I am always amused that for a game nobody likes (including me), it gets more attention than any other topic. Also, since we are winding down and there is little else in the line of news to discuss until playoffs, I decided to make a little (and I mean a little) research into how our boys and girls (older boys and girls) will do on the first real quest for nationals for 2015. I opted to ask the WOPR who would win this weekend and this is what I got...
9.0 We are represented by a Fretz/Lallier team. Looking at the roster, the best player is Justin Huffman. He is a consistent producer and a tough matchup for anyone. At 40+, he has as good of a serve as you will find. His issue is not him on the court but he has a 5.0 rating. That means he gets to play with a 4.0 woman. Looking at the results, his 4.0 women are not the kind that are about to get moved to 4.5. The other 5.0s are Blake Whitaker and Marc Resteiner. Both are good players but they too must play with a 4o woman. Their best hope lies with a 4.5/4.5 combination. Williams, Laselle & Ramos are all good 4.5s but not the very top. I hate to say it but I am not sold on this team getting out of sectionals. Their competition is Austin, Houston, NOHO and Fort Worth. All are known to be pretty good. It will be tough but 40s is not quite the same. I hope I am wrong but see them finishing in the middle of the pack.
8.0 We are represented by the always formidable Springpark/Abbruzzese squad. I believe they are our best chance to win sectionals. Alan's 3.5 women are usually better than manyof the other team's 4.0 women. They are helped a lot that their 4.5 men of Eugene Davis and Voldemort Kelly are better than anyone else's 4.5 men. Donnie Pollard is right there with them. Alan is sitting proudly with his 4.0 rating means he gets to play with women better than his usual opponent. Their team is probably too much for anyone else. I'm not seeing where other teams can get two lines.
7.0 We are represented by another Springpark/Abbruzzese squad. This team appears to be a contender but not as stacked as Alan's 8.0 team. They have Zackary, Clark ad Pearson as 4.0 men. Similar to Alan, Wiley is sitting with a 3.5 rating so he gets to play with a better woman. Their 3.5 women probably won't be as strong as the 8.0 or Alan would be playing them at 8.0. Regardless, you don't beat everyone easily unless you have some players. I'm not as convinced but they should be competitive with anyone.
6.0 We are represented by Greenhill/Alzuro. To be honest, I didn't even know there was a 6.0 team until today. There aren't a lot of teams and I don't know anything about this team so I am going to pick them to win sectionals. I could try and analyze it but I've never heard anything about them.
I'm really hoping we go 4 for 4 and make a statement. I don't think we get shutout but going 4 for 4 is asking a lot. Good luck to all of you.