It may come as a surprise to some (OK, most . . . OK, all) of you that the UFL still exists. The replacement-official-level league, which somehow has survived through multiple seasons of multi-million-dollar losses, launched its new season last night amid no fanfare, no buzz, no attention.
After about 10 minutes of searching, I discovered that the Las Vegas Locomotives defeated the Virginia Destroyers at Sam Boyd Stadium, 19-6. That information didn’t come from the UFL’s website, which still contains the now-inaccurate announcement that the season was going to start on September 19. It also didn’t come from the website of the Locomotives, which after some clicking brought me to a page that says the game ended in a 0-0 tie. (The Destroyers don’t even have a website; their link from the UFL home page goes to a Facebook page.)
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has several photos from the game, including a few crowd shots that are hard to call “crowd shots” because, well, there’s no crowd.
According to the Review-Journal, there were 2,500 in the 36,000-seat stadium. Which based on the photos sounds like a gross exaggeration.
The Virginian-Pilot has a whopping three-sentence game story.
Here’s the only relevant news: Linebacker Brian Banks made his professional debut for the Locos, but he injured a hamstring while covering a kick in the first quarter and did not return.
It’s amazing the UFL returned, and it’s impossible at this point to believe that it will continue beyond this season. If it even completes this season.