People were hilariously and lamely hyped up over stuff like "He Hate Me" and the idea of not being able to signal for a fair catch before the XFL actually premiered. It took people like a week to make terrible fun of the whole thing and mock it out of existence. Oh wait your post was mocking it in record time. I know a guy who actually defends the XFL on the grounds that it was real football in the spring, that he didn't care about the "X" part of it.
Yes, I remember John Rocker, particularly because his bullshit inspired one of the most hilariously blatant SNL bits Will Ferrell ever did ("I love my DADDY, I love IRON EAGLE MOVIES--You all ain't HALF the man my DADDY is!") Actually, he predates the 2000-09 era by mere days--the Sports Illustrated interview that got him in trouble was from December 27, 1999. Hey, memba 1999? Memba Britney Spears, Limp Bizkit, The Sopranos, "I WANT YOU TO HIT ME AS HARD AS YOU CAN"? You don't memba!! I know John Rocker had a black girlfriend for awhile who was actually quite conservative. Like Stacey Dash or something!!!
Meanwhile, Axl Rose was destroyed primarily by himself. He fought tooth and nail against ANYONE who criticized him over his outrages, nearly picking a fist fight with not just Kurt Cobain but Corey Glover (I think) from Living Colour for taking issue with the "One In A Million" lyrics. Really, Axl WAS one of the biggest dickheads in rock 'n 'roll history, and not just for that--I don't think it's such a quaint thing to think there was a time when GNR actually did upset lots of people, which they did. Don't forget the Metallica riot, beating the crap out of Erin Everly, trying to hide behind his own abusive childhood stories, and putting on makeup. Hell, the chief theme of Use Your Illusion, both discs, is "Axl vs. The World." What really destroyed GNR wasn't the outrages, it was that he alienated the rest of the band and turned into an OCD-ridden freak who took decades to record new albums.
What really throws me off is that he actually facially resembles Kurt Cobain a LOT--their high school mugshots look remarkably similar, if you ask me. They could be brothers!