested in Smart's output as his outfit. ... Click Here for More Information

Bolts Face Critical Road Game
Bamaslammer - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.08
The Bolts and Hitmen have both been down on the mat early in the XFL season. The Hitmen spent the first half of Saturday's game getting pummeled by the Las Vegas squad and only fought to a draw in the second half. The Bolts were knocked down early by the Maniacs but led a furious comeback that was cut short by their own mistakes. ... Click Here for More Information

Chicago Seeks to Escape Xtreme Frustration
David Curtis - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.08
With all three of their division rivals winning last weekend, the Xtreme can’t afford another misstep in their home opener. And this week’s task appears more daunting. Chicago, their upcoming opponent, is also 0-1, but looked more impressive losing to Orlando than San Francisco did beating L.A. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL Announces Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week
XFL Press Release - 2001.02.08
The XFL today announced their players of the week, naming Chicago Enforcers RB John Avery as its first-ever Offensive Player of the Week and Orlando Rage LB Shawn Banks as its inaugural Defensive Player of the Week. Earlier this week the "Fans" at XFLBoard.com had already recognized Avery as their choice as Offensive Player of the Week. ... Click Here for More Information

Cunningham looks forward to next challenge
Contra Costa Times - 2001.02.08
Even though he's 0-1 in the coin toss challenge, Demons wide receiver Jimmy Cunningham hopes he will get another chance to do it in Saturday's game against the Orlando Rage at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Cunningham lost to Todd Doxson of the Los Angeles Xtreme in the 20-yard dash for the ball before Sunday's opener. Cunningham, at 5-foot-8 the Demons' shortest player, said he got the word from coach Jim Skipper on Thursday that he would draw the assignment. "I really had no problem with it. When your number is called, it's time to perform," Cunningham said after Tuesday's practice at Diablo Valley College. "Actually I like doing it. It's something different to this game, another element to this game that makes it more exciting." ... Click Here for More Information

XFL: Brady wants focus on field
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.02.08
Utilizing the tight end was a major part of what the Las Vegas Outlaws tried to do offensively in their opener Saturday, a 19-0 victory over the New York-New Jersey Hitmen before a sellout crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium. That did nothing but put an ear-to-ear grin on Ricky Brady's face. It's the other stuff that went on around the first game in XFL history that was most troubling to Brady. Brady caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Clement, though he dropped another that would have been a score as well as a point-after conversion. But Clement was looking for the tight end all night and Brady, a former star at Oklahoma, had a big game. ... Click Here for More Information

Diving for the DL
National Post - 2001.02.08
Hassan Shamsid-Deen had always hoped to leave his mark on the field -- just not the shoulder-sized divot that made him the first victim of smashmouth football, XFL-style. "I guess my name is out there, but not like how I wanted," said Shamsid-Deen yesterday. "Not in a good way." On the league's inaugural weekend, the fleet-footed cornerback for the Orlando Rage met Chicago Enforcer Troy Saunders in the pre-game duel -- a 35-yard sprint for the ball -- that replaced the flipping of a silver dollar. Unfortunately, he emerged from the battle with a dislocated shoulder, prompting press box staff to make an historic announcement: "No. 30, Hassan Shamsid-Deen, was injured on the coin toss." ... Click Here for More Information

Don't Get Defensive
XFL Fantasy Doctor - FantasyRef.com - 2001.02.07
The two hardest predictions before week one were TE and defense. I won the "Race for the Ball" and choose to start on D. A couple of things surprised me about the XFL debut. First, it seems every team is airing it out on offense. Except the Maniax and Enforcers, the other six were content passing on almost every play. Maybe it's the Arena League influence or the pressure to entertain the audiences, but the XFL teams decided to ignore the added bump-and-run rules and throw the ball anyway. ... Click Here for More Information

It's the Look in his Eye
Mark Nelson - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.07
Darryl Hobbs is a smart man. His intelligence is on the field of football. Darryl Hobbs learned how to play football early. He is from a football family with cousins like Arthur Wittington, Michael Bates and Mario Bates. Only one can imagine the intensity at family barbecues. Darryl Hobbs didn't even know that the Liberty Bowl was now nicknamed "The Asylum". Why? Because the recent nickname given to the stadium that has nothing to do with the game on the field. The "football" is Darryl Hobbs' focus. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL OPENING WEEKEND AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS
XFL Press Release - 2001.02.07
The XFL had a strong start to its season, exceeding the league's attendance and TV ratings expectations for the first weekend, and delivering an entertaining product to fans. The league is today releasing the official numbers from last weekend and they speak for themselves: Attendance: 140,461, an average of 35,115 for each of the league's four games. Ratings: A 9.5 on NBC on Saturday night and a 3.1 on UPN on Sunday afternoon for a cumulative 12.6 with a stunning cumulative 13.5 among males 12-34, 18-34 and 18-49. In total, more than 54 million unique viewers watched the XFL last weekend. "It was a great kickoff for our first season and it gives us a strong foundation on which to build," said XFL President Basil V. DeVito, Jr. "We've got 11 more weeks of football ahead of us and everyone associated with the league is truly energized." ... Click Here for More Information

