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While NBC was televising the NY/NJ Hitmen vs Las Vegas Outlaws nationally, the Chicago Enforcers were taking on the Orlando Rage for the first time ever. This game was a satellite feed which was not shown nationally until NBC decided to go to it in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter due to the Las Vegas game being a blowout. Note: I edited out the non important stuff. ie: Commentators practicing the promos on air. The game was never seen in its entirety on tv or the internet until now.
The commentators in Orlando were Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. At the 15:39 minute mark there is no commentary from Ross or Lawler for at least four minutes due to the highlight promo of the first XFL touchdown by Kevin Swayne which was being prepared for the national feed. You could actually hear loud crowd noises while they rewind the promo that is about to run for the Vegas audience. The Orlando Rage scored a field goal with 1:28 left in the 2nd quarter but while Ross and Lawler were preparing to do another promo on the previous Rage TD for the national audience, the Chicago Enforcers John Avery scores his own touchdown with less than a minute left in the 1st half. This happens AGAIN in the 3rd quarter. In both instances they show a replay of Avery's touchdowns.
Orlando's Hassan Shamsid-Deen was knocked out before the game even started as the XFL quickly proved it is far removed from any football league seen before. The XFL got off to a ragged, yet successful start on that first Saturday night, as the Rage beat Chicago 33-29 before a crowd of 35,603.