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Resurgence of the XFL: How the league looks after week one


NY Guardians wide receiver Mekale McKay dives for a pass as Tampa Bay Vipers cornerback Shelton Lewis trails during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 9, 2020. Joe Hermitt | jhermitt@pennlive.com

Zachary Kilby, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

The Xtreme Football League (XFL) is nothing new to sports fans. The professional American football league was originally a joint venture between the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and NBC, and made its debut back in 2001.   The hype surrounding the debut of the XFL nearly 20 years ago was u...

Gronk out: Patriots tight end retires

Gronk out: Patriots tight end retires

Brent Jansen, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

After only nine seasons in the NFL, New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially retired. Gronk posted a picture on Instagram with a long message giving thanks to the Patriots organization as well as coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft, and the Patriots fan base. Gronk finishes...

Shield Talk: Super Bowl LIII preview and predictions

Shield Talk: Super Bowl LIII preview and predictions

Brent Jansen, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

It’s a glorious and sad time of year. America's biggest sporting event is just a few days away, marking the end of the year for America’s greatest sport. The Los Angeles Rams will go up against the New England Patriots for a shot at Super Bowl LIII. Quarterback Tom Brady and Patriot coach Bill...

OPINION: Celebrities vs. the NFL

From left, The San Francisco 49ers' Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before their a game against the Dallas Cowboys on October 2, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Fairley Lloyd, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2018

On October 18, Us Weekly reported that Rihanna turned down a performance at the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in support of Colin Kaepernick. Later, Amy Schumer supported Rihanna’s decision via Instagram: “Posted by my friend @yamaneika wouldn’t it be so cool if @adamlevine and @maroo...

Shield Talk: Eight trade deadline deals to ponder

Shield Talk: Eight trade deadline deals to ponder

Brent Jansen, Columnist

October 26, 2018

The NFL’s trade deadline is approaching and there has already been a bit of drama. The Cowboys have sold a first-round pick for a slightly above average player, the Giants traded the wrong Eli, and the Jaguars added insurance for Leonard Fournette. But with several days left before the trade deadline,...

OPINION: No cheer for NFL cheerleaders

New Orleans Saints' cheerleaders cheer at a football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers in Louisiana. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

Samantha Durham, Opinion Editor

April 2, 2018

Editor’s Note: Samantha Durham is a senior at UNCW studying sociology. She is the Opinion Editor for The Seahawk and enjoys concentrating her work on social issues. All opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Samantha may be found on Twitter @Durham_Sam. All suggestions and...

Shield Talk: Fallout after Super Bowl LII came in many forms

Shield Talk: Fallout after Super Bowl LII came in many forms

Brent Jansen, Columnist

February 8, 2018

For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Eagles have won the Super Bowl. With a final score of 41-33, Nick Foles and the Eagles’ soaring offense outlasted Tom Brady and the Patriots’ attempt to win a sixth NFL championship.  This game was thrilling from start to finish, and thanks in part to...

Beefing with Trump

Samantha Durham, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Samantha Durham is a senior at UNCW studying sociology. She is the Opinion Editor for The Seahawk and enjoys concentrating her work on social issues. All opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Samantha may be found on Twitter @Durham_Sam. All suggestions and...

Shield Talk: Panthers for sale in the midst of Richardson investigation

Carolina Panthers team owner Jerry Richardson, right, arrives in the owner's box at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 prior to the team's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Brent Jansen, Columnist

January 18, 2018

Several months ago, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. Since then, individuals from all trades and industries have been accused of sexual assault and misconduct as part of the #MeToo campaign. The National Football League was not immune...

Shield Talk: Is Tom Brady’s sixth Super Bowl win imminent?

Shield Talk: Is Tom Brady's sixth Super Bowl win imminent?

Brent Jansen, Columnist

January 17, 2018

After a spectacular divisional round of the NFL playoffs (if you haven’t seen the end of the Vikings/Saints game look it up RIGHT NOW), the final four teams are set. Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game as Nick...

Shield Talk: Manning headed to the bench, McAdoo likely on his way out

Shield Talk: Manning headed to the bench, McAdoo likely on his way out

Brent Jansen, Columnist

November 30, 2017

After 210 consecutive starts, the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is being benched. So, what quarterback did the Giants decide was so good that the only option was to bench the future Hall of Famer? Geno Smith! That’s right. Geno Smith. The former New York Jets quarterback has been named...

Shield Talk: Five years after the ‘Butt Fumble’

Shield Talk: Five years after the 'Butt Fumble'

Brent Jansen, Columnist

November 23, 2017

The New York Jets were hosting the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. The Patriots had a 14-0 lead in the middle of the second quarter. It was first-and-10 from the Jets’ 30-yard line. The Jets were lined up in the I-formation (meaning the fullback and running back were directly behind...

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