Some things in the game of football are universal. Whether we are talking about the NFL, the UFL, or College a few things always seem to hold true. The first of those things it is near impossible to beat one football team three times in a given season, the next is completing an undefeated season is next to impossible to do. Earlier today the Las Vegas Locos of the UFL defeated the previously undefeated Florida Tuskers to win the first UFL championship.
In what was probably the best UFL game played to date, the Locos came from behind in the fourth quarter to win the game on an overtime field goal to become the inaugural UFL champions. They won the game 20-17 but don’t let that score take away from the fact that this was an excellent contest. There were three fourth quarter lead changes, a tie, and the first overtime game in UFL history.
More that deciding a championship this game goes a long way to legitimizing the new league. The success of this league will be built upon games like this. If the UFL can offer highly entertaining games, which sports fans are willing to talk about, than the decision to build this league through a grassroots effort will have been a good one.
Now that the first UFL season is at an end, all its players are free to sign with a NFL team. The next step for this league will be to see how many UFL players can make NFL rosters, as NFL teams look to replace injured players for their stretch run. If a significant amount of players are able to make NFL rosters, and if a few can contribute along the way the decision to have this league play in the fall will also have been a good one.