For football fans the sunday after the super bowl can be a sad day. The thought of having to wait five more months for football to start. Luckily for the football fans the XFL football league gives fans an extra 12 weeks of football 10 game season plus two playoff games. If you are a football fan who would not want 12 weeks of football. Sunday, February 9, 2020 over 17,000 fans showed up to see their new football team the New York Guardians taking on the Tampa Bay Vipers. There was a lot of excitement and questions about how good this team would play.
A lot of questions to be answered going into week one. There was a familiar face leading the New York Guardians Kevin Gilbride who was with the New York Giants from 2006-2013 and won two super bowls with them. Coming into the parking lot you felt the excitement. This was my first time covering any sports team. The feeling of excitement and jitters was mutual coming up to the press box and being excited. The New York Guardians were four point underdogs as they say this is why they play the game once the game starts stats and charts go out the window and so it did. The best part of the XFL is the fan experience. Fans can get autographs meet the players and tickets are affordable. Parking is $30. NJ Transit has free shuttle busses that go from Secacus junction to the stadium. If you are like me and want to get there early you can catch the bus that goes to the American dream mall and then walk over to the stadium. Once the game kicked off one thing was certain New York Guardians came to play and they came to win. On this day New York Guardians had the best defense that was there to play like there was no tomorrow. That is the best way to describe it they shut out Tampa Bay Vipers in the first half. In the second half in a respectable attempt to get something going the Vipers went with their backup quarterback to start the 2nd half. It didn’t work either or faze the New York Guardians defense.Jim Herrmann had this defense prepared for every possible scenario. Two interceptions and three turnovers only three points allowed.