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The XFL Front Office

Here is each XFL front office member currently (as of 04/16/19):

DALLAS:

Head coach/GM: Bob Stoops

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Team President: TBA

WASHINGTON DC

Head coach/GM: Pep Hamilton

Team President: Erik Moses

SEATTLE

Head coach/GM: Jim Zorn

Team President: Ryan Gustafson

TAMPA

Head coach/GM: Marc Trestman

Team President: TBA

NEW YORK

Head coach/GM: Kevin Gilbride

Team President: Janet Duch

ST. LOUIS

Head coach/GM: Jonathan Hayes

Team President: TBA

HOUSTON

Head coach/GM: TBA

Team President: TBA

LOS ANGELES

Head coach/GM: TBA

Team President: Heather Brooks Karatz

 

St. Louis Is Vital To XFL

I can’t lie to you.

I miss professional football in St. Louis.

It was an integral part of the city and I literally grew up with it. I was aware of the NFL’s football Cardinals, but never got a chance to see them because they were gone by the time I really started watching football. When the Rams were here in ’95, I got excited. Even more excited to see them win a Super Bowl in 2000. Then they were bad, like really bad. But you know the story, they left after the 2015 season and made The Dome quiet. No more screaming fans, no more tailgating, no more coverage. Seeing the Rams in another city (in this case, go back to the city where they had the longest tenure)…hurt. It did. But you learn that it’s all business.

But last year, I saw Vince McMahon’s press conference announcing that the XFL was returning. By then, I was hoping for a St. Louis team. I actually wanted 2 of them with them and the Alliance. Maybe that would remove the pain of losing the Rams. That wasn’t going to work. One venue with two different teams from two different leagues. Too much conflict. When the Alliance made their announcements of the cities, I was disappointed that St. Louis wasn’t the initial eight, but still had hope for the XFL for 2020. My wish had been granted when it was announced that St. Louis was one of the eight. But now that the Alliance is a sunken ship with tons of baggage floating in the ocean, I’m giving my full attention to the XFL.

Out of the eight XFL cities, St. Louis is the only one that doesn’t have an NFL franchise. That makes this even MORE special for the league. The Dome will get to rock again, and THIS time it can be affordable to go experience a professional football game in the city of St. Louis. I was amazed to hear that fans just outside of St. Louis would make a trip to see the Rams, whether through tailgate or watching a game in The Dome. They will get to do it again this time with the new XFL.

Hear me when I say this because I truly believe (and I have said it once before if you have not heard the show):

St. Louis is vital to the XFL’s success. VITAL.

In my eyes, that means bringing back former St. Louis (Football) Cardinals and Rams players to the Dome, to celebrate St. Louis’ professional football history. It would be awesome to see greats like Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Orlando Pace, Dan Dierdorf and Jim Hart. St. Louis has seen nearly 50 years professional football in the NFL, and yes it saw a lot of bad luck along the way but the fans continued to root for them during those times. It was our therapy, the one time per week where we got to sit back and enjoy three hours of entertainment in our hometown.

Speaking of Bruce, he actually had expressed his feelings in wanting to coach. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that if St. Louis was an Alliance city, Bruce was in negotiations with the league to possibly be the team’s head coach, but conflicts at The Dome kept that from happening. Rumor has it that (former Rams coach) Jim Haslett will get the honor, but as of this posting, nothing has been set in stone from the league office. Even if Bruce doesn’t get the head coaching gig, he should definitely look in to being St. Louis’ team president or as an assistant on staff continuing to work with younger players. Bruce’s presence should be high on this team’s radar. He was a big part of the community work in St. Louis during his playing days and continues to do that while retired.

McMahon and XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck both saw St. Louis as an XFL city. They know that the city’s fans are craving professional football again. They are even willing to pay a lot of money for usage of the Dome. It would just make so much sense for the league to play its very first game in St. Louis. I can’t see it any other way.

I meant every word that I said. And I don’t care that it was repeated. Comments are welcome (Be civil). It’s time to once again celebrate pro football in St. Louis.

The A-Train

It Was A Good Ride….An Ode To The Alliance

@jberardi1996

I could see the writing on the wall when the main money man Tom Dundon starting making comments suddenly last week about failed negotiations with the NFLPA (even though the league & the NFLPA said all talks were ongoing and positive) that he may be pulling the plug that last week’s games could be the league’s last. It’s disappointing on so many levels. In my opinion, they could have finished up the season and the playoff and regrouped. At worse, cancel the last two regular season games and play the playoffs…..

I think the league had many things going for them; TV contracts (that includes the NFL Network), fan interest, solid football staffing, respectable coaching, and yes, some good football being played.

With that, I give you my ode to the AAF!

Best Games:

Week 2 – Orlando 37 San Antonio 29: In what could have been a preview of the AAF Championship, the Apollos storm back with 17 fourth-quarter points to overtake the Commanders in front of a raucous crowd.

Week 5 – San Antonio 29 Arizona 25: The Commanders grind out a hard-fought road victory in a game between two of leagues best teams as they hold off a furious Hotshots 4th quarter rally.

Week 5 – San Diego 27 Salt Lake 25: San Diego wins at the gun on a Donny Hageman field goal after the Stallions took a late lead behind the 380 yards passing by Josh Woodrum.

