NEWS ARCHIVE: 1-15 March 2001

Vince McMahon .vs. Bob Costas - 2001.03.15
Vince McMahon was a guest on Bob Costa's HBO show on Wednesday night. There were a few heated exchanges between the Vince and Bob as Costas attacked the XFL and Vince McMahon personally. There is more information in our message board. ...Click Here to Visit This Topic in our Message Board

Vince McMahon .vs. Jesse Ventura - 2001.03.15
We have been holding off on reporting this until more facts have surfaced... here they are: Gov. Jesse Ventura will keep his top announcing slot for the XFL, at least for this weekend, despite critical comments from league founder Vince McMahon. McMahon reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that Ventura was "on thin ice," in an interview published Thursday. The league's research has shown people don't like Ventura as an announcer, and he is too "over the top," McMahon added. Today Ventura did not comment on the situation, only stating "I'm not getting into that." NBC Sports vice president Kevin Sullivan said the announcer lineup for this week's game would be the same as last week -- with Ventura in the top spot. "He's doing the game," Sullivan said. "Jesse's done the game every week. He's the one constant... I couldn't really add anything to what Vince said in the paper." Ventura learned of the McMahon interview Thursday, said his private attorney, David Bradley Olsen. "We don't know if it's Mr. McMahon trying to make the governor a scapegoat," Olsen said. "I will be talking with some people at the XFL to find out what's really going on."

Collective Wisdom? - 2001.03.15
If we take input from many XFL fans and average their minds do we get anything worthwhile? This is what Collective Wisdom is all about! Every week we will ask XFL fans to tell us their rankings of the XFL teams and their game day predictions for the coming weekend. We will publish the results here, and we will keep a running total as to accuracy. Let's have fun with this. ... Click Here for More Information

Rage looking ahead
Orlando Sentinel - 2001.03.14
It's becoming difficult for Galen Hall to ignore the obvious: His Orlando Rage are setting themselves up nicely to represent the Eastern Division in the XFL championship game. Coming off Saturday's 27-15 home win over the Las Vegas Outlaws, the Rage (6-0) can clinch the division title outright Sunday with a win at Western Division-leading Los Angeles (4-2). A victory would mean Orlando would have beaten every team in the league. It also would give the Rage a three-game lead over Xtreme for the best overall record in the league, thus moving them closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. ... Click Here for More Information

The Fans have Spoken! Players of the Week - 2001.03.13
At we'd like to think that the fans are the most important commodity in the equation. Who is better than to choose the XFL players of the Week than the same fans who cheer them on? Week 6 Results:
Offensive: Jim Druckenmiller
Defensive: Chris Shelling
Lineman: Bill Duff
Special Teams: Jimmy Cunningham
Congratulations! ... Click Here for More Information

Druck and Trout Honored
XFL Press Release - 2001.03.13
The XFL today named Memphis Maniax QB Jim Druckenmiller as its Offensive Player of the Week and New York/New Jersey Hitmen S Brad Trout as its Defensive Player of the Week for week six. Druckenmiller completed 26 of 40 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns in Memphis' 29-23 win over Chicago Saturday night. Trout keyed a Hitmen defense which held the Demons aerial attack under 200 yards passing en route to a 20-12 win at San Francisco's "Hell Hole." Trout had a key interception to ice the game, and led the Hitmen in tackles with six (five solo). ... Click Here for More Information

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Sonny Sanders - - 2001.03.13
The Bolts offense finally made an appearance. The high-powered offense that was displayed by the Bolts Sunday is what I have been expecting all season... While the offense played better there are still problems. If the offensive line could hold off the pass rush for a few more seconds and give the QB more time to throw then the offense could flourish. Instead of holding the opposing defense back the line continues to have problems. Thankfully Weldon was mobile enough to get the ball to the open receiver on a few plays. ... Click Here for More Information

Xtreme UP'N Coming
David Curtis - - 2001.03.13
For the first time in three attempts, Los Angeles won a game televised on UPN. There were more meaningful milestones as well: The team didn't rest on its laurels after an impressive victory the week before, and the defense learned how to stop the bleeding after early breakdowns. But the most encouraging accomplishment came in the running game. New starting halfback Saladin McCullough, inactive four of the first five games, ran wild through a Birmingham Thunderbolt squad which obviously had no reason to expect such energy at the line of scrimmage. ... Click Here for More Information

