The always much anticipated and all important fall season is under way. Most teams played and most teams finished. I never made a fall preview due to work and time constraints. While this won't be heavy on analysis, I'll try to combine a week 1 wrap with a little preview.
There are three flights with Flight A looking really tough. T-Bar looks decent but takes a step back. Rossouw has one of his rosters here Looks like Marc has added some pieces. Tristan Stitt is the last guy on the roster. I don't know him but I know his dad and if the apple doesn't fall far from the tree I think he will be good. Marc added a few other quality parts. Lakes has their usual group of good players. I take Marc's Greehill crew to take this going away.
With week 1 in the books, Marc routed Fretz/Noel. The competition gets tougher but I am sure Marc will put out a better lineup too. Lakes defeated a good Oak Creek team 3-2. Oak Creek would make the payoffs in a different flight. T-Bar defeated a very 4.0 heavy Village team 4-1.
In the end, this is between Lakes and Greenhill with Greenhill having too much firepower.
Marc has another good team in this flight. This is definitely his B-Team but it has a very good chance to win the flight. It has very good players like Fleming, Baker and Durten.
The flight has Brookhaven/Harllee and his core group of solid geezers. It also has Oak Creek Hegret with another group of experienced guys. Gleneagles is probably the next team in this tough flight.
In week 1, Harllee's guys beat Gleneagles 4-1 and that is a good win to start. Marc's team wins over cellar dweller LB Houston. Oak Creek wins 3-2 over Royal Oaks but this Royal Oaks team does not have the depth and star power that they are accustomed at their disposal.
In the end, Marc will send two teams to city championships... Impressive, I guess that is what his plans were with those mega rosters. These rosters are far more manageable.
This is easily the weakest flight. It does have JC/Reiman and I would think they are the favorite to win. They beat Greenhill/Tucker in week 1 4-1. That was closer than I would think as Jacob Vedane lost and Reiman/Hong went three as well as Reisteiner/Hunt.
Village/Warren has some great talent but 9 guy rosters are problematic. Eventually a default or injury wil sink that. It is early, I think Jason can get a few more bodies... Just hope they are more than warm bodies.
I like JCC to take this flight.
I really hate to do 4.0 talk. There are so many teams and 3 flights is a pain. 4.0 has 4 and I am already tired of looking through 4.5 but I know this is the level that gets the most interest.
The first thing I notice is how Sisk and High Point are intermingled on rosters. Tony Le, De La Paz (Sisk B Team... Really????), Somabut are on Sisk rosters. I am not sure what to read into that but I am sure the fearless anon posters will have some theories.
This appears to be Canyon Creek's to lose. While Canyon Creek has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory a number of times, I don't see how in this flight. They did start with a 4-1 over Garland 2/Sisk (B Team). De La Paz lost and Bob Somabut won. Canyon Creek swept doubles.
There is nobody else in this flight worth mentioning. It is a sad state when I find it more intriguing the players on the bad team winning and losing is more interesting than even mentioning the winning team.
Garland 1/Sisk won 4-1 against Oak Creek/Some long name... Like De La Paz, I see Tony Le is still struggling with his game. Shame that De La Paz's game has fallen so far that he can't make Sisk's A Team.
Fretz Noel is my pick to win this flight. This is a two team flight between Sisk and Noel. There are a few bump downs that look like very solid 4.0s on the Fretz team. They have McKinney and Phelps and others that have done well at in the past.
In Flight C, I will go with McKinney/Peterson over Fretz/Clark because the Fretz roster looks a little different than the spring roster. Peterson appears to have kept his roster intact. Could go either way.
This is another flight where you scratch your head because there is no good team or even makings of a good team. I will go with Fretz/Narayam because I recognize the name and they won in week 1. After that, it looks like a really weak fight.
If anyone ever notices, my analysis gets worse by flight. The truth is I get bored and tired. The pay should make it worthwhile...
Have fun and talk a little trash.