Clash of the Titans

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Clash of the Titans

   The Blue Gray Game!

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The story you are about to read comes from a future time when our people have rallied behind our just and honorable cause, the South is once more Southern and the Confederacy stands poised to rise again.  All as a result of a locker room wager over a football game!  The story told here imagines a scenario wherein the destiny of the United States as well as the Confederacy is determined by of all things, an American style football game, but simply a game, a game like none other ever played on earth.
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This will not be a game played by multi-million dollar union teams under contract, but rather of men carefully selected from the general population, men who are true titans in there own right.  These men shall compete, not for trophies, nor a place in the Football Hall of Fame, but rather of the life and death of nations!  Travel with us now to that future time when a modern day class of knights in gray defends Confederate honor, turning a football field into a battle between great and mighty warriors.
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"The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert it's self, though it may be at another time and in another form." --- President Jefferson Davis"
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"The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena." --- Jefferson Davis, address to the Mississippi legislature - 16 years after the wars end.
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Saturday 22 February 2014
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It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and a Confederate Heritage Day was being celebrated on the grounds of the Battlefield at Shiloh located outside the small town of Crump Tennessee.  The village size town is located approximately 110 miles east of Memphis, on the west bank of the Tennessee River across from Savannah.  Only a modest size crowd was expected since the date was not on the anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place on 6, and 7 April 1862.   The event rather commemorated the official activation date of the Confederate States of America under its permanent Constitution.  None-the-less the word spread like a forest fire on a hot dry summer day, and the crowds kept pouring in as if Jefferson Davis and his entire General Staff were in attendance. 
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The Confederate Movement had grown over the last couple years, partly resulting from the rise of charismatic leadership on the national level as well as from a rising anti-government sentiments among the general population.  The masses of the people had grown disgruntled with both major parties; the independent faction of the electorate was divided and their seemed to be no possibility of any third party taking hold.  These and other issues combined to cause a major swing in favor of a Confederate Cause, which was even then organizing under a new and dynamic leader.  There was an under current of discontent flowing throughout the land, and while heritage events were growing in popularity they would not satisfy the restlessness which had become so obvious among the people.

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While a full-fledged re-enactment was not on the schedule a living history display was arranged, which included a mock battle between the Confederate and Union Armies, including cavalry, artillery and infantry.  Among those in attendance were a dozen members of the National Football League, both players and managers.  It was obvious they had not come merely for the sake of the heritage celebrations, although it was well known that at least half of their numbers had expressed sympathies toward the Confederate Cause.  It was believed their attendance was simply an investigative gesture regarding how to avoid a division and possibly even a major split in the league.  It was during a break in the mock battles when the re-enacting generals from both the gray and the blue had an opportunity to converse over hot dogs with the leadership of the National Football League.