Weldon Undergoes Shoulder Surgury
The Birmingham Thunderbolts - 2001.03.12
Birmingham Thunderbolts quarterback Casey Weldon underwent surgery Monday to repair his injured right shoulder. His status for the remainder of the season is uncertain. Dr. Larry Lemak of Alabama Sports Medicine performed the procedure Monday afternoon at HealthSouth. Weldon is currently second in the XFL in passing yards with 1,228 yards. He injured the shoulder in Sunday's game against Los Angeles, coming out of the game at the start of the fourth quarter after passing for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

The New and Improved Hitmen?
Mike Mitchell - - 2001.03.12
After 5 games, the NY/NJ Hitmen were the XFL's most unattractive team. The Hitmen had scored no more then 13 points in their first 5 contests. Their games were slow, sloppy and dull. On Sunday, the Hitmen unveiled a new look and feel to their team. The shocker of week 6 in The XFL by far was The Hitmen's stunning 20-12 upset of the Demons in San Fransisco in front of 33,522 fans. The win for NY/NJ served as a possible springboard for the future. Was it just the Hitmen's day in the sun or are we looking at a brand new Hitmen team? ... Click Here for More Information

Bolts Fall Short in Shootout with LA
Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter - 2001.03.12
The Bolts found a pulse but the bleeding continues. Quarterback Casey Weldon shook off two abysmal weeks and scored on his first offensive drive hitting WR Quincy Jackson in the Corner for 6. Casey lit up the LA defense for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and appeared to have the Bolts rolling. However the shootout with Los Angeles turned sour as Casey Weldon was knocked from the game and continued defensive problems allowed LA to take home a 35 - 26 win and first place in the West. ... Click Here for More Information

Offense back in form, but Chicago falls short…again
Troy Pringle - Enforcers Team Reporter - 2001.03.12
As should be expected in the XFL, the Enforcers - Maniax battle lived up to it's billing. From the very first drive, we laid witness to a scoring onslaught. Teams were throwing the ball downfield and scoring at will. Big play after big play moved both teams. Again, Kevin McDougal had an impressive game connecting with Junior Lord, Luther Leverson, and John Avery for big gains. However, for the second game in a row, he couldn't punch into the endzone. ... Click Here for More Information

Vote! Players of the Week - 2001.03.11
At we'd like to think that the fans are the most important commodity in the equation. Who is better than to choose the XFL players of the Week than the same fans who cheer them on? Why should you vote? To let the players know that the fans appreciate their effort each and every week of the season! Week 6 will be tough on voters - there were many excellent performances this past weekend. So let the Voting begin. Voting ends on Tuesday at 1600 EST. ... Click Here for More Information

Hitmen Eliminate Demons with Pass Rush, Big Plays
San Francisco Demons - 2001.03.11
In true hitman style, the Demons' chances of taking control of the Western Division race in the XFL were rubbed out by New York/New Jersey's furious pass rush led by defensive end Dwayne Sabb and quarterback Wally Richardson's timely passing. The Hitmen harassed San Francisco quarterback Pat Barnes to the tune of two turnovers and four quarterback sacks and salted away a 20-12 victory in the final quarter with a 44-yard march that was greatly aided by a 32-yard penalty for pass interference on Demons' cornerback Dwayne Harper. According to San Francisco Coach Jim Skipper, it was questionable at best. There was no question, however, that it was a fatal bullet. ... Click Here for More Information

Ratings Slide Skids to a Stop - 2001.03.11
NBC's rating of the Memphis-Chicago and Orlando-Las Vegas games on Saturday night scored an overnight rating of 2.8, up one-tenth of a point from last week's 2.7. That marked the first time the ratings had increased since the league's debut last month. In an attempt to bolster those numbers, the league announced last week that it would concentrate less on wrestling-inspired gimmicks and broadcast booth hype and more on straight football. The league still relied on a wrestling style half-time skit involvoing the Orlando Rage Cheerleeaders. In the two games Saturday, there was more offense than in previous weeks as two former backup quarterbacks for the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Druckenmiller and Jeff Brohm, led their teams to victory. Druckenmillers's win was done in dramatic fashion as he lead the Memphis Maniax to a last minute score to win the game.

