Does Strike Twice
Can Cheer the Bolts Victory, But No Cheering from the
Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter
soon to be 2-1 Bolts take to the field
Photo by Bamaslammer
- (19 February 2001) --
Over 100,000 Birmingham area residents spent Saturday
night in the dark after lightning and 90 MPH winds struck
the area. Legion field saw damage as some of the highest
winds pounded the old stadium. Despite what Elmer Fudd
says, lightning does strike twice in the same place
as Duane Butler stepped in front of a Tim Lester pass
and raced 98 yards for the game-securing touchdown.
fell behind as per usual 3 - 0 to the Enforcers in the
first quarter. What changed for the Bolts was a significant
shift toward the running game. The
Bolts to this point had tried to use the pass to set
up the run but today the Bolts gave the Enforcers an
early dose of James Bostic. To this point Bostic hadn't
seen any daylight in the first half but today was different.
the game wore on Weldon who had not been pounded so
viciously in the first two games began hitting receivers
Stepfret Williams and Quincy Jackson with regularity.
the increased offensive production the Enforcers stiffened
every time the Bolts got in the red zone. Three times
Dinardo sent out kicker Brad Palazzo and three times
the field goal was blocked or fell short. At the half
the Bolts held a slim lead of 7-3.
opening half started with the Enforcers marching on
an impressive drive. As Tim Lester guided them toward
the Bolt red zone Birmingham Linebacker James Willis
began a post-tackle strut. Enforcer lineman Chris Perez
gave him a shot to the shoulder. Willis stunned by the
blow reacted with a vicious hit that was best described
best by the roaming XFL reporter as an "Ass Over
Teeth" Hit. Flags flew and there were offsetting
penalties but the damage was about to come.
ever improving jumbotron operator put the blow on the
screen. The crowd went ballistic as the play was shown
repeatedly. By time the next play was run the crowd
noise was shaking the old gray lady. The Enforcers next
two passes fell to the ground and the scoring threat
the final minutes ticked away the Enforcers were getting
it going on the Birmingham defense. A steady mix of
John Avery and Tim Lester passes moved the ball toward
the goal for the winning touchdown. 1:40 remained on
the clock with Birmingham still protecting a slim 7
to 3 lead.
Lester jumped to his left to avoid a Bolt rusher who
had crashed through the protection. The hurried pass
was too high for the receiver, and Duane Butler, who
last week stripped the ball for the winning touchdown,
again come up with the critical defensive play intercepting
the ball and racing untouched for the nail in the coffin
view is better from field level.
Photo by Bamaslammer
CHEERING IN THE PRESS BOX!
team reporter for the Bolts I have more
or less invaded the secret world of the
sports writers and TV people. I have much
to say on this subject but I am saving that
for later. In general I don't spend much
time in the press box because frankly, It's
like a funeral up there. I keep my stuff
there and I usually return at the games
end to retrieve it. As
I looked down on the Enforcers, as they
were moving ever closer to the winning touchdown
I was hoping for a miracle. When Duane stepped
in front and took it to the house I jumped
and and shook my fist in the air and said
"YESSSS!!!!" Not too loudly mind
you as I save my serious cheering for the
stands. I sat down and sipped a long drink
of my Coke. In a few moments a rather large
and unhappy looking person was tapping on
my shoulder. It was press box security and
he wanted to know where my pass was. I showed
him my pass and he seemed a little irked.
He told me, and I quote "We don't allow
cheering in the press box". I was looking
at him like
You got to be kidding
me. I couldn't help but laugh at the whole
thing. These people sit up in this box and
pretend tell us what a football game is
like. They don't have a clue. Its no wonder
they all think the XFL is bad football.
They never actually EXPERIENCE the XFL.