Column: Spring football league's time has come ... and gone
Give it up, USFL. A revived United States Football League — borrowing the moniker and team nicknames from a league that went out of business 36 years ago — launched last month with all regular-season games being played in Birmingham, Alabama. USFL, The Sequel is following a familiar formula for spring football in recent years: a bunch of unknown players, sloppy play and games played in front of mostly empty seats.news.yahoo.com
Dwayne 'The Rock’ Johnson announces XFL to return in Spring 2022
HOUSTON – After suspending the rest of its seasons due to the coronavirus outbreak in March, the XFL will return in Spring 2022, according to former wrestling star and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season!” Johnson tweeted. A league of culture, passion and purpose.”XFL returns SPRING 2022 🏈As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season! Houston’s team, the Houston Roughnecks had a great season and were among the top teams in the league. You can see our past coverage of the Houston Roughnecks here.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson buys XFL for $15 million with Redbird Capital as partner
HOUSTON – The XFL is coming back, thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The actor, producer and retired wrestler teamed up with Redbird Capital and became the only bid to purchase the bankrupt league before the auction was slated to begin, according to NBC Sports and Sportico. The group paid $15 million for the league, split evenly with Johnson’s business partner and ex-wife, Dany Garcia. [Johnson, Garcia and Redbird Capital] are the best possible ownership group for the exciting journey ahead,” XFL President Jeffrey Pollack, who oversaw the sale process for the league, told Sportico in a statement. There was no word on when the XFL will make a return.
Local sports updates: University of Houston baseball team required to self-quarantine after staff tested for coronavirus
March 15University of Houston baseball team asked to self-quarantineThe University of Houston is requiring all members of the baseball team, coaches and support staff to self-quarantine after a baseball staff member developed symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 following a team trip to Las Vegas just prior to the University suspending the season. Rice UniversityRice University announced Thursday that it is suspending all sports competitions indefinitely due to the growing threat of the coronavirus. In conjunction with the American Athletic Conference, the University of Houston will suspend all sports competitions, effective immediately, until further notice. McDonald’s All-American GamesStatement from McDonald’s - "After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2020 McDonald’s All American Games, scheduled for Houston’s Toyota Center on April 1, and all associated events. “We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects our players, employees, and fans,” NCAA stated in a press release.
NCAA Tourney Canceled, Sports Leagues Suspended Over COVID-19
Most professional sports leagues have announced over the past couple of days that they would be suspending play for at least a month. In the case of the fledgling XFL and the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, it's full on cancellation. On Thursday, the NCAA announced it would cancel March Madness with no intention of resuming at a later date. The XFL suspended the season at the halfway mark, while agreeing to pay its players for the full season and committing to being back in 2021. Given the length of the sports seasons and the expectation that the viral outbreak will not last forever, suspending seasons made sense.houstonpress.com
Houston Roughnecks remain undefeated after win against Seattle Dragons
HOUSTON – This win didn’t come easy for the Houston Roughnecks. Down 14-0 in the second quarter, a touchdown from Nick Holley puts Houston on the board. Houston gained their first lead, 26-23, in the fourth quarter thanks to Phillips. The Roughnecks win came in front of a season-high 19,773 fans at TDECU stadium. Check out the Houston Roughnecks’ big fourth-quarter play:
Breaking Down U.S. Sports' Response to the Coronavirus
With opening day around the corner, baseball and other sports leagues will have to deal with another opponent: the coronavirus. The stories of infections and deaths related to the coronavirus have prompted quarantines and event cancellations around the world. Other world soccer leagues are bound to be affected as are major international events like the British Open in golf, Wimbledon in tennis and, of course, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. MLSThe Seattle Sounders are one of soccer's most popular American teams in the heart of the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in America. Yet, Major League Soccer has no plans currently to cancel games and U.S. Soccer will be participating in upcoming European tournaments.houstonpress.com
XFL Week 3: Roughnecks 34, Vipers 27 Four Winners, Four Losers
Walker was, once again, outstanding, as the Roughnecks moved to 3-0 on the season. Let's rapid fire some winners and losers, as the Roughnecks continue to avoid the first loss in franchise history.... He was a backup in Indianapolis with Andrew Luck, who recommended Walker to his father, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck. Commissioner Luck, if you're going to expand next season, may I recommend these cities Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Gainesville. Johnny ManzielSo Johnny Manziel apparently did the Twitter equivalent of drunk dialing the XFL on Friday night....Oliver Luck.houstonpress.com
Social media is raving as Houston Roughnecks win third straight XFL game
HOUSTON – The Houston Roughnecks remain undefeated in the XFL League after crushing the Tampa Bay Vipers, 34-27, Saturday afternoon. Phillips had an impressive game for the Roughnecks. Here is fan reaction from social media:PJ Walker and Cam Phillips are carrying the Houston Roughnecks right now. pic.twitter.com/BCzOYo9cSa — Dom Ingram (@DommieIngram) February 22, 2020PJ Walker is very watchable. @XFLRoughnecks — Mr Bad Example (@blondebutters) February 22, 2020The Houston Roughnecks have still NEVER lost a football game.
