Las Vegas Locomotives win UFL championship…Did you even know that the league existed?

December 2, 2009

USFL and CFL, move on over!

I knew about it, but I didn’t know that they were already done and had crowned a champion.  I think that part of the problem is that they played on Versus, and being a DirectTV subscriber, I am smack dab in the middle of this hissy hit that they are throwing.  Yes, DirectTV screws over people on the NFL Sunday Ticket, but we are willing to take the pain to get the games.  If you had it, you would be doing the same thing Comcast, so cry me a river.

But, they went home and took the only ball with them.  Now, the Pac-10 has an inferior TV deal that must hurt recruiting, since some people will not be able to see what we are cooking up out West.  But, this is about the UFL, which gets a lot less shine than the Pac-10.

SEASON SCHEDULE
WEEK 1 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
THU, OCTOBER 8 Las Vegas 30, California 17
SAT, OCTOBER 10 Florida 35, New York 13
WEEK 2 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
WED, OCTOBER 14 Florida 29, Las Vegas 15
SAT, OCTOBER 17 California 24, New York 7
WEEK 3 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
THU, OCTOBER 22 Florida 34, California 7
WEEK 4 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
THU, OCTOBER 29 California 20, New York 13
FRI, OCTOBER 30 Florida 27, Las Vegas 24
WEEK 5 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
WED, NOVEMBER 4 Las Vegas 41, New York 10
WEEK 6 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
THU, NOVEMBER 12 Florida 24, New York 6
SAT, NOVEMBER 14 Las Vegas 16, California 10
WEEK 7 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
THU, NOVEMBER 19 Florida 34, California 27
FRI, NOVEMBER 20 New York 41, Las Vegas 7
WEEK 8 GAMES (All Times Eastern)
FRI, NOVEMBER 27 UFL Championship: Las Vegas 20, Florida 17 OT

Who really knew that this was happening? Where is the exodus of championship players refilling the rosters of NFL teams?

Well,  funny enough, the kickers in the game, Matt Bryant and Graham Geno are getting looks in NY.  Pack light Lawrence Tynes.

Who must you have P.O'ed Jim Fassel to not get another sniff in the NFL?

Las Vegas tops Florida to win UFL championship

(AP) – 4 days ago

LAS VEGAS — Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give the Las Vegas Locomotives a 20-17 victory over the Florida Tuskers on Friday in the inaugural UFL championship game.

Hopefully, this will not go the way of the XFL, gone after one season.

Rod Smart, you made it! You made it out of the XFL to the big boys

Las Vegas (5-2), which lost twice to the Tuskers during the regular season, became the first team to beat Florida (6-1) during the first-ever UFL overtime game in front of 14,801 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Florida won the coin toss and had possession first in OT, but Brooks Bollinger was intercepted by Isaiah Trufant to set up Gano’s winning kick.

Matt Bryant kicked a 27-yard field goal for Florida with 2:06 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

DeDe Dorsey, who carried 11 times for 66 yards, scored the second of his two touchdowns on a 1-yard run with 5:58 left to give the Locomotives a 17-14 lead. Dorsey also caught four passes for 32 yards for the Locomotives.

Dorsey was also the MVP of the game.

DeDe during happier times...

The Tuskers took a 14-10 lead with 10:27 left in the fourth on Bollinger’s 10-yard scoring pass to Frank Murphy.

The Tuskers opened the scoring in the first quarter with an eight-play, 64-yard drive culminating in Bollinger’s 8-yard TD pass to Marcus Maxwell.

The Locomotives then marched 79 yards over 10 plays to the Tuskers’ 2 early in the second quarter, but running back Marcel Shipp fumbled and Patrick Chukwurah recovered.

UFL doesn't pay Escalade money like the Cardinals did....learn to hang on to the ball. The NFL really did stand for Not For Long.

Las Vegas cut the lead to 7-3 on Gano’s 46-yard field goal as time expired in the second.

Losman completed 21 of 35 passes for 193 yards.

Bollinger was 22 of 45 for 306 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Michael Pittman caught six passes for 77 yards and Maxwell had five receptions for 80 yards for the Tuskers.

Football during the fall is always good.  But if football is being played and no one watches it, did it really happen?  According to the AP, it did and it happened, but the players and coaches are looking for ways to get back to the NFL.  I am not sure that the league really helped anyone in that goal.

People have been saying that Mike Vick should have scooped up the 600k to play here and then latch on to the NFL.  This way, he could show that he could play QB.  For the teams that need a QB, it is going to be better that he was in an NFL training camp, competing against NFL players to earn his paycheck.  Also, his contract is much bigger than the 600k.  Vick, you made a good decision NOT to play in the UFL…

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