Setting aside the minor detail that nobody asked for it, the XFL is back, baby. Beginning in early February, this latest attempt to make a spring football league work in the U.S. will get underway.
There are four former NC State football players that made a final XFL roster: Jack Tocho, Mike Stevens, Johnathan Alston, and Jalan McClendon. Tocho, Stevens, and McClendon are teammates on the Los Angeles Wildcats, so it looks like that’ll be the team I adopt for two weeks before completely losing interest. Alston plays for the Seattle Dragons.
Tocho is turning himself into the answer to a trivia question, since he also played in the short-lived Alliance of American Football last spring. That league didn’t even get through its 10-game regular season before running out of money and folding. But Tocho was a regular for the Birmingham Iron in the games they did play—truly, I would have to say, a Birmingham Iron legend.
Time will tell if the re-born XFL can do better, but either way, the football promises to be mediocre. The regular season begins on Feb. 8.