Tony, Ryan and Jorge, awaiting fresh meat.
Now comes Cerebrus, the three headed hell hound guarding the gates of Nationals. Originally chosen for High Point's three super-self rates, it now symbolizes the impenetrable barrier between Freeman and another sweet captains gift from Nationals (taking a cue from USTA Texas they are now giving out towels). Tony Le has taken some hits since the season started, now three notable ones, that have lowered him from the prohibitive favorite to merely a crushing disappointment if they don't make it. Nonetheless, this is his year and Tony takes a hard fought 3-2 win over Freeman in what I expect to be the final. Now to the undercard.
Austin and San Antonio, separated at birth? Or should have been?
Flight 1 is interesting, with Austin and San Antonio sharing bunk beds making it possible for Fort Worth to finally have their own room. With Lubbock, Amarillo and Wild Valley as room mates, I don't see anything stopping these two from deciding who gets to Sunday. As you can see, from what I can tell they are fairly interchangeable but I'll take San Antonio on reputation. Clearly the guy on the left lost.
Flight 2 has Tony's Dallas team with a pretty easy draw. I don't see Corpus, San Angelo, Wild Fort Worth or Wild Austin derailing this train.
Freeman looking pretty svelte.
In Flight 3 lurks the ever present Freeman. Just at the water's edge he waits patiently to attack. With his past success and reputation it would be hard to say he needs to lurk or be patient, but this year he's a little more cautious with a three headed hell hound on the prowl. Waco, SETX, Wild Dallas and Wild San Antonio will be a light appetizer before Sunday.
Rigney, well, just being Rigney. But who is that next to him?
And finally flight 4. I have a hard time saying this but I think Rigney's Fort Worth team wins this flight. Yes, the guy who's team finished dead last at sectionals last year (only winning two lines all weekend). Yes, the guy who after losing the first sectionals match 2-3 last year had all his guys dump 15 lines in a row. And then told anyone who would listen that he was doing it. Yes, the guy who thinks he has the secret USTA decoder ring and can show you anyone's rating to the 100th degree (no, he actually can't). I could go on and on, but yes, that guy. What can I say, it's a really easy flight. Laredo, Valley (aren't they the same team?), Wild Houston (no, not the Unicorns) and Wild San Antonio.