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This was a bittersweet Dreamhack run for our Rocket League trio. Prior to the competition, Fireburner announced he would be retiring as a competitor in order to focus on other projects and coaching. No doubt, GarrettG and JSTN wanted to send the greatest competitor ever to play Rocket League off in style. But after falling to River Rats early, they had to climb through the lower bracket including a rematch with the world champs, Vitality. Oh, and did we mention the fire alarm that interrupted our match (Spoiler: we still won behind a clean sweep of the Cup holders). Lucky for us, this final match reignited a spark in Fireburner as he performed above and beyond and carried the team to the Grand Finals! The boys went out with a second place finish, but showed everyone just how special these three players have been over the years. We are very grateful for all the years Fireburner has spent with us as a player and a person. He will always be a big part of our #NRGFAM!

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With our new in game leader Stanislaw on board, the boys took their shot at ESL One this past week.  With only a week to prepare, they were already looking like a cohesive unit and and with a second round victory over Faze we clinched an automatic playoff spot.  Team Liquid would be our first opponent in an NA #1 vs NA #2 faceoff; the perfect way to start the 4th of July!  It was a close match, but Team Liquid came out ahead in the end. The boys had one more shot to advance against a red hot Vitality squad, but they unfortunately knocked us out of the tournament.  Overall, it was a terrific first run for the new look CS squad with Stan leading the charge.  By all accounts, the future is very bright for NRG CSGO who are back at it at the Blast Pro series in LA this weekend! Let us know if you want to attend. We will have a big NRG contingency in LA for this one... and...


With the Atlanta Reign hosting their homestand this past weekend, the team got a week off from matches to prep for their third run in a row at stage playoffs! While Widow and Torb battles ensued in Atlanta the guys were at home grinding with the occasional break for Summer fun! The Shock open up the Stage 3 playoffs on Friday against Seoul Dynasty in a #NoLagCrew rematch! Come down and root us on this weekend for a double dip of NRG/Shock LA tourney action.

Also - keep an eye out in the near future for the Overwatch League MVP candidates- there’s a good chance you’ll see some Shock in the lineup!


The final match of the season for Clash Royale took place on Friday and Thunder brought it home with a rampage on KOTH to secure another win for team NRG! And lastly, Nairo’s Ganon merch is now on sale! Get yours now at!



Another stage, another spot in the Overwatch League Playoffs secured for our boys from the Bay. On Thursday, we played one of the most exciting matches of the stage against the Chengdu Hunters. We got to see a lot of Sinatraa’s Sombra as well as the fattest shatter bomb combo on Eichenwalde. It was a 5 map thriller of a match that the unconventional Hunters finally took in the end. But in impressive style, the Shock quickly put that loss behind them to prepare for a playoff clinching match against the defending champion London Spitfire on Sunday.

To celebrate this last match of the stage, fans gathered at the San Jose Improv theater for our South Bay Bash Watch Party paid ticketed event! London put up a good fight, but by map 3 we did what we came to do, clinched a spot in the playoffs, and then proceeded to get the 4-0 sweep! This was an especially big game for Rascal, who got to play against and beat his former teammates for the first time.

Next week we have a bye while the Atlanta Reign host their homestand, but we’ll be back and ready to roll the following week for Stage 3 Playoffs! In the meantime if you need your Shock fix, check out our newest YouTube uploads and look out for our Ballistix Banter series on Twitter! And congratulations to our very own NineK for being chosen as South Korea’s assistant coach for the Overwatch World Cup. Team KR is now in even better hands as he joins Head Coach Crusty on the Shock dominated coaching staff!


HookGangGod and Nairo competed at CEO in Florida last weekend. Hook started off with a double perfect in his first match- as he did not take a single hit of damage on any fighter! He breezed through Top 64 and made it into the Top 16 Winner’s Bracket.  Facing a tough lineup of SonicFox and Kazunoko, Hook was unable to advance, ending his run in the Sunshine State.

