Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present you with the latest in a long line of “minor league” football– The UFL! The United Football League is planning to kick off their season this October with franchises in New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Billing themselves as a developmental league is not a bad plan, but competing with the “sanctity” of High School football by playing on Thursday and Friday nights may not be the best idea. They did apparently get a national TV deal with the Thursday night games appearing on Versus.
To give them some credit, they did start off with some big names to coach their teams. Jim Fassel will take the helm in Vegas, Jim Haslett will coach in Orlando, longtime Defensive Coordinator Ted Cotrell will be in New York, and in San Francisco… What’s that…? It’s a Denny Green sighting!
So last night, the UFL decided to get together behind closed doors and have themselves a little draft. They didn’t tell anyone when they were going to have their little secret get-together to divvy up has-been/never was NFL players and college grads who weren’t going to get a sniff in the NFL to begin with. Retread coaches and retread players, sounds like a recipe for some fantastic football action! Probably the best known name to come out of the draft is former Chicago Bear and St. Louis Ram Adam Archuletta. There had been some chatter that J.P. Lossman and Michael Vick would be involved in the draft, but it was not to be. Denny Green had some interesting choices. He loved coaching Larry Fitzgerald so much with the Cardinals, he drafted Larry’s little brother Marcus to play for him in San Fran. He also picked our favorite AFL superstar Brett Dietz to play QB. I can picture the first press conference. “Brett Dietz is what we thought he was!” Good times!
Over the next couple months as more players and more details about the league come out, be sure to tune in here for all the latest and greatest on the UFL. After all, with College Football and the NFL, there certainly isn’t enough football going on in the fall!