Albany Empire fullback Wesley Mauia mashes opposing defensive players on the field, but off of it, he's a soft spoken gentle giant with a great sense of humor.  That sense of humor was kindly appreciated as Chrissy, Jess and I baited him into a conversation in which it was revealed how people simply butcher his last name.  We thought it was hilarious, and thankfully he did too!

Coming off their first loss in over a month, the Albany Empire are set to matchup against the two time defending league champ Philadelphia Soul at home on Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Times Union Center.  The 5-3 Empire will look to bounce back following a loss to the Brigade a week ago.  The pre-game block party and half time show will feature tributes honoring former Albany Firebirds legends.

Tickets for the remaining Empire home games are still available at TheAlbanyEmpire.com.