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The gentleman playing the part of General Albert Sidney Johnston, a Mr. Buford Delmar, approached the football league members during these informal discussions.   Why not take advantage of the situation rather then worry about what may or may not happen?  Would you mind explaining what you mean by that question sir, asked an N.F.L. executive?  Sure enough, your business is football so why not put on the biggest spectacle in the history of the sport, a real live blue gray game?  Please do continue; came the reply from one of the players!  Well your league is already divided into pro and anti-Confederate factions.   There is no game on earth, which would attract a larger audience then a game between these two factions, and there is plenty of time before next spring to make the arrangements.
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Further I would propose opening the ‘line up’ to where each team could draw its members from any number of sources.  The uniforms, cheerleaders, memorabilia and concession stage sales would be generated equally from both sides.  The revenue alone from such a game would become an all time record!  About this time Mr. Jacob Thompson, head of the football league, which had been silent up to this point, spoke up!  Mr. Delmar I believe is your name; may I call you Buford?  Certainly!  Buford, you realize you are talking about a colossal moneymaker and a game, which would go down in history as the clash of the titans.  A sporting event such as has never been witnessed upon earth, but let us up the bar a little higher!  How so asks Mr. Delmar?  This is beginning to look very interesting, very interesting indeed!
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All right then, how about we make this a contest between nations; the Confederate States of America and the United States of America, a battle as fierce as any ever fought, but this time on the football field.  It will be billed as the game of the millennium, the ‘Clash of the Titans!’  About this time an aide to Mr. Thompson known to his friends as ‘High Pockets’ came back with an expression of anxiety on his face.  Oh come on Jake, your from Boston; how is it that you are making deals with a bunch of rednecks.  Because 'High Pockets' our league is about to shatter into a million pieces and we have an opportunity here not only of preventing its demise, but making a huge profit at the same time.  High Pockets then asked; who is this guy anyhow?  Isn't he just a re-enactor playing the roll of Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston?  Maybe, however in his private life could well be a janitor for all you know?
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Well Mr. Buford Delmar would you like to tell my friend who you really are, or shall I have the privilege?  At your pleasure Mr. Thompson!  High Pickets, this gentleman happens to be the Professor of Advance Mathematics at the Texas Institute of Technology.  At this, High Pockets gasp as if he was chocking; my apologies Professor, I was unaware.  Re-enacting is my way of coming down from the brain drain I face every workday, while stand as it were, along side my ancestors as they fought for the Confederacy; this is my way of paying them their due horrors.  Professor Delmar, may I suggest that we both gather our leading people, and hold a meeting in Montgomery in two weeks.  We can in the meantime, stay in touch and work out the details!  Be sure to include anyone who might be necessary in order to get things started quickly; next spring will be here quicker then we might think.
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Saturday 12 April 2014
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The meeting was delayed a couple of time but finally got underway, however rather then at Montgomery it was held in Charleston South Carolina.  Among the participants was Mr. Jacob Thompson, in addition to three corporate representatives eager to make a pile of money as well as Mr. Ben Johnson, acknowledged leader of the entire Confederate Cause.  There were also a number of ‘sports lawyers’ and contract professionals, along with a score of journalists who anticipated an enormous headline in this coming battle of the titans.  And who knows how many secretaries and computer nerds were present in Charleston, for the biggest business deal in a century.  The participants were now locked into a situation that was taking on legs of its own, and rapidly spiraling into primetime headlines worldwide.
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The city of Charleston was playing host to seemingly every professional coach and team owner in the world, as well as an assortment of other questionable characters.  It appeared the entire world wanted to know, what was going on behind the locked doors of the conference room; some were even willing to pay huge sums of money in order to gain a little advance information on the outcome.  If anyone in that room had any doubts, they were certainly laid to rest by the enormous interest shown, even by those who walked the halls of power.  The victor of this game may not be winning a literal war, but their position gained in the international community, would shift the pendulum of political power for untold generations yet unborn.  There could be no doubt whatsoever that only a few details now stood between the men gathered in Charleston, and the largest sports spectacle ever to take place since the Roman Gladiatorial Games, before the Caesars.
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The meeting had been underway for a little over two hours, when five men made their way through the crowd gather outside the door.  These men collectively controlled 80 percent of the television, radio and newspaper outlets in the United States, via their mega corporations; while others in the group represented the colossal Euro-Sports Incorporated as well as broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.  Shortly after their arrival, the Chairman of the two major political parties exited with a no comment, but were overheard speaking between themselves in quiet tones; "the game itself may be just another sports match off, but the attention paid, when added to our poor international standing will cause the pendulum to swing in favor of the Confederate Cause.  The entire world seems to sympathize with these modern day Confederates, and what was once considered not only a lost cause but a dead cause."
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Then suddenly the double doors to the conference room swung open and Mr. Ben Johnson, leader of the Confederate Cause, Professor Buford Delmar as well as Mr. Isaac Smith, head of the National Football League, who were followed by two men representing the players.  The entire hotel lobby near where the conference room is located had amassed a crowd of people, and no doubt most of them members of the press corps.  The Leaders of the Football Conference paused before wading into the crowd, while Professor Delmar raised his hands signaling silence while he spoke.  Ladies and gentlemen, please, Mr. Johnson will explain everything; I ask that you give him our undivided attention!  Mr. Johnson stepped forward before the assembled crowd, most of which were television journalists, attempting to get the latest update, which they would then rush back, just in time to make the prime time news deadline.

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Mr. Johnson began to speak; "Ladies and gentlemen, the news of which you have all waited is positive, there will indeed be a very special football game, likely to take place in the spring of 2015 or thereabouts.  We cannot give you all the details at this time, but let it be known; this most unusual sports event will be an event unlike any in history.  The players union has agreed to set aside many of its rules, for this particular situation.  We have also gained the support of several large international corporations who will be our sponsors; they will explain their involvement themselves.  In the meantime we are extremely proud to be able to bring you this news, and I am certain this entire event will be enjoyable for everyone involved.  Questions will be taken only after these other men standing with me, have had an opportunity to speak!"
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Mr. Isaac Smith then stepped forward to address the issue of the National Football League's involvement in staging the Gray Blue Games!  "Greetings, most of you are aware of who I am, but for the benefit of those who may not be familiar with me or of my position in sports, I am Isaac Smith, head the National Football League.  The league has decided it is time to drop the political correctness and allow for an open display of Confederate heritage, while at the same time encouraging a wider spectator audience, in order to enjoy football as it is practiced in the States. Therefore we are supporting the staging of a game between the gray and the blue, those who support the Confederate Cause verses those who are opposed.  Further each team will be permitted to recruit from among citizen who is law abiding, and resides in the States.