Unnecessary Roughness
MaddMax - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.07
What a weekend for the XFL! Vince McMahon's brainstorm has television network executives turning their heads. Whether you are for or against the XFL, you have to hand it to Mr. McMahon, the opening weekend ratings were better than you can imagine. ... Click Here for More Information

Outlaws safety Sanders tackles notion XFL players lack ability
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.02.07
The ability of the players in the XFL -- or more appropriately, given the tenor of some of the comments, the lack of ability -- has been a topic of much debate in the media after the league's opening weekend. ESPN showed a highlight package on XFL games that featured not the great plays, but a collection of gaffes and missteps. Many columnists lambasted the league for placing style over substance and dismissed it as a gimmick. But to all those who doubt the ability of the players in the XFL, Brandon Sanders begs to differ. The Outlaws safety spent the 1999 season as a reserve with the New York Giants, starting two games. New York coach Jim Fassel said Sanders was the team's best special-teams players in 1999. ... Click Here for More Information

On the Cover of Sports Illustrated
CNNSI - 2001.02.07
Vince McMahon must be pretty happy about this - no matter what they say about him and his new league inside. The XFL has made the cover of the February 12th issue of Sports Illustrated magazine with an article titled "The X Factor -The XFL started big, but can it roll on with its mix of bombast and so-so football?" The article is by Leigh Montville. You can't beat this kind of publicity.

Xtreme Flatter Themselves, Get Flattened
David Curtis - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.06
The Los Angeles Xtreme’s Saturday walk-through apparently focused more on trash-talking than fundamentals. Understandable, perhaps, in a league building its reputation on pizazz, but, as the team discovered Sunday afternoon, not exactly a recipe for success. Despite being the oddsmakers’ favorite to win a championship, L.A. and its superior offensive talent fell to the self-destructing San Francisco Demons, 15-13. ... Click Here for More Information

The XFL Kicks off on TNN
XFL Press Release - 2001.02.06
TNN kicks off its live XFL coverage on Sunday, Feb. 11 (4:00 PM, ET) with a match-up featuring the Birmingham Thunderbolts and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen at Giants Stadium. Former NFL defensive lineman Bob Golic serves as TNN's color analyst for the inaugural season of XFL football. Golic is joined in the broadcast booth by veteran announcer Craig Minervini. Former Detroit Lion Kip Lewis and former Miami Dolphin Lee "The Hawk" Reherman round out TNN's announcing team as sideline reporters. ... Click Here to View the Official XFL Press Release

XFLBoard.com Players of the Week - Week 1
XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.06
The fans have spoken! In the past 36 hours, we've had over 6,000 votes for our XFL Players of the Week. Our Offensive Player of the week is John Avery of the Chicago Enforcers. Avery had 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns Saturday at the Citrus Bowl. Avery dashed to a 64-yard touchdown run and also reeled in a 68-yard scoring strike from quarterback Tim Lester. Avery also caught three passes from Lester for a total of 94 yards on the night. ... Click here to View all the Players of the Week

It's Real Football
Sonny Sanders - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.06
Birmingham Bolts Team Reporter Sonny Sanders is a football fan who has been watching the rise of the XFL with some trepidation. If the XFL wasn't going to provide "real football" he was definitely going to be dissapointed. Now that week one is complete Sonny is happy to report that this is real football. ... Click Here for More Information

UPN Ratings Released
UPN Metered Markets - 2001.02.05
UPN’s first game of "XFL Football", featuring the Los Angeles Xtreme and the San Francisco Demons, premiered with a solid 4.2 rating, 8 share in the metered markets on Sunday afternoon, 4:00pm EST, ranking UPN third in the time period among all network affiliate groups. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL Weekend Stats
XFL - 2001.02.05
It was a fabulous inaugural weekend marked by many great individual performances. Click here to vote for the XFLBoard.com XFL Players of the Week. Also if you want to see who hit the mark this past weekend, use the link below to view the current XFL Leader Stats. ...View the XFL Leader Stats

