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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Final Summer 2016 Power Rankings

Rank - Team - Δ - Summary

1 - Finkick Odair - ↑1
Despite a little bird telling me that Finkick would be missing key players last week, they still managed a big win over FRESH BRU at the end of the season to take back the mountaintop.

2 - FRESH BRU - ↓1
Welcome to the top of the mountain folks! Time to earn this ranking tonight, but I think I might have this right.

3 - The Tyrannical Tea Baggers - N/A
You know, they're technically the #1 seed in the league. If anyone should be pissed about a ranking, it's these guys getting snubbed at #3 in the Power Poll of Just One Guy.

4-  Plan B - N/A
They've looked the strongest against the weakest, but what does it all mean Basil?

5 - Tight and Bright - 
In an amusing twist of fate, they are actually the #6 seed in the tournament

6 - Large Hardon Collider - Length - ↑1
The only team voted up from the lower conference with a win against a team that was already there.

6 - Sit On My Base - ↓1
Wind really got taken out of their sails with a losing record, and now they're playing below their level of ability. Next season's more balanced schedule should revitalize their battered spirits.

8 - Large Hardon Collider - Girth - N/A
Come back Seanathon.

9 - Brown Guys and Friends -  N/A
Not exactly the hot streak you'd hope to roll into the playoffs with, but they're primed.

10 - Pitches be Trippin' -  N/A
It wouldn't surprise me to learn that they've adopted Relax and Let It Happen's old pre-game cheer. "SHIT ON THEIR DREAMS!"

11 - At Least We're Having Fun - N/A
Worst parents ever. These two need to sit down and work out their differences so that they can provide a stable environment for their children, or WHO KNOWS how they'll turn out!

12 - Booooze on First! -  N/A
Clean win going into the playoffs, and if they can minimize mistakes they'll be dangerous.

13 - Sons of Pitches Kickin The Punt - ↑1
These sneaky sneaks are doing way better than anyone thought they would, but Pitches Be Trippin' wasn't having any of that.

14 - Do You Even Kick Bro? - ↑3
I'm going to choose to believe that they played their best game of the season to sneak by my Rex bretheren 4-3

15 - PurpleSaurus Rex -  ↓2
Looks like they're coming back down to earth a little bit =(

16 - Jacked to the Kicks - ↓1
This team is a party and a half, they're playing the right way even if it's not showing on the scoreboard. Fortunately they get a like-minded foe first round of the playoffs in PSR!

17 - Kickin' Grass and Takin' Names - 
Pretty sure I saw some of these folks bunting! Seriously though guys if you're interested in playing without bunts we DO have a NO BUNTING LEAGUE on Wednesday nights, it runs concurrent with the Thursday league! I hope you stay here though because you're awesome and I love you.

18 - Red Ball and V0dka - N/A
No matter what happens, they're still probably more attractive than any of the other teams in the league. 

Playoff Picks

A not-terrible week of 6-2-1 leaves me with a final percentage of .722, or as some may call it: God-like in my precognition. On to the playoffs!

Regular Season Record: 50-18-4 (.722)


Quarterfinal A: #1 The Tyrannical Tea Baggers vs #8 Large Hardon Collider - Girth
The Tyrannical Tea Baggers -5.5

Quarterfinal B: #4 Plan B vs #5 Large Hardon Collider - Length
Plan B -4.5

Quarterfinal C: #2 Finkick Odair vs #7 Sit On My Base
Finkick Odair -6.5

Quarterfinal D: #3 FRESH BRU vs #6 Tight and Bright

Semifinal A: #1 The Tyrannical Tea baggers vs #4 Plan B
The Tyrannical Tea Baggers -2.5

Semifinal B: #2 Finkick Odair vs #3 FRESH BRU

Championship: #1 The Tyrannical Tea Baggers vs #3 FRESH BRU
Dear God please let this be how it shakes out, I really don't want to put another friggin Hunger Games pun on the trophy. FRESH BRU seems to be getting better every year but the Tea Baggers are their strongest iteration in years it seems like (when they're playing up to their potential). I may be picking with my heart here, but I want the new blood to taste ultimate victory!


Play-In A: #8 PurpleSaurus Rex vs #9 Jacked to the Kicks
PurpleSaurus Rex -1.5

Play-In B: #7 Sons of Pitches Kickin the Punt vs #10 Red Ball and Vodka
Sons of Pitches Kickin the Punt -3.5

Quarterfinal A: #1 Pitches Be Trippin' vs #8 PurpleSaurus Rex
Pitches Be Trippin' -4.5

Quarterfinal B: #4 Booooze On First! vs #5 Do You Even Kick, Bro?
Booooze On First! -3.5

Quarterfinal C: #2 Brown Guy and Friends vs #7 Sons of Pitches Kickin' the Punt
Brown Guy and Friends -9.5

Quarterfinal D: #3 At Least We're Having Fun vs #6 Kickin' Grass & Takin' Names
At Least We're Having Fun -3.5

Semifinal A: #1 Pitches Be Trippin' vs #4 Booooze On First!
Pitches Be Trippin -3.5

Semifinal B: #2 Brown Guy and Friends vs #3 At Least We're Having Fun
Brown Guy and Friends -2.5

Championship: #1 Pitches Be Trippin' vs #2 Brown Guy and Friends
They've clearly established themselves as the class of the conference, but it remains to be seen exactly what it looks like when both teams are actually going full tilt for the W. With no auto-promotion to an upper conference on the line you can bet they won't be holding back, which I believe tilts the balance in favor of Brown Guy and his cohorts. Pitches has faded down the stretch with what seems like lackluster attendance from key players, but could return to form in the playoffs. Still...
Brown Guy and Friends -1.5