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Why D.C. Defenders fans will miss the beer snake, the XFL's best bit

Why D.C. Defenders fans will miss the beer snake, the XFL's best bit

It could be argued that one of the many things that made attending DC Defenders games so exciting was the beer snake. 

The XFL tradition that initially started off as a joke created by fans in the stands at Audi field by Week 5 became a viral trend.  

The Defenders even took a moment to honor its lasting legacy, tweeting on March 9, "Today we mourn the loss of a national treasure. Rest in peace, Week 5 Beer Snake. Gone but not forgotten.” 

Any future beer snakes will have to wait until 2021 after the XFL suspended its season this week in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Now, what exactly was the beer snake? 

The beer snake was a compilation of plastic beer cups stacked on top on each other. 

According to the XFL, the Week 5 beer snake was made of 1,237 plastic cups and 19,792 ounces of beer, the biggest one yet after fans began the "tradition" during a Week 2 home game against the New York Guardians. 

Even Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton and XFL commissioner Oliver Luck were impressed by the "beer snake." 

"I had never seen anything like that," Hamilton said. "That was pretty cool that the fans were having fun. We gave them a reason to be happy and celebrate."

Although the beer snake was short lived, the memories will last forever. 


Report: XFL seeking new ownership after bankruptcy filing

Report: XFL seeking new ownership after bankruptcy filing

One month after filing for bankruptcy, the XFL is reportedly seeking new ownership in an attempt to save the league, according to Axios

Axios obtained documents that show an investment bank, Houlihan Lokey, managing the process, with letter of intent due by June 12 and formal bids due on July 6. 

The XFL claims to have been on pace to generate $46 million in revenue during its inaugural season. According to Axios' report, the league also had an average game attendance of 20,000 and 1.9 million average broadcast viewers for the nationally distributed games.

But the pandemic forced the league to cancel the rest of the season, suspend operations and lay off employees.

It was an abrupt move that left players, coaches and other team and league personnel wondering what's next. Some players parlayed XFL success to opportunities in the NFL, and former D.C. Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton landed on his feet with a professional gig with the Chargers. But that's not the case for the vast majority who were involved. 

If investors chose to revive the league, it would be done in the uncertain times currently swirling during the pandemic. Complicating matters is the indefinite timetable of the pandemic's duration. 

Dan Primack of Axios spoke to industry investors who are skeptical of somebody stepping forward to buy the entire league. But, those sources also acknowledged that sports can be unpredictable. 

"There are lots of people who are very rich but not rich enough to own an NFL team, so maybe someone will see this as the next best thing at a bargain price," one source said.

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Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton expected to go to Chargers, source says

Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton expected to go to Chargers, source says

Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton is heading to the Chargers to be the team's new quarterbacks coach though the deal is not yet official, a source with knowledge of the situation told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. 

Hamilton led the Defenders to an exciting start in their inaugural season in Washington before league ceased operations earlier this month due to the effects of the COV-19 virus. 

Before his stint at the Defenders, Hamilton worked in various roles around the NFL, most recently as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Immediately before coming to D.C., he was the passing game coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Michigan.

He started his career at Howard University, where he played quarterback as a student and returned as a quarterbacks coach.