Nairo started his run on Saturday by winning his pool then dropping to the loser’s bracket. He popped off later that day to earn his way through to Top 16. Then on Sunday he eliminated Wishes to get into Top 8 setting himself up for a CEO wrestling style walkout! His Top 8 fight was against Marss’s Zero Suit, a rival he has battled before.  It seemed like Nairo would get the dub this time as it was an exciting fight that went to last stock of game 3.  But Marss just barely got the better of our Smash Stud this time and Nairo finished Top 8.  The Fighting Game Community takes a little bit of a break in the summer, but stay tuned to NRG Social for their upcoming schedules!


Big things happening org-wide! Congrats to our CSGO boys for reaching Top 5 in HLTV worldwide rankings! This week our new in-game leader Stanislaw joins the boys to play ESL Cologne and you have a chance to get tickets and get up close and personal with them July 13-14 at the Blast Pro Series in Los Angeles! Finally, on the social side, BenjyFishy got his silver play button for 100K YouTube subs! AND he reached number 1 in EU rankings, with Savage not far behind!


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The squad began by cashing in as the Seoul Dynasty delivered on the Netgear Router Rumble bet from last week by buying lunch for the whole team! The taste of victory is a delicious way to kick-off the week indeed! But then it was back to the grind to make hay in our matches against the Boston Uprising and the Florida Mayhem.
On Thursday, the OWL week began against Boston and we sped through four maps, picking up an easy 4-0 victory before heading home to prepare for Florida the very the next day. But even with the back-to back schedule, the Shock were in top form as we once again dominated the opposition and picked up the 4-0 for our first 8-0 map sweep week of Stage 3. With a surprise Titans loss to the Valiant the Shock now control our own destiny for top seedings in the Stage 3 playoffs.

This week we’ve got our last two matches of Stage 3 vs the Chengdu Hunters and London Spitfire. For that last game, if you are in the area, we’ll be hosting a watch party in San Jose where we’ll raffle off some of our biggest prizes ever!


After an undefeated season where we collected every individual and team accolade under the sun, and won multiple events, the Rocket League crew headed to Worlds at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ as the #1 seed. After years of getting oh so close, Fireburner, JSTN, and GarrettG came in hoping that this was our time to finally capture the elusive title. Things started shaky in the group stage vs INTZ but we all breathed a sigh of relief with that game 5 win. We were back in top form against PSG Esports with a win clinching goal in game 4 in the last 30 seconds! Unfortunately our run ended in the quarterfinals against eventual champion Team Vitality who played one of their best matches ever to take down our talented trio. A disappointment indeed, but more fuel to fire up the boys as they look to finally take it all in Season 8!


The CSGO boys played in the ESL Pro League last weekend, and things were bittersweet as it was also a farewell tour for Daps, who has had the longest tenure as a player with NRG.  And Daps went out fighting! The boys took down G2 in game 3 after a crazy overtime on Dust2. Next they took on the Astralis who has been #1 in the world for as long as anyone can remember and in another map 3 they pulled off a huge upset and secured a spot in the semifinals!!!  In yet another 3 map series, we played tough against G2 but ended our run at the Top 4. It was a great final series from Daps, and we once again thank him for everything and wish him all the best of luck in the future.  NRG Fam forever! Big wins over all top ranked teams in France propelled NRG to our highest ranking for 2019 coming in #5 in the world in HLTV rankings.


Big stuff from BenjyFishy and Mr Savage last week as they took home first place in the Boom Cup tournament.  AND the young duo hit 100k and 140k respectively on Twitter.  These two are crushing it in every way! 

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0Our Clash Royale Crew had a good weekend too, pulling off a sweep against Pain Gaming and picking up their second win of the season! Our Smash stud Nairo has a new line of Ganondorf “POWER” apparel available so show your support and pick yours up now, it’s a limited run! And finally we’re excited to announce the Shock are booked to play a friendly at the Metarama Music and Gaming Festival in Las Vegas later this year. Vegas Baby!



FINALLY! After a long mid-season break, the Overwatch League has returned! And Stage 3 started off just peachy. Our first match last week was against Babybay and the Atlanta Reign, meaning we’d be taking on a former teammate for the first time ever. The boys were a little rusty after their break, but it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things. Babybay and his crew put up a solid fight against his former teammates. But in the end, we held on to our overall undefeated streak (11-0 and counting)!  

