So I guess I have 5 free minutes so what the heck I will "quickly" analyze these flights for the crazies that are looking for something to talk about for 3 more weeks.
There are 4 solid teams here headed by Bob's team and team auto bid (Bartlett). A little step down would be Garland/Brueckner and then Don Smith's (and yes this is his best team). I like team Bartlett to do well although they need some help at singles or the DCC will be just for fun for them. DCC Sillers team is no pushover either especially if they continue to sign up some of the guys that played on the fall team. Greenhill is still a factor although they are lacking some firepower to contend but will not be an easy-out. The other three teams are just too full of bump ups to make an impact unless they add something significant to their rosters.
TBar returns many players from a team that finished well in the fall and has some playoff experience as well. Burt's BH team always makes some noise and has had playoff appearances as well. There seems to be a lot of mention of Canyon Creek to do well, there will have to be something new for them at singles if they are going to make the leap for 3rd place to playoff bound. Sisk Pt2 has some solid former 3.5s who know how to win and I am sure they will be tough. Luckily team SWAT has stayed together for the most part although we did lose a good portion of our players over the last two seasons but I like our core group. Eagles Landing should make noise as well as they have some new blood and Mr. Hsu is one fire right now. The other teams seem to be lacking something but their rosters are small as of now so that could change come game time.
Garland shouldn't find any opposition here and I am not jumping on that bandwagon because John's team was decimated but this flight is rather light compared to the other ones. With that said Eldorado is solid and Durand could beat just about anyone in this flight. Sandell, Herndon, Jenkins are good as well. OC team is good but nothing stands out that says this is the OC team.
Gleneagles may be a darkhorse as they have some solid players and plenty of people on the roster but I wonder if this isn't just the best of their 3.5s. The same can be said for the other teams but this is a new era of 4.0 tennis and I will be honest many of these names I don't recognize. (Should I even be writing this post, where is Mr. Fantastic)
Do I really have to say something nice about BMO's team now? Ugh. Pretty solid team of scraps from various teams (Just kidding Noeh, Ramesh, Jerry.) They should be the favorites because of depth since most teams have a drop off in talent. The Lakes looked to be a force after the few bump ups they had but after Fix and Balan exited that really changed them from hot pick to luke warm. Stonebridge's chances will depend on how many of the old crew wants to play 4.0 anymore or are they just interested in sticking together as a 4.5 group. I know Stonebriar is getting some love but not sure they are posed for success but then again I guess I haven't picked a 2nd place here yet and really it is up for grabs between the aforementioned 3 teams as the rest of the pack is not quite playoff ready.
I know Eldorado has some solid players but to call them out as a fav might be a tad to much love although I could see them as 3rd place. JCC and the Village should finish 1-2 here as the rest of these teams are not quite up to that level.
Looking forward to a great season!