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Each team will consist of 25 members, meaning two lines ups of whose members whose position will be specified at a later date, as well as three, which will be categorized as players at large.  For this game only all professional football players now under contract, will be granted an exemption upon request in order to apply for a position on any of these two teams.  Additionally, once the governing board has been seated and the coaches assigned, each team may if they choose, go outside the football league and recruit from the general population.  We believe interest in the sport of football; can only be enhanced by staging this game, a game that the press has called the 'Clash of the Titans' a title, which gives the best description as to the central theme of the game.  Those who attend will see more then a football game, but rather a clash of two cultures and nations, however, this time it will take place in the sports arena rather then on a battlefield.
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Tuesday 8 July 2014
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Three months had come and gone while the news headlines was filled with the story of the big game, which was still nine months away; none-the-less interest was growing ever stronger, and offers were coming from cities eager to host the game which would obviously mean a gigantic boost in business earnings in every possible category.   The billets for both teams was soon filled, and a training camp acquired for whipping the respective teams into shape; Houston was chosen for the Confederate Grays while Chicago was picked for the Union Blues, so the preparations began.  An army of business consultants, lawyers and contractors were hired to ensure everything was made ready!  Uniforms needed to be designed; concession stands and memorabilia in quantities sufficient to fill a large fleet jumbo jets, would be sold before, during and after the game.
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The rosters of each team were kept secret until the end of the year, but the combined totals of the two opposing 11 man line ups was rumored to weigh in at more then 6400 pounds of solid muscle, men of steal who intended to turn the arena into a sports battle field in the truest sense of the word.  It wasn't so much that people believed the loosing team would have to surrender their nation, but it was in any case well known that a Confederate victory would permanently swing the pendulum of political power in their favor.  The international corporate giants sponsoring the event heavily favored the Confederate Cause, lending credence to speculation that the Confederate States of America, was indeed raising again from the fire and ashes of history, to live again as a separate and distinct people and nation. It would have been unthinkable a couple decades ago to even speculate as to the enormous the public support now rallied around the Confederate Cause.
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Still the word leaked out which made for even more of a mystery!  It was found that among those sought by the Confederates, was a man who was not a professional football player, but had done well scholastically in High School and College.  Then there is the man from the Smokey Mountain region of Tennessee known as Billy the Bull, so nick named because of his enormous size, as well as having the ability to hit an opponent like a freight train.  He hadn't been weighed in recent years but some say he tipped the scales at 325 pounds; all of it solid muscle.  Billy the Bull lives in a small cottage size home with his wife and two sons, and displays a 'Framed Battle Flag' on his living room wall, said to have been handed down from his ancestors, who rode with General Nathan Bedford Forrest.  Then there is another a gentleman who could run like a cheetah, and be would waiting on his opponent’s arrival at the other end of a given track.

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We must give credit where credit is due in the case of the Yankees having chosen a man who is indeed a pro-ball player, whose nick name pretty much describes his physic and that is Redwood the Lumber Jack.  Now Ole Redwood was never a lumberjack but somehow the nickname stuck, perhaps his being from the Redwood forested regions of Northern California, just might provide an explanation.  Never the less those who knew him and had seen him in action, were aware of his physical prowess.  He loved physical challenges of strength and often entered sporting events such as those, where logs are cut the old fashion way, with an axe.  Redwood could also be found competing in locomotive pull competitions, and various other lifting and pulling events.  It was obvious their choice of Redwood the Lumber Jack, was a sign the Yankee side certainly meant business!
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Another interesting character recruited for the Confederate team is a gentleman from Arkansas, who was said to be able to throw anything 'throw-able' and as far a as bird could fly; a wee bit of an exaggeration no doubt, but as it turned out there was a lot of truth in the numerous tales told of him.  He majored in History in College and led his team to victory in football for a couple years running!  He could indeed throw a football further, faster and more accurate then anyone who ever made the line up on a Southern team.  Joseph Benedict - known simply as 'Joe' to his friends was never tagged with a nickname; maybe it was because of his having been raised in farm country.  There was no nickname, which really stuck to him, other then a referenced to the undesirable matter on the bottom of one's bare feet, after traversing a cow pasture.

