2008: The Year of the Desperado!

The Orlando Desperados finally got that league championship that they had been chasing for almost a decade when they defeated old nemesis, the Cincinnati Dragons 164-100.

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2008 XFFL Champions – The Orlando Desperados

XFFL Playoffs
First Round :
Cincinnati Dragons – 122.88 vs. Oakland Rage – 62.71
Orlando Desperados – 119.18 vs. Miami Soul – 104.15

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Championship Game:
Orlando Desperados – 164.03 vs. Cincinnati Dragons – 100.18

Final 2008 XFFL Regular Season Standings

Teams Record Total Points
American Divison
*Orlando Desperados 13 – 1 – 0 1785.58
*Cincinnati Dragons 11 – 3 – 0 1737.92
Tampa Bay Thunder 7 – 7 – 0 1502.67
Pittsburgh Freaks 7 – 7 – 0 1492.87
Omaha Bigdogs 5 – 9 – 0 1424.07
Philadelphia Blizzard 4 – 10 – 0 1434.20
National Divison
*Oakland Rage 9 – 5 – 0 1579.94
*Miami Soul 9 – 5 – 0 1529.79
South Carolina SaberCats 8 – 6 – 0 1559.91
San Diego Spartans 8 – 6 – 0 1435.19
Glendale Nighthawks 3 – 11 – 0 1299.36
New York Hitmen 0 – 14 – 0 1225.45

XFFL Awards
Most Valuable Player : Drew Brees – New York
Least Valuable Player : Joseph Addai – South Carolina
Rookie of the Year : Matt Forte – Oakland  

2008 Bests of the Year 
Most Points Scored in a Game : Philadelphia Blizzard – 172.46 vs. Tampa Bay
Least Points Scored in a Game : New York Hitmen – 57.44 vs. Pittsburgh
Biggest Victory : Philadelphia Blizzard – 172.46 vs. Tampa Bay Thunder – 100.18
Smallest Victory : Tampa Bay Thunder – 99.91 vs. New York Hitmen – 99.43

Individual
Most Points Scored in a Game : Brett Favre – 45.56 – New York Hitmen
Least Points Scored in a Game : Donovan McNabb – -2.94 – Philadelphia Blizzard
Most Points Scored by a Rookie in a Game : Steve Slaton – 30.60 – Pittsburgh Freaks 

All-XFFL Team
QB – Drew Brees – New York Hitmen
RB – DeAngelo Williams – Orlando Desperados
RB – Michael Turner – Orlando Desperados
WR – Larry Fitzgerald- Cincinnati Dragons
WR – Andre Johnson – Cincinnati Dragons
Flex – Calvin Johnson – South Carolina SaberCats
TE – Tony Gonzalez – Pittsburgh Freaks
K – Stephen Gostkowski – Orlando Desperados
DL – Justin Tuck – Orlando Desperados
DL – Jared Allen – Cincinnati Dragons
LB – DeMarcus Ware – Orlando Desperados
LB – James Harrison – Miami Soul
DB – Gibril Wilson – Philadelphia Blizzard
DB – Antonie Winfield – Tampa Bay Thunder
Flex – Patrick Willis – Cincinnati Dragons
Owner – Matt Ricklefs – Orlando Desperados

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2008 Rookie Draft
1st – Orlando – Darren McFadden
2nd – Cincinnati – Rashard Mendenhall
3rd – Philadelphia – DeSean Jackson
4th – Tampa Bay – Matt Ryan
5th – Cincinnati – Jonathon Stewart
6th – Oakland – Matt Forte
7th – Omaha – Kevin Smith
8th – San Diego – Steve Slaton
9th – Miami – Joe Flacco
10th – Cincinnati – James Hardy
11th – Glendale – Malcolm Kelly
12th – Pittsburgh – Limas Sweed
13th – San Diego – Chris Long
14th – Omaha – Keith Rivers
15th – New York – Felix Jones
16th – Glendale – Glenn Dorsey
17th – South Carolina – Devin Thomas
18th – Glendale – Early Doucet
19th – Pittsburgh – Mario Manningham
20th – Oakland – Jamaal Charles
21st – Miami – Dexter Jackson
22nd – Glendale – Chad Henne
23rd – Cincinnati – Vernon Gholston
24th – San Diego – Brian Brohm
25th – New York – Jordy Nelson
26th – Tampa Bay – Dustin Keller
27th – Glendale – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
28th – Philadelphia – Derrick Harvey
29th – Orlando – Ray Rice
30th – Glendale – Jerod Mayo
31st – Orlando – Donnie Avery
32nd – Cincinnati – Earl Bennett
33rd – Pittsburgh – Mike Hart

Pro Bowl

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Drew Brees – #1 QB – New York Hitmen
Matt Forte – #3 RB – Oakland Rage
Maurice Jones-Drew – #6 RB – Miami Soul
Steve Slaton – #9 RB – San Diego Spartans
Calvin Johnson – #3 WR – South Carolina SaberCats
Anquan Boldin – #5 WR – Oakland Rage
Wes Welker – #13 WR – Glendale Nighthawks
Visanthe Shiancoe – #5 TE – New York Hitmen
John Carney – #2 K – New York Hitmen
James Harrison – #2 LB – Miami Soul
Barrett Ruud – #6 LB – Oakland Rage
Terrell Suggs – #3 DL – San Diego Spartans
Julius Peppers – #5 DL – New York Hitmen
Michael Griffin – #7 DB – New York Hitmen
Yeremiah Bell – #9 DB – South Carolina SaberCats
Karlos Dansby – #9 LB – Glendale Nighthawks

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Jay Cutler – #4 QB – Tampa Bay Thunder
DeAngelo Williams – #1 RB – Orlando Desperados
Michael Turner – #2 RB – Orlando Desperados
Brian Westbrook – #6 RB – Philadelphia Blizzard
Larry Fitzgerald – #1 WR – Cincinnati Dragons
Andre Johnson – #2 WR – Cincinnati Dragons
Vincent Jackson – #14 WR – Omaha Bigdogs
Tony Gonzalez – #1 TE – Pittsburgh Freaks
Stephen Gostkowski – #1 K – Orlando Desperados
DeMarcus Ware – #1 LB – Orlando Desperados
Patrick Willis – #3 LB – Cincinnati Dragons
Justin Tuck – #1 DL – Orlando Desperados
John Abraham – #4 DL – Tampa Bay Thunder
Gibril Wilson – #3 DB – Philadelphia Blizzard
Eric Weddle – #4 DB – Omaha Bigdogs
LeMarr Woodley – #10 LB – Pittsburgh Freaks

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Pro Bowl Score :
American Division – 160.94
National Division – 128.39

Team History

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Due to the lost of passion for football, Josh Hopper and the Philadelphia Blizzard would seize operations after the 2008 season.  However, Josh wouldn’t stay dormant for long as he would return half way through the 2010 season with the same team name, but a new logo and a new vigor for the game.

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