XFL debuts in San Francisco
Los Angeles Daily News - 2001.02.05
The record book will state that the Los Angeles Xtreme's first foray into XFL play ended when opposing kicker Mike Panasuk made a 33-field goal as the clock struck zero to give the San Francisco Demons a 15-13 victory Sunday. The stories beyond the record book will detail a noisy gathering of more than 38,000 at Pac Bell Park and a kicker who didn't join the team until the day before the game and hadn't kicked in a contest since his college days at Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich. ... Click Here for More Information

Maniax beat Bolts with ground game
The Commercial Appeal - 2001.02.05
As a former player at then Memphis State, Maniax head coach Kippy Brown is well aware of what it's going to take for the city to get behind its latest professional football team. After Sunday's 22-20 win over the Birmingham Thunderbolts in front of 35,321 at Legion Field, Brown felt like the Maniax did just what they needed to do. "You know Memphis,'' Brown said. "Memphis embraces a winner, so we get a chance to go home with a victory and hopefully the crowd next week will be a big plus for us when Vegas comes in." ... Click Here for More Information

If opening-night TV ratings continue, this could be big
Orlando Sentinel - 2001.02.05
Like it or not, the XFL laid the smack down on the competition Saturday night by posting a startling 10.3 TV rating during its debut telecast on NBC, making it the network's highest-rated night since the final night of competition at Sydney Olympic Games on Sept. 30. The rating -- a preliminary number based on the 49 leading national markets (about 65 percent of the viewing nation) by Nielsen Media Research -- means that 10.3 percent of the nation's TV sets were tuned to the game at some point. The XFL also had a "17 share," which means 17 percent of the sets in use were tuned to the game. ... Click Here for More Information

Mayday Mayday! Field Goal! Field Goal!
Nstarz Ha - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.05
With the clock ticking down the final seconds of the game, and the were Demons down by a single point in their franchise opener at Pac Bell Park. It's the final down, and the Demons need a score, a TD, a FG anything! Demons kicker, Mike Panasuk, was up to kick the winning field goal with time against him. The entire Demon's team was confused, with both special teams and offense in the field with 5 seconds remaining. My heart was pounding, hoping this wouldn't become an ugly loss, like the Raiders losing the ball when they were confused 4th down with 3rd down. ... Click Here for More Information

The House Wins Big in Vegas
TheGrandonGang - Las Vegas Team Reporter - 2001.02.05
What a club the Las Vegas Outlaws are. What heart. So many players more than just diamonds in the rough. And now they can use a spade to bury the once highly touted, now heavily routed NY/NJ Hitmen. No cherries on the slots for the Hitmen; they spun the roulette wheel and it came up "0". The house wins in Vegas. Ok, enough gambling analogies. Everyone saw the game on TV so you already know that the Outlaws rocked and the Hitmen sucked in the XFL debut. ... Click Here for More Information

Memphis Runs Past Birmingham in League Debut
Bamaslammer - XFLBoard.com Bolts Team Reporter - 2001.02.05
Popular sports radio jock Paul Finebaum had predicted 15 or 20 thousand people would be at the game. He even suggested he would skip it all together. Paul was wrong on both counts as the Birmingham ThunderBolts opened the season Sunday against the Memphis Maniacs. Paul's luminous head was spotted in the press box and more than 35 thousand fans showed up to watch. ... Click Here for More Information

Birmingham Succeeds in the Stands
Sonny Sanders - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.05
In their XFL debut the Birmingham Thunderbolts failed to succeed on the field but in the stands they surpassed all expectations. On an absolutely beautiful day the Bolts faced off against the Memphis Maniax. It was all that it was promised and more. The Maniax took an early 19 to nothing lead and appeared to be setting up a rout. The 35,331 Bolts' fans were getting anxious and after a Weldon interception that led to a Maniax field goal the fans started calling for local legend Jay Barker. But Casey was at the bat and refused to strike out. ... Click Here for More Information

Enforcers flash star power in defeat
ChicagoSports.com - 2001.02.04
The Enforcers were down just 27-22 and had the ball with six minutes left to play. But Orlando's Shawn Banks intercepted a pass from quarterback Tim Lester and set up Dialleo Burks' touchdown. Chicago managed one more score on Lester's 16-yard pass to Willie Tate but was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick. "We made a ton of mistakes and those mistakes will be corrected," Enforcers coach Ron Meyer said. "But I was encouraged we had a comeback opportunity on the road before a hostile environment." ... Click Here for More Information

