XFL Comes to Chicago
By QumarChicago - Chicago
a summer Tuesday morning June 13th, the
Chicago Sun-Times reported that Vince McMahon
will be in Chicago (also there for WWF SmackDown)
to give information about his upstart league,
Rumors circulating when this league started
had not included Chicago in one of the league's
first year teams. All those doubts came
to a head at the Downtown Chicago Marriott.
Vince McMahon announced that Chicago will
be the first team in his XFL, and that they
will play at Soldier Field.
the announcement a year before that the
Arena Football League coming to Chicago
in 2001, I was confused that Chicago has
an NFL, AFL, and now an XFL team. I didn't
know what to think. But I was happy. A league
with new rules, toughness and of course
the mind of Vince McMahon.
GM was also announced that day. Ken Valdiserri,
a former Bears employee that worked with
the the '85 Bears.
was not much media exposure on TV, but the
local newspapers, the Sun-Times and Tribune,
reported heavily about the XFL.
came first to mind for everyone. The next
big worry about this Chicago team was "Who
will lead this team?". The first name on
the list, even though he just got a job
with CBS, was 'Da Coach Mike Ditka. Buddy
Ryan was also another name to be the XFL
Chicago coach. They both fit the XFL "feel."
But we were taken by surprise on July 18th
as the Sun-Times reported that McMahon and
Valdiserri had called a press conference
at Mike Ditka's Restaurant in Chicago, and
that Dick Butkus would be named XFL Chicago
media was ALL OVER THIS ONE! Almost everyone
that was a sportscaster on TV in Chicago
was so excited about the XFL. Butkus gave
everyone a big boost for this league and
the time of the news conference, Bryan Harlan
resigned his position at the Chicago Bears
organization. It later came out that he
betted on pro games. A violation of an NFL
league policy. Later that week, it came
out that Ken Valdiserri was also a part
of this betting scandal. Apparently, Valdiserri
had informed McMahon of his situation in
advance. Mcmahon had told him that "if
he ever did that in the XFL, he should fire
Valdiserri immediately". This news
went away quickly.
hearing the news off of XFLBoard.com that
the XFL will release names and logos on
August 24th, Chicago should be in buzz about
THEIR team. I can't wait. And I am wanting
to be an XFL season ticket holder. I mean
Chicago Enforcers season ticket holder.