By Jason Thomas

I remember thinking that the XFL was a stupid idea when it launched back in 1999, and after watching this trailer and reading up on some of the specifics of the league, yes, it still seems like a stupid idea. Granted, player safety and concussion awareness weren’t huge topics of conversation back in the late-’90s, but even still, as a 23-year-old in their inaugural season (a young, dumb male that the XFL was supposed to appeal to), I was a little turned off by the glorification of football violence. America loves football, yes, but I like to think that the love of watching people compete in a uniquely American game coupled with the fan camaraderie are the main reasons for it. Yes, it’s a violent game, but going out of your way to encourage excessive amounts of it while at the same time providing your workforce with no long-term benefits is a no-go for me. I’m glad that the league died so quickly. Also, we already had a professional football league without enough good quarterbacks to go around. Who wants to watch a second-rate league? Not a lot of people, apparently. That said, I’m still curious about This Was the XFL. It will premiere on ESPN in February.


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