Friday, June 5, 2009

A Rematch, and Another Chance at Peace

Tomorrow will be the second ever meeting between the DC Armor and the hated Baltimore Mariners. However, it will also be a meeting between Armor Nation and the Mariner Maniacs. But after last weekends events, this meeting will not be a one of conflict, but of peace.

After a disturbance that has been in effect for over two months, great steps have been made to end the conflict between the two groups of AIFA fans. Our people have been hostile towards each other for too long now, and it is time to put past differences aside.

As an agent of change, I decided to meet the Mariners without pre-conditions. Although I was advised against it, the move paid off well. Fully decked out in armor (get it? get it?), four of my closest allies and I ventured into unknown territory. I was greeted with a warm welcome, and shared beverages with two of the Maniacs top officials, one of whom was the vice president and author of my rival blog, All seemed to be going well, then disaster struck.

It was time to meet the President, Mr. Ed himself. I went to shake his hand, but he pulled away. He did not want peace, but instead to keep the conflict going for political gain. I was shocked. I always considered Mr. Ed to be a bit of a father figure in my life, but instead he acted as if we had no business together. However, the worst was yet to come.

An unknown Mariner Maniac cursed me out while his son cheered him along. I had to do all I could to fight back tears, but his breath smelled so much of onion the I couldn't help myself. Then, like the red sea itself, the Mariner Maniacs divided in two: those who wanted to talk peace, and those who wanted nothing to do with me. What had I done!?

The game went on as planned. We painted out chests are cheered hard for the Armor. Meanwhile, we engaged in some friendly back-and-forth trash talking with our new found Mariner Maniac buddies. After a hard fought victory, we met in the parking lot after the game to say goodbye and exchange contact information with our new friends for life. However, peace still has yet to be reached with Mr. Ed and the rest of the Mariner Maniacs.

I hope tomorrow we can put this all behind us. Win or loose, this should be a great rivalry for years to come. I will always hate the Mariners, but maybe, I can love the Mariner Maniacs. It's up to you now.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Armor Score 25 Points!

What did I tell you? Saturday's same against the hated Mariners was a outstanding success! The Armor scored 25 points in a game that was dominated from start to finish. RB James Gibson rushed for two touchdowns and K Ben Aguilar kicked a booming 45 yard field goal to lead the Armor to their best performance against the Mariners to date.

Mariners QB EJ Nemeth was running for his life all day, being sacked two times in the process.

"I didn't think it would be such a blowout," said Nemeth. "You come into every game thinking you can win if you make big plays. Hopefully that mentality will work for us next week."

Due to circumstances beyond their control it may be too little, to late to advance to the AIFA playoffs, even with the Armor's outstanding performance. However, Head Coach Daniel James was encouraged by what he saw.

"We scored 25 Points. That's seven more than 18, and six less than 31. It's also divisible by five."

A fourth grade math teacher by day, James often shows off his exceptional math skills.

"If we can find ways to score more points then the other team, then we're going to win. Unless we get disqualified for some reason, then we could loose. Loosing is bad."

The Armor and Mariners will face each other again this Saturday. Tickets are already sold out, but fans are encouraged to buy from scalpers. One things for sure, this weeks game will be HOT HOT HOT. I'm not lying, the Armory doesn't have air conditioning.