Succeeds in the Stands
Sanders - XFLBoard.com Bolts Team Reporter
(5 February 2001) --
In their XFL debut the Birmingham Thunderbolts failed
to succeed on the field but in the stands they surpassed
an absolutely beautiful day the Bolts faced off against
the Memphis Maniax. It was all that it was promised
Maniax took an early 19 to nothing lead and appeared
to be setting up a rout. The 35,331 Bolts' fans were
getting anxious and after a Weldon interception that
led to a Maniax field goal the fans started calling
for local legend Jay Barker. But Casey was at the bat
and refused to strike out.
the half he led the Bolts to their first touchdown.
He added 2 more in the second half while the Bolts'
defense tightened up and held the Maniax to a field
goal. Weldon, who appeared to suffer a concussion, lead
the Bolts to 2 more touchdowns including one with 22
seconds remaining on the clock. The on sidekick failed
and the Maniax celebrated a 22-20 victory. Weldon won
over the crowd with over 300 yards.
The real victory was the support that the Bolts received
from Birmingham. The crowd was far beyond the 25,000
that the Birmingham Bolts' had expected. The fans were
into the game even when the Bolts were down by 19. As
the Bolts rallied the fans got louder and were rocking
believe that the Bolts proved that they have a good
product and have started to win over the fans. I expect
that most of the fans in attendance will return in two
weeks. The XFL put on a great show and the Bolts showed
the heart that earns fan support. If they can pull out
a win on the road next week they should return home
to a crowd of the same size.