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Bro.Said:
This is Public Notice:

On January 26, 2008 we had our Houston Slam Team Grand Slam with four of the top ranking poets from Super Slam Week competing for cash prizes. The winners were Camryn Barganier ($300), Brother Said(not eligible for prize), Byron Williams($150), and Larry Cortez($100).

Unfortunately, Camryn and Byron left the team due to personal issues. The four individuals on the alternates list must contact me before 5pm Wednesday because I've scheduled an Alternates Slam this Sunday February 17th. We will have the Alternates Slam to fill the two open spots on the Houston Slam Team. It will be at the Chateau at 5pm. Go to www.houstonpoetryslam.org for directions.

Bro.Said:
These are the times when it's absolutely joyful to be a fucking Slammaster!  Four poets said they were going to show up for the Sunday Feb. 17th's Alternates Slam - but only two showed up. Those two competed for the 3rd slot ($150 prize) and fourth slot ($100) on the lteam. The results were as follows.

1. Trinity (won 3rd slot on team and elgible for the $150 prize)
2. Deep Blu See (won fourth slot on team and elgible for $100 prize)

I'll hold another alternates slam in a few weeks or a month for a reserve team member.

So now (or for now?) the 2008 Houston Slam Team is:

1. Brother Said (came in second in Super Sla Week grand slam. Moved up to first when Camryn Barganier left the team)
2. Larry Cortez aka the Lethal Lyricist (came in fourth in grand slam. Moved up to second place when Byron Williams left the team)
3. Trinity
4. Deep Blu See

Bro.Said:
The Alternate Slam at Notsuoh on March 19 was packed with people and poetry. Niechy was in town and put on great feature. The crowd couldn't get enough of her. We were there until midnight!

The contestants in the slam were Queen Sheba (the Texas version), Resonance, and Sal.

Queen Sheba won the alternate spot. She will be going to Madison, Wisconson  with the team in August. Only the top four starters are guaranteed stage time. The alternate is for emergency stand in or emergency performance only. Resonance and Sal are on the alternate list and are next in line to move up in case they are needed.

Bro.Said:
The 2009 Houston Slam Team Grand Slam Final 0n Saturday February 21st was an exciting mix of anticipation, drama, and intrigue. The players favored to win, members of last year’s 2008 team, met some stiff competition during Super Slam Week that pushed them down in the rankings and put their favored status in question. Queen Sheba had ranked No. 1 all season long, but was pushed down to No. 2 by new comer Savannah Blue. Deep Blue See had held on to the number four ranking for sometime, had risen to three, but had been pushed down to fourth place by new comer Freeze. Deep Blue See rebounded and recovered third rank overall Thursday night. One time No. 2 ranker Fat Boi 6 had fallen all the way to No. 5 by the end of Super Slam Week. And the top ranked team Hot Buttered Soul, composed of 2008 Slam Team members Trinity and Brother Said, had been hoping for a better showing but ended up ranking behind new comer Freeze. And a surprise move by poet Outspoken catapulted him into the rankings with one high scoring second place finish on Tuesday night. But he couldn’t make it Saturday night, so his spot became a Wild Card spot and picked up by Nyne.

The very first bout pitted Savannah against, Deep Blu, Fat Boi 6, and Nyne. Top rankers get to pick their spot in the Houston Poetry Slam finals, and Savannah picked “D”. Deep Blu See picked “A” which was a shocker to see a veteran slammer who knows the alphabetical system chose to go first against a formidable opponent. Fat Boi chose “C”. And Nyne ended up with “B”. It was a close bout, but Deep Blu See pulled out the win.

The second bout pitted second ranked Queen Sheba against, Freeze, Hot Buttered Soul, and the Plastic Clown. Queen Sheba chose “C”, Freeze chose “whatever” which ended up being “D” after Plastic Clown chose “B”. Once the second bout got started, the Plastic Clown provided one of the more humorous events of the evening when he delivered his first poem writhing on the floor of the stage. Freeze dominated the first half of the bout scoring 30 points twice, but Team Hot Buttered Soul pulled off the upset win, while Queen Sheba barely caught up with Freeze to take second place making her the first alternate.

