LA marked its first win during its second straight outing with Josh Johnson at quarterback -- he went 18-for-25 with 278 yards, three touchdowns, and a sterling 148 rating -- and head coach Winston Moss calling the defensive plays.
The former Redskin quarterback really messed up the DC team it seems. https://redskinswire.usatoday.com/2020/02/24/redskins-qb-josh-johnson-lit-it-up-xfl/
The commentating is different but the biggest thing to me is it's just simply sooooooo much better than the 1st version having wrestling announcers that tried to overhype very single thing they saw. I'm sure over time they'll figure out the best balance and tweek some of the rough edges.
I wasn't expecting NFL level play since it's more of a developmental league filling a niche that's been left void by the NFL itself. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of college players that go undrafted that never get a spotlight to shine or even a real chance to develop and maybe up their game to NFL levels. This weeks games alone had two former Redskin players having starring performances in games they wouldn't have even been able to play in without the XFL which means there's a chance they get someone in the NFL's attention soon just having time to grow and develop more than they were the last time they were seen by an NFL team. There's no real substitute for playing to develope certain skills much like the Redskins rookie QB looked better every time out the gate last year apparently not really learning anything sitting on the bench earlier in the year not getting snaps. It appears to be a developmental league and even a "second chance league" for others.
I'm not even expecting college level play for the 1st 4 years simply because every college team out there has a core that's been together growing that long and usually a coaching staff that's had time to develop them.
The few games I'll apparently get to see I'm treating just like what they are, FREE FOOTBALL at a time when there's nothing else really going on. Maybe we look back in 10 years and have a good laugh at how rough the product was out the gate but at least we can say we were there. A few of the tweeks they put in I hope the NFL adopts immediately like the kick off rule. I've never liked the extra point kick. Coaches should be able to talk to ALL the skill players by headset.
I would have loved seeing more than the one game this week. I've never seen DC play or even Josh Johnson for LA. The other Sunday game for me was a coin flip taking NY's defense over the other teams dreary offense from what little I'd seen of both. Obviously I should have used a real coin and actually flipped. I'm torn between wanting to pull for Seattle because of Jim Zorn, Dallas for Donald Parham, LA for Josh Johnson or DC's team I've never seen play. That's half the league until they expand and add more teams.
So I'm not at a point where I can sit down and spend three hours watching a game
You get a stack of comics and a scanner and start feeding it listening to the commentary between plays, not so much for the glorious insights as much as to see what slips through that the person didn't realize was being broadcast to millions around the world thru the mic they forgot was always on. When the ball snaps you look up for 8 seconds at the tv screen. Repeat, repeat, repeat, etc, etc........ next thing you know you've accomplished something useful while maybe hearing something memorable and catching all the plays as they happen. A play usually lasts about the same time it takes the scanner to scan and return to the start position.
That's pretty much what I do 7 days a week between packing orders and helping customers from 6AM to 7PM, sometimes later. The only difference is now I get to substitute some football for a few months for those low budget movies and old reruns on the antennae tv's extra stations.