The XFL's LA Xtreme: When LA Was A Football Champion Without An NFL Team
The XFL was a football league started as a thumb in the eye to the NFL, with the league's founder Vince McMahon calling his rivals the "No Fun League." The league folded after a series of injuries and other controversies in just one season, but L.A. got something out of the deal: a championship team.
During the 21 years where Los Angeles had no pro football teams, the L.A. Xtreme were the biggest game in town. And when it came time for that one season's championship game, the Xtreme won, led by Tommy Maddox.
Maddox went on to play in the NFL, but no longer for L.A. — he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who would go on to win the Super Bowl just four years later.
Now the XFL is coming back, just a week after the Super Bowl — and they're bringing another L.A. team with them, the Los Angeles Wildcats.