XFL debut draws impressive TV rating
New Jersey Online - 2001.02.04
The XFL and NBC must be X-cited about the strong TV rating for the fledgling football league's debut broadcast. Mixing guerrilla television tactics and shots of scantily clad cheerleaders with mediocre on-field action, the XFL's inaugural broadcast on Saturday drew a preliminary rating of 10.3 with a 17 share. That means an average of 10.3 percent of U.S. TV homes were tuned in at any given moment for the game between the Las Vegas Outlaws and the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. The highest-rated single market for the broadcast was Las Vegas, where the game was played, with a 17.7. Minneapolis -- where viewers were drawn to watch their governor, Jesse Ventura, work as an XFL announcer -- was next at 14.9. ... Click Here for More Information

OUTLAWS 19, HITMEN 0: Opener a smash hit
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.02.04
It wasn't the NFL, but the 30,389 fans who filled Sam Boyd Stadium for the first game in XFL history certainly didn't seem to mind. Of course, it didn't hurt that the Las Vegas Outlaws put on a show on the field that matched all the hype surrounding the debut of the new league, the brainchild of wrestling impresario Vince McMahon. The Outlaws came as advertised, with a dominating defense and a smart, efficient offense in rolling to a 19-0 victory over the New York-New Jersey Hitmen before a raucous crowd at Sam Boyd as well as a national television audience on NBC. ... Click Here for More Information

Splashy show
CNNSI - 2001.02.04
Moments before the XFL's first red-and-black football was kicked into the desert night, Vince McMahon stood alone at the 50-yard line of Sam Boyd Stadium. Deafening cheers poured down from the packed stands. "We welcome you to our game!" McMahon shouted. "Thank you for the privilege of competing before you tonight!" Both sport and entertainment, both circus and sideshow, the XFL muscled its way onto the national sports scene with its first two games Saturday night. Though the quality of play wasn't much better than that of NFL Europe or the CFL, the game was only part of the spectacle. ... Click Here for More Information

The Big Game at the Start of the Season
XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.03
Are you ready for some smashmouth football? Tonight at 8PM Eastern the Las Vegas Outlaws take on the NY/NJ Hitmen on NBC. Also tonight the Chicago Enforcers are at Orlando to meet The Rage. On Sunday, the San Francisco Demons will host the LA Xtreme in a sold out Pac Bell Park, UPN at 4PM Eastern. Also the Birmingham Thunderbolts and the Memphis Maniax will tangle at Legion Field in Birmingham, available in Canada on the Score (Headline Sports). Let's all watch the birth of a phenomenon!

The Rage Uncaged
Orlando Sentinel - 2001.02.03
The Orlando Rage have a pretty good idea what to expect from the rambunctious crowd tonight at the Florida Citrus Bowl for their XFL debut against the Chicago Enforcers. That's more than Rage Coach Galen Hall can say about the game itself, particularly considering the limited film he has available on the Enforcers, whose coach, Ron Meyer, has been out of football since 1994."You have to try to prepare for everything, because you're not sure where they are going to settle or what is going to be successful for us," Hall said. "So it's probably a game where you go in with a much broader arsenal than you normally would with someone that you've seen on film playing an actual game against someone." ... Click Here for More Information

Demons Fill Final Roster Spot
San Francisco Demons - 2001.02.03
Calvin Schexnayder, one of the Arena Football League's most productive all-time pass receivers, was re-activated by the San Francisco Demons Friday and and will join three other wideouts on the roster when San Francisco opens the first-ever XFL season Sunday at Pacific Bell Park. Schexnayder was the Demons' 29th draft choice in the original player selection process in October, but had not been able to work out with San Francisco previously. The graduate of Washington State reported to camp this week and began practicing with San Francisco Friday. ... Click Here for More Information

We Will Miss out on Some Great Football
QumarChicago - XFLBoard.com Team Reporter - 2001.02.03
This will definitely be a big part of the XFL. Now, on the inauguration day of this new league, there will be 2 games. The headliner, NY/NJ Hitmen vs. Las Vegas Outlaws, will have all of America's eyes on NBC. BUT, the other game, Chicago Enforcers vs. Orlando Rage, will be taken out of the spotlight, because of one little storyline. There is now football in the Sin City. ... Click Here for More Information