Memphis 29, Chicago 23
Associated Press - 2001.03.10
Jim Druckenmiller threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Daryl Hobbs with 20 seconds left Saturday night to give the Memphis Maniax a 29-23 victory over the Chicago Enforcers. The touchdown pass, Druckenmiller's third of the night, capped a 413-yard passing performance by the Memphis quarterback. Charles Jordan caught 10 passes from Druckenmiller for 240 yards. The victory was the first home win of the year for Memphis (3-3), while the road woes continued for Chicago (1-5), which has now lost all four of its games away from Soldier Field. ... Click Here for More Information

Rage 27, Outlaws 15
Associated Press - 2001.03.10
Jeff Brohm threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night as Orlando closed in on a playoff berth, remaining the only unbeaten team in the XFL with a 27-15 victory over Las Vegas. The Rage (6-0) took the lead for good on Brohm's 16-yard TD pass to Kevin Swayne. The reception capped a seven-minute drive Orlando launched after Paul McCallum's third field goal put the Outlaws (3-3) ahead 15-14 with 11:29 to go. Brohm completed 13 of 20 passes to help Orlando, the league's highest-scoring team at just over 25 per game, put up the highest point total of the season against Las Vegas, which had only allowed 39 in its first five games. ... Click Here for More Information

Enforcers .vs. Maniax... OUCH!
QumarChicago - Enforcers Team Reporter - 2001.03.10
I'll tell you right now, that this one is too easy of a call for me. I'll show you what I mean in this article. First off, Memphis has two MAJOR problems. All of them are of the utmost attention to the Maniax and their fans. Number one is that Memphis is one of only 2 teams in the XFL, that are winless at home. Chicago broke out of that list last week with the win at home vs. the Outlaws. The second thing, which REALLY hurts Memphis, is that Kevin Prentiss, the Maniax #1 WR, is out for the season with a torn ACL on his knee. Literally and figuratively, one word explains it all for Memphis, OUCH! ... Click Here for More Information

Tillman and Pearson May Get Whacked!
Mike Mitchell - - 2001.03.10
In this day and age of sports, Patience runs thin. You either get it done now or pay the consequences. The NY/NJ Hitmen have been one of the XFL's biggest dissapointments thus far. NY has been on 3 NBC games thus far and the results have not been that good. NY is the nation's #1 TV market and The Hitmen have failed to deliver on the field and in the ratings. The Hitmen are standing at 1 and 4 after 5 games with only 5 games left in their season. 2 at home and 3 on the road. ... Click Here for More Information

Maddox to be a NY Jet? - 2001.03.10
Jets general manager Terry Bradway, who said last week "The draft it not very deep this year in quarterbacks, so there's always going to be players out there that you could grab" if Lucas decides to leave, has said the Jets would not be opposed to signing as free agents "...some players who have been out a year and [are] looking for an opportunity to get back," that the Jets are willing to wait until June or even July to ink free agents and that the search would extend to other professional leagues such as NFL Europe, the CFL, Arena Football and even the much-maligned XFL. And who are the Jets looking at? LA Xtreme quarterback Tommy Maddox. ... Click Here for More Information

Rage Cheerleaders to Show Locker Room
Orlando Sentinel - 2001.03.09
Guys, you can unleash the pimply faced geek inside you Saturday night when NBC will take its cameras inside the cheerleaders' locker room at halftime of the Rage game with the Las Vegas Outlaws at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The ploy is being openly labeled by the network as "a desperate attempt to increase TV ratings." ... "Whatever happens, happens," said T.K., one of the Rage's first-name-only cheerleaders. "NBC called and said 'We're coming and we're bringing our cameras,' so we have no idea beyond that." ... Click Here for More Information

Bias Looks Bad on the Media
Sonny Sanders - - 2001.03.09
Behind all of this ranting about the evils of professional wrestling mixing with real sports is a dirty little secret that they have failed to mention. Until recently Ted Turner owned the WCW. A wrestling organization that is just as sleazy as the WWF was owned by the man that also owns the Atlanta Braves!! The WCW is no different than the WWF. There is partial nudity, profanity, and violence. Ted Turner’s company did the very things that McMahon has been ridiculed for. Where was the outrage about Turner degrading the MLB and the Atlanta the Braves? Why is it that one man is viewed differently by the media and considered a pariah while another is accepted? ... Click Here for More Information

