Could not Beat Goliath
The Bolts Will the Make the Most of their
one remaining Home Game and Then Look to Next Year
Dinardo -- postgame interview.
- (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 Birmingham but in the end
the rain began to fall and the game as well as the Bolts
season slipped away as 10 thousand cold and wet fans
Bolts did finally shore up many mistakes that plagued
the offense all season and played their most solid game
of the year. Defensive Back Eric Sloan stole 3 Brian
Kublick passes returning one for a touchdown. The offense
moved efficiently at times with third string Quarterback
Graham Leigh at the helm. The coaching staff spelled
Bostic with second string Runner Curtis Alexander. Perhaps
due to fresher legs Bostic didn't put the ball on the
ground until the final play of the game. The offensive
coordinator even called a "trick play" wow
where did that come from? However most games come down
to basics and the basics tonight were that nursing a
slim lead the bolts couldn't run the ball when they
had to. Then the defense which played a good game did
what they could not do, let the Rage burn them deep.
That along with some extremely questionable calls by
the zebras was enough to finish the Bolts for 2001.
enough negativity, You've heard too much from me this
year. I want to tell you about what is good in Birmingham.
off there are no better fans in this league. Sorry San
Fran, I know you pack em in at Pac Bell but The Battle
hardened 10,163 fans that showed up at Legion Field
on a blustery damp cold day to watch a 2 - 6 football
team play a team that was simply supposed to demolish
the Bolts are the loudest and most devoted fans anywhere
in the world. I realize that many including the XFL
may look at 10K as a pathetic number but I see 10,000
fans that have stood in the face of adversity and have
not blinked. More than anyone else they deserve the
respect of this league and this team. My hat is off
to all of you that braved the cold and the rain to see
the Bolts fight and scratch for a victory. You deserved
a victory tonight but it just wasn't meant to be.
The tailgating at the ThunderBolt games have increased
every week. This week I noticed more variation in the
menu that ever before and the biggest crab broiler I
have ever seen. This week a motorcycle gang showed up
with dozens of customized Bikes. Some of the board patrons
even showed up at our tailgate to say hi. Most notably
he who is known as "bhamfootballfan".
ThunderBolt Cheerleaders. I feel I can safely say there
simply are no equal to the Birmingham Bolts Cheerleaders.
I know it is difficult for them to wear a smile when
it is cold and the stands are half-empty. I know that
some in the media have called you strippers and sluts.
But rest assured, those of us who have braved the cold
at Legion know better and we appreciate the effort and
the quality of what you do.
players. Facts are facts and the Bolts are the worst
team in the league. But I have never seen one ounce
of quit in you guys. Tonight you took a vastly superior
team to within 30 seconds of victory. The Gods haven't
smiled upon you this year and no one will ever be able
to explain the string of bad luck that has befallen
you. But I for one thank you for all the effort you
have put forth. Special thanks goes out to Casey Weldon
who put his body on the line week after week and paid
perhaps the ultimate price for his team. If the Hitmen
think that they are going to cruise into Birmingham
next week and take an easy victory from the hapless
Bolts, thing again. They better bring their "A"
game or they will be having an unhappy plane ride home
DeVito Jr. made a surprise appearance in the Bolts
press box. Basil confirmed the Bolts for another
season in Birmingham.
the XFL. To my surprise in the press box was none other
than Basil V. DeVito the President of the XFL. He was
taking questions from the local press. He was asked
repeatedly "Are the Bolts going to be relocated"?
DeVito said, "I see now why we are having problems
here, At no time has there been a single conversation
at the XFL office about moving Birmingham or any other
franchise, Yet since I have arrived at Birmingham I
have been asked little else. Clearly we should have
done a better job before the season explaining that
we are going to be staying in Birmingham." DeVito
expanded further saying that Birmingham would long term
probably be one of the most successful franchises due
to the fact that they draw from two major college powers.
Additionally the cost of living in Birmingham is the
lowest in the league no where else can a player better
afford to stay in the off season and prepare than can
the players of Birmingham. We are in the brand building
business, moving the Birmingham franchise would go against
everything we are trying to do. Regrettably Paul Finebaum
was not in attendance at this game so that DeVito and
Paul could not scrap it out in person. If Vegas had
a line my money is on DeVito.
just so we all understand. THE BOLTS WILL PLAY IN
BIRMINGHAM IN 2002.
week is it for us. There will be no post season, My
congrats to those teams that do make it. I can think
of no logical reason for people to show up next week
at Legion except I know that the few and the proud will
be there as they have been all year. And to those of
you who haven't made it to a game or haven't been to
one since the first week. You owe it to yourself to
go. The XFL is quickly making all other football seem
almost dull. And some of our best and our brightest
young people are laying it on the line to represent
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