So the 2009 Houston Slam Team is Deep Blu See, Savannah Blue, Brother Said, Trinity, and Queen Sheba is the alternate for the second year in a row. Last year, half the team quit after one week. This year should be more stable, but we have a solid alternate in Freeze to call up if necessary.

Deep Blu See is the Houston Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, and as such qualifies to represent Houston Poetry Slam in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley, California in October 2009. Queen Sheba is the top ranking female winner and may still be able to beat the deadline to represent Houston in the Women of the World Slam in March 18 - 21.

Angela Guillory was a great first time slam hostess for us. She’s having her premier piano recital soon. Check her flyer out here http://angelaog.com/downloads/AOG.jpg

Bout 1
Deep Blu See - 107.5 the Houston Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion
Savannah Blue - 103.5
Nyne - 102.2
Fat Boi 6 - 91.5

Bout 2
Team Hot Buttered Soul - 113.5
Queen Sheba - 110.4 Top Ranking Female
Freeze - 108
Plastic Clown - 79.5

Bro.Said:
The 2010 Super Slam Week has started. Super Slam Week is the Houston Poetry Slam playoff week. Poets have slammed all season to be among the top 12 individual or duo of poets that get into Super Slam Week . Now, one more step remains: avoid elimination by slamming to keep or to take somebody else's rank and become one of the top 8 individual or duo of poets that gets to go to the Grand Slam Final.

Throughout the regular season poets and teams tried to get top ranking so they could be rewarded with a high seed during Super Slam Week. Remember, if a poet doesn't show up for their bout, their spot becomes a Wild Card which means it's open to any other poet. The first bout was held at Mr. A's the Club on 02.02.2010. Two more bouts on Thursday and Friday respectively. Then the final will be Saturday.

Here are the results after the third bout Friday night.

FIRST PLACE
Q (Clinched the Final)
1st on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 15
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 4
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 497.1
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 105.6
Totals: 19 pts, 602.7

Shelz (Clinched the Final)
1st on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 12
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 4
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 331.6
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 120
Totals: 16 pts, 451.6

Choice (Standby)
1st on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points: 2
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 4
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 107.5
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 117.2
Totals: 6 pts, 224.7 score

SECOND PLACE
Khalid (Clinched the Final)
2nd on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points: 16
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 3
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 509
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 117
Totals: 19 pts, 626 score

Team Jambalaya (Clinched the Final)
2nd on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 12
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 3
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 326.4
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 119.9
Totals: 15 pts, 446.3

Jem (Standby)
2nd on 2.04.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 11
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 3
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 345.8
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 100.6
Totals: 14pts, 446.4

THIRD PLACE
Fluent1 (Clinched the Final)
3rd on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points:6
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 2
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 271.2
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score:113.6
Totals: 8 pts, 384.8 score

Emily (Wild Card, Clinched the Final)
3rd on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 0
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 2
Regular Season Accumulated Score:0
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score:118.7
Totals: 3 pts, 118.7

Trinity (Wild Card) (Standby)
3rd on 2.04.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 0
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 2
Regular Season Accumulated Score:0
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score:97.8
Totals: 3 pts, 97.8

FOURTH PLACE
Nyne (Clinched the Final)
4th on 2.02.10 in Super Slam Week Bout One
Regular Season Ranking Points: 10
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 1
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 349.9
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 112.2
Totals: 11 pts, 462.1 score

Fat Boi 6 (Clinched the Final)
4th on 2.05.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Three
Regular Season Ranking Points: 6
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 1
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 80
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 112.2
Totals: 7 pts, 114.9 score

Alex (Standby)
4th on 2.04.10 in Super Slam Week Bout Two
Regular Season Ranking Points: 3
Super Slam Week Ranking Points: 1
Regular Season Accumulated Score: 101.6
Super Slam Week Accumulated Score: 89
Totals: 4, 190 score

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