A Look Ahead Against the Spread
The Masked Prognosticator - 2001.03.09
When it comes to the East vs. West, it truly is a case of the "haves" and the "have nots". All four of the XFL teams from the West have been competitive so far, while in the East, only Orlando can be considered a good team. Birmingham so far has failed to impress. The 3 losses include being unable to cover a 3 point home dog spread against the Maniax and two crushing road defeats at the hands of Orlando and San Francisco. Their two dubyas include beating the lousy Hitmen by 6 points and winning on a last minute interception at the three yard line against the Enforcers at home. Contrast with L.A., who showed Saturday night in New York that they will definitely benefit from the leagues new ruling. Look for Al Luginbill and Tommy Maddox to light up the T-Bolts with their resurrected passing attack. ... Click Here for More Information

XFL's Top Man Unbowed
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.03.09
Vince McMahon on the XFL: "I think predictions of our demise are way premature. It's kind of like Mark Twain said: Rumors of our death are greatly exaggerated. We're in this for the long haul. Look how long it took the NFL to get up and running. I am in the brand-building business. From that standpoint, I understand it takes awhile to build a brand, and I have to take a long-term view of it. The WWF didn't become what it is overnight. It took forever to build it, though there are some out there now who like to think it was built in a day. The premise of this league is good, and I think with the right adjustments, you're going to see it begin to gain momentum and get to where we thought it could get." ... Click Here for More Information

Self-Deprecating XFL Turns Bad Publicity into Marketing
The Masked Prognosticator - 2001.03.08
Whether the XFL survives or not, no one can deny that it's marketing department has a wicked sense of humor. In radio commercials broadcast around the country, the XFL is announcing new rule changes while taking tongue in cheeks shots at itself. The commercial, heard on such stations as Sports Talk 610 WIP-AM in Philadelphia, a broadcaster announces that the XFL will have a game on Saturday night. Then another character laughs and says that the XFL is over already, give it up. The announcer then tells the other voice that in an obvious ploy for ratings (he actually says that) this weekend's NBC game will feature cameras in the cheerleaders lockerooms and new rule changes (nothing specifically mentioned). He reminds the listener that two good teams, Orlando and Vegas, will square off. Whether or not this ad campaign will help raise the XFL's ratings from the depths of desperation remains to be seen. But what Vince McMahon and NBC are smart enough to know is that one way to deflect criticism is to laugh a little at yourself!

The Boz Fires back - 2001.03.08
Bosworth was a guest on Fox Sports Net's "The Last Word" with Jim Rome on Tuesday night. Boz had a chance to fire a few shots on behalf of the XFL: "I think the thing that needs to happen here is the media just needs to get off our back and talk about what they like about the league. They go out of their way to tell us what they don't like about the league. Really, when it comes down to it, it's just nothing more than Vince McMahon-bashing." No word yet on whether Jim Rome's brain "shattered" from the tirade.

Orlando Rage: Finally Respect...
Mark Zelakowski - - 2001.03.08
At last the Orlando Rage will get the respect they deserve. They will be the featured game this week on NBC. "I know the league wants us to be ourselves and express individuality, so we are probably their worst nightmare," WR Mario Bailey said. "We don't have any superstars or egos on this team. And you won't see any nicknames on our jerseys. Instead you have a 45-man roster that thinks, prepares and works as one unit. As the XFL's only undefeated team, I will say we feel a little bit slighted that we have not been selected as an NBC prime game yet, but that changes this week. Hopefully the nation will see why this team hasn't lost a game yet." Article includes a Real Video interview of Jeff Brohm ... Click Here for More Information

WWFE is committed to the XFL
XFL Press Release - 2001.03.07
In a XFL Press Release, Linda McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc., issued the following statement today: "While World Wrestling Federation entertainment continues to evaluate the XFL on a weekly basis, we stand committed to our long-term goal of making the XFL a viable brand of alternative football."

