Will the Bolt’s Make Off-season Changes?

Season One: Lack of coaching experience and poor preparation made the Bolts easy marks for most opponents By Sonny Sanders – Bolts Team Reporter Birmingham – (12 April 2001) — On a beautiful spring day the Birmingham Bolts’ season came to a crashing halt. Bolts’ fans were once again invited to a comedy of errors. In … Read more

Bolt’s Finish Inaugural Season


The Bolts Make a Mark in the XFL with their own brand of Futility By Bamaslammer – Bolts Team Reporter Birmingham – (9 April 2001) — Webster’s definition of “FUTILE”: Barren of Results, fruitless, ineffective, ineffectual, unprevailing, unproductive, useless, vain. All words that describe the Birmingham Thunderbolts. My favorite is the first one, “Barren of Results”. … Read more

XFL Week 10: Hitmen Shutout the Bolts

Hitmen 22, Thunderbolts 0 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Charles Puleri was 7-of-8 for 158 yards and two touchdowns as New York-New Jersey closed the XFL regular season with a 22-0 victory over Birmingham on Sunday. New York-New Jersey (4-7) missed a spot in the playoffs later Sunday when Chicago beat Orlando. Birmingham lost its final seven … Read more

David Could not Beat Goliath

The Bolts Will the Make the Most of their one remaining Home Game and Then Look to Next Year By Bamaslammer – Bolts Team Reporter Birmingham – (1 April 2001) — In the Bible David beats Goliath in one of history’s first upsets. For most of Saturday night it looked like that might be happening in … Read more

XFL Week 9: Bolts Snake Bitten at Home

ORLANDO 29, BIRMINGHAM 24 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Ticker) — The Birmingham Thunderbolts will not be making any noise in the XFL playoffs. The Thunderbolts squandered an eight-point lead in the fourth and became the XFL’s first team to be eliminated from playoff contention with a 29-24 loss to the Orlando Rage. In a matchup of the … Read more

Butkus Visits The Steel City

By Bamaslammer – Bolts Team Reporter Birmingham – (30 March 2001) — Your tired, you’ve been driving for hours. You pull off the highway to get some gas and something to drink. As your gassing your vehicle a tan and crème RV pulls up and a middle age man with a crew cut jumps out and … Read more

Bolts are a Comedy

By Sonny Sanders – Bolts Team Reporter The Birmingham Bolts remind me of an episode of “I Love Lucy”. The episode that I’m 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 … Read more

Bolt’s Woes

By Bamaslammer – Bolts Team Reporter Birmingham – (26 March 2001) — And I thought it couldn’t get worse. I was wrong… 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 … Read more

XFL Week 8: Enforcers Shut out the Bolts

CHICAGO 13, BIRMINGHAM 0 CHICAGO – John Avery continued his NFL audition by rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Chicago Enforcers posted their first shutout, a 13-0 victory over the Birmingham Bolts. Avery, a former NFL first-round pick, has been among the top players in the fledgling minor league. He carried 20 times, … Read more

Situation Desperate in Birmingham

By Bamaslammer – Bolts Team Reporter Birmingham – (18 March 2001) — The Birmingham Bolts Players, Coaches, Staff and Management have their backs to the wall in the Steel City. Another week has brought another humiliating loss. Another backup running back looking like a champion, Another laundry list of mistakes and missed opportunities. If the XFL had a … Read more

XFL Week 7: Las Vegas defense shuts down Birmingham

Outlaws 34, Bolts 12 LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Clement led Las Vegas to 22 straight points, and the Outlaws used a stingy defense to beat the Birmingham Bolts 34-12 Saturday night. The Las Vegas defense allowed just 17 rushing yards and 95 passing yards. at Sam Boyd Stadium in front of an announced crowd of … Read more