Fans Enforcers Only Supporters -
Local Media has all but Abandoned the Miracle
XFL is all about the fans. The fans can be as loud as
they want at the games. They can drink beer 'til the end.
The cheerleaders are elevated to the same level as the
fans. And, the players will actually high-five you. If
you have never been to an XFL game, it is a huge party
with a dozen of the most beautiful women in your area
and a group of football players who actually care about
the people in the stands."
- (4 April 2001)
-- With the victory against the Hitmen on Saturday, I am sure
you are expecting an article about the Enforcers only being
one win away from the play-offs. Well, I will leave that to
my Enforcer Team Reporter friends, Bob Williams and Qumar, this
picked up the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday morning, looking to
see what kind of story they would publish about our resurgent
football team this Sunday, the day after we defeated the New
York/New Jersey Hitmen to stay alive in the play-off race.
correct me if I am wrong, or send me an email saying I am a
moron, but the Enforcers are just one victory from competing
in the first ever XFL play-off, and all that I saw, after looking
through the paper not once, but twice, was a minute 1 and ½
inch by 2 inch story about how McDougal connected with Luke
Leverson and Willie Tate for his three touchdown passes. That
say for instance, if the Cubs ever made it within 1 game of
fourth place in the Central Division of the National League,
it would warrant five entire pages of the newspaper, not including
the cover. If the Bulls would come close to winning 20% of their
games, the media would petition to have a rally at Grant Park,
just like the good ol' days. And the Bears, if they actually
make a legitimate acquisition, all other press for that day
would be put on hold. Simply put, we cannot count on any of
our multi-billion dollar sports teams, including the White Sox,
to "bring home the gold".
here we have the Enforcers, a second place team in the "fledgling"
football league. The sports team closest to actually bringing
Chicago a championship in the year 2001. And they get a "thumbnail"
know the reason why! According to the media, the XFL is going
to fold after this year. The television ratings have dramatically
dropped since week one and by the Big Game at the End, nobody
will be watching. So, why give them coverage?
my friends, the XFL is one of the best things that ever happened
to football! It brought the fun back into the game. In this
league, players can be themselves and don't have to worry about
how much the fine is going to be because they got caught spitting
on national television on Monday Night Football. Just to bring
up that other football league for another second, they have
nothing better to do than ban players from wearing bandanas
at the games? Why don't the people in charge of making the rules
spend their time deciding on more important things like whether
or not Instant Replay, a potential feature they have been "testing"
for the past 3 years, is going to stay?
XFL is all about the fans. The fans can be as loud as they want
at the games. They can drink beer 'til the end. The cheerleaders
are elevated to the same level as the fans. And, the players
will actually high-five you. If you have never been to an XFL
game, it is a huge party with a dozen of the most beautiful
women in your area and a group of football players who actually
care about the people in the stands.
all of those who are doubtful, the XFL will be around next year.
It will be around for a long time. The league is looking into
ways to improve its product as the people at the top admit they
made mistakes early in the season. This league is definitely
worth a look next year, and it is worth a good, long look right
now. So, if you are going to leave Bob Costas and the rest of
his media illiterates form your opinion for you, then you are
mistaking yourself, letting a genuine opportunity for some great
sports fun and excitement pass you right up.
am excited that the Enforcers are within one victory of their
first ever play-off birth. I look forward to being at Dick's
Last Resort, near Navy Pier, this Thursday to celebrate with
the players. I am ecstatic that the game that will decide our
team's fate is at our home, historic Soldier Field. And, if
the unlikely event of them not making the play-offs happens,
I will clap my hands for the players and the efforts they put
forth. I will then tip my hat to Vince McMahon and the XFL personnel
for putting together such an awesome product. And, finally,
I will say
"maybe next year!" (I knew the Cubs
were good for something!!!)
Troy Pringle -