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XFL Birmingham Bolts Press Release 8
Press Release 8
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Day III - Jan. 4, 2001, ORLANDO

Not Barbie's Playhouse
With just one practice Thursday at Birmingham Thunderbolts training camp, it almost goes without saying that the two-hour workout in full pads could get a little spirited. It goes without saying, unless you are defensive back Fred White.

The intensity level began to rise as team period began and intensified when the final 10 minutes were devoted to work on the goal line. The drill is designed to be full speed without ball carriers being taken to the ground. Design and execution dont always meet.

"This is football, not Barbies Playhouse," White shouted to his offensive teammates. "I'm fixin' to bench press somebody. This is a demolition derby. This is football."

Tempo Better Than Execution
Bolts head coach Gerry DiNardo liked the intensity level and spirit of his team during Thursday's practice, but is patiently seeking a higher level of play. "The tempo was good, the execution not as good," DiNardo said following the third practice of training camp. "It's early in camp though. The execution will come."

Calling All Cars
Birmingham team officials kept a watchful eye when about a dozen Orlando Police cars and motorcycles converged on the McCracken Field parking lot as practice began. It turns out the parking lot between McCracken and Tinker Fields serves as a regular training ground for Orlando's finest. Thursday's drill was traffic stops. Bolts officials were grateful the only run for it anybody made was toward the endzone.

Savoie Banged Up
Tight end Nicky Savoie missed much of Thursday's practice after straining his left calf muscle. His status is day to day.

Sprotte Flies Home
Linebacker Jimmy Sprotte had to leave camp Thursday to fly to Arizona to be with his father who suffered a heart attack.

Thompson Reports, Jackson Still Out
Tight end Scott Thompson reported to camp Wednesday evening and practiced for the first time Thursday. Thompson had travel delays making connections from Fresno, Calif. to Orlando. Former Auburn defensive back Calvin Jackson still has not reported to camp while taking care of family business in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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