That match was also the day we revealed our new look with the debut of our 3rd jersey! If they are still available you can pick up your own for a LIMITED TIME- once they’re gone, they’re gone! And finally on the Shock side, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Aftershock 8, which documents our journey through stage 2 (our Golden Stage) though the incredible Stage Championship victory vs. Vancouver!


Benjyfishy and Savage have already qualified for the Fortnite World Cup and were hanging together ready to take on all comers in preparation.  As an org, NRG has just one more player left to qualify for Fortnite Worlds… and Symfuhny is so close! Last week he and Zayt competed in the NA East server and Symf finished in 38th overall. He will take another crack at qualifying this weekend so stay tuned to NRG social for all the details and if you have not already, check out this Sneak feature about him joining the NRG fam!


The boys made a deep run at the ECS Season 7 Finals in London. We started strong with wins against NiPgaming and Furia for a spot in the semifinals against Vitality. It was an exciting 3 map series with clutch plays all around. But unfortunately, Vitality took the win in the end and sent us home with a top 4 finish. This week the boys are back at it starting Wednesday with the closed qualifier for the American Minor. Follow NRG Current for all the action!

 Our Dominus decal is back in the Rocket League esports shop! Pick yours up now for that pro look in game! And finally, Clash Royale just kicked off the new season and NRG has already made a splash.  We welcome Thunderstruck to our Clash Royale team! He’s already proving to be a key addition to the squad.   After a tough loss to powerhouse Complexity, Thunderstruck helped the team sweep the head-to-head tiebreaker 2-0 vs Dignitas to secure our first victory of the season!  Check them out Saturday as they take on SK Gaming!



We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz to the NRG CS:GO roster. Stanislaw, who lead Complexity to a top 8 finish at the 2019 Katowice Major, and OpTic to a championship at ELeague Season 2, will be assuming the role of IGL going forward. He will debut tomorrow in the Americas Minor NA Closed Qualifier as NRG begins its journey to the Berlin Major in August.

With the addition of stanislaw, Damian "daps" Steele will be moved to the substitute roster. Daps has been with NRG CS:GO for close to two and a half years, joining an underachieving roster at the beginning of 2017. His experience and leadership in and out of game set the foundation for NRG's rise to prominence in the NA CS:GO scene, and on the world stage. During his tenure, NRG collected titles at IEM Shanghai 2018, cs_summit3,  and peaked at #4 in the HLTV World Rankings. We would like to extend a huge thank you to daps for his tireless work in building our CS:GO program and instilling a winning culture that has defined our team.


NRG Partners with iBUYPOWER!

Premier esports team ‘NRG Esports’ announces a new partnership with industry-leading PC gaming company iBUYPOWER.

NRG Esports announced computer company—iBUYPOWER—as the team’s official PC gaming sponsor moving forward. The partnership reaches across the entire NRG organization and its subsequent teams.

“We’re incredibly thrilled to welcome iBUYPOWER back into the esports team landscape,” said Brett Lautenbach, President of NRG Esports. “As with any competitive facet, fine-tuning player equipment for maximum performance is a significant priority, with iBUYPOWER, our players will get the most from their hardware—and that’s a good feeling.”

With this partnership, iBUYPOWER returns to supporting individual teams after sponsoring esports tournaments the past few years.

"It's exciting to be back in the competitive scene," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER. "Not only do we believe in the skill and hard work to win, but to have the latest and greatest hardware."

With iBUYPOWER's hardware, NRG players and fans alike can look forward to optimized performance, increased frames, and smoother gameplay. 

About NRG

NRG Esports is a globally leading esports organization that fields competition across multiple gaming titles. Founded by former Vice President of Apple and co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, Andy Miller, NRG is led by a roundtable of experience and expertise stemming from traditional sports and tech industries alike; with investment from the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Tiesto, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.


iBUYPOWER is a custom gaming PC company located in the heart of the City of Industry, CA. Since 1999, iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: Innovation, Community, Performance. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.



