This Battle is being stopped, for a number of reasons I will not go into. Neither combatant is being disqualified, we are not going to the scorecards, there will be no Verdict.
A revised version of the Iron Blog Guide and Judges' Guide will be put up within the next 48 hours to address for future reference various things that arose this Battle. Beyond that, I am not going to be addressing any of what went on this week - we live, we learn. We move on.
I have granted Dan permission to post a special note to say a few things he has had to keep to himself throughout this Battle, so our readers can understand more about where he's coming from. I have read it previously and approved it. If Stirling wishes to do the same and submit a 'closing statement' of sorts, I will look it over and work with him on posting it, as well.
Jay Battles next, starting this weekend. He's stepping in for Dru, who is unable to Battle next week as she was scheduled to.