Happy Veterans Day everyone. Um, so I was thinking about this Larry Johnson story. No one wants any piece of this guy, and it made me wonder if he was done, or if he’d start bouncing around, lingering, embarrassing himself…that kind of thing. One of the first things that popped into my mind was the UFL. If you remember correctly the UFL is the upstart professional football league that is attempting to becoming the newest proving ground for future NFL players. Back when J.P. Losman signed with the Vegas team, we did a little post, made fun of potential team names, and predicted its demise. Since? I hadn’t heard a peep about it. Well, they’re playing.
Apparently, these games are being televised on Versus. Who knew? The season got underway in early October, and the runaway stars of the League have been the Florida Tuskers. Now, this is an odd name choice, is it not? Is tusk a verb? I suppose it is now. Regardless, the Tuskers are a 4-0 offensive juggernaut. At the helm? Brooks Bollinger, who is trying to go all Warren Moon and parlay bush league stats into an NFL gig. Of course, that’s not a viable comparison in any way. Moon’s CFL was far more legit, and Bollinger has already proven himself to be an epic fail in the NFL. He’s got the Tuskers clicking, though.
Among the great things about the UFL’s website, is that at first glance there doesn’t appear to be a link to the league’s standings. I guess this is like T-Ball, and everyone gets a participation trophy, and they move on. There are stats however, and so let’s take a look at some classic names, and how they are doing in the old UFL.
Brooks Bollinger: 68% completion percentage, 1090 yards, 11/2 Td to INTs. Wow. Someone’s going to be holding a clipboard next season.
J.P. Losman: 64% completion percentage, 994 yards, 8/2 Td to INTs. The poor man’s Brooks Bollinger. Someone could be getting a call from the Man-Genius.
Mike McMahon: 46% completion percentage, 205 yards, 1/4 Td to INTs. Proving that not EVERYONE can play QB in the UFL.
Remember Tatum Bell? He’s the League’s third leading rusher.
The UFL’s leading receiver: Taye Biddle. 19 catches for 352 yards.
The disappointing thing about the UFL is that they didn’t get as many names as I thought they would. I’m far from a football junkie, but I scanned the rosters, and didn’t see a lot of guys I’ve heard of. Perhaps they are sticking to their premise of using young guys, guys that could still have a future in the NFL. But, I did see Simeon Rice on a roster, which was amusing, and Tim Rattay is J.P. Losman’s backup. A lot of QB depth in Vegas. Maybe Larry Johnson is the perfect complement to that offense.