Week 1 Reports AND article: No Need for an Introduction Here Neighbors
No need for an introduction here neighbors. Just a simple look at my predictions for which teams will have brought much honor to their families and which teams will have shamed their ancestors by the end of the season.
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Congratulations! You managed to get Dustin as the last pick in the first round! Surely snagging one of the Cannon’s best defensive handlers is worth celebrating. Ha. There’s a reason he was still on the board by this point and that’s because league Dustin and pro Dustin are as different as Killer Whales and cheese (wait what?). Jose is going to be gone a lot this summer including some playoff games so that leaves your best player as Matthew Molinaro. Apparently he’s an A teamer but seeing as how I’ve rarely heard his name I doubt he’s that great. You do have my sympathy though. It seems that the captains once again boned someone with their slotting and this league you drew the short straw. First overall? Really guys? That’s just mean. She could have at least nabbed Kate to help balance out the poor guy selection. This team will win a couple games when everyone is there but I don’t see them making it past 7th place.
At first glance this team looked fairly solid and I had them around the 5-6 range, but then I was informed that Danny Bishop would be missing the playoffs. This, coupled with the fact that the captains forced SJ to be the second overall pick (seriously the captains screwed the lady captains big time) points to this team doing okay during the season only to get crushed in the playoffs. Don’t get me wrong, players like Eric, Troy, and Schimmel should not be overlooked but the issue is that they won’t be able to play defense or move the disc effectively on offense without Danny there. I hope I’m wrong and that this team does better than predicted if only for some form of justice against the slotting of SJ but I don’t think so. C bracket bound.
These next 3 teams were difficult to place as they are all very similar in talent level.
There were several teams I could have stuck in this spot but I chose Greathouse simply because Ryan Hiser strikes me as the kind of person that will show up to league and never play harder than 75% while drinking beer. The rest of this team looks solid, especially if Nguy shows up regularly. With good support players like Mills and Nelen to throw to Akin and Johnson rounded off with a decent set of ladies, this team can definitely win games. If Greathouse can convince Hiser to put the alcohol down and to give at least 85% then this team will be top 4. However, even with Greathouse’s power of persuasion I don’t think it’ll happen.
Not really sure what happened here with this team. One second Cyle was the first round pick/captain and then next second Switzer is the number overall pick. Whatever the reason, this switch in players is what is landing this team at the number 5 spot. This team has all the essentials for a good league team. Switzer the Hucker, Alek the Grinder, Danny H. the Sky Machine, KJ the “I’m going to foul you so get over it” Guy, and Nick McGrane the Chill and Have Fun Guy. This team has arguably the strongest duo of ladies in this league (aren’t they going to Nationals or something). With all this though I can’t stress enough how crucial the Switzer-Cyle trade was; had Cyle remained on this team they would have been top 3. Now though, unless its windy every week (and summer typically isn’t) and they can zone, this team is going to run out of steam by half time and lose some games they should have won.
This team was difficult to rate. On one hand, you have a bunch of guys that, if motivated enough, will play very gritty defense while dominating their opponents both in the air and with speed. On the flip side, you have a bunch of guys (minus Layton) that have been known to blow off league for other things deemed more important. The other issue with this team is that they have 3 throwers: Layton, Yanuck, and Nan. Layton has only ever won league when he wasn’t behind the disc and I don’t see this season being the one in which he breaks that trend. Yanuck and Nan are solid enough and should help the team’s offense move the disc down the field by putting hucks up to Scott and JP. The main reason I put this team above Cyle and Greathouse is that Scott and Ben seem to have drafted a team with minimal drop off in the later rounds with picks like Logan and Ben. Ultimately, this team could prove to be the most inaccurate prediction of them all. They could implode and stop caring and sink down into the C bracket but it’s just hard to imagine a team with Layton on it just rolling over and dying.
Now this team could make some waves in league. After a season as Florida’s second handler (only behind Billy) one can imagine that Hayden will have grown, not only in skill, but in knowledge of the game thus allowing him to more effectively play with the folk of league. With players like Colverson, Barker, and Riley surrounding him Lance has done a fantastic job of putting Hayden in a position where he doesn’t have to do everything like he has in past leagues. This will allow this team to really flourish and utterly demolish teams. Another team with familiar names in later rounds, the ladies on this team don’t hurt their chances either. If Lance can keep Timmy from literally throwing the game away then this team will be a force all season long. Look to see them in the semifinals for sure.
I know I know. How can I possibly not being putting a team with Pat, Ryan, and Kate as the number one?! These three have never lost a league when on the same team for crying out loud. One word: Bowlin. These past teams of greatness have never had to contend with the turnover machines that are the Bowlins. Here’s how I picture it going: Pat, Kate, and Ryan work it up to the red zone only for Macky to drop it in the end zone. Everyone bust their asses on defense, get it back, and get outside the goal once again except this time Brandon tries for an inside flick that zips out the back of the end zone leading to the other team scoring. And don’t even get me started on Walter. These things aside, this team will have chemistry like none other and will grind out win after win as long as they keep the turnovers to a minimum. I think we will all be surprised if this team isn’t in the finals.
Congratulations Chris! You (very un)officially won the draft! Fletcher is always a solid first rounder, especially if he doesn’t have to make all the big throws. We all know how much of an X factor TK is but no one would deny that he’s a great player. Add in some squirrely players like Eastman and Hunziker and you’ve got a top 4 that no one wants to play defense against. The best part is that these 4 are just as dangerous on defense in both zone and man! With Bruce and Huseyin as late pick ups this team boasts the top 6 guys in league. With Asa and Megan (who according to my sources is one of them Fuel girls) topping the ladies followed by Clea and Katie, you have a team full of experienced league players that are sure to bring the heat. If there was one team I wouldn’t want to play in the finals it would definitely be this one. Looking forward to seeing how well they do. Championship game for sure.
Disclaimer: This article was written before the first day of league.