too cold for Thunderbolts
Troy Pringle - Enforcers Team Reporter
-- (26 March 2001)
- For the past several weeks, everyone, including me, has been
ragging the Chicago defense for sloppy play. They aren't playing
tight enough coverage. Offenses are passing all over the Enforcers
this make us bad fans? No. In a league that the media is avoiding
or trying to push into a non-existence, we want to see our team,
the Chicago Enforcers, succeed.
succeed is what they are beginning to do. A three game home-winning
streak brought Chicago back into a playoff race after starting
the season 0-4. Realizing that this team has been in every single
game this season up to the closing seconds in each, the intensity
is soaring. With front row seats at historic Soldier Field,
I, and every other frozen body in the stands, felt the electricity
flowing from the Enforcers sideline.
Check out these stats! Four interceptions, two fumble recoveries,
and a blocked field goal
oh, we can't forget the Ray Austin
shelling on Birmingham QB, Jay Barker. That happened to be the
only "Thunderbolt" the fans saw all night that included
the Birmingham offense. (Again, I am not a guy who likes to
see players get injured, but you have to admit
it was an
defense took the game over from the Bolts first drive. After
turning the ball over at the one-yard line last week against
the Outlaws, the Bolts continued to help the other team score.
The Enforcers ensured a victory
better yet, a 13-0 shut-out,
with three turnovers inside the red zone including an Aaron
Humphrey blocked field goal.
the score was considerably low compared to the XFL-standards,
the Chicago fans were treated to a little bit of everything.
From the first snap of the game, John Avery blew past the storm
on his way to a 74-yard touchdown run and 180 rushing yards
for the game. Kevin McDougal came through with some clutch passing
plays allowing the defense to rest long enough to keep the intensity
a 13-0 victory, the Enforcers find themselves in a second place
tie with the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. For both of these teams,
the most important game of the entire season comes this Saturday,
March 31 on NBC, 7:00 CST. Though it will not be guaranteed,
the winner of this weekend's game will more than likely be the
team to meet the Xtreme in the first round of the play-offs.
Saturday, my eyes are going to be locked on the Enforcers-Hitmen
brawl. I look forward to an exciting game as there is a lot
to gain and nothing to lose for either of these teams. Hopefully,
more than you, and the two million other weekly viewers, will
be by my side and tuned in to this battle.