April 20, 2000
Q & A
Although the XFL is still in its early
infancy, I have already discovered there is
something about the league that annoys me. Ever
since the formation of the XFL was announced in
early February, friends, relatives and a
countless amount of strangers have felt it
necessary to talk to me about it. Itís not that
I mind talking about my job; itís something Iíve
gotten used to while working for the World
Wrestling Federation. And when I think about it,
I realize how lucky I am to have a job that so
many other people are interested in. A number of
my friends have great careers, but when weíre
out on a Saturday night does anyone want to talk
about database administration, insurance claim
adjustments or life at the computer help desk?
What does bother me though, is that I seem to
be answering the same questions from everyone.
It feels like Iíve had the same exact
conversation 937 times over the past two months!
So in case I havenít spoken to you yet, here are
my answers to the questions Iíve been asked an
awful lot lately.
Q: IS IT REAL?
This is a question I donít think would ever
come up if it werenít the World Wrestling
Federation behind the XFL. I mean, letís look at
Walt Disney for a minute. Through the success of
Mickey Mouse (a fictional mouse who talks) the
Walt Disney Co. has gone on to launch a
television network, produce some of the highest
grossing films in history and set up the mecca
of all amusement parks Ė and none of itís "real"
in the traditional sense. Youíre never going to
find the Little Mermaid on the beach and you
cannot live in the Magic Kingdom. However, the
entertainment that Disney has provided over the
years and the empire it has built as a result of
it are both as "real" as it gets. And part of
that empire are two professional sports teams,
the Anaheim Angels (Major League Baseball) and
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (National Hockey
League). Now even though Disney was given the
opportunity to purchase these teams because of
the success it had in the entertainment
industry, I have never heard anyone question the
competitiveness of these teams. Disney even made
movies about the Ducks and Angels, but no one
asked if it was going to start writing scripts
for MLB or the NHL to assure a high
entertainment value. Disney is an entertainment
company that has many businesses on the side,
one of which is professional sports. World
Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. is an
entertainment company that has many businesses
on the side, one of which is professional
Then there are the people who refuse to
believe that the WWF can ever be involved in
anything "legit" and officials are just plain
lying when they say the XFL will be "100 percent
competitive sport." Something tells me that
people who wonít accept the fact that the XFL is
"real" are the same people who felt "betrayed"
when the WWF moved into the 1990s by calling the
Q: WHAT DOES THE X STAND FOR?
I know many people assume that it stands for
"extreme," but thatís not the case. "X" is just
a cool letter that has come to identify a
demographic and an aggressive lifestyle. Plus,
there are a lot of great words with the letter
"X" that we can use to describe the XFL Ė
eXciting, eXhilarating, eXplosive eXplicit, etc.
And XFL sounds a lot more entertaining than EFL.
Q: CAN I PLAY?
give you a definite answer to this question
because I donít know you. For all my friends and
family who have asked me, the answer is
"definitely not," but you may be a different
story. If youíre over 18 and have a football
background (high school, college), I suggest you
go fill out our player questionnaire. However,
if the last time you tossed around the pigskin
was at your grandmotherís house on Thanksgiving
or you think youíd make a great linebacker
because youíd "drop a mean Peopleís Elbow on the
quarterback," then odds are you should stick to
being a fan.
Q: WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET PLAYERS?
A: FROM THE OVERWHELMINGLY TALENTED POOL OF
AVAILABLE FOOTBALL PLAYERS NOT WITH THE NFL.
Many people seem to think that finding
players is going to be one of the more difficult
challenges, but I disagree. There are literally
thousands of talented, young football players
who were good enough to compete in Division I,
II or III, but found that once their eligibility
was over, so were their playing days. I can say
with confidence that the majority of these
players would jump at the opportunity to
continue their careers on a professional level.
And letís not forget about all the enormously
talented individuals who, for one reason or
another, were never given the chance to attend
Q: IS THE ROCK GOING TO PLAY?
Iíll admit that The Rockís involvement would
be quite amusing though. Think about it Ė The
Rock Bottom on a halfback. The Peopleís Champion
grabbling a microphone during the coin toss to
cut a promo on whatever team heís about to go up
against. But itís not going to happen. The
Superstars who comprise the WWF roster,
including The Rock, are extremely content (and
quite busy) with their day jobs. What many
people donít realize is that aside from
television tapings, the WWF Superstars are on
the road all the time for live events (live
performances in front of sold-out arenas that
arenít televised) and other public appearances.
I donít think they could physically handle
adding to their already exhausting schedule by
throwing professional football into the mix. A
number of WWF Superstars, including The Rock,
have impressive football experience on their
resumes and I expect weíll see them at a few
games Ė as fans. And who knows, maybe if weíre
lucky weíll get at least one, "Finally, The Rock
has come back toÖ" before a coin toss.
Q: WILL YOU SERVE BEER AT THE GAMES?
Okay, so maybe no one has asked me this, but
I just wanted to make it perfectly clear in case
you had any doubts.
Q: WHY SHOULD I WATCH THIS INSTEAD OF THE
A: DONíT. WATCH IT IN ADDITION TO THE NFL.
The first thing you have to know about the
XFL is that weíre not competing with the NFL in
any way. Not for players or your loyalty. The
XFL will pick up where the NFL leaves off Ė the
week after the Super Bowl. Itís the time of year
that youíre most excited about football and the
XFL going to give it to you.
Well I hope Iíve been of some help for you.
If thereís still something on your mind, feel
free to e-mail me so we can talk about it. My