In the league’s lone season, the Los Angeles Xtreme was the XFL’s Southern California franchise. Led by quarterback Tommy Maddox, the Xtreme won the XFL Championship, called “The Million Dollar Game,” at the LA Coliseum. That remains Los Angeles’ only professional football championship since 1984.
History of the Xtreme
The Los Angeles Xtreme was a professional American football team that played in the XFL, an alternative to the NFL. The team was based out of Los Angeles and began to play in 2001 as part of the league's inaugural season. They would become one of two teams from their division to make it to the championship game, ultimately winning and claiming victory for their city.
The Los Angeles Xtreme had some impressive talent on its roster during its short-lived existence, including former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams who signed with them after being released by New Orleans Saints before joining Miami Dolphins; quarterback Tommy Maddox who went on have success with Pittsburgh Steelers; defensive end Kenechi Udeze who later joined Minnesota Vikings; wide receiver Mike Furrey who became a Pro Bowler while playing for Detroit Lions; safety Tony Parrish also enjoyed success post-XFL when he joined San Francisco 49ers among others.
Despite having such talented players, financial difficulties forced them out of business after the 2002 season when the league folded due to a lack of viewership numbers not meeting expectations set by the NBC/WWE partnership, which owned rights to broadcast games nationally over network television stations across the country. While no active members or staff are associated with the LAX organization today, memories remain of those fans who witnessed firsthand what could be achieved given the right circumstances, even if only a fleeting moment before disappearing into history books forevermore.
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Xtreme – The Los Angeles Xtreme was a professional football team in the short-lived XFL league in 2001. As its name suggests, the team represented Los Angeles and played home games at the LA Memorial Coliseum. But what’s behind this unique nickname? Let’s take a look at how it came to be!
The original owner of Xtreme was World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Chairman Vince McMahon, who wanted to create an exciting new brand for his startup football league. He chose “Xtreme” as an homage to extreme sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding, which were popular among young people during that period. This choice also reflected McMahon's desire for his teams to play more intensely than traditional NFL teams at that time – hence why they called themselves "extremists."
In addition, he felt like “Xtreme” could help him market his new product better than other names might have done; after all, it had been used before by several successful companies, including Xbox and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, so there must have been something appealing about it! Furthermore, since Los Angeles is known for its laid-back attitude towards life - often referred to as "the city of angels" - having a word like “extreme" associated with them seemed appropriate too.
Ultimately though, despite all these reasons behind choosing this moniker, nothing could save the franchise from folding only one season later due mainly in part because no significant television networks picked up coverage rights or sponsorships deals from any of WWE's XFL teams – not even those based out in Hollywood itself like our beloved LAXers here today!. Regardless though, we still remember them fondly here on Sports Fan Central and hope you enjoyed learning about where their memorable name comes from!
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