Episode 32 – Grind with a Purpose – Kenneth Farrow and Jackson Conner

First, host Mark Nelson talks with Seattle Dragons running back Kenneth Farrow about the shortened XFL season, the success of the Seattle Dragons, especially with the fans in the city of Seattle, his work with the “Grind with a Purpose” foundation, and his plans for the future. Then we hear from XFLBoard.com Seattle Dragons team reporter Jackson Conner. Jackson talks about the shortened XFL season, which players are headed to the NFL, and what we can expect from the XFL leading up to season two.

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Episode 31 – XFL taking stock and looking forward – Greg Parks

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing governments to dictate regulations regarding public gatherings, and considering the health and safety of XFL players, coaches and staffs, the XFL had no choice but to officially cancel the remainder of their 2020 season. To discuss the present situation, and talk about the future, host Mark Nelson has invited Tampa Bay Vipers team reporter Greg Parks to the podcast. Greg is a regular visitor to this podcast, and we always enjoy his football knowledge, and his keen memory of players, and their playing history. You can find Greg on Twitter, imparting his wisdom at @gregmparks, and sharing fascinating spreadsheets of players and their statistics.

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Episode 30 – 2020 XFL Regular Season Canceled – Mike Mitchell

With the XFL shutting down their regular season, we are left to wonder what could have been if the second half of the season would have unfolded. With this in mind, Mark Nelson has invited Mike Mitchell to the podcast discuss the current situation with league, to hypothesize of what could have been if the season had completed, and to talk about how the XFL succeeded to impress the sports world, even in the abbreviated season they had.

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XFL Cancels 2020 Season

Statement issued by XFL on 12 March 2020:

Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular-season games. However, all players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit toward future games. The XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years.

Clearly the league is not enthusiastic by this outcome, but they have deemed this decision necessary. We should be buoyed by the fact the XFL plans to continue in 2021.

We’d like to wish all XFL players, coaches, staff and fans the best, especially in relation to dealing with the Corona Virus pandemic.

XFL Week 5 – Players of the Week – “Fan’s Choice” by XFLBoard.com

Josh Johnson (LA Wildcats), Kenny Robinson (St. Louis BattleHawks), Boogie Roberts (LA Wildcats) and Jameer Thurman (DC Defenders)

Welcome to our Week 5 XFL “Players of the Week” results. Voting began immediately at the completion of the final game on Sunday. We gathered over 3,500 votes before the closing of polls at 6PM Eastern on Tuesday 10 March 2020. We thank all who voted!

Fans were asked to nominate any player they deemed worthy of the honor, in four categories: Offensive, defensive, lineman, and special teams.

Winners below are based on the number of votes received for each player.

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Josh Johnson, QB, LA Wildcats

Quarterback Josh Johnson engineered a Wildcat comeback over the surging Tampa Bay Vipers. Johnson went 24 for 36 passes, for 288 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception.

Fan comments:

  • Josh Johnson was a man possessed. Player of the week! (Anonymous)
  • Johnson engineered the comeback of the XFL season. (XFL Wildcats)
  • Threw four touchdowns to break the Viper’s back. (Mark Jackson)

Honorable Mentions

  • Cam Phillips, WR, Houston Roughnecks
  • Jhurrell Pressley, RB, DC Defenders
  • James Butler, RB, Houston Roughnecks
  • Taylor Cornelius, QB, Tampa Bay Vipers

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Robinson, Safety, St. Louis BattleHawks

St. Louis BattleHawk Kenny Robinson had a beautiful fingertip interception, showcasing his athletic ability. Combined with one sack and five combined tackles, Robinson was a bright spot in the BattleHawks loss.

