ZZ Top's Texas Eliminators will be involved in a battle of contrasting styles and substance against Rush's Toronto Rush in round one of the first-ever Hard Rock Football League championship.

Why should Kiss and Motley Crue's Vince Neil be the only rock stars to own football teams? With the NFL season kicking off this month, we’ve decided to team up with Loudwire to create teams for 16 other great bands -- and let you decide which squad deserves to win the first annual Hard Rock Football League championship.

Of course, ZZ Top's outsized personality -- yes, this squad will arrive at the stadium aboard a hoopty-car space shuttle -- is matched by its game-changing mix of scalding Texas blues rock and lip-smacking double entendre. So, the more-cerebral Rush might seem the underdog, but a certain selection committee in Cleveland learned never to underestimate this group or its rabid fanbase. Late in games, they tend to wear down the competition with legendary narratives from '2112,' 'Hemispheres' and 'Clockwork Angels.'

So who gets your betting money — and more importantly, your support — the Eliminators or the Rush? You can vote once an hour for your favorite team from now until 8:00AM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 9 in all four of our first round matchups. The winner of the Hard Rock Football League will be announced on Sept. 30.

Ultimate Classic Rock's Hard Rock Football League Bracket:


Loudwire's Hard Rock Football League Bracket:
(UCR's and Loudwire's winners will battle starting 9/23)


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