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Baltimore Brigade @ Washington Valor - The First Chapter!

April 6, 2017
It’s finally here! Opening night in the Arena Football League for the 2017 season and the first game ever for the Baltimore Brigade and the Washington Valor

Verizon Center in D.C. is the spot. Where else could would you rather be on a chilly Friday night in early April?

Tickets are still available by clicking here.

If you can’t make it out to Verizon Center on Friday, you can watch the game on CBS Sports Network nationally.

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Here’s what you can expect to see Friday night:

For the visiting Baltimore Brigade:  Anna Tarullo and I broke down the Brigade’s first game for our inaugural tune-in show with a focus on what to watch for on the Brigade, a team that will rely largely on defense.


Why? That’s why you should watch!

A number to remember for the Brigade?   Head Coach Omarr Smith oversaw the LA KISS last year and they led the Arena Football League in scoring defense, at 46.75 points per game allowed.

Smith also has won 7 Arena Football League championships with four coming as a player and three as an assistant coach. He was (7-9) as a head coach in his maiden voyage last year.

For the Washington Valor: Wes Hall and I broke down Friday night’s first game in the history of the Valor right here, on “Valor Gameday!”


As we discuss, experience and time to prepare as an organization plus a home crowd should give Washington a huge advantage going into this one.

In case you missed it – as both teams opened training camp a few weeks ago – our initial previews looked like this:

Baltimore Brigade          vs.      Washington Valor

Going back to last summer, the Valor, who had a major head start on the Brigade where able to roll out the red carpet on their name, colors, uniform and lead sponsors.

It’s been over a year since the Washington Valor were actually born and officially joined the Arena Football League.

Going all the way back to last May, when we did a three-part sit-down interview with Valor head coach, Dean Cokinos, the Valor have slowly built their organization and structure.

If you missed that series – here’s part one, part two and the final installment with the veteran head coach.

The Brigade had about half that time to get ready, as their entry into the AFL was in mid-November.

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com) & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN   


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