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2001 Orlando Rage

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XFL (2001)

Born: 2000 – XFL founding franchise
Folded May 10, 2001

Stadium: The Florida Citrus Bowl

Team Colors:

Owner: XFL

 

The Orlando Rage were a One-Year Wonder pro football franchise in the NBC/World Wrestling Entertainment-backed XFL during the spring of 2001.   The Rage were the class of the XFL during the regular season posting a league-best record of 8-2 under Head Coach Galen Hall.  Hall was familiar to local fans as the former Head Coach of the Orlando Thunder (1991-1992) of the World League of American Football, a similarly doomed effort at minor league spring football in the Citrus Bowl a decade earlier.

The Rage got out to a 6-0 start with former NFL journeyman quarterback Jeff Brohm under center.  After Brohm’s season was curtailed due to injury, the Rage dropped three of their final five games, including an upset home loss to the San Francisco Demons in the first round of the XFL playoffs in April 2001.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon folded the XFL on May 10, 2001 after major financial losses and disappointing ratings and response from league TV partners NBC and UPN.

 

==2001 Orlando Rage Results==

Date Opponent Score Program Other
2/3/2001 vs. Chicago Enforcers W 33-29
2/10/2001 vs. San Francisco Demons W 26-14
2/18/2001 @ New York/New Jersey Hitmen W 18-12
2/24/2001 vs. Birmingham Bolts W 30-6
3/4/2001 @ Memphis Maniax W 21-19
3/10/2001 vs. Las Vegas Outlaws W 27-15
3/18/2001 @ Los Angeles Xtreme L 31-6 Program
3/25/2001 vs. New York/New Jersey Hitmen W 17-12 Program
3/31/2001 @ Birmingham Bolts W 29-24
4/8/2001 @ Chicago Enforcers L 23-6 Program
4/14/2001 vs. San Francisco Demons L 26-25 Program

 

==YouTube==

The Rage host the San Francisco Demons in a semi-final playoff at the Florida Citrus Bowl on April 14, 2001.

 

==Links==

XFL Media Guides

XFL Programs

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Written by AC

January 26th, 2013 at 3:28 am

2001 Los Angeles Xtreme

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XFL (2001)

Born: 2000 – XFL founding franchise.
Died: May 10, 2001 – The XFL ceases operations.

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Team Colors:

Owner: XFL

 

The Los Angeles Xtreme were the winners of the first and only championship of the XFL, the flamboyant but short-lived joint venture between NBC and World Wrestling Entertainment to create an alternative professional football league in the spring.

Tommy Maddox, the former UCLA star quarterback and 1st round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 1992, was the Xtreme’s lone “name” player.  Maddox led the Xtreme to victory in the XFL’s “Million Dollar Game” championship game and he also led the league in passing yards (2,186) and won the Most Valuable Player award.  After the season, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and returned to the NFL after a five-year absence.   Maddox would win NFL Comeback Player-of-the-Year honors in 2002.

World Wrestling Entertainment pulled the plug on the XFL on May 10, 2001, less than three weeks after the Xtreme won the league’s only championship game with a 38-6 drubbing of the San Francisco Demons at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

 

==2001 Los Angeles Xtreme Results==

Date Opponent Score Program Other
2/4/2001 @ San Francisco Demons L 15-13 Video
2/10/2001 vs. Chicago Enforcers W 39-32 (2 OT) Video
2/17/2001 @ Las Vegas Outlaws W 12-9 Video
2/25/2001 vs. Memphis Maniax L 18-12 Video
3/3/2001 @ New York/New Jersey Hitmen W 22-7 Video
3/11/2001 @ Birmingham Thunderbolts W 35-26 Video
3/18/2001 vs. Orlando Rage W 31-6 Program Video
3/24/2001 vs. Las Vegas Outlaws W 35-26 Video
4/1/2001 @ Memphis Maniax L 27-12 Video
4/8/2001 vs. San Francisco Demons W 24-0 Video
4/15/2001 vs. Chicago Enforcers W 33-6 Video
4/21/2001 vs. San Francisco Demons W 38-6

 

==YouTube==

The Xtreme host the San Francisco Demons in the XFL’s first championship (and final game) on April 21, 2001

 

==Links==

XFL Media Guides

XFL Programs

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Written by AC

January 25th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

2001 Memphis Maniax

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XFL (2001)

Born: 2000 – XFL founding franchise
Folded: May 10, 2001

Stadium: The Liberty Bowl

Team Colors:

Owner: XFL

 

The Memphis Maniax were one of eight franchises during the one and only season of the XFL, a failed joint venture between World Wrestling Entertainment and NBC.

The team was mediocre on the field, finishing at 5-5 and out of the playoffs under Head Coach Kippy Brown.  Memphis’ best known players were the 1994 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Rashaan Salaam and former Virginia Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller.   Both were first round draft picks in the NFL and both are considered among the higher profile draft busts of the 1990’s.

