to Make Home Debut
racked up the yards in Week 1 - Look for the Chicago "Enforcer"
to have a great game against the hapless Hitmen in Week
4, and finally put Chicago in the win column.
- (21 February 2001) --
Chicago Enforcers and the XFL make their debut at Chicago's
Soldier Field this Saturday night when the (0-3) Enforcers take
on the (0-3) NY/NJ Hitmen.
Some might say the Enforcers are a lousy team in disarray. I
disagree. Why would anyone want to fight the February weather
on the shore Lake Michigan? Here's why: If you look at each
of their three losses you will see that the Enforcers had a
more than realistic shot to win each and every game.
Orlando, time was the Enforcers enemy in that they didn't have
enough of it. Running Back John Avery won the first ever XFL
Offensive Player of the week award as the Enforcers lost a shootout
by only 4 points.
the Xtreme, time was again the enemy, but only because Chicago
had too much of it to work with! It didn't help that the officials
credited Damon Dunn with a TD on a clearly dropped ball, but
the Enforcers could have made just one other PAT or held LA
later in the game. Either way, that game was the most exciting
the XFL has seen this season.
THE 12TH MAN SHOW UP FOR THE ENFORCERS?
You would think that an Enforcers fan would be down considering
the team starts out its inaugural season 0-3. Coach Ron
Meyer and the Enforcers should just pack up their bags
because the season is a short 10-week season and they
are already 3 games behind the first place Orlando Rage.
ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Have you REALLY been watching any
of the games?
Enforcers have lost the first three games by a total of
22 points, a 7 point average deficit. That's right
one touchdown! Take that into perspective considering
that the average deficit for the rest of the league is
9 points. To take this a step further, the Enforcers have
been in a game-winning situation in each game and in all
likelihood should be 3-0, or at least 2-1.
game against the New York/New Jersey Hitmen should prove
to be an exciting game. This could be the game that turns
the season around for Chicago. Tim Lester is having a
hard time carrying the Enforcers in clutch situations,
so we must depend on that 12th man, the fans, to put them
over the top.
a city can support the Bears, who insist on playing Cade
McNown, the "Charles Puleri" of the NFL, then
the Enforcers should have the highest attendance in the
XFL. This team is exciting to watch. They can move the
ball, make big plays, and the defense has shown that they
are ready to step up. The Enforcers are the team to watch
and, with five of the last seven games at home, they can
be the comeback team of the league.
are still plenty of seats available, so for just $25,
you can be a part of the fun watching John Avery, the
league's best running back, burst through the Hitmen's
defense for some big yardage, or Aaron "Big Play"
Bailey do what he does best.
Enforcers vs. New York/New Jersey Hitmen
historic Soldier Field
fans in the country
XFL football - the way it was
meant to be!
Enforcers were primed to achieve victory this past weekend,
but another twist of cruel fate made the ball bounce off of
Tyji Armstrong directly to Dwayne Butler who ripped our hearts
out once again.
Enforcers are not bad. The announcer on TNN stated that the
Enforcers are, "The Best 0-3 team in the XFL." At
the time they were the only 0-3 team, but that wasn't the point.
The Enforcers could easily be 3-0, and last week showed that
Orlando is not the super-power everyone thinks they are. If
Chicago can take care of their own business against divisional
foes and get a little help from the strong western teams, they'll
be right back in the playoff hunt.
be watching this weekend from Rochester, NY of all places, I
hope you all in Chicago will be watching too!
ENFORCERS TO WATCH:
Aaron Bailey: Bailey showed he can be a deep threat by
burning the Birmingham secondary numerous times. It's only a
matter of time before Timmy Lester starts dropping bombs into
the hands of the fleet-footed Bailey.
Aaron Humphrey: It's interesting that my defensive spotlight
is also placed on an "Aaron." Humphrey is built in
the mold of a Kevin Greene. Being a Steelers fan, I like the
fact that Chicago tends to play a disguised 3-4, capitalizing
on their depth at Linebacker. Humphrey was a leader on the defense
Sunday, jarring Bostic at every opportunity. Look for him to
have an even bigger game against a weaker NY O-line.