The New Tribune A Tha Talent Production Table of Contents --INTRO-- --SOAPBOX-- --A LONG TIME COMING-- --TALENT'S TOP TEN-- --MAN IN THE LAKE-- --OUTRO-- Intro word, welcome back to a full edition of the tribune...hope you all enjoy...talent loves you. Soapbox obviously, we have huge news in a new name added to the champions list...atheist, welcome into the world of the RSTL certified legends...also, i'm probably going to run a fall tournament starting soon, so expect the league to stop for a few weeks, as the first couple weeks of the 64 man tournament go down...sign ups will be up sometime soon...some really dope matchups this week...i'm especially looking forward to Dah vs. Corey, but plenty to watch for...Malosovich might even make a stand against Omen, he really liked the topics and he's a better writer than people realize...or Omen could just slay him like he does to everyone else...everyone should drink orange juice...i almost forgot how dope it is...oh and the RSTL is the best league at this site, don't let those RBL heads tell you any different...that's the downlow, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. like Pac. A Long Time Coming The Story of Atheist, Our New Champ by Mac Flow aka Awedishin How many RSTL matches does it take to win a championship? Well one could argue that if you signed in at 0-0 and went undefeated and showed every week, you could probably make it somewhere within 8 to 10 matches. Some of us got one early, and more to come afterwards. Some of us just got one, and no more. Others of us have scored a good share of championships, upwards of 3, 4, 5 or even 6. Well, all of this is great, but what about the RSTL members who've got 20 to 30 or more wins and no championships? Although few and far between, there have been some, and one of my personal favorites is the current man of the hour, Atheist. Rapmusic.com doesn't go as far back as I need it to to get a good thorough account on Ath's travels, but I can take you back to early April, 2004. Atheist had just done something that is still considered an amazing feat in the RSTL, beaten Richard Corey, in the Contender's match at that. Coming off of that high, one would have surely assumed someone like the current champ at the time, Desenuts, would have no chance of stopping him. Well, Desenuts held on, and Atheist missed that particular shot at RSTL fame. Shortly after losing to Desenuts, Ath fought his way back to the title match at the end of April, when he faced Vern Acular, arguably the greatest RSTL champ of all time. When the dust cleared, the votes were tied up at 5-5, but Atheist voted on a match that was a no show, and he lost one of his 6 votes for that, meaning he didn't vote on 6 completed matches, and he lost a vote from his match. As you can tell, that means he lost to Vern by 1 vote. So close, oh so close. So after losing on a technicality, Atheist no showed the next week and hadn't been seen or heard from since in the RSTL until : 8/2/04. He made his return, against Cigma. In a very contraversial match, Cigma was caught recycling a verse he used from earlier this year versus Vern and myself, and although there was no rule about recycling at the time, Cigma lost on votes. The rule was put into place immediately following this incident, and Atheist moved on. The next week he faced Khoi and lost, then went up against Menso and won. This put him back up where he belonged in the ranks, and he had a few weeks under his belt, so there could no longer be any claims of rust. He was matched up against Tekneek the following week, who was a cowardly no show, then Mc4SIGHT in the contender's match, who also no showed. Wait, so yes, he walked into the title match, against the one and only, the legend, the pimp, the sexiest, Awedishin aka Mac Flow..yep that's me. Anyways, there were some bold predictions of Atheist beating me, getting his first title, etc. I was having none of that, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead. At that point, although still not having read Atheist's verse, I assumed I had that cat in the bag, and he would have to claw back once again for another shot. I had Vern in my eyes....and I was poised and ready. While looking in Vern's direction, Atheist hit me with a chair and cheated his way into the win, 5-4. Haha, just kidding about the cheating, but the chair shot did hurt a little bit. Yep, that's right, he finally did it. He got his first title. Now, I've been known to give people their first titles, one of the most memorable would be Omen, aka Author NYSE, who has since won 3 more and become the most dangerous writer in the history of the RSTL. You owe me Atheist, this beating of me will make you famous, you're welcome lol. So here he is, the former Flowdoctor's topical champ of a long standing time, and one of the few people who have beaten Richard Corey or Infinite Truth, let alone both, your new and undisputed RSTL Champion - at 31-10, Atheist. Congrats my friend, you've earned it, worked your ass off for it, now hang on to it. Good luck.