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Then there was 'the college football hero' turned professional and now Colonel, who walked away from a lucrative contract in order to accept a commission in the Army.  Colonel James Forthright was known as the best strategist ever known to college or professional sports; during his football career he rose to become 'the most legendary quarterback of all times’ until he rose his right hand and took the military oath.  There was no way of knowing how the Confederates managed to persuade him to take off his military uniform for a season, and return to the football field, nor could anyone discover what argument was used to gain him temporary leave from the Army.  However a few undercover cameras managed to spot his presence in workouts, at the recently renovated stadium in New Orleans.

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We could go on and on, but let it be said that when the term was coined the 'Clash of the Titans' that is precisely what is about to take place.  We who were young during the 1960's and 70's come to know Cape Canaveral Florida as the land of the giants, but when the spring of 2015 arrives, there will be an entirely new meaning, given to that term.  We could very well see a clash between approximately 6400 pounds of human muscle power, when a professional football stadium becomes a sports battlefield where the victor alters the course of history forever.  The city chosen is rapidly homing in on Atlanta Georgia, where a simple football game may well be the tactic used to roll back General William T. Sherman's march to the sea.  No one could have foreseen these turn of events, where a football game could become the final battle, to determine the ultimate outcome of a long ago war.
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Sunday 4 January 2015
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When history looks back on these events from its unique perspective, it will likely be determined that it wasn't the football game in and of itself that altered history to such a degree, but rather the enormous spectacle it created.  However the new year had finally arrived, it was a cool but bright sunny day, and two issues were now filling prime time news as well as the front pages; the President at mid-term, the make up of the new congress and the coming date of 9 April, when an estimated two billion or more spectators would watch the biggest game of the millennium.  These events had already caused both major political parties to suffer enormous losses, leaving neither of them able to govern single handedly.  The emergence of a coalition of Confederates had not exactly gained a majority in the November 2014 Elections, but their gains was sizeable enough to where they are now the deciding factor.

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On Saturday 6 December, the anniversary of the death of our beloved President Jefferson Davis, the Confederates presented a 25-man team outfitted in their new uniform, which had been especially designed and created for them.  Seeing these men would have brought a smile to the face of Jefferson Davis himself, these where the best of the best, the cream of the crop.  The advertisement portion of the project began in earnest, and it appeared there would naturally be a vast different given the story by the mass media and the printed press.  Each played the story based upon their differing viewpoint!  The news programs and talk shows, both foreign and domestic reflected the coming 'Clash of the Titans.'  Now they officially had the identities of at least half the men, who would wage sports warfare!
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The question portion of the press conference was lead by the British Broadcasting Corporation, who had somehow managed to position them selves in an ideal location and raised their hands before anyone else, when the time for questions by the press had been announced.  Mr. Ben Johnson was selected to be the spokesman for the Confederates, and therefore addressed the press corps as their agent.  The place chosen for the press conference was the Stadium in New Orleans, since it is one of the facilities being used for team training.  As each man was presented by name to the press corps, he would charge out from the locker room and onto the field, while a short bibliography was given of each player.  These men would be world famous by the time the sun went down during Central Standard Time zone.  There true name as well as any preferred nickname was given, many of which brought smiles to those assembled!

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The designers were exceptional in creating a football uniform which left no doubt as to its Confederate origins!  The jersey and trousers were gray with gold strips down the side of the legs and gold rings around the cuffs of the sleeves.  The shoulder pad portion of the jersey displayed the pattern of the Confederate Battle Flag from shoulder to shoulder.  The helmets displayed crossed Confederate Swords on both sides and the letters 'CSA' in a Confederate Wreath on the front; the letters also were gold in color.  The numbers displayed on their jerseys reflected the order of secession of the 13 States of the Confederacy; the territories now States were represented by the numbers 14, 15 and 16 respectively.  Afterward the other nine continued the numerical sequence from 17 to 25, thereby enumerating the entire team.
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The coloring of the uniforms were done using a technique which features a kind of double reflection depending upon which way the individual is positioned.  In some incidences the crossed swords seem to be ablaze in fire and flame, while in others the Great Seal of the Confederacy replaces the 'CSA' and wreath on the front of the helmet.  The jersey and trousers have a similar effect; thereby the uniform is not merely a dry, cold gray color but almost appears as a living entity.  The facemask is also designed not only for protection, but also to make the wearer appear as a fearsome warrior looking through facial armor.  These images was broadcast, printed and published from Alaska in the north to the tip of South America, and even in South Africa, as well as from the shores of Charleston around the globe to encompass every nation on earth.

