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That 617 Life Podcast: XFL is back, is there room for more football?

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That 617 Life Podcast: XFL is back, is there room for more football?

Did you get a chance to check out the new-look XFL over the weekend?

If so, you were treated to some pretty entertaining football games. The league looks to be off to a promising start. But does it have staying power this time around, or is it destined to fail like the Alliance of American Football did last year?

On the latest edition of the "That 617 Life" podcast, hosts Leroy Irvin, Shanda Foster and Cerrone Battle weighed the XFL's pros and cons, and whether they believe it will even last. 

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Battle started things off, noting he came away impressed with the overall presentation of the games.

I checked it out and I was engaged. I was locked in. At first, I thought it would be a casual 'let me just peek in and see what it looks like.' But I'll tell you, the first thing I noticed when I first turned it on, for some reason it looked like pro football. And I wasn't expecting that.

You know, you can turn on a game and you'll be like is that high school? Is that college? The old XFL, it just looked different. When I turned this on it was like oh that's a football game. The presentation was clear, the camera angles, the crowd shockingly was there and they were engaged.

Irvin was pleasantly surprised by the number of talented ex-NFLers taking the field for the new league.

I was scared there was going to be people like you and me rolling out of bed, getting into shape in like three to six months, and then show up there. I really thought that, and I don't mean no disrespect to semi-pro players around the way, but I thought it was going to be more of that and not these former players and Division I players getting in there and doing their thing.

Foster made it unanimous as she was on board with the product that was shown over the weekend, but she is cautiously optimistic about where the league will go from here and whether it will be around for the long haul.

I was personally impressed by it. But you all know, the XFL was really made just for entertainment purposes but also to give guys who have been trying to get into the league an opportunity to shine so they can get back into the league. Or, guys who never really made it to the league and give them another opportunity to get another look.

I don't know, do I think it's going to last? It's still kind of early ... we're probably just going to have to check it out and wait and see.

Along with the XFL talk, the crew also discusses what other leagues can do to create more engaging content for their fans and whether teams should embrace their players using social media. Click here to listen and subscribe.

The 617 Life Podcast: Reacting to Celtics' uneventful NBA trade deadline

The 617 Life Podcast: Reacting to Celtics' uneventful NBA trade deadline

The 2020 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and the Boston Celtics did nothing.

Danny Ainge, formerly known as "Trader Danny," decided to stand pat and stick with his current group as the C's make their march toward the playoffs. 

That didn't sit well with plenty of fans in Boston. Many hoped the undersized Celtics would pursue a big man or even a bench scorer that could come in handy come the postseason.

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On the latest edition of the "That 617 Life" podcast, hosts Leroy Irvin, Shanda Foster and Cerrone Battle broke down the C's inactivity and the resulting outcry from fans.

Battle didn't quite understand why Celtics fans were so upset about Ainge not making a deal.

People are losing their minds. There's a kid in Washington, his name is Davis Bertans ... He's a 6-10, stretch four, can hit the 3, and the Celtics were interested in this kid. And the story was they wanted two first-round picks for this dude. And Danny Ainge said, "No, I'm not giving you -- only person in Washington getting two first-round picks is Bradley Beal.' And people are losing their minds. People who, mind you, I guarantee have never seen this dude play a game in their lives.

Irvin doesn't see why acquiring a big man is considered such a need for the C's.

I think part of it is people want something to talk about, and when they don't get something to talk about -- as simple as that may sound -- it pisses them off.

I think another part of it is a lot of people around here have all of a sudden become really, really scared of bigs in the game ... My whole question is, when in the world did having a big become such a big deal when the league hasn't been trending that way for I don't know how many years?

The crew also discusses the Red Sox' controversial Mookie Betts trade and much more in this week's episode of "That 617 Life" podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast network. Click here to listen and subscribe.

That 617 Life Podcast: Honoring Kobe Bryant and his impact on the NBA

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That 617 Life Podcast: Honoring Kobe Bryant and his impact on the NBA

The death of Kobe Bryant stunned the sports world on Sunday and sparked a plethora of reactions and tributes to the Los Angeles Lakers legend around in the NBA.

It didn't matter whether you were a Lakers fan, a Boston Celtics fan, or a fan of any of the other 28 teams in the league. Regardless of whether you loved Bryant or hated him for being the villain against your favorite team, you had to respect him.

On the latest edition of the "That 617 Life" podcast, noted diehard Celtics fans Leroy Irvin, Shanda Foster and Cerrone Battle explained how their respect for Bryant went far beyond the C's rivalry with the Lakers.

Irvin discussed how he and Celtics fans everywhere had to dislike Bryant throughout his 20-year NBA career, but everyone in Boston had the utmost respect for him as a player.

Deep down inside, we respected him. Just on the surface, we didn't acknowledge it. We didn't want to acknowledge it. But deep down inside, we knew what he meant to the game. And that hurt a lot.

Bryant was 41 years old, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was involved in the helicopter crash along with seven other victims.

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Foster lamented the tragic loss of a legendary figure, his daughter, and seven others who were taken far too soon.

At the end of the day, he's a legend. And no one ever wants to see a legend gone before their time. It's always tragic. It's always traumatic, but when it's way before their time it's more tragic. And I'm not even adding into the fact his daughter was there and, you know, the additional victims of this.

Battle added to Foster's takeaway, noting how the Bryant family's tragedy hits close to home.

I think part of the emotion was, dude, he was the same age as me and you. He was 41 with four kids. I'm soon to be 41 with four kids and a wife.

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There's more Kobe Bryant discussion where that came from in this week's episode of "That 617 Life" podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast network. Click here to listen and subscribe.