Workers Play to Full House
Courtesy of the Birmingham Thunderbolts
- (18 January 2001) - While Birmingham's scrimmage
against Orlando was closed by the XFL and played largely
to an empty house at the Citrus Bowl Wednesday, the
same couldn't be said for the Thunderbolts training
room that night.
athletic trainers Dave Gable and Dan Stockman played
to a full house Wednesday evening and Thursday morning,
and some say they pulled off a minor miracle in time
for Thursday's practice.
players, exactly half of Birmingham's current roster,
reported to the training room for treatment and rehab
of various injuries following the scrimmage. All but
five practiced Thursday afternoon.
ends Nicky Savoie (concussion) and Scott Thompson (knee)
were held out, as well as safety Fred White (knee) and
offensive linemen Justin Burroughs (back) and Ryan Thomassie
young. We'll fix them," Gable quipped Thursday
afternoon. "What may be even more impressive is
that at this point in camp we only had two players not
dressed for the scrimmage, and one of those is a surgery
The Thunderbolts and the XFL continue to make news nationally.
Reporters and video crews working on stories from Birmingham's
training camp Thursday included the FOX News Channel
in New York and KPRC-TV in Houston, as well as phone
interviews from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St.
Paul. Reporters from the Toronto Star and WKBD-TV in
Detroit, Mich., neither of which fields an XFL team,
are among others who have done recent stories from Bolts
Thursday was a light day at camp, with the Bolts practicing
85 minutes in shorts and helmets. The bulk of the workout
was devoted to the kicking game and correcting mistakes
from Wednesday's scrimmage. There was some three-quarter
speed seven-on-seven and team drills. The Bolts return
to two-a-day workouts Friday.
All four quarterbacks on Birmingham's roster
got work at Thursday's practice. Casey Weldon
continued to work with the first unit. Also
getting reps were Graham Leigh, Jay Barker
and Mark Washington. Washington is the only
one of the four who didn't play in the scrimmage