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Valor Top Brigade, 69-55, to Win ArenaBowl XXXI

Washington Valor Press Release
The Washington Valor defeated the Baltimore Brigade, 69-55, to win ArenaBowl XXXI Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena, clinching the first championship in franchise history.

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Washington Valor win ArenaBowl XXXI 69-55(7/28) After a bizarre finish with a roughing the passer penalty resulting in an untimed down after the arena fired off its confetti, the Washington Valor won ArenaBowl XXXI 69-55 over the Baltimore Brigade.

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2013 - Orlando, FL : ArenaBowl XXVI: The Arizona Rattlers beat the Philadelphia Soul 48-39 for their fourth ArenaBowl title in the first ever league championship between the same two teams from the previous year. Rattlers become first back to back champion since the Tampa Bay Storm in 1995-1996.

1994 - Des Moines, IA : The Iowa Barnstormers come into being as league founder and former commissioner Jim Foster purchases the 1995 expansion franchise.

1991 - Detroit, MI : ArenaBowl V: Detroit's string of titles is halted with a rousing 48-42 Tampa Bay Storm victory in front of 20,357 at Joe Louis Arena. Storm wr-db Stevie Thomas is named MVP scoring 4 tds, including the game-winner with 39 seconds remaining.

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