Welcome to the full press coverage.
XFL Live podcast.
I am Michael Palace.
Some of you may know me from my Jets podcast, but we are here doing our first broadcast live about the brand new.
Well, actually, it's not brand new.
It's the reboot of Vince McMahon's X F L, which kicked off on Saturday.
We had a couple of low scoring games on Sunday, decent scoring games on Saturday.
If you took the under and all four, you probably you won all four of your bets.
Probably a good bet, because it's a new league and we didn't know where the scoring was going to be.
But what did I gain from this weekend? What did I learn about the XFL? And my takeaways from this weekend are, as such the first major takeaway, which we're going to get into in detail later on.
But the first major detail is looks like we're here to stay with the XFL this time, and it's not gonna go away, at least for at least it's not gonna go the way of the A F and drop out before the season is over.
That's my first major takeaway.
Second takeaway is We're gonna have competitive games almost every weekend.
There's only four games weekend, so if we get to competitive games every weekend, that's pretty good.
That's half of the games, My third major takeaway.
I know my thing, says five major takeaway.
I'm only gonna do three.
So the my third major takeaway is the officiating.
There's been a lot of talk on social media accounts and mostly Twitter, about how this fish, these officiating crews, are so much better than what we got in the NFL this year.
Now we have a four game sample size, so it's not really fair to compare to a 256 games sample size, at least when I'm talking about the NFL regular season.
But if you want to go 267th the entire the entire regular season and postseason, that's fine.
It's not really a fair comparison to compare 4 to 267 camps as a whole, but the officiating was better then the NFL officiating this year as a whole.
And it's not because the officials are better.
It's not because they're better at doing their jobs, which is what a lot of the implication has been the reason the officiating is better in the XFL is simple.
There's too much nuance and personal rule adaptation in the NFL, and there's too much to think about when it comes to throwing the flag.
What is a flag? What isn't a flag? What's not a penalty? What isn't a penalty in the NFL that we complain about the officials, but they're doing the best job they can with a convoluted rulebook, And it's way too much to put on an officiating crew.
These nuanced nuances in the rules open to interpretation.
No, the XFL rule book is simple, concise and easy to understand.
There's nothing open to interpretation.
There's no if this, then this.
It is what it is.
The rules are what they are, and they're simple rules, and they're easy to remember.
Therefore, the reason we have what we have.
The reason the officials looked better is not because they're better at their jobs.
But the rule book is easier to interpret, and then therefore it's easier for us to say, Hey, this was this was wrong.
Maybe in the NFL, a lot of times when we criticize the officials.
Maybe this one was right.
Maybe this one was wrong.
This is a catch.
This isn't a catch.
There's too much nuance in the NFL rule book, and there's too much open to interpretation that it leads to us criticizing officials when maybe were wrong.
Or maybe they're wrong.
Or maybe both sides are wrong.
It's clear cut in the XFL.
It's clear you only need to get one body part down inbounds for it to be a catch, whether it's your hand, your elbow, one foot the, uh, the fumble on the catch.
The catch rule in the XFL is simple.
Understand? It's a catch.
He made a football movie, and then he fumbled.
There was nothing open to interpretation this weekend.
Every single rule was simple and correctly applied because it's a small and simple rule book.
And when it comes to rules that the XFL has, there's a lot of rules that maybe the NFL should adopt.
But they won't the catch rule.
They won't because most people like the fact that two feet inbounds, it's understandable because it's takes a lot more skill and they're professionals, so they should be able to get two feet down inbounds.
But there's one rule applied to the A.
The XFL this year this year that the NFL has to adopt immediately.
And I'm and I'm talking about the kickoff rule, every single person on Twitter that that I follow or that follows me.
That ended up on my timeline.
Every single person.
There was not one negative thing to be said about the kickoff rule.
The the kicker's by himself.
The kicking team lines up with the 35 the receiving team lines up with the 30 there five yards apart.
You you get the collisions, but you don't get the full blown collisions that you get at the NFL level, or even the college level or even at the youth level.
You don't get the full bone collisions that you get at a full running start.
It's only five yards.
So you know there's not enough time to build up a huge amount of steam and five yards that you're gonna obviously eliminate.
Ah, lot of injuries that happen on Kickoffs, and I like the fact that they can't move until the ball is caught, because now you have you had.
First of all, the kickoff is from the 30 so you don't have all the touchbacks.
You only had one touch back this weekend.
One major touch back, which is? They have two different touchbacks.
If it rolls into the end zone, it goes out to the 15.
If it's in the end zone in the air, it goes to the 35.
However, that part of the rule doesn't have to be adopted just the way they line up and maybe moving it back to the 30 so that you could have Maur kickoff return in the NFL.
That is the one rule from this weekend that the NFL needs to adopt this year.
Not wait, not wait a couple years.
See how it works consistently.
That rule, you can tell in the 1st 4 games is great.
There are the rules that I would like the NFL to adopt, like the the punting rule, where you can't get out of bounds and you have to and you touch back is more penal.
You can't go comes out to the 35 rather than 20.
There are some rules that I would like the NFL to adopt that I even put in my article on full press coverage that I don't think the NFL will adopt, but our good rules for the XFL, but the kickoff rule is a must.
