Miss the Flight
Sonny Sanders - Bolts Team Reporter
-- (25 February 2001) -- The
Birmingham Bolts must have missed the flight to Orlando.
I am sure that a local Division II College team was
substituted for the Bolts in the blowout against the
Rage. Surely that was not the Birmingham team that suffered
the worst defeat in XFL history.
Once again the Bolt offense was lackluster at best.
This time the defense did not show up to save the day.
In the third quarter it appeared as if the defense was
tired of fighting and the Rage offense took advantage.
Like a great boxer the Rage jabbed until an opening
was found and then struck with power punches. It is
a shame that the officials could not stop the game in
the third quarter and save the Bolts from a more embarrassing
Bolts stumbled and fumbled away any opportunities that
were given to them. How a team with the talent that
the Thunderbolts possess can play so badly is astonishing
and disconcerting. At times in every game this season
the Bolts have looked as if they were ready to break
through and release the firepower that is hidden just
beneath the surface. Each and every time, however, they
fall apart and self-destruct.
two of the games this season the Bolts defense has provided
the difference and pulled victory out of the blue. Against
the Rage the Bolts' defense was not up to their task
do the Bolts go from here? I still believe
that the Bolts can be one of the best teams
in the XFL. They have the talent but somehow
have not been able to produce. The Bolts
are now on the threshold of failure. A loss
to the San Francisco Demons would almost
guarantee a ghost town at Legion Field when
the LA Xtreme visit on March 11th. This
loss coupled with the win by NY/NJ puts
the Bolts into a precarious position. It
will make the playoff slot a battle each
and every week. The Bolts must turn the
quarter and get the offense firing on all
cylinders and the must do it without hesitation.