Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Joins Investors to Buy XFL

By Terrance Turner Five months after shutting down due to COVID-19, the XFL is back! (Kind of.) Today, news broke that the league was purchased for about $15 million by a group of investors that include actor and athlete Dwayne Johnson. He bought the XFL with two partners: Gerry Cardinale (CEO of Redbird Capital) and … Continue reading Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Joins Investors to Buy XFL

XFL Files for Bankruptcy

By Terrance Turner The XFL has filed for bankruptcy. Alpha Entertainment, the company that owns the XFL, filed for Chapter 11 today after reporting that it owes more than $10 million in liabilities. The move comes just three days after the XFL suspended its operations and laid off nearly all of its employees (on Good … Continue reading XFL Files for Bankruptcy

A Double Feature in “Holleywood”

By Terrance Turner Nick Holley (left) and his brother Nate (right) pose with fellow Whitmer High alum Chris Wormley. (Photo via Twitter.) Today, Twitter user @ArkenBrandSport posted the full video of the XFL's Instagram Live with Houston Roughnecks wide receiver Nick Holley. The 44-minute clip can be viewed in full below: https://twitter.com/ArkenBrandSport/status/1245362769563656194 Nick Holley’s brother … Continue reading A Double Feature in “Holleywood”

Vikings Sign XFL Linebacker DeMarquis Gates

By Terrance Turner The Minnesota Vikings have signed Houston Roughnecks linebacker DeMarquis Gates. The move was confirmed yesterday by FOX-26 sports reporter Mark Berman: https://twitter.com/MarkBermanFox26/status/1242580107077672960 Gates recorded a sack, an interception, and 32 tackles in his time with the Roughnecks. Perhaps his most memorable play came during Week 5, when he forced a fumble and … Continue reading Vikings Sign XFL Linebacker DeMarquis Gates

Roughnecks QB P.J. Walker Joins Panthers (UPDATED)

By Terrance Turner March 23, 2020 (Updated Nov. 23) Former Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker is signing with the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN. He is the first XFL player to join an NFL team. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1242104450568916993 The move comes just three days after the XFL announced that it's officially canceling its entire season due to … Continue reading Roughnecks QB P.J. Walker Joins Panthers (UPDATED)

The XFL Season is Over.

By Terrance Turner The XFL announced late Thursday that it will suspend the remainder of its season, presumably due to coronavirus concerns. In so doing, the league is following the lead of the NBA, MLB, MLR and MLS. The league commissioner, Oliver Luck, said that all players will be paid base pay and benefits. All … Continue reading The XFL Season is Over.

Roughnecks Remain Unbeaten After Wild Finish

By Terrance Turner March 9, 2020 (updated Nov. 15) Despite three turnovers and a wildly controversial fourth quarter, the Houston Roughnecks survived Game 5 on Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated. The Roughnecks beat the Seattle Dragons 32-23 at TDECU Stadium yesterday. They remain the only unbeaten team in the XFL. After a near-scoreless first quarter, … Continue reading Roughnecks Remain Unbeaten After Wild Finish

A Meditation on the Black Quarterback

By Terrance Turner As we conclude Black History Month, I wanted to make note of a historic feat that may have gone overlooked. Four weeks ago, Patrick Mahomes became only the third black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. (Doug Williams was the first, in 1987; Russell Wilson was the second, in 2014.) Mahomes -- … Continue reading A Meditation on the Black Quarterback

Roughnecks Overcome Vipers to Remain Undefeated

Photo courtesy of XFL News Hub. By Terrance Turner The Houston Roughnecks survived a spirited effort by the Tampa Bay Vipers to remain undefeated on Saturday. In their first away game ever, the Roughnecks held on to beat the Vipers 34-27. The game was held in Tampa, Florida, and the home team got out to … Continue reading Roughnecks Overcome Vipers to Remain Undefeated

Roughnecks Outlast Battlehawks in Game 2

By Terrance Turner The Houston Roughnecks celebrate after going 2-0. (Image from @XFLRoughnecks Twitter page.) It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. The Houston Roughnecks defeated the St. Louis Battlehawks in a 28-24 win Sunday night at TDECU Stadium. The Roughnecks managed to win 28-24, despite missed tackles on defense and consistent conversion problems … Continue reading Roughnecks Outlast Battlehawks in Game 2