Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter
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Sonny Sanders - Bolts Team Reporter
Birmingham Bolts remind me of an episode of I
Love Lucy. The episode that Im referring
to has Lucy and Ethel working at a chocolate factory
wrapping chocolates. Everything is going along
smooth at first but then all hell breaks loose
and in the end Lucy and Ethel are a mess and the
whole scene is a disaster. That in a nutshell
is the Bolts season.
first they were at least a competitive team. They
never had it all together but it was assumed that
they would come around and improve. Instead they
have become a bad joke and been the embarrassment
of the XFL. The Bolts have played more like the
Keystone Kops and less like a professional football
team. Birmingham is a comedy of errors and the
joke is on the Bolts fans. The offensive line
would have trouble blocking a peewee team while
the defense allows any generic back to rush for
big yards. The only player on the defense that
has really shown greatness is James Willis. On
the offense there are players that can win ballgames
but the line is not giving them time to connect.
The running game has become non-existent. James
Bostic fumbles every time a stiff breeze blows
his direction and the offensive line does not
help him. Its not all the players fault
though. When the offensive line coach for a professional
team has experience in high school only there
is a problem. The offensive coordinator was proclaimed
an offensive genius but Ive only seen coaching
that bland once in my life. Its first and
ten. What will the Bolts run here? Its a
handoff to Bostic!! Nearly every time the same
play. Has it ever gained a yard? Where are the
trick plays? Where is the play action and motion?
Are the Bolts running the same offense that a
certain college team ran last year? With Stepfret
Williams you have a great deep threat but the
quarterback rarely has time to throw the ball.
I guess thats why they run on first down.
Its the only way to keep the quarterback
from being mutilated!!
lay the blame for the 2-6 record at the feet of
the coaching staff. The Bolts are not well coached
and are ill prepared for games. This season is
a wash and will be best forgotten. If the XFL
and Birmingham return next year there must be
a coaching change. If not the DiNardo then he
must get experienced professional coaches instead
of unproven high school and college coaches.
- (26 March 2001) -- And
I thought it couldn't get worse. I
Did anybody see the movie "Planes Trains and Automobiles".
Somehow that movie reminds me of the Thunderbolts. Some
believe that we pay in this life for sins committed
in a past life. If that is true all of the Bolts must
have been axe murderers and Dinardo must have been the
lawyer who got them off.
have never in all my years of watching football seen
a more snake bit team than the hapless Birmingham Thunderbolts.
Just when the offense gets moving again and Jay Barker
is set to return to Legion Field for Birmingham's only
Saturday home game, he gets knocked half way back to
Canada. Now with the leagues longest losing streak in
tow and some backup quarterback from the WAC that no
one has ever heard of and a streak of bad luck that
seems to have no limit they return home to play the
Rage, a team that could probably beat us with their
most interesting thing that will happen this year in
Birmingham will be in 3 weeks when this nightmare of
a season is finally brought to an end. What will the
league do? Did McMahon consider before the season that
given an even chance than any team could sink this low?
If Birmingham had an owner this coaching staff would
be history. But how motivated is the XFL to make a change?
Lets face it, every time we go on the road some lucky
team has a banner day. The fans leave really really
happy!!! EVERYBODY loves the Bolts!
spent some time this week thinking about the ratings
problems the XFL has endured. I was recently on a business
trip to Chicago and spent several nights eating dinner
at a sports dive near my hotel. Every night these guys
sat at the bar and talked sports. I heard this name
and that name and it occurred to me that most people
aren't really pure football fans. Most people just want
to see great players.
in Point. Can you name any offensive lineman that started
for the Jets in SuperBowl III? Can you name anyone other
than Ronnie Lott who started for San Francisco's defense
during their last SuperBowl win? Many of you can't.
I can't. But every one on earth can tell you the name
Joe Montana and Joe Namath. If Dan Marino and Jim Kelley
came out of retirement today and played a football game.
Half of the nation would tune in to watch. Forget that
these are two washed up old vets who couldn't throw
themselves out of a wet bag, They tune in to watch because
of who they are.
XFL has no stars. The fact is that football no matter
how the media or TV executives twist it is a team sport.
Players don't win football games, TEAMS win football
games. The Ravens have to be the most unrespected SuperBowl
champion I can remember. Why? Because they won as a
team and had no pretty boy to put on the Wheatie Box.
You can talk about how Joe Montana won 4 superbowls
but I will tell you that the 49er Defense won those
4 superbowls. You can tell me that Joe Nameth won SuperBowl
III but I can tell you that if his offensive line didn't
play a whale of a game Nameth wouldn't be famous for
his "guarantee". The Arena Football league
and its little brother arena II are feeding off what
I call the "Core". These are football fans
that love the team aspect of this sport. They don't
come to watch names or drop names, they come to see
guys bang heads. The XFL is selling the same thing on
a much larger scale. Right now there just aren't enough
of the "Core" football fans out there. What
is the answer? There is no quick fix. The XFL has got
to stick it out and build their fan base from the ground
up. Clearly it will be harder to do than anticipated
but it is also just as clear from the exceptional attendance
figures that the XFL has gotten a foothold in a place
where no other league has dared to go.
Saturday the Core football fans in Birmingham will be
there with me. I know they are the Core because all
the fair weather fans and the bandwaggoners and the
spineless whiners who only come out when it is warm
and the team is winning will be far from Legion Field.
To those of you who join me Saturday, I want you to
know that I am proud to be associated with you. YOU
are the best fans in this league. I will be there and
I will be grilling like there is no tomorrow. When the
Bolts play I will yell and I will pump my fist in the
recall the moment earlier in the season
when the people in the press box crawled
my case for pumping my fist in the air and
yelling when the Bolts snatched an interception
against the Enforcers in week 3 to win the
game. Well guess what? That might have been
the Bolts only real moment of glory and
none of us are guaranteed another day on