This is usually a dark and depressing time of year.
Sure, the NFL offseason features news and updates galore, whether it's the scouting combine, free agency or the NFL draft.
But there's no actual football. No hitting. Or passing. Or touchdown celebrations.
At least there wasn't until this past weekend.
On Saturday, the XFL began play for the first time since its lone season back at the turn of the century. The second iteration of the XFL features eight teams and a number of rule changes, from a modified kickoff to a shootout-style overtime.