So when I started watching the game, I was kind of taken back.
I was really shocked.
There was a lot of people there, and, you know, the rules are a little different.
Obviously, there's tons of different players, multiple teams that are just coming together for the first time, that don't have years of being together like people in the NFL.
They're all people trying to make their name, whether they've been in the NFL before or whether they're, you know, didn't get drafted.
And this is their chance to show the NFL that they should have drafted them.
So I took a bunch of notes just because, like I said, rules are different.
Players are different.
So I'm gonna start with the two players throughout the whole day that come on.
So the 1st 1 is going to be the D C.
Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones that played for OS you.
He waas the third string quarterback of Ohio State and took the Ohio State Buckeyes all the way to the championship and one in 2014.
He looked really good.
He had a high mobility, high maneuverability.
He was able to read the raid.
The field really well.
He actually had a play where he was about to get sacked and through with his opposite hand, so that looked really good.
He's now officially $12 a starter in college and as a professional, he only so that means he only started 11 games since high school. That's crazy.
He got drafted by the Bills.
He was of the charges for a little bit.
He didn't really play a lot, and it's because he didn't have, like, Reps.
He didn't practice very much, so they just all ultimately let him go.
And this is gonna be a really good chance for him to show the NFL that he is a really great player and he has the skills.
And then the Roughnecks, Houston Roughnecks quarterback also stood out to me as well. P. J.
He played for a temple in 2013 to 2016 and he was with the cold from 2017 in 2019.
But he was on the practice squad.
So, you know, practice squad people, even during the preseason, they don't get reps.
It's almost impossible.
You never really see them play, so unless they're brought up toe, be 1/3 string or be your second string player.
They never really get to play.
So this is also another a chance for a P J.
Walker to show that he has skills and he showed it.
He had four touchdowns, he had an interception, but it was until almost the very end of the game.
They're up by 20.
I don't want to say it didn't matter because interceptions always matter, but it wasn't, uh, in the moment.
They need to come back and he throws an interception.
He had a very minimal run game.
I think I have time to have, like, negative six yards.
He really put this team on his back.
The defense did show up, of course, but he really showed that he has skills.
He beat out Connor Cook for the starting quarterback job, which was a previous quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, and he really just threw this game on her back.
He showed that he had the skills and he showed that he was the reason why he wants starting quarterback job.
So to talk about the XFL and a whole I was really interested.
The players are nowhere near because it makes them.
It makes the return.
I don't want to see easier, but like you have more room to run.
The players can't move until the guy catches the ball and they don't only started the 25.
We'll start it like the 35.
So it gives them more room to run and it gives you more incentive not to just always kick off or points.
So the one rule that kind of like took took me back because this is technically a professional sport.
Is that when you have is when you're catching the ball, you only have to have one foot in, which is like a college rule and I don't really like that.
I think you should have to have two feet in because it shows more discipline, but either way and there was still some amazing catches but like I said, it's still kind of bothers me that you should know that you don't have to have two feet and that's your points are way different than it is an NFL.
You don't kick just once toe get the extra point.
If you want to get in one extra point, you started the two yard line.
If you want to get two extra points, you go from the five yard line and three points is from the 10 yard line.
This honestly blows my mind that even allow multiple, no multiple tries but like multiple chances toe, uh, get these points you can get, ultimately nine points off of one score.
So if you're down 12 that's technically only a to score game.
If you're Donald, 12 is technically only a one score game.
Sorry, because I was gonna say in the NFL that would be to score game.
But it's not so in the in the NFL or in the XFL.
It would only be a one score game, which is crazy.
You could be down 15 of you, like, oh, touchdown, extra point from the 10 yard line.
And then now one thing that I really, really loved about the XFL Oh, is that the coaches, some players, the refs and the people that would technically be considered like the New York people, the people that review all the place and review all the flags and stuff like that.
They were all Mike Duck.
You could hear everything that they were saying you could hear the play calls.
You could hear the players being like mad about what would happen.
You could hear the rest.
This actually discussing with the people that are reviewing the place.
What happened, What they're gonna rule.
What they're gonna say is the rule and why? I mean, it was honestly amazing with how bad roughing has been in the NFL the last season.
This makes the NFL look really that because this shows the XFL is showing why they're calling everything the way that they are.
They literally showed the screen in the second game.
They showed the screen of the guy reviewing all the place.
There was a really hard hit in the end zone, and they were gonna maybe call like a defenseless receiver or just too hard of a head.
Whatever fell it would be.
But they didn't.
And they showed shoulder contact like he wasn't defenseless.
He like, you know, and they show all the different angles he was sitting there with the computer right in front of him.
I think that's amazing.
I've loved that they do that.
It's honestly, really interesting.
Keeps you intrigued.
It feels like you're really engaged in this game.
We saw Miss Field goals.
We saw pick sixes.
We saw Crazy catches, hard hits.
There was a block fun for touchdown.
How the XFL reviews plays, I mean this game.
The XFL really made this thrilling and engaging.
There was minimal flags, which is honestly, kind of nice because I feel like in the NFL everyone like almost every play.
There is a flag for something.
But the XFL allows harder hits, and they're not gonna throw the flag as much.
They change the punts and they changed the Kickoffs, so there would be less flats.
It's super nice.
The games go super fast, not super fast.
The games go way faster than you think that they would go.
The one thing that's weird to me, though, is I saw the pass.
Interference is not 15 yards downfield every single time, so there's normally it's rather an NFL.
