3 Reasons to be Excited for the XFL.

If there’s anything Americans love, it’s football. In fact, one could say that Americans can’t get enough football. This was thought to be true until Vince Mcmahon started the XFL in 2001 and it failed miserably. Now, however, I feel like the demand for an NFL alternative is higher than ever, and fans are ready to give the XFL a chance nearly 20 years later.

The XFL debuts today and if you aren’t yet, here are 3 reasons to be excited:

 

1. The Game is Faster

The XFL is more ball, and less stall.

The playclock will be 25 seconds instead of 40, which will force offenses to call plays quickly and hustle to the line of scrimmage. The XFL will be a faster paced style of play  which can only equate to a more exciting game of football.  

Instead of waiting for what seems like forever for another play, being forced to listen to the commentators talk about what they had for dinner last night, you’ll blink and they’ll be snapping the ball again!

Half-time will only last 10 minutes and each team will have just 2 time-outs per half, rather than 3. All in all, the game will last about 2 hours, compared to the traditional NFL game which usually runs more than 3 hours.

So, you will be getting a faster paced game that doesn’t go on, and on, and on…

That, I can get behind.

 

2. It’s Riskier

The XFL has implemented rules that seek to add excitement to the most boring parts of the game. On kickoffs, the kicking team can’t move until the other team catches the ball, and the same goes for punts. Also, if the punting team kicks the ball out of bounds or into the endzone, the recieving team automatically gets the ball on the 35-yard line. 

These rules will almost guarentee a return every single time, which rarely happens in the NFL. 

They’re also changing the way extra-points are added after a touchdown. Instead of kicking the ball, teams can choose to execute a play from the 2-yard line for 1 point, the 5-yard line for 2 points, or the 10-yard line for 3 points. 

This adds more excitement to each offensive possession, and gives teams more opportunities to get back in the game.

 

3. It cares about the Fans

As the years have passed, the NFL seems to care less and less about their fans. Ticket prices have gotten so expensive that it’s become a luxery to go to games, and I don’t know if you’ve been to one lately, but it always feels like you got robbed when it’s over.

XFL tickets will be much more affordable, and you’ll get more with each ticket. It costs just $30 to sit in the lower bowl, fans get to line up with players during the national anthem, and get autographs on the field after the game. 

You may say, “Of course they care about their fans, at this point they’re desperate for them,” and you’d probably be right. 

However, it seems like something they plan to continue well into the future. 

So, if you’re tired of the endless commercials, the huge breaks in action, and a game that has lost touch with its fans… Maybe you should give the XFL a chance.

The XFL debuts today at 2 p.m. on ABC as the Seattle Dragons take on the D.C. Defenders.

 

 

3 Ways That I’ve Saved a Bunch of Money

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When I became a dad, something in me just ticked. I had been frugal before I entered parenthood, but shortly after my daughter was born, I became obsessed with finding the best deal. She’s nearly 18 months old now and I’ve toned the frugality down just a smidge to maintain my girlfriend’s sanity, but there are a few things that I still do that have added up in a big way:

Here are 3 Ways That I’ve Saved a Bunch of Money:

1. I Started Using a Safety Razor

I know a lot of guys out there are growing beards, but if you’re like me and your facial hair is spotty at best, you have to shave. It’s not a secret that disposable razors are expensive not to mention terrible for the environment, but are there any alternatives?

I had been using Dollar Shave Club for the last three years but was still paying about $105 per year on razors, and there was still all that plastic and shipping materials. I know, $105 isn’t that bad, but if you can cut the cost, then why not?

Safety Razors are by far the best choice you can make.

I only paid $16 for my handle, and you can get as many as razor blades for just $10. If I use one razor per week it would take me nearly 2 years to use all of them. That means that in 2 years, I will have only needed to spend $10 on razors, when in that same time, I would have spent $210 on Dollar Shave Club, or $300 with Gillete…

2. I Switched My Phone Plan

This last year, when I took a look at areas in my life where I could cut costs, this one stood out above the rest. My Unlimited Plan with Verizon cost me a whopping $110 a month.

Having been with Verizon for 4 years, I had spent over $5,000 on phone bills in that time.

That is ridiculous!

I did some research and found Mint Mobile. It’s a mobile company that operates 100% online. Their cheapest plans charge as little as $15 a month, and they use T-mobiles towers so their service is actually very good.

All you have to do is own a smart phone, sign up for your desired plan on their website, then they send you a sim card, you put it in your phone and you’re ready to go.

I now pay $25 a month for 3 gigs of LTE and unlimited talk and text. That means in the next 4 years, I will save $4,000.

3. I Made Eating Out A Special Occasion

The other two I mentioned before this were just little things. Sure, it all adds up, but this one is the most important of all. When I was a bachelor, I used to eat out religiously. At least one of my meals throughout the day, would be at the local sandwhich shop, the wing spot down the street, or delivery.

I didn’t keep track of the figures but I know I was spending a ridiculous amount of money on eating out.

$150 of groceries can last me and my girlfriend nearly two weeks if we do it right. You can easily spend that on one night out. Even if you aren’t treating yourself to some fine dining, eating out anywhere adds up very quickly.

By making eating out a special occasion, and making home cooked meals instead, you will see an immediate affect on your savings account.