I don't have much to write as the season has been so disjointed so far. Things still are not in focus and not much in the line of big matches have been played yet.
It is still tough to tell who the actual big dogs in 4.5 are. If you can't tell, then you probably don't have a serious contender. Rossouw has his usual quantity of players yet, his better team is in Fort Worth. Although, this team is definitely capable of winning Dallas and getting to sectionals through Dallas. Since he already lost to Pickett in Fort Worth and FW almost never gets a wildcard in 4.5, he has to win Dallas. Dallas is pretty hit and miss on 4.5 wildcards. If I were Marc, I would abandon my Fort Worth team and focus on Dallas. It is hard for me to say this but Dallas is the easier road to sectionals with Rossouw and Pickett taking the best Dallas teams west.
In flight A, T-Bar is till the team to beat with their 2-0 record. Brookhaven is the other and they are 2-0. The JCC is 1-0 and could make some noise. T-Bar has OC this week and they have a a lot of 'experienced' (aka old) players. They are a capable group but I don't think they have enough. Brookhaven had the best win with a win over OC this week. Looks like they flipped their singles to escape with a win at 2 singles. Looks like they were fortunate as it went to three sets to get the 3-2 win. BH and JCC play each other this week, we might have something to discuss next week.
Flight B is between Brookhaven and Rossouw. BH added Ribman which should improve their roster. Rossouw has his usual cadre of players. They face off this week and we should have a pretty good idea of the eventual flight winner when we write next week. If Marc gets his 8 best, I think he wins. Trid has good players but not a large numbers. He will need to get them out. I predict Rossouw wins 3-2.
Flight C has 3 teams with a 2-0 record. I only believe in Brookhaven. Does anyone else think BH might should consolidate their teams into one very good team instead of three pretty good teams? Fretz and LB Houston are pretenders. Yeah, they are 2-0 but I'm not sold.
I am not sure why but there is just not enough drama or intrigue in 4.5. It is almost boring this year. We need Pickett to come back and we need Sisk to get better. We miss Rusty badly as his perpetual success gave us a lot to complain about.
4.0 had one big match and Fretz beat Canyon Creek. CC just has a way of not quite accomplishing their goals. Another season and another close loss to the team in their way.
Flight A has the familiar name of Bob Somabut sitting atop the standings at 3-0. He hasn't played a lot but 3-0 is 3-0. Eldorado is 2-0 as the other remaining undefeated team. I still think Sisk has a contender after that epic fail in week 1. Still, one of his main guys, Flora, is 0-2. I'm not really familiar with Flora but I have read about him for a very long time, that has to be a little scary to Big John. Still the match for the flight is likely to come down to this weeks match between Somabut and Sisk. He needs to make sure his long time horse is ready and isn't ready for the glue factory.
Flight B is the toughest flight and has already been mentioned, the biggest match of the flight was just played. Fretz beat CC. It probably relegates CC to the QT. The rest of the flight is tough but still should not be an issue. Greenhill may have something to say about this flight but they don't have to worry about anything until 6/8 against CC.
Flight C has two 2-0 teams. T-Bar is not surprising to be 2-0 but Oasis? Who is Oasis? Village is 1-0. TBar has Brookhaven so it should be a good test. I know a lot of the T-Bar guys and I don't see them having much trouble. Oasis gets 1-2 Springpark but I think SP ends the Oasis Cinderella season. (if you can call 2-0 a cinderella season).
Flight D has two 1-0 teams but neither team is a real contender. The rest already have losses. I still think Bartlett has the best team. He may have had that week 1 hiccup but that is over. Brad has 1-0 OC and that should end OC's 1 match winning streak.
Oh well, another week in the books and the season just hasn't been very compelling. I hope it gets better. Please feel free to tell me and the world how wrong I am. If I look stupid, it won't be the first time I had to put a paper bag over my head. After all, I am a Cowboys fan.