The XFL actively courted controversy in several areas, such as some sluttier-than-usual cheerleader promos, but it isn’t clear if the league realized their team names themselves might come under attack.  The league’s other Southern franchise in Birmingham, Alabama was originally set to be called the “Blast”, but was quickly changed to the “Thunderbolts” after complaints that the original name conjured memories of Birmingham’s 1998 abortion clinic bombing by Eric Rudolph and the wave of racially motivated Klan bombings during the Jim Crow era.  In Memphis, the Maniax name drew the ire of mental illness advocates, including Michael Faenza, President of the National Mental Health Association.  Detractors objected to the term “maniac”, to the googly-eyed lunatic in the team’s logo and to the inferred association with ax murderers. The XFL elected not to change this name, however.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced the demise of the league in May 2001, less than three weeks after the playing of the first “Million Dollar Game”, i.e. the league’s championship game.  Low ratings and enthusiasm from the league’s TV partners at NBC and UPN were a key factor.

The Maniax were the fourth professional football team to play in Memphis’ Liberty Bowl, following the Memphis Southmen (1974-75) of the World Football League, the Memphis Showboats (1984-1985) of the United States Football League and the Memphis Mad Dogs (1995) of the Canadian Football League.  (Yes, the Canadian Football League).  None lasted more than two seasons.

 

==2001 Memphis Maniax Results==

Date Opponent Score Program Other
2/4/2001 @ Birmingham Thunderbolts W 22-20 Program
2/11/2001 vs. Las Vegas Outlaws L 25-3 Video
2/17/2001 vs. San Francisco Demons L 13-6
2/25/2001 @ Los Angeles Xtreme W 18-12 Video
3/4/2001 vs. Orlando Rage L 21-19 Video
3/10/2001 vs. Chicago Enforcers W 29-23 Video
3/17/2001 @ New York/New Jersey Hitmen L 16-15 Video
3/24/2001 @ San Francisco Demons L 21-12 Program
4/1/2001 vs. Los Angeles Xtreme W 27-12 Video
4/7/2001 @ Las Vegas Outlaws W 16-3

 

==YouTube==

UPN broadcast clip from the March 4, 2001 XFL clash between the Maniax and the Orlando Rage at the Liberty Bowl.

 

==Links==

XFL Media Guides

XFL Programs

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Written by AC

January 25th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

2001 Las Vegas Outlaws

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Mike Furrey Las Vegas OutlawsXFL (2001)

Born: 2000 – XFL founding franchise
Folded: May 10, 2001

Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: XFL

 

This April Fools Day 2001 program is from the final few weeks of the XFL, the doomed spring football partnership between NBC and Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment.  The XFL is an object of such universal scorn and ridicule – ESPN voted it #2 on its list of the 25 Biggest Sports Flops – that people forget the league had very good attendance at the gate.  The Outlaws claimed a respectable average of over 22,000 per game for 5 dates at Sam Boyd Stadium.

The XFL was ultimately sunk by abysmal television ratings and a lack of competitive credibility.  Few of the league’s players went on to make a significant impact in the NFL, although Las Vegas boasted two of the exceptions.  Rod “He Hate Me” Smart was one of the XFL’s best known players, thanks to the impromptu nickname embroidered on his uniform nameplate which featured in the XFL’s first NBC national television broadcast in February 2001.  Smart went on to a five-year NFL career and appeared in Super Bowl XXXVIII with the Carolina Panthers.

Program cover boy Mike Furrey put up modest numbers in the XFL (18 catches for 243 yeards and 1 touchdown) but later embarked on a fascinating 8-year NFL career.  After the XFL folded in May 2001, it took Furrey another two seasons of play in the Arena Football League to earn his shot at the NFL.  After two years as a reserve wide receiver and special teams contributor for the St. Louis Rams, Furrey earned a starting job at free safety in the Rams injury-depleted defensive secondary during the 2005 season.  He recorded to key late-game interceptions for the Rams, returning one for game-clinching touchdown.  Released by the Rams after the 2005 season, Furrey signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions and promptly led the NFC in receptions with 98 catches in 2006, after recording zero catches for the Rams the previous season.

Furrey’s NFL career ultimately lasted eight years.  He played his final game with the Washington Redskins in 2010.  Furrey suffered a number of concussion during his playing career and during 2011 signed on as party to a class-action lawsuit against the NFL over its management of concussion-related risks to players.

 

==Las Vegas Outlaws Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other
2001 2/25/2001 @ San Francisco Demons W 16-9 Program
2001 3/4/2001 @ Chicago Enforcers L 15-13 Program
2001  4/1/2001 vs. San Francisco Demons L 14-9 Program

 

==YouTube==

The XFL’s debut game on February 3, 2001.  Outlaws vs. New York-New Jersey Hit Men at Sam Boyd Stadium.

 

==Links==

XFL Media Guides

XFL Programs

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Written by AC

April 5th, 2012 at 4:06 am

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