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UFL Kickoff Today at 9pm EST

Henry LaborantiContributor IOctober 8, 2009

The United Football League is set to kickoff tonight Thursday October 8th at 9pm eastern with a battle between Las Vegas and California. The UFL is a new developmental league that was said to be created after the fall of the Arena Football League and NFL Europe. With those two leagues gone, undrafted rookies and other stand out players, had no where to go to prove they deserved a chance.

The UFL has been one of the quietest developmental leagues in all of sports history. In fact, many people probably don't even know about it. However when you watch a UFL game you are sure to recognize some name players from the NFL. One of which was a Bills first round selection some years back J.P. Lossman. Even Jim Fassel, former head coach from the New York Giants, is head coach for the Las Vegas Locos. Lets also not forget that Fassel led his team to a super bowl as well.

Even though the league has low expectations, they seem to have high hopes about what fans could expect. When asked about the competitiveness of the league Las Vegas head coach Jim Fassel said "The quality of the players we released at the end … it surpassed what I thought we'd end up with. Bill Walsh used to say that at the end of the day, there's not a big difference between the last 15 guys on an NFL roster and the last 15 guys you cut."

The UFL states that the new league will "offer credible, 11-on-11, outdoor professional football in pro-quality venues." Could Fassel's Locos compete with some teams in the NFL? "Yeah," Fassel said, sounding serious. "I believe that."

In all honesty, I'm excited for this league and I'm looking forward to seeing what they have to offer. Hell, some of the games are played in a couple of the country's most famous stadiums like the Citrus Bowl, ATT Park, Giants Stadium, and more. All I have to say is give it a chance, these players deserve it. UFL kicks off today at 9:00 EST. Click to watch live!

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