On this edition of Gridiron Gallery, Zach invites former St. Louis Battlehawk kick returner and DB Joe Powell on to the show to discuss his journey through football! The two talk about his rise from junior college to the big leagues and the stories of what made it possible along the way. Joe also discusses his decision to opt-in for the 2021 CFL season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and he breaks down how his iconic XFL kickoff return TD (the first to ever happen in league history) was constructed. You don’t want to miss it!
On this episode of Gridiron Gallery, former Columbus Destroyer wide receiver and Arena Football League Rookie of the Year, Fabian Guerra, joins the show to discuss his football career and the stories along the journey! Fabian also divulges into his time on the Memphis Express in the AAF, explains his decision to opt-out of the CFL, and talks with Zach about the opportunities he is looking for next.
The XFL news cycle is slowly but surely heating up! Zach brings you the latest on signings and tryouts for former XFL players jumping to the NFL including former Houston Roughnecks WR Cam Phillips! He also gives his thoughts on the early returns from new XFL ownership and when they should begin play.
Bombshell news about the Big Ten and PAC-12 postponing their fall football season has rippled across the football landscape. On this edition of Gridiron Gallery, Zach and Tony dive into the fan reaction of a fall with no Big Ten football presence, the viability of colleges playing in the spring, and the likelihood of the XFL taking advantage of the situation.
Zach returns with what can only leave an ecstatic smile on the faces of XFL fans everywhere! the league was purchased and revived once more! In this episode, Zach dives into what could be in store for the newly named XFL ownership of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Redbird Capital. He also discusses what would be needed for a potential 2021 season and discusses which of the 8 original teams may return or change in the short-term for the restart of the league.
The XFL is the latest sports entity to be majorly impacted by the coronavirus. This weekend’s game featuring the Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks will be played as scheduled, with one exception. No fans will be in attendance. Due to public safety concerns, governor Jay Inslee has declared a ban on all social gatherings of over 250 people. The ban includes all pre-game tailgate activities. The game will go on as scheduled, but Seattle and Houston will play in front of an empty stadium on Sunday evening. The fan-ban is a significant turn of events for Seattle and its fans, as the Dragons are averaging the second-highest attendance numbers in the XFL. The Dragons play back to back home games over the next two weeks. CenturyLink Field, home of the Dragons, released this statement:
The XFL released this statement today:
On a positive note, the Seattle Dragons released a statement as well, offering single-game ticket refunds to fans.
One of the most interesting details inside the refund memo was the option for fans to apply the refund to a credit for the 2021 season. This is a positive sign, as it implies the XFL is planning on a season two. The confidence the XFL has in its product is high.
Other XFL host cities, such as DC and New York, are in the process of making similar decisions, though those decisions have not yet to be finalized. Both the Defenders and Guardians have home games in week six. Houston has also canceled all city-related events, leading to speculation that the next Roughnecks home game will be played in front of an empty stadium as well. Houston returns home in week seven. In a statement from Roughnecks Team president Brian Michael Cooper had this to say, “As of now, our next game will take place as planned. We understand this situation is evolving, and the league is monitoring all developments daily.”
We have reached the midway point of the XFL inaugural season. XFL Week 5 highlights are here! Tune in to see all of the action from week 5 of the XFL. The push for the playoffs is well under way. With just 5 weeks left, who will make the playoffs?
The halfway point has arrived! Teams like Houston and St. Louis are beginning to separate from the rest of the league. Will anyone be able to run them down? Here is a look at week five, along with staff picks.
Seattle Dragons (1-3) at Houston Roughnecks (4-0)
Seattle got a new lease on the season with the impressive debut of BJ Daniels. Daniels will need to give a superheroic performance on Saturday to keep pace with the high powered Houston offense. The Roughnecks average over 31 points per game, while the Dragons have yet to score 20 in a game this year.
Pick: Roughnecks 27, Dragons 19
New York Guardians (2-2) at Dallas Renegades (2-2)
New York hasn’t won an away game, and Dallas hasn’t won a home game. Something’s got to give. Home teams are 11-4 on the season so far, but there are mitigating factors in this one. Dallas lost starting quarterback Landry Jones for this game, as Jones injured his knee in last week’s loss to Houston. New York will go with Luis Perez at the helm once more. Perez led the Guardians to a 17-14 victory last weekend. Perez seemed to be able to get the New York offense moving the previous weekend. That continuity gives New York a slight edge.
Prediction: Guardians 19, Renegades 15
St. Louis BattleHawks (3-1) at DC Defenders (2-2)
DC gets to return home this weekend after two brutal road losses. The Defenders are a different team at home than on the road. DC averages 29 points per game at home and only 4.5 points per game on the road. Depending on which Defenders team shows up, this game could be quite compelling. St. Louis is quickly becoming a complete team. The BattleHawks do everything well but are especially adept at special teams and defense. With St. Louis only allowing 15.5 points per game, week five will be tough for DC.
Prediction: BattleHawks 22, Defenders 17
Tampa Bay Vipers (1-3) at LA Wildcats (1-3)
Teams that travel cross-country are 0-4 so far this season. Tampa has a chance to buck that trend today due to the running game the Vipers have established. Tampa had two 100 yard rushers in last week’s win. Los Angeles will need to force Tampa to become a passing team to slow down the rushing attack. Stopping the run is a tall order for LA, as the Wildcats are last in the XFL in rushing defense. Los Angeles gives up 131.5 yards per game on the ground.
Week 4 of the XFL was a blast! Two of the league’s best teams in the Houston Roughnecks and the St. Louis Battlehawks separate themselves from the pack. The rest is wide open. Zach hands down his take on on the 4 teams that are most on the fence in “Pretender or Contender”. He also takes a look at the Texas Throwdown that lived up to the hype