Former Wildcat Nick Folk shines in his AAF League debut

February 14 10:24 2019

We also saw some innovation, new technology, and a new approach to professional football.

“Colin Kaepernick and the Alliance of American Football need each other”, RCL’s Evan Bleier wrote. Maybe giving Nelson a week with the first team will do the new Fleet QB good, but I didn’t see much in the first game to be overly optimistic about.

An AAF game this past Sunday had as many former five-star recruits as the Super Bowl between the Rams and the Patriots did.

The Alliance of American Football (AAF) got underway over the weekend, becoming the latest springtime alternative to the NFL. As the season progresses I expect this to even out.

One aspect that was on display on Saturday was in the Atlanta-Orlando game.

There could be one possible problem for The Alliance as they go forward. The engagement numbers were so far beyond anything we could have expected. Especially with the looming XFL, a former league in the same position at one time, to start in 2020. The good news? He only has four more fingers.

“All those guys that have been on National Football League teams have done a good job of leading by example and showing the guys that you have to spend a little extra time on your own”, he said.

In this way, the AAF is increasing the financial viability of football as a career while prepping players for life beyond.

That 2.1 rating – the highest for a non-NFL pro football game since a 2004 – equaled the overnight rating of ABC’s Thunder-Rockets NBA game and nearly tied the Duke-Virginia men’s college basketball game on ESPN (2.3).

Las Vegas sportsbooks also reported mild interest.

Memphis’ odds were listed at (+1000), which is tied for the lowest odds out of the eight team league.

The rule changes, along with most importantly the pace of play (35 second play clocks, single commercials), seemed to endear itself to football junkies around the country. So if the Alliance is helping develop a pipeline of talent for the big boys, that’s a valuable thing. Replacing him would be Matt Linehan, who went 7-of-13 for 56 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week in limited time. Every player is on the same three-year $250,000 contract, which all include an “out clause”, so if the National Football League comes a knocking, then they’re free to leave. It will also add an eighth official to spot the football and a ninth in the TV production truck to enforce penalties on significant violations missed by the field officials, the Chronicle pointed out.

The start up league, founded by filmmaker Charlie Ebersol and former NFL executive Bill Polian, believes they have a product that will flourish.

Polian noted he received congratulations from many folks in the National Football League after Week 1.

“It’s a great idea”, Telesco said, via Eric Williams of ESPN. Steve Spurrier is hobbling on the sidelines after back surgery in the fall, but as heard on his walkie talkie, he is not happy when receivers are dropping passes and is not afraid to be creative with play-calling or even running up the score. The only real answer is why shouldn’t they?

With AAF growing in popularity here are former Patriots that joined

Former Wildcat Nick Folk shines in his AAF League debut
 
 
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