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XFL 2.0

Vince McMahon is announcing the launch of XFL 2.0 at 3 PM today. There is just no way this project will succeed long term right?

A legitimate competitor for the NFL would be a good thing and something that is much needed but there is almost no chance that this is that competitor. Vince McMahon’s ego and politics just won’t allow it to be that. What football needs for its long term future is something that forces the NFL to embrace player safety and better benefits for its players instead it is getting the XFL again. Between 2012 and 2017 High School Football saw participation decline in 41 states and in 14 of those state the decline was greater than ten percent. I’m not saying football is dying overnight but that time is coming a lot sooner than football people think. Parents are keeping their kids out of football for safety reasons. The best athletes will be playing other sports and sooner or later that will impact the NFL.

Being a Vince McMahon project this league will probably worry about all the wrong things. This will be a league that will make a show of the national anthem while taking shots at Colin Kaepernick and the NFL. If it is anything like the first edition it’ll look down upon player safety. I really don’t think there is as big a market for “old time football” as some might think. I made two predictions on Twitter earlier. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Trump family involved with this in some capacity. This will be a league that reaches out to Donald Trump’s cult. Even the supposed logo is red, white and blue. Deadspin noted that some of the potential trademarks for this league were filed just days before Trump spoke out against the NFL. This will launch in 2020. I’d wager that Donald Trump or someone in the GOP is going to embrace this in their 2020 campaign.

Reviving a dead football league from seventeen years ago to prove people wrong seems like a bad reason to go into business Same with starting a league two years from now because there are racist people in 2018 who currently don’t like the NFL. Although Vince McMahon being stubborn shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed the WWE even a little bit. Just go google Daniel Bryan, Zach Ryder, Damien Sandra, Cesaro, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, the original XFL did do some good things. The sky cam is part of every football broadcast now. I personally liked how their overtime used a modified college football model. Each team got same amount of possessions but it had a “can you top this” element. If Team A scored in three plays than Team B had to do it in two in order to win. A catch only requiring only one foot to be inbounds was also great. It just wasn’t enough to make up for the bad football and everything else.

Where would these games air? There have been some recent reports that WWE could potentially move its programming to Fox in the near future. There are even some talks of Fox buying WWE. Where are they getting a TV deal? I can’t see NFL letting ESPN, Fox, NBC Sports or CBS Sports do it. Will it just be on the WWE Network? Some other streaming service?

Will this league be a long term success? I don’t think so. They will manage to get new subscribers to the WWE Network though which is probably the end goal here anyways but the bad football and everything else that will likely be around it just won’t let this become a big thing.

Baseball Hall of Fame Fan Vote

We go through this every year around this time. As ballots cast for the Baseball Hall of Fame get released there are always a few that leave you scratching our heads. Pedro Martinez being left off of 49 ballots was head scratching. Three people leaving Ken Griffey Jr. off their ballots was crazy.

These ballots should be public. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America should have to explain their votes. Some of these ballots continue to make no sense. This one from Mark Purdy is just the latest example of one that is just embarrassing. His responses to people calling out his Madness are even worse (here, here,here,here,here and here).

The Baseball Hall of Fame is to blame too. Their actions on what to do with players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been terrible. That letter that Hall of Fame voters received this year from “Joe Morgan” was an act of cowardice of the Hall of Fame. Transparency isn’t too high on the Hall of Fame’s list. They overruled the BBWAA this past year on making all the ballots public. If the Hall of Fame doesn’t want players in, they should come out and say so. Otherwise they should back off.

With how crowded the ballot has become I understand picking ten players isn’t easy. I’ll have a follow up post with the ten players I would vote for if I had a ballot. For now I want to know how you would vote. With the help of my brother I have put together this form. In the first part of the form please select up to ten players that you would vote for if you had a vote. You can vote for less than ten players if you’d like but you cannot vote for more than that. The second part is a yes or no. If you were going to vote for more than ten players this part will be helpful to you. A simple yes or no answer on which of the 33 players on this year’s ballot you consider to be worthy of the Hall of Fame. Ever since I started following Ryan Thibodaux‘s incredible Hall of Fame Tracker that he updates as BBWAA members make their ballots public I have wanted to do this. Hopefully this will become an annual thing. As people vote the results will be updated here.

Hall of Fame Ballot

Fan Vote Results