It's number one.
It has to be done this year.
It makes the most sense if the NFL really cares about the player safety.
That is the rule, the most important one.
And there there have been some when it comes to the XFL lasting.
There was a been a lot of talk about whether or not it's going to work, whether or not it will last, whether or not it will go the way of the A F.
Now, I compared it to the A f earlier slightly, but the A f is actually not the correct league to compare the XFL, too.
First of all, Vince McMahon has already said he was going to pledge money and put the money into the league.
For three years.
Ah, different amounts of money have been spread, but $500 million.
The reason why the F failed is actually multiple layers here want one is because the backer, the major backer, backed out at the last minute and they couldn't come up with the funds and they had to close because they couldn't pay the players.
That was the most important reason.
Second reason is it was on the CBS Fourth Network, nothing against the CBS Fourth Network because they have some decent programming and they have some decent sporting events on their network.
That is not the problem.
The problem isn't the fact that it was on the CBS fourth Network.
It was the fact that a lot of people don't have.
The CBS Sports Network was also on the NFL network.
Ah, lot of people don't have the NFL Network, or it's hard to find on your package whether it's direct TV files, whatever your cable or satellite packages.
It was hard to find.
XFL was on ABC, ESPN and Fox this weekend.
Now they don't have deals with those networks yet, like the NFL does.
But it is worth noting that they're on major networks that everybody has for the most part, which makes it with which makes higher viewership Maur possible.
The third reason that the XFL is going to work is the way it's being presented their stated goals.
Oliver Luck was on radio row with pro football talks Mike Florio during Super Bowl week, and he specifically stated that the goal of the XFL was not to be a developmental league for players to get back into the NFL or for college players who didn't make it in college like the the player who was in the Dallas Renegades game last week at last night, the final game he played for the ST Louis battle Hawks, the players who are ineligible for college and then come to the XFL because there's no age restriction you have.
You don't have a goal here like the A F T F stated goal was to be a developmental league to get guys back into the NFL.
The XFL wants to be a distinct league from the NFL.
They don't want to be a feeder system to the NFL like college, they want to be their own league with their own players, not to be a developmental product.
Now the players may see themselves as NFL players and they want to use this as a chance to show NFL teams that they can play in the league.
But that's not the goal of the XFL.
The XFL wants to be akin to the Arena Football League or the Canadian Football League or the other indoor football league there are around this country or your semi professional football league that you have locally.
They don't want to be a feeder system.
They want to be their own product.
And that's part of the reason why the F film is because they gave the impression that these guys could make it back into the NFL.
When, when, in reality, they're probably not making it back.
And a lot of the guys you see saw on Saturday and Sunday might not will probably not make it back into the NFL.
They're gonna want to.
And they may get invited to an NFL camp after they play well in the XFL.
But you may see them back in the XFL next year after they get cut after camp.
So that's why the XFL is going to work.
They have a financial backer for the entirety of this first year.
They're going to be on channels that most of the country has and they don't want to be a developmental product.
And that's why the comparison to the A F is not a proper comparison because they don't want to be a developmental product like the Alliance of American Football.
What intended to be They want to be a distinct, unique football product for you to watch on Saturdays and Sundays in the late winter and early spring.
And that is why the comparison to the A f and why, when you say it's going to fail just like the F did, is not after the correct comparative league is actually the Big three league.
I'm comparing basketball and football.
Oh, can't do that.
They're two different sports.
I understand that's gonna get me in some some social media hot water because I'm comparing two different sports.
Actually, I'm not comparing the sports.
I'm comparing the model.
You see you had former or washed up N b A players playing pickup basketball on live television, where they had a four point shot.
N Ba doesn't have a four point shot, they added.
They played three on three instead of five on five, and instead of a time game, they played 2 50 a unique basketball product, and it was on F S one originally and now on the CBS Force Network because they gotta deal with the CBS Sports Network.
But it was on a television.
It got exposure in a major television arena.
All the games were on F S one in the first season.
Just like the games for the XFL are on ABC, Fox and ESPN.
They didn't renew the contract with the Big Three league after two years, but the Big Three league is playing again this year in their fourth season, even though it's, Ah, unique basketball league.
And it plays completely different than the N B A.
Basketball fans love tow.
Watch it because it reminds them off the way they play basketball when they play pickup basketball.
Not when you play in an organized league when you play pick up basketball because that's what it is.
It's a professional pickup league, and that is what the XFL intends to be.
They want to be a umbrella for these players to play and professionally and have an opportunity to make money playing a game they love in an environment that is entertaining for people and can potentially garner themselves a television contract somewhere that is why the A f is not a correct comparison.
Sure, the the the ticket sales were are are going to be low, because when you Because four of the eight teams were playing at NFL stadiums, they cut off the the higher seat.
So the only the lower bowl is open, so it may not look great on television.
But using an NFL stadium is actually a good idea for the city's and metropolitan areas that are using NFL stadiums.
Because you're playing at a quality on quality fields, NFL quality field and practice facilities, so it works out.
But in reality, when you're compared when you're looking at the potential success of the XFL, sure, the F is a football league.
But the best league to really look at is the Big three lead.
I'll be back next week.
I'll break down the four games next week.
Have a great week, everybody