Those who are looking to get their fix of American football during the NFL offseason were given a new option on Saturday when the USFL made it’s highly anticipated debut.
The inaugural game between the New Jersey Generals and the Birmingham Stallions provided plenty of intrigue. Not only was it a thrilling contest, which the Stallions won by a score of 28-24, but there were a couple of interesting tidbits that you wouldn’t normally get from your typical NFL or NCAA football game.
For one, there was the introduction of the punt drone, which is exactly what it sounds like — a drone which follows punts.
This new feature actually appears to be a cool idea that I could certainly see the NFL adopting in the very near future.
You know what’s not a good idea, though? Playing a football game with a floss pick in your mouth. But that didn’t stop Stallions linebacker DeMarquis Gates from doing it anyway.
Despite the fact that Gates had quite the game, with 10 tackles and sack in a winning cause, I don’t expect many NFL players to adopt this ritual. Even social media couldn’t believe what they were seeing, as you’d have to think that using a floss pick as a mouthguard is awfully dangerous.
Gates played his college ball at Ole Miss before going undrafted in 2018. He’s spent time on the offseason rosters of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Commanders, and Minnesota Vikings. He was never able to catch on to an NFL roster, but he appeared to be making quite the name for himself in the USFL already.