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UFL story: low expectations, high hopes

Can football retreads breathe life into another new pro league? We'll find out soon.

Originally Published: October 6, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

So, as the United Football League kicks off its premiere game Thursday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, what exactly do we have here? When the California Redwoods collide with the Las Vegas Locomotives (a fair fight, one would think) will it look more like the NFL -- or the late, not-so-great XFL?

Last week, Jermaine Wiggins, the Florida Tuskers' 34-year-old tight end, was asked this somewhat flippant question: Are the UFL's teams good enough to beat … uh, say, Boise State?

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