No one ever went broke selling sex
MSNBC - 2001.03.07
No one ever went broke selling sex and violence. Football is another matter. The National Football League is the 800-pound gorilla of sports leagues at the moment, but the jungle is littered with the bodies of imitators. THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE survived nine years on its own before being arm-wrestled into a 1969 merger. The original World Football League, despite stars like Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, Paul Warfield and Danny White, folded 10 weeks into its second season. That was 1975. Things were so bad at the end that the Birmingham, Ala., sheriff’s department ambushed the winners in the locker room after the World Bowl and confiscated their uniforms. The Birmingham Americans were in arrears. ... Click Here for More Information and Game Summary

McDougal or Lester?
Bob Williams - - 2001.03.07
Kevin McDougal quarterbacked the Chicago Enforcers to their first victory Sunday afternoon, a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas Outlaws. Tim Lester showed that he is a capable professional quarterback, a field general who was two or three bad plays away from a 3-1 record as a starter. Obviously Coach Ron Meyer doesn't want to halt the momentum, but is McDougal really the answer? ... Click Here for More Information and Game Summary

XFL Hard to Figure
The Birmingham News - 2001.03.07
Television ratings on NBC, which airs prime-time games every Saturday, have nose-dived from the start. Yet although the season's just halfway over, the overall numbers remain above what the network promised advertisers. The other two television partners, UPN and TNN, are crowing about ratings higher than they would get otherwise. Factor in the vaunted demographics (males 18-34) the XFL seeks, and the new est venture in football has outdrawn every other televised sporting event it's battled weekend viewers for since its debut - except for the NBA All-Star Game and the Daytona 500. ... Click Here for More Information

"Deathblow" the Fans Choice for Defensive Player of the Week Players of the Week - 2001.03.06
At we'd like to think that the fans are the most important commodity in the equation. Who is better than to choose the XFL players of the Week than the same fans who cheer them on? This week's fans choice for Players of the Week are Pat Barnes (Offensive), Jamal Duff (Defensive), Shante Carver (Lineman) and Terrel Sutton (Special Teams). Congratulations! ... Click Here for More Information

McDougal and Miles Honored as XFL Players of the Week
XFL Press Release - 2001.03.06
The XFL today named Chicago Enforcers QB Kevin McDougal as its Offensive Player of the Week and San Francisco Demons DE Jermaine Miles as its Defensive Player of the Week for week five. McDougal, making his first start of the season, led Chicago to a 15-13, come-from-behind victory over the West-leading Las Vegas Outlaws on Sunday at Soldier Field. The Demons' Miles was a thorn in Birmingham's side throughout a 39-10 blowout on Saturday night at San Francisco's "Hell Hole," Pac Bell Park. Miles recorded two quarterback sacks and forced a 15-yard loss and fumble on a backward pass from Casey Weldon to James Bostic, which the Demons' converted to points in the first half. ... Click Here for More Information

A Cinderella Story for Chicago?
Troy Pringle - Enforcers Team Reporter - 2001.03.05
Whether they are 1-4 or 4-1, the Enforcers are an exciting team to watch. With John Avery as the backbone of the running game and an accurate Kevin McDougal tossing bullets to the receivers, we can move the ball down the field in the blink of an eye. There was only 1:59 left on the clock, andthe Enforcers had the ball on their own 18-yard line. Before I go on, I must say I am sorry to our critics from the NFL for what I am about to say. But, this is something that some so-called "superior" NFL teams can not do: The Enforcers raced all the way down the field to WIN the game, 15-13, over the defensive powerhouse Las Vegas Outlaws. ... Click Here for More Information

Players Move in a Three-Team Deal
San Francisco Demons - 2001.03.05
Toby Wright, a six-year NFL defensive back, will join the XFL's San Francisco Demons this week after the team consummated a three-team, four-player trade Monday. Wright started three seasons with St. Louis during 1995-97 and led the Rams and was fifth in the NFL in interceptions with six in 1995. He played with the NFC club through the 1998 season and was property of the Washington Redskins during the 1999 campaign. The Demons sent offensive linemen Robert Hunt and Harvey Goins to New York/New Jersey for offensive tackle Tony Berti, who then was moved on to Las Vegas in exchange for Wright. ... Click Here for More Information

