The football fans of Houston are starting to be more supportive of the city’s XFL more than its NFL team, and Twitter’s the proof.
After discovering that the Texans traded away its three-time All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Twitter went in an uproar.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Texans traded Hopkins and a fourth-round draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a 2020 second-round draft pick as well as a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.
The impact of the news resulted in the #Roughnecks being a trending topic in all of Texas. With over 1,800 hundreds tweets, football fans in not just Houston, but all over the Lone Star State, expressed their feelings on Texans’ dumbfounded decision.
Former NBA player, two-time world champion for the Houston Rockets, Vernon Maxwell said via Twitter,
“Y’all know I love Houston. And I love Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt. I think those t 2 guys are great for the city, but I would not be upset one bit if they requested a trade (to the Roughnecks).”
— Vernon Maxwell (@VernonMaxwell11) March 16, 2020
That Tweet had over 1.2k likes and 217 retweets. A fan from College Station Texas, Sarah & The Gringos, @SarahGreenTx said, “The Roughnecks are the only Houston football team I am supporting until Bill O’Brian (Bill O’Brien) is fired. Please respect my decision in these difficult times.” Her tweet had 38 likes and eight retweets.
The Roughnecks are the only Houston football team I am supporting until Bill O’Brian is fired. Please respect my decision in these difficult times.
— Sarah & The Gringos (@SarahGreenTx) March 16, 2020
Speaking of Texans’ head coach coach Bill O’Brien, his also named trend after the trade, except Bill was replaced by “Fired.” The hastag of #FireOBrien became a trending topic from irate Texans fans.
When you think about it, what’s not to like about the Roughnecks? Although it’s a suspended season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team is undefeated at 5-0. The quarterback P.J Walker is electrifying, as he is the only player in XLF history to pass for 1,000 yards, and the league, its self, takes care of their people. During the shortened season, all of the players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. Also, all XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit towards future games.
With the absence of this sport, it’s uncertain when we’ll have football action in our immediate future, but what is certain, fans are riding with the Roughnecks.