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The world did not look upon this game as merely a contest between two opposing American Football Teams, rather a battle to be played out in a sports arena, whereby the nation of the victor would be the only one to survive; the other would collapse into extinction.  The strength of both teams appeared so enormous, few would dare take odds on the victor, but the Confederates knew this was their final hour in the sunlight of history; they either proved victorious on this occasion or the sun would set on their history, heritage, culture and nationhood forever.  The image presented to the world press was true to form, these were more then football players charged with winning in a game of pride.  They were warriors who held within their hands the future of their people and nation; no bigger challenge had ever been placed in the hands of a more capable and honorable group of men.
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The Yankee Team was either making the biggest gamble or else they had the grandest strategy ever devised!  Their head coach was none other then a Mr. U.S. Grant, their Vice Coach a Mr. W.T. Sherman.  Neither of these men being related to their more famous namesakes, as far as anyone knew, but it did make things a little more interesting.  Actually the birth name of the former was U. Stanley Grant but having been kidded in school about his name, he changed it in adulthood to U.S. Grant.  Mr. W.T. Sherman's name, true to the situation is Willie Thomas Sherman, however during his introduction to the media it was abbreviated as W.T. Sherman and it stuck.  However, be that as it may, it is no more of a coincidence then the Confederates having on their coaching staff a Mr. Bobby Lee and Mr. Thomas Jackson, neither of which is related to their famous counterparts.
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Thursday 9 April 2015
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On Sunday 22 February the largest heritage celebration ever was held in Richmond Virginia, which served as a day off for the Confederate Football Team.  Among those in attendance was the now famous Billy the Bull who was approached for an interview and gave an interesting response.  When ask about an equally large giant of a man on the Yankee Team known as Redwood the Lumber Jack, he replied; I shall go down in history as the first man to tackle and bring down an elephant in the course of a football game.  In the meantime President Everton Hampton was overheard stating to an aide, "How is it that we have allowed things to deteriorate to the place where the future of his nation depends on the outcome of a football game in Atlanta.  The entire world is looking at us like a bunch of losers and we are supposed to be a super-power!
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Is it really possible that four long bloody years of the 'Civil War' could come down to our turning an unconditional victory into a certain defeat?"  Then President Hampton answered his own question by saying to his aide, "Don't answer that question!"  Finally it was the morning of 9 April and for better or worse history would pause, mark this day and alter itself accordingly.  Those who had bought ticket early were given a reasonable price but those having waited could expect only scalped renditions going for $3,000.00 apiece.  The Stadium in Atlanta had been altered and spruced up for the occasion, while every hotel and motel room within 100 miles of the city has been booked solid.  Mayor Arnold Lindsey appeared over the Good Morning Show in Atlanta with his final word before the action begins.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, our fair city is poised for the largest event we have ever witnessed since Sherman’s March to the Sea!  We are not only host to an event, which has captured the imagination of the world, but are hosts to the largest crowds in our history.  It is my hope that everyone will enjoy them-selves to the fullest, while doing so in a safe and lawful manner.  We are all aware as to how the last year has already altered the political landscape and we will see even further developments, regardless of which team wins today.  Let me officer my deepest regards to everyone involved; God Bless and thank you very much.”  The morning came and went, by noon the coliseum’s outer corridors were filled to capacity with all kinds of merchandise, memorabilia, snacks and gadgets of every kind.  The parking lot was already beginning to fill within three hours before the opening kick off of the game!
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The mass media and printed press could already be seen everywhere, and from every conceivable nation, as they readied themselves and their equipment for the biggest sporting event since the time of the Roman Empire.  The hour finally came and the stands were pack to capacity including a new section, which was added during the renovation process.  There could be no better day chosen, the weather had thus far cooperated perfectly; clear blue skies, a mild 75 degrees and a pleasant but light breeze.  The opening proceedings began with an announcement over the loudspeaker system "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the game of the millennium, the Clash of the Titans.  We are gathered here today with crowds, the size of which is unparallel in the annals of sports, while at the same time being viewed by the largest worldwide audience in history.

