The AAF announced yesterday that the league would be suspending operations. This news comes just eight weeks into the league’s inaugural season. Crushing financial struggles made the move necessary, meaning the Orlando Apollos may have to wait for that championship banner. That got us thinking – what short-lived pop culture and sports phenomena lasted longer than the AAF? Enjoy our top-five rankings below.
5. Nicolas Cage’s Vegas Wedding
Be honest, you have also been too drunk to remember your Vegas wedding. The greatest actor of his generation recently filed for divorce after four days of wedded bliss, citing extreme intoxication as the reason for the motion. When you combine Cage’s total of four marriages, the 55-year-old actor has had a spouse for nearly 20 years, much longer than the AAF’s entire existence. After last weekend’s ceremony in Vegas, Cage reportedly claimed he was unaware that his wife was in a relationship with another person at the time of their marriage. Talk about a four-day hangover you’ll never forget! Speaking of that, hear me out; “Hangover 4” starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Nic Cage. Can we start filming yet?
4. The XFL
Vince McMahon probably had a nice laugh when he saw the news of the AAF’s collapse. Not only did his new football league’s biggest competitor fold, the AAF didn’t even survive as long as the XFL’s first go-around. McMahon launched the league back in 2001, when 12 weeks of games were played and a champion was actually crowned; sorry, Steve Spurrier. McMahon announced plans for a re-launch in early 2018, but was then beat to the punch by a league more clueless than the XFL was back in 2001.
3. Bill Belichick, Jets Head Coach
Bill Belichick’s time as the head coach of the New York Jets only lasted a day, but have you ever listened to 20 minutes of this guy speaking? A day in Belchick’s life is nearly an eternity in reality. And, technically, Belichick had two stints as the head man in the big apple. Before landing the permanent job in 1999, he was named interim head coach two years earlier. At the time, the Jets were busy sending compensation to the New England Patriots for Bill Parcells. Once Parcells came over, Belichick went back to being a coordinator. Apparently the Jets had the same issue as the AAF: they couldn’t manage their bills.
2. Mr. & Mrs. Humphries
Name a more iconic duo. America fell in love with Kim Kardashian, the country’s most recognizable model, and Kris Humphries, the fourth-best player on the New Jersey Nets, back in 2011. The couple was destined for New Jersey Nets-like greatness before their marriage fell apart after just 72 days. Remarkably, the power couple’s 72-day marriage lasted 20 days longer than the AAF’s regular season! From kickoff of week one on February 9 to yesterday, only 52 days had gone by, making the AAF season briefer than the Kardashian-Humphries marriage.
1. Fyre Fest
In all fairness, Fyre Festival really was a better idea than the AAF. While the festival only lasted one night, and didn’t feature any musical acts, one could make the argument that it did last longer than the now defunct football league. For many, the real Fyre Fest began on December 12, 2016, when multiple social media influencers posted an identical orange tile. This sparked the beginning of the Fyre-craze that swept the nation. The festival was over by May, nearly five months after Instagram was initially lit on fire (sorry, we meant Fyre). Johnny Manziel and Trent Richardson could only dream of a five-month season. Oh, and by the way, since the AAF is no more, if someone named “Frank” is offering you VIP access to the upcoming Hotshots-Stallions’ game, don’t take the bait.