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Thoughts on Losman signing

Posted Dec. 16, 2009 @ 3:08 p.m.
Former Bills QB J.P. Losman will be back in the NFL after spending a year in the United Football League. Losman, a first-round pick of the Bills in 2004, was the first big-name signing for the league when it began to garner some publicity. After working extensively with quarterback guru Jim Fassel and leading his Locos to a championship victory over the previously-undefeated Tuskers, he now will be back under the bright lights of ...

Losman checks in for Raiders

Posted Dec. 20, 2009 @ 7:10 p.m.
At least for one snap, J.P. Losman's decision to take the UFL road back to the NFL was vindicated. After Denver knocked Raiders starting QB Charlie Frye out of the game early in the second half, beleaguered passer JaMarcus Russell stepped in, eventually marching the Raiders down the field late in the fourth quarter for a game-winning drive. On that last drive, Losman stepped in for one snap when Russell was shaken up ...

Thoughts on last night's UFL kickoff

Posted Oct. 09, 2009 @ 1:04 p.m.
The United Football League season kicked off yesterday to a decent-sized crowd of 14,209 and a 30-17 victory for Jim Fassel and his Las Vegas Locomotives. The Locos, as they're being called, defeated the Dennis Green-led California Redwoods - who, unfortunately, aren't being called anything else. Having followed the league since its inception, here are a few things that caught my attention while watching the game.
  • The quality of play was just about ...

Tuskers, Bollinger roll again

Posted Oct. 23, 2009 @ 11:42 a.m.
The Tuskers remained unbeaten Thursday night with a 34-7 win over the Redwoods as QB Brooks Bollinger, the UFL's leading passer, continued his superb play. Bollinger, who has completed better than 70 percent of his passes, threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, bringing those 2009 totals to 759 and nine, respectively, with just one interception. Toss in the fact that he was pulled late in the third quarter when the Tuskers cruised to ...

Redwoods beat Sentinels behind little Cory Ross

Posted Oct. 30, 2009 @ 11:54 a.m.
The UFL might as well be deferring to RB Cory Ross to promote its product; the diminuitive back is working hard to affirm the cliché "big things come in small packages." Ross had a big game last night in the Redwoods 20-13 victory over the Sentinels with 142 all-purpose yards on 30 touches. The highlight of the 5-foot-6 back's night was a 25-yard touchdown pass from QB Shane Boyd to lead off the scoring ...

Sit-down with UFL GM Rick Mueller

Posted Nov. 11, 2009 @ 1:12 p.m.
"Outside the NFL" had a chance to chat with RIck Mueller, general manager of the United Football League's four franchises. Besides confirming plans for the league's exp PFW: You're in a position that you don't see too often in sports. What are the benefits of having a single GM? Mueller: It sure makes trades a lot easier (laughing). We've got four good head coaches that are pretty easy to work ...

Tuskers wrap up perfect season

Posted Nov. 20, 2009 @ 11:49 a.m.
With their 34-27 victory over the California Redwoods in San Francisco Thursday night, the Florida Tuskers completed their perfect 6-0 season. The victory didn't mean much in terms of the season, seeing as the Tuskers had already clinched a championship bid, but Tuskers coach Jim Haslett was proud of the team's undefeated season. "I think 6-0 is pretty good in anything you do, especially when you are playing seven (games)," Haslett said in ...

UFL players to make the jump

Posted Dec. 04, 2009 @ 10:44 a.m.
It looks like the UFL might have staying power, after all. In a move that could set the precedent for the future of the league, the UFL announced today that 11 of its players have signed with NFL teams. Seven more, including Championship game MVP DeDe Dorsey, were invited to tryouts around the league. “Less than a week after the conclusion of our "Premiere" season, NFL clubs have shown interest in almost 20 UFL players ...

UFL announces first team name to be Las Vegas Locomotives

Posted Aug. 10, 2009 @ 2:24 p.m.
Today the United Football League announced that the name of the league’s Las Vegas franchise will be the Locomotives. This is the first of four press conferences making public each team’s name and its respective uniform.The announcement came a few days after the public relations director of the UFL personally e-mailed me to apologize for the mixup regarding when the press conferences to make these announcements were to be held. I feel ...

UFL: Meet the California Redwoods

Posted Aug. 11, 2009 @ 3:15 p.m.
Well, at least they’re not the San Francisco Rockfish.Though rumors had been flying that the team would be referred to as the Rockfish, the United Football League announced today that the team name of the league’s West Coast franchise will be the California Redwoods. This comes a day after the Las Vegas franchise was officially named the Locomotives.Anyone who has played the video game Cruis’n USA probably thinks it is ...

Locomotives, Redwoods and Tuskers. Oh my?

Posted Aug. 12, 2009 @ 6 p.m.
Three down, one to go. This time, the choice is a wild boar, as the United Football League announced today that the Orlando franchise would be named the Florida Tuskers. Tuskers roam wild throughout the Everglades and the state of Florida.The Florida Tuskers? Apparently, head coach Jim Haslett is a fan, at least it looks that way in this photo.I know I said before that all team names seem odd when they are ...

UFL introduces New York Sentinels

Posted Aug. 13, 2009 @ 12:49 p.m.
And we have found the winner. The best team name in the United Football League was announced today, with head coach Ted Cottrell’s franchise being branded the New York Sentinels. Essentially, a sentinel is a guard, and you can’t argue with the league’s choice to honor New York City’s esteemed public safety organizations. “It was critical to us that we took our time in selecting team names that we felt best ...

Florida Tuskers sign 21

Posted Aug. 17, 2009 @ 1:56 p.m.
The United Football League has announced the signing of 21 players to its newly-named Florida Tuskers franchise.There are three former NFL players on the roster, but conspicuously absent is QB Michael Vick, who signed with the Eagles Thursday. I find the timing of the UFL’s announcement a bit interesting. The league had already announced team signings for the New York Sentinels and the Las Vegas Locomotives. The Tuskers had the negotiating rights to ...

California Redwoods sign 31

Posted Aug. 18, 2009 @ 1:20 p.m.
The United Football League today announced the signing of 31 players to its California Redwoods franchise, including former NFL players RB Obafemi Ayanbadejo, DE Paul Carrington and WR B.J. Sams.Besides getting to play “Which Ayanbadejo is which?” the highlight of this list really doesn’t have much to do with football, with Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, having signed on as a running back for the Redwoods. (Insert movie-name pun here ...

Ex-NFL punter Sauerbrun signs with UFL's Florida Tuskers

Posted Aug. 19, 2009 @ 4:33 p.m.
Todd Sauerbrun has made headlines again, only this time he isn’t being linked to any off-field shenanigans. The former NFL punter has agreed to terms with the Florida Tuskers franchise of the United Football League.Sauerbrun’s agent, David Canter, announced the signing via his Twitter account. Sauerbrun, a second-round pick of the Bears in 1995, was most recently a member of the Broncos in 2007. His 13 years in the NFL have also ...

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