He didn't mention San Antonio's defunct Toros, Wings, Charros, Gunslingers, Riders, Texans or Matadors, all but forgotten in the alphabet soup (WLAF, USFL, AFA, etc.) of failed football leagues. The AAF feels like its on to something and with cooperation from the NFL, there could be some serious weight to this new league in the years to come if the play gets better. There will also be no kicked extra point, each team will be required to attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown.
Instead of kickoffs, which the league decided slow down the game and create too many injuries, the ball will simply start on the 25-yard line after each score or at the beginning of each half. The AAF will restrict teams to a 30-second play clock, rather than the 35-second clock that teams receive in the NFL. Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier spoke about the crowd after the game. The Iron lead 9-0 after three quarters and have a tip-drill interception of Express quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has struggled to find any consistency in his career following his breakout freshman season at Penn State.
There will be five former UCF Knights on the team: Antonio Guerad, Chris Martin, Aaron Evans, Jordan McCray, and Rannell Hall.
"Our games have been reimagined to be faster, with fewer commercials and more action", said Waddell.
Here are some of the first's we saw last night at Spectrum Stadium - Marshall's 26-yard touchdown pass from Gilbert early in the second quarter was the league's first-ever TD. Even though an average of almost 3 million viewers tuned in to watch the first two games on Saturday night, there are two more games today to keep the party going.
The Alliance of American Football began Saturday night, and it's off to a fairly good start.
Although there are several significant differences between the AAF and the National Football League, the game as a whole shouldn't be too far off what you're used to seeing on Sundays. The other three - Birmingham Iron, Orlando Apollos and Salt Lake Stallions - have nearly no connection to Halas Hall.
The 10-week regular-season schedule runs through the middle of April with the top four teams moving on the postseason. The Memphis Express face the Birmingham Iron at 4 p.m. ET, followed by a battle between the Arizona Hotshots and Salt Lake Stallions at 8 p.m. ET.