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You will see here today the largest representation of the world’s mass media and printed news agencies, ever assembled for a single historic event.  The flip of the coin has to determine which nation's national anthem would open the pre-game ceremonies, as well as the band that would follow the second national anthem, and which team would make the opening kick off of the game. The Confederate Team won the toss and due to the lack of Confederate States Government representation, their National Anthem having been the topic of historic debate, stood in question.  Therefore their beloved song 'Dixie' will stand as their 'National Anthem' on this occasion!  We ask everyone regardless of your personal beliefs and opinion to respect the anthem and other cultural accoutrements of both sides.  Anyone causing a disturbance or using this occasion, as a purpose for protest will be evicted!

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Suddenly a Confederate Band was spotted marching smartly onto the field; their previous silence was in honor of the moment, when they would play a tune well known as symbolizing the South, and now used on this occasion as the Confederate States National Anthem.  After arriving in the center of the field they did a maneuver, which positioned them to face the Confederate side of the stadium where the Confederate States Third National Flag stood smartly in the strong breeze overhead.  The Band Major could be heard giving his commands by whistle, and for the first time Dixie sounded throughout the Stadiums loudspeaker system, as the proud anthem of a people and nation.  Out of respect the entire Stadium filled with people from every quarter of the land as well as from abroad, arose to their feet, placing their hands over their hearts.  Those in military or police uniform saluted!
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After the band had finished many elderly Southerners could be seen with tears of joy running down their cheeks, that they have somehow lived to see these things take place.  Now it was the Yankee Teams turn and as the Confederate Band marched off the field, the Yankee Band entered from the opposite end, replacing the Confederates in center field.  Their Band Master gave the order, and the Star Spangled Banner was now heard over the loud speakers just as Dixie had before.  Again out of respect the entire coliseum rose to their feet, placing their hands over their heart in order to give honors.  Now the Confederate Band reentered the field and both bands played a pre-arranged sports fight song in unison, as they repositioned themselves behind a fence especially built for the occasion, thus each became a type of orchestra for the duration of action on the field.
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The World Stands in Awe
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The formalities being over a large number of cheerleaders from each team entered their respective sidelines from the outer corridors of the stadium on both sides, and the bands now sitting as an orchestra, became an instrument of the Cheer Leaders themselves.  A number of modern but very Confederate fight songs had been written, and now the music was put to its intended use.  A giant teleprompter screen clearly seen by the audience on either side displayed the words to each piece as the respective orchestra was playing.  However this was not any ordinary football game, and there was still another item on the agenda before the starting kick off.  As the crowd cheered an army of approximately 200 ‘Blue Bellies’ marched smartly onto the field from one end as an equal number of ‘Gray Backs’ entered from the opposite.
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Each marching unit, the Confederates and the Yankees carried shiny new parade rifles, which they handled like an expert, provisioned drill teams, thereby paying honors to their own people and nation.  Surprisingly these two marching units positioned them-selves enter field opposite each other both in two ranks stretching down the center of the field; everyone stood and applauded as the opposing orchestras played another specially prepared piece.  These military units were preparing for the entry of each team onto the field.  Shortly each team charged onto the field from opposite corners of the far end of the field, each player an equal distance apart running in single columns toward the center between the two armies.  The Confederate Team moving along the Confederate side, and the Yankee Team on the Yankee side, in opposite directions, as the crowd again stood in a loud and thunderous applauds.

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As each team reached the flank of their respective army line up they paused, as a single player one at a time from each team moved to center field, the lights were dimmed and a spotlight shown onto each player, whereby they were introduced to the audience and the world.  Afterward the military units smartly departed the field, and the two teams faced each other in the traditional kick off position.  Before the kick off had taken place everyone remained fixed in position while Mr. Ben Johnson walked to the center of the field, the lights grew dim once more and the spotlight focused on him.  "May I have your attention please, both in the stadium as well as amongst our worldwide audience?  The game which you are about to witness has been described as the 'Clash of the Titians' and so it is, and for good reason.

