TL;DR news on USFL games at August 27, 2023

Sporting News is tracking the latest USFL weather updates from Birmingham and how it might impact the league's first tripleheader of the 2022 season. The USFL is taking its inspiration from college football and the NHL by instituting a shootout to decide games. MORE: Ranking the USFL's best, worst uniforms in 2022 USFL kickoff, onside kick rules The USFL's kickoff and onside kick rules will be much different than the NFL's rules. The Bandits appear to have the advantage at head coach and at quarterback, and that is all we have to go on without any games played by either team. It means football fans will be able to listen to exactly what is being communicated to players, a unique insight for live games. He could clinch future NFL journeyman backup QB status by showing he can dominate USFL competition. Like all other QBs joining the relaunched USFL, a springboard to a more consistent opportunity is the goal. An interesting tidbit is that one crew this weekend, helmed by Big Ten referee Brian Banks, will work two USFL games in one day. Of course the original USFL people see value in that they think they can get free money for a dead horse because someone else has picked it up. General admission, premium, and reserved tickets are now available for purchase at theUSFL.com. The other games haven't been to that same level, but they've also been essentially running a different lineup every day as players get days off. Though starting the year off slow at the plate is not foreign to Houston, it's hard to tell if that's the case so far with such a small sample size of six games. Jose Altuve has had a rough go of things, currently sitting at a .150 average, while Kyle Tucker sits at .130 and Yordan Alvarez at .143, not the averages they'd hope for six games in. Schultz reports that the 2022 rookie class of NFL officials could work this spring calling USFL games.