Wow doesn't it seem like we just finished a season? Oh well might as well get out there while the weather is freaking amazing and before it turns freaking cold (i.e. DCC Fall Playoffs December 11-13, can you say parkas and hot chocolate). Of course it is North Texas so it could be 90 degrees that weekend.
Oh not enjoying me rambling about nothing, sometimes I do that. OK. OK. I will talk about tennis now. If anyone is up for taking over 3.5 threads, email us your resume and salary requirements. No offer is too low. Now...onto the show.
4.0 Fall Season
(37 teams with almost 400 players, that is awesome, thanks to all of you for putting together teams and having a monster big season)
This flight is pretty wide open. The SWAT team was decimated by appeals so they are in a rebuilding season so who knows what they will look like but will be in the top tier of favorites along with the Lakes, TBar (also decimated by bump ups) and new team Greenhill/Russouw should do well here. The rest of the flight will not be laydowns as Thorntree showed some fight in the Spring. Stonebriar is also a question mark it usually just depends on who comes out each week. Dallas CC also looks to be recruited well with some 4.5 bump downs and other strong players. Lucky Thunder has taken on a 2nd team called the EL Stars and hopes to make some noise in this flight but it will be a tough climb.
This flight seems like it should be decided early with Garland coming out on top. They had a good run in the Spring and miraculously did not lose anyone to their roster. I think they will end up losing most of this roster to 4.5 but in the meantime they will do some damage. I think the big three of Obannon, Defeo and McFarlane will be too much for this flight. Fighting for 2nd place will be Fretz, OC2 and Greenhill. I think the other teams can pull some upsets as well. The Royal Oaks team and Canyon Creek teams are good but not deep enough to make it into the top tier much like JCC. I do expect Fretz to challenge for 2nd place. They had some good bump ups and Dan Robison's old team has joined forces with Cloninger and Smeithesler (sp?) playing singles they will be tough.
I will have to pick Brookhaven to do well in this flight but they did lose some vital singles players so this will not be easy for them at all, they will have to play well each week. I believe the Village was in Burt's flight last season too (hmmm....) and I have a feeling they will be close behind again this season. Other teams that will make life difficult for these two teams are Lakes/Rockettman and HP/Bearden. The rest of the teams lack some firepower to do any real damage although I would keep an eye on Gleneagles as upset special.
You know before solitaire was played on a computer and you realized you forgot to shuffle the deck well take a look at this flight (OC, LTF and Springpark) deja vu, these are the same very good teams that played each other in the Spring in....you guessed it: Flight D. Because of that I thinking this flight will be strong again. Oh yeah and then throw in the combo Brookhaven team (Bartlett/Helterbrann) and oh I almost forgot that nationals bound captain Bob Somabut has a team in this flight. The early polling has HP/Bob and OC making it out of this flight but I think with all these teams there is bound to be some upsets and down to the wire playoff races. Oh and I almost forgot Stonebridge is in here too returning Shaun Nix from 4.5, with he and Cocoran they will be tough to beat in singles and they already have good doubles teams but might need some more players.