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The modern Confederate Movement was born and grew around the concept that what has been termed the 'Civil War' was an aggressive and unconstitutional invasion, in effect the destruction of a sovereign people and nation.  Therefore the nation known as the Confederate States of America remains in our view, a separate and distinct nation held under occupation.  Obviously the Yankee are in opposition to this viewpoint, maintaining it was merely a traitorous and unlawful rebellion.  These two positions are diametrically opposite and have never been properly addressed in a neutral court of law.  Therefore we gather here today so as to settle the issue forever on this field of competition, in a clash between these two opposing teams.  The viewpoint of the victor will henceforth be recognized forever, as the correct lawful and constitutional position, and the vanquished will relinquish all claims of justification.
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Therefore this game is more then a sporting event, it is quite literally a trial by fire; therefore these two very special teams have been formed in order to defend their respective positions on the issue.  An educational documentary has been prepared which presents the history of this great conflict, with the viewpoints of each party respectfully and equally presented; this same documentary can be purchased in the concession area, either in book form or else in a video format.  Those who are viewing this game by television or delayed recording, will find the details posted at the bottom of your screen.  Thank you for your attention; now let Clash of the Titians begin!"  The referees now approached center field, along with the captains of the two teams.  The Confederates won the toss using a silver Confederate 50 cent piece, and thereby chose to be the receiver.
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The Battle is Engaged
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The crowd now stood to their feet, in an eager anticipation, while the world stood in awe at what was taking place!  Would the 'Union of States' actually allow the rebirth of the Confederacy to take place, merely as a result of a Confederate football team having won a game?  Whatever their original intentions it was quickly becoming obvious, while this game, which had been originally as a means of sparing a football league the pain of bankruptcy, as well as a likely collapse, had now reached into the halls of political power.  On both ends of the field was positioned far more then two opposing football teams, they were rather true warriors defending their respective nations!  The loosing team here meant their own people would be required to relinquish all rights to everything they held dear, as a distinct people and nation.  These men were men of iron, the best of the best, the chosen few who would put on a spectacle unlike anything ever witnessed in the annals of sports history.  This was no longer a sporting event but a decisive and final battle of a long ago war, fought in a sports arena!

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The head referee stood at mid field and blew his whistle, then moved quickly aside as the game began in earnest; it was as if the entire world gad paused, waiting to see what course history would take.  As the kick off took place the Confederates drove down field to the 30, 40 and finally the 50-yard line before being stopped by the Union Team on their own 45-yard line.  Further yardage came painfully hard as each play found giants clashing like praise bulls, every man driving with all his strength, knowing victory was the only option.  A loss here from a Yankee perspective, meant the Confederates would now win on the field of sports, what they had failed to gain on the field of battle, the independence of the Confederate States of America.  While the game proceeded into the second quarter, the Confederate were ahead 18 to 12 and by half time the world held its breath wondering what would happen, if the 'Confederate Team' actually won this game.
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In the meantime the President of the United States Everton Hampton watched the game with his Secretary of State and his family, while debating the ramifications.  Mr. President, asked the Secretary of State; if the Confederates win do you actually plan on allowing the Southern States to go their way, allowing them to resurrect the Confederacy?  The President's reply was quick and sharp toned; Come on now, this was a locker room wager never intended as good for anything but a few laughs, and a reason to promote the game!  Just then a call from the Prime Minister of Great Britain came over the line; Mr. President, I am as aware as you are, that promises were made, without any intention of carrying though and the entire affair was done in jest.  But I am in contact with half the nations of Europe, all of who are convinced the good faith and honor of the United States, have been placed on the line.  If you renege on your promise, all the nations of the earth are prepared to embargo anything and everything going to or coming from the States.  You will have caused America to become a pariah among nations; you must fulfill your promise!

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What had begun as a deal to aide the National Foot Ball League in particular and the sports world in general, has developed into an issue which could render null and void, all the gains made by 'Union Forces' during the 'Civil War' and if the result of this game were judge by the half time score, the Confederacy will indeed rise again.  If Great Britain, France and Germany were willing to boycott all U.S. Goods, the other nations of Europe, will not break ranks.  They would soon be joined by Russia, China and finally Japan!  The President knew he could use his power to issue executive orders to manipulate the situation, to where the sates of the Confederacy could leave the Union unopposed, but he would likely face impeachment and conviction for his actions.  He now realized he had managed to box himself in to a corner, with both choices being a disaster for either the Union, himself or both.   He felt the only honorable thing to do would be to issue a brief press statement to the effect that he would honor his wager.  In such a case, if the Southern States chose to leave the Union, he would not use force to stop them!

