It is finally game week for the Albany Empire.  They have their home opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. as they host the Carolina Cobras at the MVP Arena.  We have had on head coach Tom Menas every Monday since March 7th at 12 noon.  He has been fired up and constantly says how he feels that the Empire will repeat as champions and he also says with extreme confidence that the Empire are the best team in the conference by far.  I expect some really big crowds to turn out for the Empire as Albany Arena Football fans are very passionate.  Here is my quick take on this from the Times Union:

With Covid restrictions in the rearview mirror, there is no reason why Capital Region fans won’t make a big splash on Saturday when the Albany Empire begin defense of their National Arena League Title at MVP Arena. Head Coach Tom Menas has put together a glorified All Star team that is built to win another Championship. Capital Region fans have always supported Arena Football in ways most other cities do not, and it’s time to return to some normalcy starting Saturday when the Empire open their season against the Carolina Cobras.

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We had Coach Menas on with us this past Monday and he gave us the preview and breakdown of this Saturday's home opener.  Below is our full conversation with him.

I can't wait until Saturday for the Empire to try and defend their title.  I am confident in Coach Menas and his talented group of players to win another championship this year.

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