Fan comments:

  • Made a beautiful pick that had to be reviewed… and it was good! (Gerald)
  • He is making plenty of plays for such a young player. (XFL #1)
  • If Robinson keeps playing like this he is sure to picked up in the NFL draft. (Anonymous)

Honorable Mention

  • Ryan Mueller, DE, New York Guardians
  • Jack Tocho, CB, LA Wildcats
  • Jordan Martin, SAF, Seattle Dragons

 

Lineman of the Week: Boogie Roberts, Tampa Bay Vipers

After his teammate Cedric Reed sacked Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius, Boogie Roberts scooped the ball and rumbled into the end zone, thus extending the Wildcats score over the Vipers.

Fan comments:

  • Scoop and score, the Wildcats way (Anonymous)
  • Put the score beyond reach at a time the Vipers were mounting a comeback. (XFL Fan Forever)
  • Scooped the ball and “Boogied” into the end zone. (Anonymous)

Honorable Mention

  • Cedric Reed, DE, LA Wildcats
  • Beniquez Brown, LB, Houston Roughnecks
  • Greer Martini, LB, Dallas Renegades

 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Jameer Thurman, LB, DC Defenders

Jameer Thurman’s amazing blocked punt led to a  field goal, and gave the DC Defenders an edge against the St. Louis BattleHawks.

Fan comments:

  • Blocked a punt at the right time in the game.  (Anonymous)
  • A gentleman and scholar. He blocked the punt and let his teammate recover the ball. (Sammy J.)
  • Big player on DC Defenders special teams. Jameer is making things happen out there. (Anonymous)

Honorable mention:

  • Austin Walter, RB, Dallas Renegades
  • Jonathan Celestin, LB, DC Defenders
  • Tyler Rausa, K, DC Defenders
  • Mattt McCrane, K, New York Guardians

Episode 29 – XFL Week 5 – Jameer Thurman and Brendan Howe

First, we speak to DC Defenders linebacker Jameer Thurman. We talk to Jameer the standout season he is having with the Defenders of the XFL, and hear how Jameer feels the Defenders are destined to go all the way to the XFL championship. Then we  speak to Brendan Howe, our XFLBoard.com team reporter for the DC Defenders. Brendan helps dissect a very interesting XFL week five, and provides a look forward into week six.

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Collective Wisdom – Week 5 Results

Collective Wisdom by XFLBoard.com

We had over 920 XFL fans add their wisdom to our system.  We thank all those who entered. In Week 5 the collective was only 25 percent accurate. Not too wise.

Collective Wisdom – Week 5 Results

 This Week
1-3

 Overall Record
13-7

In picking the Week 5 winners, the collective went 1-3.

The Collective Wisdom season record is 13-7.

Week 4 Games

Collective Wisdom

Actual Score

Picked Winner? Point Differential

Seattle Dragons  at  Houston Roughnecks

19-29

23-32

Accurate

7

New York Guardians at Dallas Renegades

17-20

30-12

Wrong

21

St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders

26-14

6-15

Wrong

21
Tampa Bay Vipers at LA Wildcats 19-17 34-41

Wrong

39

Weekly Winner

The entrant who came the closest to predicting the actual scores was Jay Washington.

Compared to the actual scores, Jay Washington’s entry had a total point differential of 26. Very wise!

Here is the winning entry:

  • Seattle Dragons 24 at Houston Roughnecks 32
  • New York Guardians 28 at Dallas Renegades 15
  • St. Louis BattleHawks 10 at DC Defenders 14
  • Tampa Bay Vipers 28 at LA Wildcats 32

Jay has won the Genius of the Week tee-shirt. Congratulations!

Stay tuned for Collective Wisdom Week 6!

Collective Wisdom – Week 5 Predictions

Collective Wisdom by XFLBoard.com

We are happy to say that just over 920 XFL fans added their wisdom to our system. The closest entrant will win a tee-shirt proclaiming them the Genius of the Week.

We have crunched the numbers and have come up with the predictions for this week’s games. This week the collective wisdom says the visitors will win 2 of 4 games and two games will be decided by three points or less. Could this be true? We will soon find out how wise the collective can be.

Last week our Collective Wisdom went  2-2 to set our season record to 12-4.