Bubba Cam gives fans look inside huddle of XFL games
Seattle Times - 2001.02.03
The Bubba Cam is a small camera mounted on a pole that will be carried by a man who lines up on the field right behind the players. The cameraperson will be dressed in black and will wear a hockey goalie's mask, shoulder pads and football cleats. The cameraperson will take a spot behind the running back on offense or the middle linebacker on defense. And as the play develops and the players pile into each other, he will be right there, a couple of steps away, trailing the action - looking almost like a 12th player on the field. ... Click Here for More Information

Let The Madness Begin
Axman - Maniax Team Reporter - 2001.02.03
The time has finally come. It is the start of the XFL season, which means the Maniax, have escaped from the asylum. The hype will be all over come Sunday night and the war will have begun. With what appears to be the best defense in the league and a very strong running attack, it looks as though the Maniax will be very difficult to beat. Coach Kippy Brown has taken the approach that you win championships with defense. While the other XFL teams appear to put together strong passing attacks the Maniax are going with rushing and defense. ... Click Here for More Information

Las Vegas is Gonna Take a HIT
Jordan E. Kanter - XFLBoard.com Hitmen Team Reporter - 2001.02.02
"Hit me". That's what heady gamblers say at the card tables in Vegas when they're looking to win some cash. But that phrase will take on a far more menacing meaning on Saturday, February 3, when the Outlaws go bust against the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. After this game, no Outlaws player will ever hear the words "Hit Me" again without a shudder in remembrance of the beating they took that night. The Outlaws are looking for Black Jack this weekend but Black and Blue is what they're going to get. ... Click Here for More Information

Contrasting Styles on Display in Xtreme-Demons Matchup
David Curtis - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.02
Season openers call for more than the usual guesswork when game planning, and this is of course particularly true in a new league. Teams haven’t yet established their own identities, so determining a competitor’s can be a problem. Still, certain personnel decisions provide obvious clues. Going into Sunday’s contest at Pac Bell Park, the Los Angeles Xtreme have three running backs and eight wide receivers, while the San Francisco Demons carry six backs and only four receivers (Frank Leatherwood, listed as a fullback for the Xtreme, is really more of a tight end). As a group, moreover, the Demon receivers are much shorter, lighter, and faster than their L.A. counterparts. What all this suggests is that the Xtreme anticipate moving the chains with a short and intermediate passing game, whereas San Francisco will complement a strong running attack with downfield, play-action throws. ... Click Here for More Information

Rage to Begin XFL's Inaugural Season .vs. Chicago
David "D.C." Coughlin - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.02
The No Fun League is a Pro Bowl away from finality, and Vince McMahon's XFL is about to receive center stage. On February 3, 2001, the XFL will begin its first season, with the Orlando Rage and the Chicago Enforcers being one of the first games of the year. One of the more critical things for both teams to accomplish, in this inaugural game, is a sense of momentum. Despite having scrimmaged against each other, most XFL team only have a remote grasp of the complicated offensive and defensive schemes of the other teams within the league. This is mainly due to not having any true game film to solidify a scouting effort, which will be solved as the season goes on. ... Click Here for More Information

WILL PUBLIC BUY XFL? PLAYERS ARE TRYING TO
Chicago Tribune - 2001.02.02
Instead of selling players and coaches, the XFL plans on selling an anti-establishment image and a show--colorful uniforms, cheerleaders and new rules. The question is whether the public is ready for Saturday night football from February through April 21, the day of the title game, which happenes to be the same day as the NFL draft. ... Click Here for More Information

Shay set for some XFL fun
Topeka Capital-Journal - 2001.02.02
Brian Shay understands your skepticism. He knows the name Vince McMahon invokes images from the theatrical world of professional wrestling. He knows, too, why eyebrows were raised when McMahon first turned his attention to professional football. ... Click Here for More Information

Hitmen Lock & Load
New York Daily News - 2001.02.02
He served as the backup quarterback to Kurt Warner with the Arena Football League's Iowa Barnstormers. He's had stints in the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe. And he spent last offseason training with the Dallas Cowboys, until Randall Cunningham's signing led to his release. Now, 30-year-old Charles Puleri is the first-string quarterback for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. The team's first draft pick debuts with the Hitmen at 8 p.m. tomorrow in Las Vegas, a game that will be televised by NBC during the XFL's inaugural weekend. ... Click Here for More Information

