The Nation’s Bowl

GRUNT NATION – From the moment the Grunts joined the Dungeon West, the League tried to make skaven its biggest rival.

The League didn’t need to try so hard.

The skaven and Grunts have found plenty of reasons to dislike each other and the days leading up to this week’s Orcidas bowl won’t be any different.

“Some of the things that are coming out of their camp toward us aren’t necessarily the nicest things, and we’re just going to out there and do our job,” noted Grunt star quarterback, Leeroy Jenkins.

Jenkins didn’t specify what he heard. But his comments are indicative of just how heated the series between these border-conference rivals has become in recent seasons.

This season’s game is a bit of a swap as the Grunts (3-3-2 Dungeon West) attempt to spoil Mauz (3-3-2) hopes after years of dominating an on-and-off series.

“The chore has been for us to get involved,” Grunt coach Preach said. “Our job is to be able to play with those guys, to go out and compete with them. They recruit well, they’ve had great teams in the past.”

It could be argued that Mauz-Grunt became a real rivalry two seasons ago. The hosting Mauz hammered the Grunts 3-1, prompting Preach to famously quip “If they want to fire me, go ahead!” in his post-game press conference.

Grunts atheltic director Warchief Thrall kept Preach for another year. But it was Preach who brought the rivalry to another level this season.

The Grunts took on the Skuttle Butts, shaming themselves into a 5-0 rout. Preach resigned soon after the game.

“They’ll definitely remember that and take that into this bowl,” Grunt black orc Testorclese said. “Whenever you have a tough loss like that, especially to the skaven menace… that’s something you take to the off-season and you prepare like crazy and just remember, ‘Hey, that happened. We don’t want that to happen again.”

Grunt coach Preach, has had a tough go against skaven. But a win over Mauz would send the Grunts into a frenzy, take some heat off Preach and give the program momentum. Oh, it would probably ruin Mauz’s season.

“You have to have some inherent pride in being a competitor,” Preach said. “You’ve got to love that as a coach and as a player, to be able to take advantage of an opportunity to beat a well-respected team.”