Collective Wisdom – Week 5 Predictions

Visitor

Home

Seattle Dragons

19

Houston Roughnecks

29

New York Guardians

17

Dallas Renegades

20

St. Louis BattleHawks

26

DC Defenders

14

Tampa Bay Vipers

19

Los Angeles Wildcats

17

 

XFL Week 4 – Players of the Week – “Fan’s Choice” by XFLBoard.com

Taylor Cornelius (Tampa Bay Vipers), Deatrick Nichols (Houston Roughnecks), Edmond Robinson (Houston Roughnecks), Matt McCrane (New York Guardians)

Welcome to our Week 4 XFL “Players of the Week” results. Voting began immediately at the completion of the final game on Sunday. We gathered over 2,900 votes before the closing of polls at Noon Eastern on Tuesday 3 March 2020. We thank all who voted!

Fans were asked to nominate any player they deemed worthy of the honor, in four categories: Offensive, defensive, lineman, and special teams.

Winners below are based on the number of votes received for each player.

 

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Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cornelius, QB, Tampa Bay Vipers

Tampa Bay quarterback Taylor Cornelius went 23 for 31 passes, for 211 yards and only one interception to rally his Vipers to their first win of the season.

Fan comments:

  • Cornelius sacrificed his body to get the job done. Player of the week! (Anonymous)
  • Corndog did what nobody else could do. He’s a keeper. (XFL Fan)
  • Gave his team the boost needed to get a whole team effort and the win. (PeterH)

Honorable Mentions

  • Jordon Ta’amu, QB, St. Louis BattleHawks
  • De’Veon Smith, RB, Tampa Bay Vipers
  • Jacques Patrick, RB, Tampa Bay Vipers

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Deatrick Nichols, CB, Houston Roughnecks

Houston Roughnecks cornerback Deatrick Nichols made two interceptions, inspiring his squad to march past the Renegades in a 27-20 win.

Fan comments:

  • Two picks made the day for the Roughnecks (rSpinks)
  • He read Landry Jones mind, picked him off with ease. (XFL is the best)
  • Nichols made picking off Landry Jones look easy. (Anonymous)

Honorable Mention

  • Jamar Summers, CB, New York Guardians
  • Cody Brown, S, Houston Roughnecks

 

Lineman of the Week: Edmond Robinson, LB, Houston Roughnecks

The bane of Landry Jones, Robinson gained the sack and then scooped up the fumbled football and rumbled into the end zone.

Fan comments:

  • Dual threat. Sack, scoop and score. (Anonymous)
  • Made Landry Jones wish he had never set foot on the field. (XFL Linebacker)
  • Robinson did it all. He sacked and he scored. (Anonymous)

Honorable Mention

  • Steven Johnson, LB, Seattle Dragons
  • Beniquez Brown, LB, Houston Roughnecks
  • Greer Martini, LB, Dallas Renegades

 

Kicker Matt McCrane with his magic boot. LA Wildcats At NY Guardians
Kicker Matt McCrane with his magic boot. LA Wildcats At NY Guardians 29 Feb 2020 – Credit Adam McCullough

Special Teams Player of the Week: Matt McCrane, K, New York Guardians

Kicker Matt McCrane went 3-3 with field goals from the 51, 23, and 47 yds in a blustery MetLife Stadium to give New York enough points to ensure a much needed victory.

Fan comments:

  • 3-3, with longest over 50 yards. Good enough for a win. (Anonymous)
  • Never missed. Gave th (Stephen Q.)
  • First kickoff return for a TD in XFL history deserves this honor. (Anonymous)

Honorable mention:

  • Taylor Russolino, St. Louis BattleHawks

Episode 28 – XFL Week 4 – Dean Blandino and Colin Gray

First, we speak to Dean Blandino the Head of XFL Officiating. We discuss the state of XFL officiating after week three, and talk about how transparent the league is attempting to be in its enforcement of the rules. Then we speak to Colin Gray, one of our XFLBoard.com team reporters for the Tampa Bay Vipers. Colin helps to dissect a very interesting XFL week 4, and provides a look forward into week five.

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