AX Man - XFLBoard.com Memphis Maniax Team Reporter
are finally starting to take shape for the XFL and the Memphis
Maniax. They now have a coach in Kippy Brown, uniforms, and
over the weekend they were able to get some players.
is a local guy. He is graduate of the University of Memphis.
Plus he has coached as an assistant at the University of Tennessee,
as well as, four different NFL teams; Miami, Jets, Tampa Bay,
and Green Bay. Having local ties is important for the Maniax
because it makes it easier for the people to accept them and
jump on board, especially the skeptics. If the Maniax have one
of their favorite players from an area college that might be
the reason that that skeptic starts to take notice and hopefully
interest in the Maniax and XFL. Over time this will become less
important, but for the beginning it is a useful tool to gain
interest. And that is even more true in cities like Memphis,
memphis, and Orlando where college football has always been
king. The difficult part for the Maniax is that Kippy is retaining
his job in Green Bay who creates an awkward situation. However,
the fans and the media have not made a big deal out of this.
Kippy is very popular in Memphis, so the people of this city
will give him more leeway than other coaches. The feeling in
Memphis is that Kippy Brown was an excellent choice for coach.
He has local ties, experience, and he is good guy. So we wish
him and the Maniax good luck.
Maniax have recently debuted their uniforms. After being posted
on the XFL site that they are getting extremely bad reviews.
Well, it might just be my opinion but the uniforms do not look
that bad in person. I think the pictures do not really do them
justice. There was not any negative press about the uniforms
here. There's one thing everyone must admit. The Maniax are
definitely going to stick out more than any other team. Love'
em or hate 'em I have this feeling like the Cowboys that the
Maniax will evoke feelings because of the name and perception
they are giving off. From what I can tell it is the older fans
that do not like the name and imagery of the team. For the younger
than 24 year olds especially boys it fits the WWF image more
than any other. And let's face it, that may not be what we want
but it is what the Vince is shooting for.
let's analyze some of the players the Maniax where able to draft.
There were local Tennessee, Memphis, and Miss. St. players like
Marcus Nash, Boo Blevins, Kevin Prentiss, Jesse James, and Richard
Hogans. Of the territorial players these are the ones that stand
out the most. Nash, Blevins, and Prentiss are receivers with
speed. Prentiss was a tremendous return specialist at Miss.
State, while Hogans and James are linebackers that play with
passion. Marcus Crandell put up great numbers at East Carolina
and the Maniax feel he can be a play maker much like Air McNair.
The Maniax got a good look at him because he was in the Green
Bay camp this year with the eyes of Kippy watching him. They
also picked up Jim Drunkenmiller who one day may wake up and
relieve some of his potential. It is obvious that the Jimmy
Johnson, whom he used to work for, philosophy has made an impact
on Kippy Brown because the Maniax have tried to fill the team
with speed, speed, and more speed especially on defense. A mini
camp is next. The Maniax will have players that handle the ball
in Nov. 13 thru the 19.
now the Maniax have a coach, uniforms and players. Things are
finally starting to take shape for the Maniax and the other
XFL teams. Now we just have to wait as the excitement builds
for the start of the season.