SNIDER: XFL scores big on new team names

Rick Snider
August 21, 2019 - 3:34 pm

The DC Defenders prove you can still find a good name for new teams.

The XFL announced eight team names on Wednesday for its February reboot and they're all winners. The St. Louis BattleHawks, Tampa Bay Vipers, New York Guardians, Seattle Dragons, Los Angeles Wildcats, Houston Roughnecks and Dallas Renegades, along with the Defenders, are solid names.

Now whether America is ready for a third football league is uncertain. The NFL is king, proven time and time again over the past 30-plus years. Arena football has its place as a minor-league alternative.

Now the XFL returns to feature spring football once more, though February might be a tad chilly sitting outdoors. The Super Bowl really isn't the end anymore, as the XFL leads to Arena that leads to NFL training camps. Football is now year-round, especially in Washington, where the Defenders will play at Audi Field and the Valor at Capital One Arena. Funny, the two smaller teams get the cooler venues and the Redskins are stuck out in the old barn in the Maryland suburbs until 2027.

My favorite names are the Guardians and Roughnecks, but the Defenders beats some lame political name like the Constitutions or Monuments, which was a pro softball team back in the 1970s. Too bad Philadelphia doesn't have a team or they could have been the Philly Busters.

It would be nice if Washington gains a good XFL team. In the past, new leagues always seemed to land stinkers in Washington like it's some political payback.

If nothing else, the XFL is a modest distraction. Defenders might have some cool gear and, who knows, maybe a winner. Washingtonians can always use that.


Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks