I Watched The AAF So You Don't Have To! (But Maybe You Should)

Six days after a boring Super Bowl, the Alliance of American Football made its debut. Considering the league was only just founded last March, I expected to watch a sub-par product. I though I'd tune in on Saturday and Sunday for a just few minutes but I found myself unable to turn the games off. Both of the games I watched were (surprise) actually watchable.

Make no mistake, this is not the NFL. And that's actually good news. The AAF differs from the NFL in the following ways:

  1. There's no kickoff. Trust me, you wont miss it. The AAF puts the ball on the 25-yard line. Less injuries and less time setting up for a kick-off.
  2. The games are faster. The games had fewer commercial breaks and the play clock is shorter.
  3. They've eliminated onside kicks. Again, you won't miss them.
  4. There's no PAT kick. You have to go for two. As a Bears fan still dealing with PCPS (Post-Cody Parkey Syndrome) I'm all for eliminating any chance for a kicker to cost a team points.
  5. They use a SKYJUDGE. This was my favorite innovation. The AAF lets you listen in to the refs as they make decisions in real time. When a booth review was called for the Sky Judge explained why a call was made. This sort of transparency needs to find it's way into the NFL. Yesterday.

This league feels like a AAA version of the NFL. I won't be surprised if a few of the AAF's standout players make their way into the NFL. If you're someone who falls into a funk after the NFL season ends, and are able to figure out where the CBS Sports Network is, the AAF might be just what you need. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Although I expect I'll spend less time watching the AAF now that we're days away from pitchers and catchers reporting.

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