XFL Films Shoots Special
ORLANDO - A Holiday at Deerfield High
- The best linebacker standing on the McCracken Field
turf Tuesday morning was probably wearing street clothes
and not a Birmingham Thunderbolts football uniform.
Birmingham's practice as the Bolts labored through a
warm weather workout in preparation for Wednesday's
closed scrimmage against Orlando was Hall of Fame linebacker
Dick Butkus. Butkus was present in his role as XFL director
of football competition and rules enforcement.
must have been an off day at Saturday morning television's
Deerfield High, where Butkus moonlights as a basketball
Visits Bolts - Also visiting Birmingham's practice
Tuesday was former Auburn football coach and current
ABC college football studio host Terry Bowden, who lives
a short distance from the Citrus Bowl. There are seven
former Auburn players on the Thunderbolts roster, including
five who played for Bowden.
Crew - A World Wrestling Federation Entertainment
film and sound crew worked both the Birmingham and Orlando
practices Tuesday securing footage for a future piece
on the making of the XFL. The crew was especially interested
in obtaining special teams footage, since some of the
XFL's more prominent rule differences pertain to the
Teams Galore - The film crew couldn't have picked
a better day to get footage of special teams work. Without
knowing the crew would be present, Bolts head coach
Gerry DiNardo and his staff obliged with extended work
on the kicking game, including kickoff, kickoff return,
field goals and punting.
Ready - Even though Wednesday's scrimmage against
Orlando is the only closed workout all season for the
Bolts, DiNardo was noncommittal about his plans.
will do what we have to do to get the team ready,"
he flatly said. "I'm not concerned about showing
anybody anything. I'm not hung up on that."
for 6, Fred Pickin' - From the "What
Else is New?" department, Stepfret
Williams had several nice plays and a touchdown
reception in team period Tuesday. Safety
Fred White of Tennessee recorded an interception
late in the drill.