For the first time ever, the entire Shock team visited the Bay Area last week to get to know their home market and meet fans in San Francisco!  The trip started in Burbank as the boys boarded the bus for the 6-hour journey up state. Halfway through, they made a pit stop where things got heated and a ghost pepper challenge made for a fun way to break up the trip. After a good night’s sleep the first stop in the morning was the Googleplex in Mountain view, where the team toured the campus and had an impromptu meet and greet with fans on site! Next they stopped for some fun in the sun at the lake nearby and then concluded the day with a BBQ at NRG founder Andy Miller’s place! The next day featured the fan meet and greet where fans waited eagerly at Aquatic Park for the team to arrive. For many this would be the first time they saw the whole team in person and the turnout was incredible!  With hundreds of fans lined up, the team saw just how much the Bay Area supports their favorite OWL team. Special thanks to the Shockwaves, our super fan club, for helping us set this up! After the meet and greet the team got to experience San Francisco in classic style with a scenic bike tour of the Golden Gate Bridge and ferry ride back to the wharf!  It was fantastic having them up here, and we’re excited for 2020 when SF truly becomes their home! 


Our Rocket League trio of Fireburner, JSTN and GarrettG started Dreamhack in Dallas incredibly strong with 3-0 sweeps against their first 2 opponents! Good thing because Dad was watching J.  The next day the team swept Vitality, among the favorites to win it all, AND only allowed them one goal! TSM was up next and they proved to be a tough match. We fell in the Winner’s Semifinal in a  5-game match but later bounced back against ICON to move on to the Lower Bracket Semis. Unfortunately our match against Dignitas and a sick Justin knocked us out of the tournament after a deep run.  Now the team gets ready for the big one; the RLCS Season 7 World Championships at the end of the month at the Prudential Center in NJ!


It was a long week for the CSGO boys. After the Summit on Sunday, they flew immediately to Dallas for Dreamhack to begin their journey on Tuesday.   A rough start and loss against Furia sent them to the lower bracket, but they bounced back against Cloud 9 to move on to Day 3. We took on G2 Esports next in an exciting 3 game series that included an OT clutch play from Brehze. Unfortunately though, that was where the journey ended, as they fell to G2 in game 3. On to the ECS Lan Final this weekend.  Stay tuned to NRG Current for all the action!


Nairo had an up and down journey at Smash N Splash last week.  He started strong in doubles with Wizzy, where they made it to the Grand Finals and became the champs! He also easily made it into Top 64 singles, where he faced Captain Zack’s Bayonetta and won 3-2. That is where our Smash stud’s journey ended though after a tough fight with Void.  Nairo gets a little time off now but we will keep you up to speed on everything he is doing this summer! 


This weekend in Battle Royale, our Apex crew competed in the FaceIt Pro Series! Dizzy was his godlike self of course, and the boys took home second overall!  On the Fortnite front, NRG went head to head as Benjy and Savage competed in the celeb and pro filled Friday Fortnite Tournament. They won big in the early rounds against legendary Fortnite streamer Ninja in front of a 100k+ sized audience. After losing in the semis, they got sent to the losers bracket where they squared off with the Ninja duo again in a rematch. After winning a second time, MrSavage hit his all-time peak viewership of 127k live concurrent viewers, and advanced to the finals. To no one’s surprise, NRG ended up on top as Savage and Benjy took first in the whole tourney! That impressive performance even earned a shout out from Keemstar himself! By far a career defining moment for our dynamic duo.


The growth of our social platforms continues to blow us away.  So THANK YOU for 400k on Instagram, NRG Fam!! We wouldn’t be the fastest growing org without our incredible fans and all of you who support us!
Lastly, we wish everyone a Happy Pride Month! Get your pride wallpapers here.  We also want everyone struggling with mental health issues to know we care, and if you are able, we ask you to help those in need by giving your support to NAMI!

NRG Current: A Little Bit of Everything


Big news from Apex land- the first official EA Apex League has just been announced and NRG is one of the founding teams! The league will play throughout the summer with one live match being held each week in studio. Look for Dizzy to quickly become the face of the league and his NRG squad partners Mohr and Aceu as heavy favorites to win it all.

