Wednesday, September 16, 2015
40s Preview... Hot in San Antonio
With the real season over, the more experienced guys sectionals is up next. The 40s winners are usually the team that can find some singles players. The doubles are usually pretty salty but the singles is usually pretty bland.
4.5+ Dallas is represented by Brookhaven/Harllee. They are usually pretty formidable in 18s so they should do well. They catch a break in their flight as it is Dallas West (Ft. Worthless), Valley, NOHO and San Angelo. Fort Worth has a couple of 5.0s that I don't know. I doubt any can match up with Bruno. Anis is Dallas' other 5.0 so I have to like their chances to get out of their flight. On the other side, I suspect Austin will come out. I say that because while the DTA tells us that Austin is opposed to mid-season rating leagues, Austin gets to use them. I suspect that advantage would be enough. Austin still has the mighty Juan DeKruyff and I hope he and Bruno play to see who is the Texas 40+ big dog.
This flight is tough. It has always tough Houston, Austin and San Antonio. I suspect this will take something out of these guys.
For this reason, I'll take Dallas.
4.0 Dallas is represented by Fretz/Clark. This team looks a lot like the Tony Le 18s team that punched their ticket to Nationals. They have Corpus, NETX and San Antonio. I like them to get out of this flight and probably play the lucky loser as I assume that will be the 4 seed.
It is a 3 flight event so a lucky loser will still make the semis. This is the team I expect to play Dallas.
The second flight will be either Austin or Houston. Austin gets those mid-season ratings but it is Houston. Looking at the roster, I say Houston but not sure.
The third flight will probably be Dallas-West/Rigney. This looks a lot like the sectionals finalist team for 18s and I have no reason to think they started sucking. Looking at NOHO, they look like the likely lucky loser.
I'm feeling like a homer so I like Dallas to advance.
I'm really homerish this week so I am taking Dallas in 3.0 and 3.5 too but I didn't even open up the teams.
Good Luck this weekend.