Our first battle has come to a close, and I confess myself impressed. Both combatants did an admirable job, working with no previous guides or examples to build from, nothing but their own wits and creativity, and for that they should be commended.
Likewise, our Judges, with their in-depth reviews and valuable feedback have served us well, and they, too, should be applauded for their hard, honest work. It is regrettable that Steve S had to step out of this battle, and in his place my scorecard shall be counted. With a total of 400 points maximum for each combatant, only 10 points separated the two in the final count. This was an exceptionally close match.
And now, the verdict.
Two friends and rivals took the field in this, the first ever battle at Iron Blog. Their nerves were showing with jittery openings, but each made a stronger case with each post. Challenger Ara Rubyan made a passionate, multi-pronged case for the dismissal of Rumsfeld, but the Iron Blogger responded with her own strong points and trademark razor tongue. Only one can walk away victorious.
Who takes it? Whose spleen vents supreme?
Iron Blogger, Rosemary Esmay!
Judge Jim D scores it 59 - 55 for the Challenger
Judge Jheka scores it 71 - 64 for the Iron Blogger
Judge Urthshu scores it 52 - 46 for the Iron Blogger
And The Chairman scores it 65 - 64 for the Iron Blogger
A close battle, indeed. Ara Rubyan is invited to battle in a rematch in the future, as this was our first battle and he was at a disadvantage as a result, but future Challengers shall have a shining example in him by which to build from in the battles to come.