On the Fortnite front, with almost the full squad already qualified for Wolrd Cup in NYC, it was all about growing out the social chanels and continuing the "#NRG On Top" theme for the summer. Our boy Benjy continues to blow up as he hit 100k on Instagram and 150k on Youtube! If you’re looking to get some cool gear in game, use code BENJYFISHY in the item shop!  But the social win of the week went to Symfuhny who took his online relationship with @xbrookeabx to another level with a banger love story VOD! Symf is now NRG's most popular player picking up over 100,000 Twitch followers THIS past week alone and coming in as the 5th most watched twitch player channel with 1.2M hours watched! Oh yeah btw, NRG co-owner Sodapoppin was #1 in the twitchverse with 2.2M hours watched as his channel dug in on Soda's hilarious rip through World of Warcraft.


Nairo’s been working! After GOML last week, he trained hard for Momocon and it showed! After several exciting matches he was finally able to breathe as he reached Top 8! Although he finished 5th, there was a lot to celebrate about his performance! Oh, and did we mention he pulled out Wolf, Zero Suit, Robin, AND Dark Pit in his final match??  Definitely a vintage performance from our Smash Stud!  Meanwhile HookGangGod played his way through a packed house at Combo Breaker and showed the world, once again why he is among the best in the game as Hook claimed the 2nd place spot


The boys were going for… A Duck Dynasty? Back at CS Summit to defend the trophy, they took on some of the other top teams in the world including Ghost GamingTeam Liquid, and Ence. After a long 3 days which saw the boys dominate groups they eventually fell in the semis to Liquid in a 2 game series, but we got some sick reddit-worthy highlights, including this one from Tarik!  And our guys are stretching their legs as content creators too.  Check out Tarik and Daps star performance in this Sennheiser spot! On to Dreamhack Dallas where the action begins today!


While the boys were off taking a well-deserved rest before returning this week to prep for Stage 3, the Shock events team took over the Gaming Hall at Fanime in San Jose! We even got a special visit from the Overwatch League’s own Mica Burton, donning a full cosplay. All weekend, attendees came to our booth to take photos and play games, and on Sunday Fanime Gaming put on a huge Overwatch tournament!  The Shock return to action next Thursday, June 6th against the Atlanta Reign in the featured broadcast game of the day, and if you want to get ready for the second half of the season in style, there’s even MORE new gear for you to pick up before it starts!


As mentioned the CSGO team will be in Dallas, along with much of the esports world, for Dreamhack. Their journey begins today at 2p PT vs Furia.  This weekend, NRG doubles down in Dreamhack Dallas as our award winning, undefeated team of @GarrettG  @fireburner_ and @Its_JSTN take on the best Rocket League Teams in the world in an out-of-league invitation only tournament!  Follow NRG Current for all the most up to date scores and highlights!

NRG Current: Quiet Before the Storm


After taking down the previously unbeaten Titans and claiming the Stage 2 Champions, the boys finally got a well-deserved rest from hardcore competition. But before heading home to spend time with their families, three of our players Super, Sinatraa, and Viol2t were selected to the OWL All-Star Game

Wednesday kicked off the games with the Talent Takedown, where Puckett, Soe, Sideshow, and other casters battled for bragging rights- not to mention we got to see our very own Super casting alongside Goldenboy, who made his return just for this occasion! Later, Viol2t competed in the Widow 1v1 with fellow OWL friends supporting him from the stage, Super popped off during the DPS only match, and Sinatraa gave us the time of day in the McCree only match.

Thursday was the main event- a 6v6 series with gasp- no GOATs allowed! Shock Fans in the Bay Area gathered at ESA Oakland for a watch party presented by Gamestop.  The Atlantic took the win, but the players put on a great show and the fans had an amazing time.  Plus, we got to see a reunion with one of our former Shock players who was playing for the Atlantic Division!

The Overwatch League resumes June 6th, starting with our match against the Atlanta Reign which will again be the featured match this time on Disney XD. While you’re waiting, look out for a few unique VODS on the boys during the break, pick up some new merch by Ultimate and help get Crusty, Junkbuck, and Sen into the World Cup!


First, we want to wish a happy 19th birthday to our favorite doge in Apex, Dizzy! We look forward to many more years of insane plays and world class competition and content.

The Fortnite guys continue to dominate the scoreboard. With only Symfuhny left to qualify for the World Cup, NRG is looking to dominate the competition.  This truly means a lot to the players as is evident by Zayt discussing his journey in Fortnite and Symfuhny's excitement talking about Savage qualifying!  


