Fire in the Sky
1 September 2000
By Bamaslammer - Birmingham Bolts Co-Reporter
huge emotional mushroom cloud rose above Birmingham and once
again a seemingly unrelated subject was drawn into the endless
racial bickering that has been common in Birmingham for several
Blast lay dead in the street... another victim of the Birmingham
political bull dozer. Everyone waited for the Thursday news
conference. What would the league do now? Surely they must
regret involving themselves with such a mixed up city.
At noon, I checked on XFLBoard.com for the news. I
knew someone would have retrieved the info at 12:01
and would be posting it on the board. To my horror,
I got the drop dead error from my browser. NOOOOO!!!
could this be happening? I had visions of Paul Tagliabu's
men in black pulling up in cadillacs cutting the power
lines to the server.
looked elsewhere and searched other boards. They were days
even weeks behind...nothing about the names. I searched the
web, sporting news, ESPN, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, XFL.com.
Nothing. It was as if the XFL had been wiped from the face
of the earth. I ran to my car, turned on my favorite AM sports
talk assuming they would have live coverage. I heard one word...
"tiger." OH MY GOD!!! I drove to the grease palace
to drown my grief in a hamburger and fries.
returning to the office I was able to find a list on www.smashmouth-football.com.
I was a little confused at first. Bolts... as in nuts and
bolts? I had visions of snap-on tools being our biggest sponsor.
What had the vin man done to us?!
I looked again at XFL.com and to my surprise everything had
changed. The usual old "tired" web site was gone
and in its place was a REAL web site. There I saw all the
logos including a web site just for Birmingham. I paused for
a moment as the Birmingham logo formed in my browser window.
As I sat back to take in the beautiful purple and gold lightning
bolts forming a star around the unusual looking B, I instantly
knew this logo would be a hit.
called my closest football buddy (the only man who ever turned
a refs head from 30 rows up at Legion Field). He logged on
and had the same reaction. I'm a football nut and one of the
biggest Bolt fans out there so I needed an unbiased opinion.
asked a woman. She loved it too! Everyone who I showed it
to thought it was great. Everyone also seemed to like the
name ThunderBolts better than Blast anyway.
research of the web site brought me to the unusual Birmingham
helmet with the Big B in front with lightning bolts around
the sides. I imagine that big "B" could be the last
thing opposing Quarterbacks remember prior to waking up at
recently been in Chicago and having seen their local news
and talked to the people there, the XFL hasn't even registered
on their scope yet. The people all snarl at the mention of
the XFL. They say "It's a joke. It won't last two years!."
reason Birmingham has been the biggest
pain in the XFL's neck recently is because
it is more important here than in most
places. The local paper bashes it at every
turn but the fact that they write about
it constantly means it is certainly important
here. Sometimes it's better to be reported
badly than to not to be reported at all.