Thus, that will be the ball will be placed at the spot of the foul or it's a 15 yard penalty and automatic first down.
I saw multiple times that someone was flagged for pass interference and it was just an automatic first down, nothing else.
So the first time could be four yards and that's all you get? Four yards.
I don't really know how I feel about that.
I mean, I guess just because I'm so used to the NFL saying, oh, ball is at the spot of the foul or you at least get 15 yards out of it.
So I mean, I kind of like it because it doesn't just give you an automatic.
Oh, we're right there.
Then zone or we automatically get 15 yards.
It just helps us, especially if you're gonna be that there's gonna be a situation or a scenario that doesn't necessarily happen today, that you're gonna be down by eight points and you need to touch down and you're on the 45 yard line of your own, you know, automatically going to get 15 yards.
You're just going to get that first down, and you're still gonna have a lot of work to do.
You just got that first down.
You have a new set of downs.
I kind of like it.
I like the way that they're going.
One thing that I saw that I also like is all kick offs are gonna have to be passed the 20 yard line, so he picks it off all the way from the 30 and they have to pass the 20 yard line, which shouldn't be that hard.
But it did happen today in the D. C.
Seattle game is the ball is actually kicked out of bounds or it's kicked at not past 20 before it hits the ground.
Um, it's gonna be actually placed at the 45 yard line of the other team, so they really have to go 45 yards and a touchdown.
And basically, if they get 10 or 15 yards are already in field goal range.
So it's really up to your kicker toe do really well for this team, just not necessarily just a start off the game.
But every time you score because if you're if you just scored, you tied the game or you scored and you're up a touchdown, you have to rely on your kicker not to mess up.
Not that could get out of bounds, not to only put it at not to put it past the 20 because they're all saying that they have the most phenomenal field position.
You probably get and it's gonna be and it's gonna be really hard.
It's gonna put a lot of pressure on your defense to make a stop two minute to minute warning rules.
They're the same when it comes to incompletions and when it comes to getting out of bounds.
But it's kind of also like college when it comes to the one foot in roll.
So every time the play is made in bounds, the clock stops and the ball is set and they move the chains and do you take five seconds? You wait for five seconds to come off of the actual play clock, which the play clock is 25 seconds and not 40 and then the clock starts rolling.
So you're not in such an urgent mode to use your time outs or to get out of bounds, which is nicer.
But it's not for me.
I think it's less puts the team and less of, Ah hustle mode, especially if they're down by a lot.
And there's also no queen talks.
The home team just has the decision.
Do you want to defer or do you not want differ? It's up to you.
To me, it doesn't really matter that I like this and I don't I think it's There's also a throw of the coin toss.
You get excited when your team wins.
But as the home team, you just know that you have a decision to make.
There's no, uh, coaches challenges.
There's the roughing seems to be like I said way better in the XFL, that in the NFL. But there has.
There was things that I saw that probably could have been challenged in the coach.
That challenge of probably could have won.
So I think there doesn't necessarily need to be two challenges.
Maybe they're only give them one challenge because there's only two time outs in the XFL instead of three like there is in the NFL.
So if you give them one challenge, I think I think that that could be a smart decision.
I guess we'll see going on later down the road.
So I talked about that.
I'm sure I'll point you can get 12 or three extra points after your touchdown.
So one thing that I saw during the Houston game is that you get a penalty and you get to move to the one yard line.
No matter if you're going for 12 or three expensive, you're going for three.
You move from the 10 to the one.
It's way easier.
But if you get another defensive penalty, they just get the points.
That's it to defensive penalties.
It's over. The team just gets the points.
I don't like that.
I don't like that at all.
I don't think it's I mean, I guess if the defense is messed up to that point, but they should still have to run the plate because there has been gold line stands at the one yard line.
Whether it's for, you know, an extra points or just a regular regular touchdown, you know, defense's construct that.
So I don't think it's really fair to necessarily just give them points.
But like I said, the XFL is different.
I really do like this.
I think today was thrilling, exciting.
The rules were different.
The kickoff was different.
There's there's so much things different that I really like and I think that I will probably watch this whole season and there's two UH, postseason games and then the championship, so I think I'm probably gonna end up watching the whole season.
I really want a group for the Tampa Bay Vipers just because they are green and gold, just like the Packers.
But I'm a huge Ohio State fan.
I grew up in Ohio.
I'm in Ohio now.
Cardinal Jones is amazing and I love him.
So I'm really between Tampa Bay and D C right now.
I know I should have made my decision before I was sold on Tampa Bay.
And then I realized that Cardell Jones was paying playing for D.
C. I really have to make a decision.
C is only six hours for me.
It could always go see him play, you know, So the home teams were to up to today, and I did notice there was great turnout.
I think the announcer said that there was around 20,000 people, which is a lot.
I mean, you know, there is normally, like 50 to 70,000 people for NFL games, but the XFL, I don't want to say brand new because it was a thing before, But as of right now, it is brand new.
That's still a ton of people, and I would love to go to one of the games.
So tomorrow's games is the Temple of Vipers against the New York Guardians and 2 p.m.
And then the ST Louis Battle Hawks at the Dallas Renegades at 5 p.m.
Yes, I will be watching both games.
I I mean, I'm gonna group for the Vipers, but by the end of the weekend, I will decide if I'm going for the Vipers or the Guardians are the Vipers or the defenders because they're gonna play each other twice.
So I have to make a decision, Right? Thanks for watching this broadcast.
I have no idea when my next broadcast will be, but I will let you guys know CIA.