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Around The XFL: Kicking Off

Welcome to the first installment of Around the XFL.

As you gear up for the start of the inaugural 2020 season, check in to find league, team and player news.

In the News

  • St. Louis welcomes back professional football in February, and as seen on NBC St. Louis, the city is renaming an important street to pave way for the incoming BattleHawks.
  • Quarterbacks are making the media rounds: First, DC Defenders QB Cardale Jones appeared ringside at a recent WWE Raw in Columbus. The former Ohio State Buckeyes star made his own name under the lights on Saturdays. Relive his primetime talent.
  • Tampa Bay Vipers QB Aaron Murray was also in high demand, talking with local outlet Spectrum Sports 360 about his hometown connections and with NBC Atlanta about balancing XFL prep with his college football broadcast gig. Murray is the SEC's all-time leading passer in yardage and touchdowns. (That's good, right?)
  • As you head into the weekend, don't forget to do some 2020 weekend planning: Full XFL schedule.

World Series wager

Forget the Mattress Guy. The real bet around the World Series involved the DC Defenders and Houston Roughnecks.

The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in the series-deciding Game 7 on Wednesday, and the Defenders' social media squad was not shy about cashing in.

Defenders president Erik Moses wants BBQ. Some may call it a dizzying amount:

Listing the subsequent three menu tweets in this drool-inducing thread in this space was tempting, but repeating the hefty 'cue order probably would break the internet. 

The Roughnecks' response, on the other hand, had some spice of its own:

As was the case with the Fall Classic finale, Houston and DC will settle this one in Texas. The Roughnecks host the Defenders in Week 7 (March 22, 6 p.m. ET, FS1).

WATCH: SATURDAY STARS

They used to light up the field on Saturdays before being drafted to the XFL. Before you see them again in a few months, feast your eyes on some of their biggest college football moments:

Before they were selected in the #XFLDraft, these guys were stars on Saturdays. Here's a quick reminder of what they can do πŸ‘€

READ OF THE DAY: What The Game Is Worth

After several starts and stops to a pro football career, Lavon Coleman was out of work. Out of money. He felt like he was out of options. But with the strength provided by his family -- and on the heels of a timely internship -- the former Washington Huskies running back is powering forward for his new “beautiful chance” with Seattle. 

While you're learning more about him, catch some beautiful runs from his college days.

RB Lavon Coleman -- Highlights from University of Washington

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