We tend to fall into this deep sadness once the Super Bowl has come and gone. We realize that we now have to MONTHS before we can enjoy football again. This year that has changed with the XFL making it’s great return. To be honest, I was surprised at how entertained I was.
Of course with it being the XFL, the rules are a little different. For instance, you don’t get just a free extra point after making a touch down. You can choose to go for one, two, or three. All of which involve you having to run another play into the end zone. A one-point attempt is attempted from the two-yard line. A two-point attempt is attempted from the five-yard line and a three-point attempt is attempted from the 10-yard line. No team has attempted a three-point attempt yet, but we are only in week 2. The XFL’s extra point rule was designed to add more strategy and creativeness to the game.
The other big change is the kickoff. According to the XFL rulebook, the kicker kicks from the 30-yard line and must kick the ball in the air and in play between the opponent’s 20-yard line and the end zone. The coverage team lines up on the return side 35-yard line and the return team lines up on the 30-yard line. Each team must have exactly three players outside the hash marks on both sides of the ball and cannot move until the ball is caught by the returner.
It’s gonna take some getting used to, but man is it fun to watch! Unfortunately, there aren’t any Bay Area teams yet but maybe that’ll change. If you’re still on the fence about watching it, check out this guy give his own play by play.