Red Flight (odds to win flight)
Just too much firepower for the other two teams to handle. Molina, Curren, Prather, Bert and the rest of the old guys will be tough to beat. I could see them having some close doubles matches with CC but overall they should cruise through this flight.
CC/Jolly (10 to 1)
My sleeper pick to win their flight but instead they slipped into the QT by losing in the final week of the season. I think they should be happy to get this far but their road gets cut short by Oakridge.
Westlake (100 to 1)
Back in the QT again much like last season I don’t see them getting any further than this. Eddie Johnson can hang with anyone at singles but past that I don’t see much going in their favor. I wouldn’t be shocked if they pulled a win over CC if they don’t bring their top 8 but not likely.
Blue Flight (odds to win flight)
They are just so deep it is hard to pick against on my preseason favorites. I thought Jonathan Marcus would be a big addition but I am not even sure he will be used in their singles lineup. With Tuorto and Blackburn they have some solid guys that can do damage. Richardson, Ferrell, Morrison, Hamaty, Bonneau and Barron are also tough. Oh and how could I forget new addition Mudsam, he should make a difference as well.
GH/Kayser (10 to 1)
The fall runner-up should not be overlooked like they were in the prior playoffs by me and others. They may not have any all stars at singles not that Sims and Stein are pushovers but not ringers at all. Too bad they had the DQ or this could be real interesting. Still they have great doubles experience and they will need to get on a roll again to make something happen.
CC/Carman (100 to 1)
I would go higher on the odds but that would just be mean. Congratulations to Canyon Creek for taking two teams to the postseason, 1 more than High Point and two more than LB Houston. Who said country clubs are at a disadvantage? The best thing they have going for them is nobody expects them to win at all so they will be playing and god forbid HAVING FUN, so watch out as many of you know a lot of us play our best tennis when there is no pressure whatsoever.
RED V BLUE Final
This is just too hard to pick but if I have to go with Lifetime because of depth all the way down to #3 doubles. Depth might not matter if Curren, Molina and Prather win their matches but if they do not then LTF should be able to handle the rest. I really wish both could go to the DCC because they are both strong enough to compete at that level and beyond.
I work till 4p that day but I will be right down the street so I should be there for the finish, look forward to catching this one.