It looks like The Rock is continuing to do whatever he can to take over the world. Not content with being the biggest box office star on the planet, the Rock is now the proud co-owner of the XFL.
Adding More To His Resume
As if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wasn’t impressive enough, he’s gone and added something else to his amazing resume. The former professional wrestler turned actor is part of a team that is buying the football league that filed for bankruptcy in April.
Unfortunately, the global situation caused the league to shut down midseason, and it was unable to recover from that. WWE chairman Vince McMahon was the original owner of the XFL, which was initially meant to be seen as a springtime rival to the NFL.
A Personal Investment
Dwayne Johnson is no stranger to football after playing for the University of Miami during the 1990s. He then went on to compete in the Canadian Football League briefly before being launched into stardom as a professional wrestler.
Johnson’s investment team is made up of his ex-wife Dany Garcia and the private investment firm RedBird Capital Investments. The deal to buy the XFL is understood to have cost the group just $15 million, which is a bargain price after McMahon pledged $200 million to the cause.
When the XFL hit our screens in 2020 it gained a core of passionate fans, and during its inaugural season, things looked to be on the up. Unfortunately the global situation changed, which provided Johnson and co. the perfect opportunity to invest in the XFL.
Fans of the XFL can rejoice at being given a second chance to follow the teams they fell in love with last year. Thanks to Johnson and his investment team, the XFL lives to fight another day, and it might even get its very own Hollywood ending.
Can Notre Dame Prevent Playoff Embarrassment This Year?
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly appeared a bit puzzled and irritated when he was asked whether his team had something to prove during the NCAA Division I playoffs. Kelly believed that The Topic was buried when his boys defeated Clemson in a dramatic double-overtime game back in November.
What’s The Topic?
The University of Notre Dame du Lac is known throughout the United States for its excellent football program. The Fighting Irish rose to national prominence in the early 20th century and since then have accumulated eleven consensus national championships. The team has produced seven Heisman Trophy winners, sixty two College Football Hall of Famers, and thirteen Pro Football Hall of Famers.
Despite its successful football program and constantly qualifying for the playoffs, Notre Dame isn’t able to win when it matters the most. The Fighting Irish frequently end up losing during playoffs by at least two touchdowns or twelve points. This grime streak is The Topic that has been bugging coach Kelly, his staff, his players, and other members of the university’s athletics department.
Notre Dame’s Coach Didn’t Hide From the Uncomfortable Question
Despite his frustration with the question, Kelly reminded reporters that while his team hasn’t won a national championship, it has been participating at the NCAA Division I playoffs every single year. He also reminded that only one team gets to celebrate at the end of the season.
Kelly expressed his confusion about why this narrative is constantly popping up when the Fighting Irish is always among the leading college football teams in the country. He accentuated that “narrative” equals “false premise’, which does not bring anything positive to his players and their mindset.
Time will tell whether Notre Dame will change their fortune in the upcoming games but one thing is certain, coach Kelly won’t allow his team to get distracted by The Topic.