Week 6 – Arizona 22 Orlando 17: In another potential Championship preview, the Hotshots roll into Orlando and hand the Apollos their first loss. The Apollos had a chance at the end, but a runoff penalty at the end sealed the win for Arizona.

Week 6 – Birmingham 32 San Diego 29: One week after winning on a last second FG, the Fleet lose at the buzzer to Nick Novak and the Iron. Both Luis Perez and Mike Bercovici went over 300 yards passing in this shootout.

Week 7 – Memphis 31 Birmingham 25: The league’s first OT game went to the Express who rallied in dramatic fashion to win in front of the home crowd led by Brandon Silvers and Reece Horn. This game also saw the debut of Johnny Manziel.

 

(Highlights courtesy of Highlight Heaven)

Best Players:

QBs:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando

John Wolford, Arizona

RBs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake

WRs:

Charles Johnson, Orlando

Rashad Ross, Arizona

Reece Horn, Memphis

Nelson Spruce, San Diego

Quinton Patton, Birmingham

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake

Mekele McKay, San Antonio

Dontez Ford, San Diego

TEs:

Wes Saxton Jr., Birmingham

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake

DL:

Karter Schult, Salt Lake

Damontre Moore, San Diego

Earl Okine, Orlando

LBs:

DeMarquis Gates, Orlando

Terence Garvin, Orlando

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio

Drew Jackson, Memphis

Steven Johnson, Arizona

Reggie Northup II, Orlando

Nyles Morgan, Arizona

DBs:

De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio

Jamar Summers, Birmingham

Keith Reaser, Orlando

Kameron Kelly, San Diego

Derron Smith, San Antonio

Will Davis, Salt Lake

Erick Dargan, Arizona

Tyson Graham Jr, Atlanta

Will Hill III, Orlando

Ed Reynolds Jr, Atlanta

Arnold Tarpley III, Memphis

 

Continue to check us out as we wait for XFL 2020!

Goodbye to the AAF, I’ll remember you fondly like I did with the old USFL!

 

 

The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 03-29-19

The A-Train goes solo on this edition of “The Alliance 2 XFL Show,” sponsored by VK Credit Repair and Preferred Realty Investment Company. On this episode, the A-Train covers the latest in the Alliance which includes: Week 7 recap, Brandon Silvers and Johnny Manziel, Eminem and Charlie Ebersol, and if anyone knows what Alliance majority owner Tom Dundon is really doing. Also the latest in the XFL: The newest team presidents and Vince McMahon. Along with A-Train’s Week 8 predictions in the Alliance.

The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 (The A-Train goes solo)

Not to forget who this week’s Alliance 2 XFL Game of the Week. Big thanks to Highlight Heaven for this week’s highlight.

 

The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show and The A-Train on Girl Chat Sports 03-07-19

GET A DOUBLE DOSE OF ALLIANCE AND XFL TALK this week as The A-Train recaps Week 4, gets you geared up for the Week 5 matchups on this week’s “Alliance 2 XFL” Show. Then gives his Alliance 2 XFL: News & Notes. Is Johnny Manziel going to AAF? Or should he play in the XFL? Alliance TV ratings are steady and more. Along with, hearing from XFL’s newest head football coach, Marc Trestman and his recent press conference in Tampa. This show is sponsored by VK Credit Repair and Preferred Realty Investment Company.

The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show Episode 5 03-07-19

IN ADDITION…

On last week, The A-Train (@TheATrainShow) stopped by Girl Chat Sports (@GirlChatSports) w/ Mo Threats (@aicenom) and Melissa Ferris (@seattle4_life) talking the pigskin. More importantly, the Alliance of American Football and the XFL. The A-Train shares the current status of the AAF, the standouts in the league, the league rules, players on the rise and attendance. In addition, he shares his excitement for the XFL, bringing football back to St. Louis, and the anticipation of their opening in 2020. In addition, the girls welcomed former Miami Dolphins LB Channing Crowder; he gives his thoughts on the NFL Combine and the upcoming NFL Draft. CLICK THE PIC TO GO TO THE SHOW! (The A-Train segment begins at 10:40)

 

The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show – Episode 4 02-27-19

Brand new episode of The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show as The A-Train talks the recent news on the Alliance TV ratings, Kaepernick’s chances of playing in the XFL and the lawsuit on Charlie Ebersol and the Alliance. Also, you’ll hear the presser from the newest XFL coach, Jim Zorn of the Seattle XFL team. And Howard Balzer is back again talking the Apollos, the Iron and all from Week 3 along with if there will be another Kurt Warner story in the Alliance, and how NFL execs feel about the Alliance; from Indy at the NFL Combine.

NOTE: There will be no game of the week for this episode. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show – Episode 4 with Howard Balzer 02-27-19

The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show Episode 3 – 02/22/19

Getting you geared for more weekend action as the newest episode of The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show is here for you! Join Arlington Lane as he talks it over with Howard Balzer (Arlington is glad he keeps coming back) recapping Week 2 along with previewing Week 3. You’ll also hear the recent press conference of Pep Hamilton, as he was announced as the new XFL Washington DC head coach and GM. Plus you hear highlights from the Orlando Apollos vs San Antonio Commanders in our 1st “Alliance 2 XFL Game of the Week.” This show is sponsored by VK Credit Repair.

The “Alliance 2 XFL” Show – Episode 3 w/ Howard Balzer

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