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Valor Game Preview: Another Battle of the Beltways
The Washington Valor (1-7) are still on the road and coming off their third bye week, after a short drive up I-95 they'll square off against the Baltimore Brigade (2-6) inside of Royal Farms Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23rd. T

Tampa Bay Storm Midseason Review: Playoffs! And more
Nearly a year ago to the day, the Tampa Bay Storm fell to 1-9 and were in the midst of their second losing streak of six games or more in 2016. Of course, the team went on to finish the regular season 2-14 with a blowout “playoff” (all teams qualified) loss to the Philadelphia Soul. The offseason brought plenty of coaching changes and roster maneuvering, and here we are at the mid-point of the 2017 season.

Valor Struck By Storm Again
The Washington Valor (1-7) dropped their seventh straight, their third loss to the Tampa Bay Storm (7-1) in less than a month in front of 9,856 fans inside of Amalie Arena on Saturday night. Valor wide receiver Charles McClain set a new franchise record finishing with 215 all-purpose yards. With their 58-57 win, Tampa Bay became the second team to secure a playoff berth.

Valor Game Preview: The Start Of A Long Road Home
The Washington Valor (1-6) kick off a string of away games starting with a visit to Florida for the second time in three weeks. They'll face the Tampa Bay Storm (6-1) inside of Amalie Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th. The game will broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Tampa Bay leads the season series 2-0.

Cleveland Takes The W Out Of Washington
The Washington Valor (1-6) dropped another one to the Cleveland Gladiators (2-6) Saturday night at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in front of 9,901 fans. Losing 59-35, Washington now carries a six game losing streak..

Valor Game Preview: 21 Gladiators in a Phone Booth?
The Washington Valor (1-5) host the Cleveland Gladiators (1-6) inside of Verizon Center at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd. The game will broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. The Valor will look to snap their losing streak before hitting the road.

Washington Makes It Memorable
The Washington Valor (1-5) held the Philadelphia Soul (7-0) in check but ultimately lost 48-47 in front of 9,873 fans on Saturday afternoon inside of Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. This week was tied for the closest scores in AFL history, Cleveland lost to Baltimore 63-60, a four point total differential between both teams, the record was originally set in 1987.

The Valor Special Team wasn’t very special in loss to the Soul
Two critical Special Teams plays cost the Washington Valor a chance to beat the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. The Soul, who are the Defending Champs held off a young Washington Valor team 48-47 in front of 9,873 fans. The Valor offense was without their top 2 quarterbacks.

Valor Game Preview: Memorial Day Weekend (Re)match(up)
he Washington Valor (1-4) meet the Philadelphia Soul (6-0) for the second time ever at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27th inside of Verizon Center. The game will broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network and CSN PHL. Will the Valor pull out all the stops with quarterback Erik Meyer landing on the IR?

Storm Defeat Valor For Fourth Straight Victory And Best Start Since 2001
If the headline seems familiar, you can thank the Tampa Bay Storm for yet another resilient, last-minute comeback victory on Saturday night this time at home against the Washington Valor.

Valor Washed Out By Storm Again
The Washington Valor (1-4) continue to show growth in Florida after a quick rematch with the Tampa Bay Storm (5-1) inside of Amalie Arena in front of 9,275 fans on Saturday. The Storm strengthen after winning 53-47.

Valor Game Preview: Sunnier Skies Ahead In Florida?
The Washington Valor (1-3) hit the road this weekend to face the Tampa Bay Storm (4-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th inside of Amalie Arena. The game will broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network. Both Head Coach Dean Cokinos and Linebacker Jimmy Gordon return to their former arena for the first time since joining Washington.

Storm Push Winning Streak To Three After Road Win Over Valor
With a 41-33 victory over the Washington Valor on Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Storm improved to 4-1 for the first time in nearly two decades and have now won three consecutive games for the first time since the 2014 season.

Valor Nearly Navigate A Not So Perfect Storm
The Washington Valor (1-3) fought hard, this time at home against the Tampa Bay Storm (4-1) inside of Verizon Center. Washington's new look offense provided the drive to almost cruise into victory Saturday night in front of 8,420 fans. The Storm rolled out with a win, 41-33.

Valor Game Preview: A Storm's Rolling In
The Washington Valor (1-2) are back after their second bye week, they’ll square off against the Tampa Bay Storm (3-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th inside of the Phone Booth. The game will broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Storm Win Thriller Over Brigade In First Ever Meeting
What a difference a year makes. With a thrilling 62-55 win over the Baltimore Brigade on Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Storm is 3-1 and on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2014. The Storm was 0-4 at this time last season and has already surpassed their entire win total from a year ago. Which was two, I begrudgingly remind you.

Soul Conquer The Land, Take Down The Glads
Other than old Kurt Warner Iowa Barnstormers highlights and Ted Leonsis, AFL fans love high scoring games more than almost anything. There’s nothing like seeing teams combine for over 100 points, Quarterbacks throw for video game like statistics, and defensive coordinators cringe on the sideline every time they look at the jumbotron and see that their defense has allowed 60 or more points.

Valor Not Victorious, Glads Defend The Land
Dropping their second game of the season, the Washington Valor (1-2) struggled to come out ahead at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Gladiators (1-3) picked up their first win in front of 9,223 on Friday night, a final score of 48-34.

Valor Game Preview: Road to Redemption
The Washington Valor (1-1) are headed to Cleveland, Ohio where they’ll face the Gladiators (0-3) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28th inside of Quicken Loans Arena.

Not Enough (Super)heroes in the District
The Washington Valor were handed their first loss of the season Saturday by the defending ArenaBowl champs, the Philadelphia Soul, in front of 12,122 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. A final score of 49-31 on a rainy evening in the nation's capital.

Valor put up a Valiant effort, but lose to the Philadelphia Soul
The Washington Valor was looking to go 2-0 to start the season, but ran into the defending AFL Champion, Philadelphia Soul at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.

Valor Game Preview: Philly Comes To Washington
After an early bye, the boys in red, white and blue are ready to get back to business. The Soul (1-0) are coming to town and will square off against the Valor (1-0) 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22nd at Verizon Center. The game will broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network. Only one will remain undefeated.

Arena Football: Back in the Nation's Capital
The year was 1987 and the Arena Football League was a new face in the professional football scene. The Washington Commandos played throughout out D.C., Maryland and Virginia from 1987-1990, opening the inaugural season away against the Pittsburgh Gladiators.

Storm Drop Third Consecutive Home Opener, Fall Short Against Defending Champs
Number of the night not found in the box score? 2014. First 2-0 start to the season since 2014. First home opener victory since 2014. First win over the Philadelphia Soul since 2014. All of that, and more, was at stake on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. And for the Tampa Bay Storm, it just wasn’t meant to be.

It's officially official. Week 1 is in the books. While I only got a chance to catch some of the Cleveland/Tampa Bay game, I was at the Washington Valor home opener. Verizon Center was buzzing, with the energy in the air, it felt like this was a playoff game and Arena Football had been a staple in D.C. for the last fifteen years.