Outlaws confident in offense
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.02.02
"Our offense will move the ball, and our offense will score points," he said. "Our offensive line is very deep and very strong. I wouldn't hesitate to compare our group of receivers to any group in the league. (Quarterback) Ryan (Clement) is a capable young man who has a lot of talent, and I think you'll see one of those backs step up the way they did last week in the scrimmage." ... Click Here for More Information

Scott Adams - "A Little Bit of Both"
Mark Nelson - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.01
The XFL has a new reason to covet Scott Adam's talents - He fits the mold of an smashmouth football player. When the XFL decided to put microphones on all their players Scott Adams was exactly what they had in mind. When asked what the fans will hear from his microphone, Adams had this to say: "They are going to hear a lot. I do a lot of talking. I am a very vocal individual. I am not necessarily a trash talker, but if I get a guy who I think can get him out of his game by talking to him I will." --Photo Bounty! The first fan that sends us a new, clear, head and shoulders .jpg photo of Scott Adams will get a free t-shirt. The photo must be taken using legal means and with Scott's permission. ... Click Here for More Information

Hitmen GM Takes Name Literally
New York Post - 2001.02.01
Yesterday, the "player's GM" turned into a strong safety during Hitmen practice when a play floated towards the sideline, where he and several photographers and Hitmen staffers were watching. That's when his football instincts took over. While others ran for cover, Pearson, 50, connected with former Syracuse standout Kirby Dar Dar, who was coming straight for him, with a forearm shiver that sent the wide receiver to the ground. Welcome to the XFL. ... Click Here for More Information

Criner not extreme as Outlaws coach
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.02.01
One of the exhibition games NBC taped as a test was between the Los Angeles Xtreme and the Las Vegas Outlaws at Sam Boyd Stadium. At halftime, as Ebersol described it, one coach was emotional and highly animated, and the other was matter-of-fact and said little. Ebersol never said which was Los Angeles coach Al Luginbill and which was Outlaws coach Jim Criner, but anyone who has been around the 62-year-old Criner for any length of time would know. ... Click Here for More Information

Lester finds work
Detroit News - 2001.02.01
In October, Tim Lester was teaching a math class and coaching football at his former high school in Wheaton, Ill. On Saturday night, he'll be quarterbacking the Chicago Enforcers in their inaugural XFL game, parts of which will be shown on national television via NBC's "breakaway" coverage. "Our public-relations guy just called me and asked me, 'Do you want your last name on your jersey or a nickname?'" Lester said with a laugh Monday from Orlando, Fla., where the Enforcers are preparing for their season opener against the Orlando Rage. "I didn't know what to tell him. I mean, I don't even have a nickname." ... Click Here for More Information

Thunderbolts TV debut
Bamaslammer - XFLBoard.com - 2001.02.01
The Thunderbolts will be taping the first installment of their weekly TV show tonight (02/01/01) and every Thursday at 7PM at Wings Sports Grill on Highway 280. Hosts for the show are Quarterbacks Casey Weldon and Jay Barker with local NBC affiliate sportscaster Jim Dunaway. Dunaway also serves as the sideline reporter for the Thunderbolt radio network. The much talked about but rarely seen Birmingham Cheerleaders will be there for the taping. The show will air locally just before the Saturday night XFL broadcast on NBC. In other developments the "Rick & Bubba" army has scored another concession on the Bolts. The discounted tickets in the Rick & Bubba section can now be purchased on a game-by-game basis. The discounted ticket is $20, which is $5 off the regular price for that section. In addition to the discounted tickets advertisers like Golden Flake are lining up to provide free stuff to the patrons of this section. If you’re interested in tickets you had better hurry. According to Bolt's GM, Tim Berryman, ticket sales are moving fast and furious this week.

Quarterback Combos
David Gonos - FantasyRef.com - 2001.02.01
More advice for the Fantasy Football Fanatic... In our last article, we mentioned grabbing a couple of QBs from the same team to ensure your team will almost always have a starting QB on the roster. Well, we realize that can be a difficult thing to do. So here's some tips on some players you want and don't want depending on your combinations. ... Click Here for More Information

Demons Announce a Sellout
San Francisco Demons - 2001.02.01
The San Francisco Demons, the XFL leader in ticket sales since shortly after Halloween, have declared a sellout of their 2001 season opener Sunday against the Los Angeles Xtreme at Pacific Bell Park. "We are grateful to the football fans of the Bay Area for making this happen for us," said Michael Preacher, vice-president and general manager of the Demons. "This is a feather in the cap of Pacific Bell Park and Giants Enterprises with whom we formed a partnership for this endeavor. ... Click Here for More Information

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