The XFL is back?! Wasn’t that WWE president and owner Vince McMahon’s defunct organization from way back in 2001?
Mr. McMahon admitted that the whole thing was a colossal failure but with the help of the right people, the league is rather intriguing at the very least and could be very entertaining as well.
Us Americans love football and the NFL just wrapped things up until late Summer so why not give it a chance?
We are looking at 8 teams and a schedule of 10 games. Not bad.
I think the 8 teams idea was very intelligent. We have to get to know the players and coaches on a more intimate level and starting out with 30 teams would turn many folks off. With 8, it just feels like it’s playoff time already.
And who doesn’t love the playoffs? There is a myriad of rules differences from the NFL. Most are designed to make the game more exciting but with a remaining emphasis on player safety.
But, can we bet on the games? That’s probably why you’re here, right? Of course! You can bet on the Oscars if you like.
There are even death race odds out there about who will die first between celebrities and/or former athletes like Magic Johnson or Betty White. My money is on the Golden Girl but Magic seems to be as vibrant as ever also. I digress.
Let’s talk about how and where you can place some wagers on XFL.
Also, we can touch on some of the favorites and highlight some former NFL head coaches who have taken the reigns in hopes to win a highly coveted XFL Championship.
The season kickoff is this weekend with two games on Saturday and another couple of matchups on Sunday so let’s get to it!
Teams and Betting Odds to Win Championship
Dallas Renegades: +350
- Former Oklahoma Sooner head coach Bob Stoops will lead the Renegades this year.
- Another former Sooner and Pittsburgh Steeler as well, Landry Jones, will be under center.
- These guys opened as the favorites but with money coming in on various schools, we now have two favs.
DC Defenders: +350
- First of all, props for calling them the “DC” Defenders.
- I’m from nearby and have spent years in the DC “Errea” and nobody calls it Washington.
- This team opened at (+750) but with former Ohio State National Championship winning QB Cardale Jones leading head coach Pep Hamilton’s offense, money has poured in on the Defenders.
Tampa Bay Vipers: +350
- Y’all remember former Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville?
- If not, he is a huge personality with the brain and experience to match it. Jerry will be the defensive coordinator.
- Their odds have come down as well, but let’s see how everybody looks this weekend before we throw a bunch of cash on a future bet.
Houston Roughnecks: +700
- Now, there’s a team name I can get behind.
- 90’s hip hop fans know what I’m talking about.
- With former NFL offensive guru and head coach June Jones under the headset, expect fun and fireworks from the Roughnecks.
LA Wildcats: +700
- Los Angeles has enough good teams.
- I’m glad the Wildcats don’t have one of the favored teams to win the championship.
- QB Josh Johnson has the potential to win the MVP but at least on paper, the Cats’ talent pool is shallow.
St Louis Battlehawks: +700
- What is this, Star Wars?
- The Battlehawks name is okay, I guess.
- They have some talent but the level of such is highly questionable at the most important positions on the field.
New York Guardians: +750
- These guys opened up as one of the favorites but there doesn’t appear to be much hope for them to win it all.
- Then again, there could be some value.
- Week one will tell us a lot about which coaches have gameplans well-tailored to the new ruleset.
- If NY looks good this weekend, I might throw a few bucks on them.
Seattle Dragons: +900
- It appears as if the season may drag on for the Dragons.
- I’m not even a Dad yet, but the lame jokes just keep coming.
- Former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn is a very knowledgeable guy and could surprise some folks in 2020.
- I still wouldn’t give Seattle any dough just yet. This is Russell Wilson’s town.
- Kickoffs should be much more fun!
- They will kick from the 25 and any kick out of bounds will allow the receiving team to start from their own 45
- Only the kicker and receiver may move before the ball is caught. This will result in more exciting and successful returns as well as improve player safety
- Punts are treated similarly with gunners not allowed and the boot men won’t be able to Pat McAfee it out of bounds without a significant penalty
- No more extra points!
- Teams can go for 1 point from the two yard line, 2 points from the five, and even a 3 point chance from the 10
- I think this is pretty cool. It’s new and interesting without being confusing
- Overtime will be a two-point conversion shootout similar to hockey or soccer
- I think we all agree this is already a better system than the NFL’s coin toss bull crap
- There will also be double forward pass opportunities just as long as the first pass doesn’t cross the line of scrimmage
- The play clock will be shortened from 40 to 25 seconds which should make for some exciting football but until players get accustomed, expect a hot mess at times
- There will be instant replay but limited to 60 seconds!
- I’m all for that!
- Certain penalties will send a player off the field for one play instead of penalizing the entire team
- Finally, there is a 9th team but it will be a practice squad and teams will be able to use players from said group from week-to-week
Hey, this should be really fun!
At least give it a chance! Try not to make your judgment solely on week one. Most of these players and coaches have played and led at the pro or semi-pro level.
The rules are as new to them as they are us. You see how much NFL teams screw up in week one and that’s after 3 or four preseason contests.
As for picking an XFL season winner, I think the early pre-week one odds are fool’s gold.
You have to have some kind of ego to believe you know what’s going to happen in the 2020 XFL season.
Let’s just sit back, I’ll be making notes for sure, and when the turf is treaded on Monday, we will make a couple of picks to go all the way. But right now let’s check our XFL picks for week 1.
Enjoy the games this weekend, team!