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The half time celebrations were the largest in the history of football, and the spirits of the Confederates could not be higher; they smelled victory and fully intended on winning on the field of sports, what their forefathers were denied on the field of battle.  As the half time ended and before the beginning of the third quarter, Mr. Ben Johnson approached center field, the lights dimmed and a single spotlight shown on him.  Ladies and gentlemen, both those in attendance as well as viewers around the world, the President of the United States has affirmed his commitment to honor his wager, and allow the States of the Confederacy to peacefully depart the Union, if their team proves victorious on this field this afternoon.  The lights came on again and the Confederate side exploded with cheers, handclaps and whistles, meantime all was not well in the Locker room of the Yankee Team.  They now realized more then ever the enormity and weight of responsibility, they had taken upon themselves!

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The Final Battle

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The celebrations waned and the second half of the game was now underway, with the future of the 'Confederacy' as well as the 'Union' hanging in the balance.  The liking of this game to that of gladiatorial combat in the arenas of the ancient Roman Empire was not overlooked and many were beginning to call this so called game by its true name; war.  We're talking about men who's arms are more often then not, larger and thicker then most people's thighs; to call these men giants is an understatement, but more then this they were made to become the chosen warriors for their respective nations.  The gloves came off as play after play brought the hardest hitting ever witness on any field of sports.  Even the referees were warned not to get in the way or they could face serious injury or even death, if caught in the middle.  It would be likened to a man standing on a railroad track as two diesel locomotives clashed head on at full speed!

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The end of the third quarter found the Yankee Team pulling ahead 30 to 24, but still each side was uproarious with joy, the Yankees feeling they just might win this game after all, and be finished with these Confederates, forever.  Inasmuch as the Confederate had promised that if they lost, they'd relinquish all claims to confederate history, heritage, culture and nationhood.  In the passageways beneath the bleachers, which surrounded the coliseum, the sales of Confederate and Yankee memorabilia as well as a huge variety of snack foods, was at fever pitch.  The varieties of T-Shirts and banners displaying the colors and logo of each team were exploding in sales, a situation which could be clearly seen among the spectators on both sides.  The respective bands and cheerleaders were busy making sure the moral of their respective team, was kept at fever pitch if at all possible.   And things were really heating up as the game entered the fourth and final quarter!
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A quick look at the line up of players on the field as well as those on the bench of each team, was beginning to reveal the cost of this game, of the original 25 men, the Yankees had 18 remaining, the Confederate had 21, and still the clash of the titans continued.  The fourth quarter seemed to pass quickly and soon it was the last few seconds of the game, the score was now tied 30 - 32 with the Confederates attempting a field goal just before the referee blew the final whistle.  The spectator stands were in total silence as both sides faced off for a 3-point kick, which could well alter the course of history.  Finally the two teams were in motion as the kicker sent the ball hurling through the uprights of the opposing goal post, just as the whistle blew over the intercom throughout the coliseum.  This would be a play and a whistle that would be review and replayed millions of times over the coming years for it had changed history forever.

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The Confederate had won 33 to 32 but it was more then a game, it had been a continuation of a conflict, which had raged across the battlefields of a long ago war; a war in which the Yankees had come to believe they had the absolute right, based upon manifest destiny.  True to his word the President called together the leaders of the Confederate movement, seeking under what terms they would separate from the Union of States.  The member States of the Confederacy, each passed a declaration into law, which had the effect of nullifying the forced reentry of their individual states into the Union in 1865 thereby reinstating the original secessions retroactive back to their original dates.  Official delegates were sent by each State to Montgomery Alabama in order to lay plans for national elections, for the purpose of filling the now vacant but valid seats in the Confederate States Government.
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A official ceremony was held at Appomattox Courthouse Virginia where the members of the Join Chiefs of Staff were in attendance, representing the Armed Forces of the United States.  The ceremonies had the effect of rolling back the surrender of the Confederate Armies, and declaring the war itself to have been an unlawful and unconstitutional infringement upon the unalienable rights of the Southern People, as well as the sovereignty of the Confederate States of America.  On 10 May 2015 the Confederate States President, Senators and Representatives elect were sworn into office, and the Confederate States National Flag, known as the Blood Stained Banner, was raised over the Capital Building in Richmond.  The Confederate States of America was now restored to its rightful place, among the nations of the earth.  History had truly been altered from it previous course, all as a result of a wager over a football game!

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Comment: The war itself having been deemed unlawful and unconstitutional on the part of the Union, it follows their bringing the Confederate Armies to the point of surrender would naturally be judged in like manner.  In the end the member States of the Confederacy departed the Union peacefully this second time around, as they should have been permitted to do on that long ago occasion.

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God save the Confederacy

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We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor and independence; we ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms." --- President Jefferson Davis - 29 April 1861
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