Translating Deshaun Watson's Twitter Shout Out To Roughnecks' QB P.J. Walker
The roughnecks are blessed with an exciting brand of offense, and a triggerman in quarterback P.J. (What up, Deshaun Watson!) So what was Deshaun Watson trying to say? I'll rely on my personal experience with Deshaun Watson, which is that he is sweetheart of a human being without an irritated, angry, contempt-ridden bone in his body. Also, perhaps his tweet was a shout out to a future teammate, because the "Walker as Watson's backup" train is picking up steam with each passing week.houstonpress.com
Houston Concert Watch 2/12: Silversun Pickups and More
Surely I'm not the only one who had way too much fun watching the opening weekend of the XFL. On tour in support of Widow's Weeds - which both mourns and celebrates the process of breaking oneself down and rebuilding - Silversun Pickups will perform at House of Blues on Tuesday. In support of the release of the second single from his upcoming album Trials, Bricks will perform this Thursday at the Continental Club. On tour in support of Daylight, Potter will perform at House of Blues on Friday. On tour in support of their upcoming album, which the band teased with their latest single "Almost Home," MercyMe will visit Toyota Center this Saturday.houstonpress.com
Former Houston Texans In The XFL, Week 1 Summary
The reviews are in for the first week of XFL action, and they are largely very good. For Houston fans of the NFL that are still a little hesitant to embrace the XFL, know that rosters around the league are dotted with former Houston Texans. He had a tackle and a QB hit in Week 1 of the XFL season. HOUSTON ROUGHNECKS10 Sammie Coates WRCoates was on the Texans' roster in the 2018 season, and started his XFL career with two catches for 26 yards. In May 2018, Mumphrey filed a lawsuit against Michigan State, which subsequently settled the case and cleared Mumphrey of any wrongdoing.houstonpress.com
Six Most Intriguing Players on the XFL's Houston Roughnecks
If you're a fan of the National Football League, football ended a few days ago in Miami. Say hello to the second iteration of Vince McMahon's XFL, and say hello to the Houston Roughnecks, who begin their first season of XFL football this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at TDECU Stadium against the Los Angeles Wildcats. 21 CHARLES JAMES, CB (5-9, 185, Charleston Southern)There was a time when James was one of the most popular football players on the Texans. He will be one of the more sought out autograph/selfies on the team by fans of the Roughnecks. 44 ANDRE WILLIAMS, RB (6-0, 220, Boston College)Williams doesn't have any Houston Texan ties, but he is one fo the more decorated players in the fledgling league.houstonpress.com
Former Texans player signs with Houston Roughnecks XFL
HOUSTON – A former Houston Texans player says he is coming back to Houston to play for the Roughnecks XFL this season. Charles James II was a cornerback for the Texans in 2016 before he was waived from the team’s active roster. Coming back to Houston to play for the @XFLRoughnecks this season! I must have a charles james houston roughnecks jersey. Houstonians will buy tickets to see Happy Socks play.
Houston Roughnecks' XFL uniforms give a nod to city's football past
EMBED >More News Videos Houston's Roughnecks are getting prime placement on ABC and ESPN throughout the debut season of the XFL. HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- You could see the tribute to Houston's football past in the uniforms of the XFL's Roughnecks.The team unveiled the new on-field gear on Tuesday, with primary colors of red, navy and grey dominating the look.Prominently displayed, though, on the team's look is the oil derrick fused with an "H" on the helmet, which is reminiscent of the Houston Oilers' logo.The Roughnecks will wear the red jerseys with blue trim at home, while they rock the grey with red trim on the road.Head coach June Jones and the rest of the team begin mini-camp on Thursday.Houston kicks off its season in the rebooted league on Saturday, Feb. 8 against the LA Wildcats.The Rougnecks are prominently featured on ABC13 and sister network ESPN throughout the season.abc13.com
Houston Roughnecks: Bayou City's new XFL team name, logo announced
The Houston Roughnecks logo is seen in this image taken from a promotional video for the XFL team posted on YouTube on Aug. 21, 2019. HOUSTON - The newest team to join the Houston professional sports team scene was announced Wednesday. The Houston Roughnecks are one of eight teams that will play as part of the XFL, a football league owned by WWE founder and Chairman Vince McMahon. Sources told KPRC 2 in May that June Jones will be the Houston team's head coach. In addition to the Roughnecks, teams were launched in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Washington and Tampa Bay, Florida.