Outlaws Fans Invited to "NAME THE D"
Las Vegas Outlaws - 2001.03.05
In the spirit of the great defenses in pro football history, such as "The Steel Curtain" (Pittsburgh Steelers), "The Purple People Eaters" (Minnesota Vikings), "Orange Crush" (Denver Broncos), "The Doomsday Defense" (Dallas Cowboys) and "The Monsters of the Midway" (Chicago Bears), the Outlaws are asking XFL fans to give a moniker to the defense that has allowed just one touchdown in four games, leads the league in most defensive categories and allows an average of just six points per game. ... Click Here for More Information

Enforcers "Like to Party"
QumarChicago - Enforcers Team Reporter - 2001.03.05
The reason for the Enforcers "liking to party" was that throughout most of the game, the Venga Boys hit, "We Like To Party", heard around arenas and stadiums, was the song that was played the most at Soldier Field. But, they did crush the Outlaws. The crowd of just over 15,000 was really small, but, the Enforcers didn't want to lose this game. It was too important. ... Click Here for More Information

Xtreme Xplode Hitmen’s Chamber
David Curtis - - 2001.03.05
Wait a minute. What’s this? Los Angeles scores first? LA never trails? The team wins on the final play – of a drive in the second quarter? So it was. When the NY/NJ Hitmen tried pulling the trigger, their efforts blew up in their collective face. ... Click Here for More Information

Rainy Day Demons Raise Hell for the Bolts
NStarz Ha - Demons Team Reporter - 2001.03.05
And Hell it was. Final score SF Demons 39, Birmingham Bolts 10. A win by a margin of 29 points! Who would have believed this is without Mike Pawlawski, who will be sidelined three weeks with a neck injury. It started in the first drive. Like I said, the Demons have to scored early and often. The Bolts hadn't scored a single point in the first quarter...and they still haven't! ... Click Here for More Information

Xtreme Dominate the Hitmen
Mike Mitchell - - 2001.03.05
Last night, 27,000 fans witnessed The LA Xtreme dominate the Hitmen. The Hitmen left the field beaten and battered and Rusty Tillman didn't gain any new fans. The game for the Hitmen didn't start out that grim. The Hitmen won the opening scramble and with a spread out offensive attack, They drove deep into LA territory and had the Xtreme reeling. ... Click Here for More Information

Bolts DOA... or are they MIA? - 2001.03.05
The Bolts were DOA upon arrival at San Francisco Saturday night. The game seemed a mirror image of the week before when the Rage dominated the game from start to finish. Most notably the defensive line is getting blown off the ball consistently and the offense is simply not a threat to score. Defenses can stack the box because they don't believe QB Casey Weldon can avoid the rush long enough to get a pass off. There is plenty of blame to go around. ... Click Here for More Information

Taylor kicks go-ahead field goal as Orlando edges Memphis
Associated Press - 2001.03.04
Backup quarterback Brian Kuklick threw for 207 yards and a touchdown, and Jay Taylor kicked a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter to lead the Orlando Rage to a 21-19 victory over the Memphis Maniax on Sunday night. The victory left the Rage (5-0) as the XFL's only undefeated team, while Memphis (2-3) has lost all three of its home games. Kuklick, subbing for starter Jeff Brohm who was knocked out of the game with a concussion in the first quarter, connected with Dialleo Burks on an 81-yard pass with 8:41 left in the third quarter to give the Rage an 18-16 lead. ... Click Here for More Information

Enforcers win first game - Enforcers 15, Outlaws 13
Associated Press - 2001.03.04
LeShon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 19 seconds left as the Chicago Enforcers beat the Las Vegas Outlaws 15-13 Sunday night, snapping a four-game losing streak. Johnson's touchdown capped an eight-play, 82-yard drive. "Finally, things happened a little right for us after four very frustrating games," Enforcers coach Ron Meyer said. ... Click Here for More Information

Barnes leads the Demons past the Bolts
Associated Press - 2001.03.04
Pat Barnes threw two touchdown passes and Juan Johnson rushed for 99 yards as the San Francisco Demons beat the Birmingham Bolts 39-10 on Saturday night. The teams had difficulty consistently moving the ball in a steady rain at Pacific Bell Park, but Barnes led San Francisco to three quick touchdowns in the first half. ... Click Here for More Information