NRG is on Top right now, and there’s more to come, especially with our roster additions- Hazard, Carter, and ChiefJ return to Clash Season 2 now joined by xPedro and lichpentakill, and Mohr joins our All-Star cast of Apex Legends players!

And finally, If you want to be a champion, you have to look like one. And now you can, with the NRG dominus decal, available in the Rocket League esports shop!

NRG Current: Champions Edition



Wow.  Truly, wow!  Most Esports organizations never accomplish what we accomplished last weekend.  Two days highlighted by two championships, including the SF Shock’s first Stage Championship in the Overwatch League! 

The Shock’s journey began last year, when we assembled a team, built not just for season 1, but for the long haul.  That team was centered around two young studs; Sinatraa and Super, now the face of the Overwatch League, who were not age eligible to play until the mid point of the inaugural season.  Over time we have added new stand out players and hands down the best coaching staff in the game.  And it all came together on Sunday.  Not only did we complete an undefeated regular stage, dropping zero maps; we broke records and powered through Shanghai and Hangzhou for a chance at $200,000 and Grand Finals revenge on the Vancouver Titans who beat us in a thrilling 7 map match to win the Stage 1 Championship. 

All eyes were on our players, our team, and our org as the boys battled in front of the live audience, Twitch stream, and viewers on ABC network television (for the second time that weekend and the third time in a week!).  We started strong on Lijiang, finishing the map 2 rounds to 0. Things got tight after the boys dropped the next two maps, but the team was not phased. After character defining come back wins on Gibraltar and Oasis, the Shock were one win away from the title. With amazing plays from all our guys, including Rookie of the Year candidate Viol2t, we closed out Blizzard world by shutting the Titans out of point 2 to become Stage 2 Overwatch League Champions!!!!  The raw emotion was visible on the faces of everyone involved and for good reason.  This was a long time coming, with a lot of planning and grinding along the way.  The Shock are now the #1 ranked Overwatch team in the world, but we are not done yet.  

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Now we set our sights on the Stage 3 Championship and then, hopefully, the Overwatch League Grand Finals in Philadelphia!  The OWL will be on break until June 6th, but don’t miss our boys Sinatraa, Super, and Viol2t in the All-Star games this coming Thursday! And if you’re in the area, stop by the Oakland Esports Arena for our championship celebration, watch party, and community game night sponsored by GameStop that will include a live AMA with our CEO Andy Miller and GM Chris Chung!  RSVP here:

But NRG was not done.  Not even close.  Our Rocket League team also went undefeated through the season and they too played for a championship last weekend.   GarrettG, Fireburner, and Jstn went 7-0 in RLCS Season 7 AND swept every major stat category! Oh, and did we mention Jstn got MVP?  And as the #1 seed in the playoffs, the team started their run in semifinals, meaning they needed to get two wins in a row to win it all. Our ridiculously talented trio started strong by sweeping Rogue 4-0 and went on to play NRG nemisis Cloud 9 in the finals. At first it looked like we were going to shut them out easily, but in game 3 Cloud 9 put up one last fight, taking us into the longest overtime in Rocket League history! It lasted 11 minutes 12 seconds, beating the previous OT record by three full minutes?!?!  After Garrett finally got the winning goal in game 3, we rolled them in game 4 to win the championship, a #1 World Ranking and complete a perfect season that will go down in the Rocket League record books!

To cap off the memorable weekend, the Fortnite Qualifier Finals featured our top talent, Zayt, Symfuhny, and Mr. Savage, who all looked to clinch a spot in the World Cup! With a finish in the top spot in EU standings on the line, Savage won a spot in solos, making history with Benjy as the first duo in the world to double qualify for NYC World Cup as both a a solo and a duo! Zayt also came up big and won a spot  in the NA East server, making NRG the first Organization to double qualify 3 players in the Fortnite World Cup.  Stay tuned to NRG social for more World Cup action this week as we look to qualify more players and further distance ourselves from the field!

NRG never sleeps, and neither does our amazing org who keep social media burning, pumps out our videos and manages and coach our teams. This historic week was truly a team effort. One in which the org, our sponsors, our players, our investors and the fans can be very proud of!