T - 7 weeks and counting
Birmingham Bolts Co-Reporter
are beginning to heat up around Birmingham in anticipation
of the Bolts first game. Activity is taking place
on several fronts.
BIGGEST news around town is the hiring of the radio
broadcast team. This would normally be a small news
item were it not for the "gravity" of the
situation. The self-described "Two sexiest fat
men alive" a.k.a.
"Rick and Bubba" of the Rick and Bubba Morning
Broadcast on 94.5 FM in Birmingham have been hired
to do the radio broadcast for the Bolts games.
The two East Alabama natives started as small time
radio jocks and have amassed an empire of followers
spanning several states. The fact is that these two
guys have a good show that makes a solid connection
with your southern middle class folks. Sure, if your
from north of the Mason Dixon you probably would have
better luck understanding a French Foreign Film but
thankfully for those born outside the south their
web site (www.rickandbubba.com) has a full dictionary.
and Bubba are not professional sports announcers but
both played sports in High School. Rick was an All
State Defensive Lineman while Bill was apparently
an All County basketball player. For those of you
have not heard them I expect many of their colorful
metaphors to equal if not exceed those of John Madden.
According to published reports in the Birmingham News
the two plan to have cookouts in the booth, concession
reviews from various stadiums and other unusual topics.
sales have been lagging behind other cities. This
isn't surprising due to the fact that Birmingham has
a long history of skepticism for anything new. Birmingham
has been known for it's large "walk up"
crowds. The last major player here, the Birmingham
Stallions, rarely sold many season tickets but posted
crowds of over 40 thousand several times and usually
posted averages in the 20 to 30 thousand range.
Dinardo took a blow to the talent pool early when
his second draft pick, Michael Lies was placed on
an NFL practice squad. I'm not sure if this is a great
move or not for him. At the outset I'm sure it means
money and prestige but I believe it is very difficult
to climb off the practice squad because you never
get any game time. It seems you could develop your
skills better on the field of battle in the XFL and
then try and get a traveling squad position the following
fall in the NFL. Additionally there were CFL players
that were originally thought to be available who may
not be due to their contract expiration dates.
Bolt cheerleaders are nowhere to be found. The choices
have been made and the Evening news showed a few clips
from the tryouts but to date not a single picture
has been published of the soon to be crowned "Hottest
Babes in the South". I guess their saving the
best for the last.
Birmingham Bolts Co-Reporter
hiring of Rick and Bubba as the radio announcers
for the Birmingham Thunderbolts has me scratching
my head. It is true that they have a very successful
morning show and that they are extremely popular,
but what other qualifications do they posses?
possible that the XFL and the Bolts wanted to
use their unorthodox method of radio to draw
in the listeners that normally would not tune
in to the Bolts games. This could be sound strategy
on their part.
this is also contrary to what Vince McMahon
has declared the XFL to be. He has stated numerous
times that the XFL will be "old school"
football. That to me means true play by play
called by real sportscasters.
a fan of Rick and Bubba's morning show. It is
very funny and entertaining but I, like most
people, listed to the radio broadcast to hear
the game being described. I fear that this crew
will emphasize more non-football action that
most football fans will desire. Wasn't Dennis
Miller enough? Will the gadgetry and gimmickry
work for the XFL or will the true football fans
shake their heads and turn away in disgust?
is a bold move on the part of the XFL. Only
time will tell if this will work.