Maddox throws two touchdowns as the Xtreme beat the Hitmen
Associated Press - 2001.03.04
Tommy Maddox threw two touchdown passes and Juan Cortez kicked three field goals to lead the Los Angeles Xtreme to a 22-7 victory over the New York-New Jersey Hitmen on Saturday night. The heavily promoted "Blood Feud" between Hitmen coach Rusty Tillman and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who provides color commentary on XFL broadcasts, never really materialized despite Ventura's best efforts. ... Click Here for More Information

Demons face Bolts without the League's Leading QB
NStarz Ha - Demons Team Reporter - 2001.03.02
The XFL's leading quarterback is Mike Pawlawski. He leads the XFL in many passing categories such as yards (1,023), touchdowns (7) and completion percentage (64.5%). Unfortunately, he could be out of the game for three weeks after a neck injury on last Sunday's game against the Outlaws. In place of Pawlawski, former California product, Pat Barnes, will start Saturday night against the Birmingham Bolts. "I just had a feeling something wasn't right with Mike,'' said Demons coach Jim Skipper said. "I am confident Pat will play well as our starter." ... Click Here for More Information

Bennett in a Bolts Uniform?
Bamaslammer - - 2001.03.02
What do the following NFL players have in common: Kimble Anders, Chester McGlockton James Hasty. Doug Flutie, Ryan Leaf, Joe Bowden, John Randle. Dermontti Dawson. Chris Slade. Tony Martin, Dana Stubblefield, Leon Searcy, Tony Banks, Ken Norton Jr, Yancy Thigpen, Carl Pickens, Tyrone Poole, Cornelius Bennett, Tony Blevins, Ted Washington and Jake Reed? Answer: According to Paul Tagliabu's NFL bean counters these guys are no longer good enough to play in the NFL. ... Click Here for More Information

Xtreme Face Penetrating Question
David Curtis - - 2001.03.01
The upcoming challenge for L.A. is clear. With the New York/New Jersey Hitmen’s defensive tackles combining for seven sacks last week, the Xtreme need to be sure the shortest distance between two points isn’t through their own offensive line. While it’s true this statistic came against a Chicago offense that’s been decimated up front, it’s also true that line play has been the Xtreme’s biggest liability thus far. ... Click Here for More Information

Tell the League to open the Checkbook one more time for the Rage!
Mark Zelakowski - - 2001.03.01
The Orlando Rage are now 4-0, $400,000 dollars richer, and sitting 2 games ahead of the Bolts after an easy win against Birmingham. "We have put ourselves in a great position," Rage Head Coach Galen Hall said. "But I think our players are smart enough to know that it is very early in this season. For the most part, teams in this league are very evenly matched. Even last week, our game would have been a lot closer if you take away a couple of plays." ... Click Here for More Information

Butkus to Man Broadcast Booth - 2001.03.01
XFL Director of Football Competition Dick Butkus will join play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian in the broadcast booth this weekend for NBC's Saturday night bonus coverage game, Birmingham at San Francisco. Butkus replaces Jerry Lawler for this weekend only. An announcement regarding a permanent replacement for Lawlor, who resigned last week, will be made soon.

What Did You Expect From the XFL?
Mike Mitchell - - 2001.03.01
The XFL is simply a sporting event in a fashion that you have never seen before. It's an experiment that's ahead of its time in broadcast sports. It's a league where team is more important then individuals. A league where success is rewarded and failures are reported. It's a league that is free and fresh. A league where sports meets reality TV and where sports meets entertainment. Has NBC and WWFE combined those elements perfectly yet? No. Will they successfully put those elements together? Time will tell. What did you expect? ... Click Here for More Information

XFL changes rule on coverage
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 2001.03.01
In an effort to help its point-starved teams produce more offense, the XFL has decided to eliminate its bump-and-run rule and adopt the same rule the NFL uses beginning with this weekend's games. Under the XFL's previous rules, defensive players were able to jam receivers at any time until the ball is in the air. Beginning Saturday, defensive players will only be allowed to bump offensive players within five yards of the line of scrimmage. ... Click Here for More Information

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