I’ve been on the road traveling this week and really pressed for time. Not an excuse, just a fact. As such, this is going to be a little on the short but sweet side. Let’s start with 4.0 for a change. This could be the most interesting (or least interesting) year in 4.0 in years because anyone who’s anyone knew going in that Freeman was taking the year off. Listen up to the rest, this was your shot to make Nationals in a watered down year.
In Flight 1 we have Wild Houston, Valley, Dallas, Amarillo and NOHO. This is an interesting flight, with the possibility of a one loss team advancing. I don’t have the skinny on Valley or Amarillo. Both could be cream puffs but Valley usually represents pretty well. Although Sisk did a nice job with a team short on top end talent this year, I think his season ends on Saturday. Spearman knows what he’s doing in NOHO but he seems to do better with players of an older vintage. I’m going with Wild Houston to advance in this flight.
In Flight 2 we have Wild Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Waco and SETX. We could do a lot of analysis, rant about SETX, but this is Waco’s to lose. Sanders knew Freeman was out and decided to make another move. Until last year, Sanders was the last guy to captain Texas to a 4.0 national title so he knows something about how this is done.
In Flight 3 we have Houston (lite), Wild San Antonio, Wild Dallas, Lubbock and Corpus Christi. Am I the only person who remembers a few years ago when Lubbock rolled in for 4.0 sectionals and crushed people? They went 8-0-2 (retires) on Sunday. OK, fine, not the same guys, but it can happen. Anyway, I’ll take Kanchi & Co out of this flight.
In Flight 4 we have Austin, Wild Fort Worth, NETX, San Angelo and Wichita Falls. I’ll confess, I’ve done no research on these guys. Other than WFW it’s too hard to find good comparisons. Wichita Falls did jump up and take 8.5 combo sectionals recently but it only take two good 4.0s to do that, not six or eight. I’ll take Austin by default.
Let’s cut to the chase. It’s a matchup of Wild Dallas and Waco, with Wild Houston as the dark horse. After everything that's happened this season, I'll take Kanchi (led by Rivera and his 3.5s) to win 4.0.
I know this will irritate a lot of people but if they all show up I'll take SETX in 4.5...period. I do think there is chance that JCC could make Sunday but that's no lock either. After looking closer at JCC's lineup against Greenhill at cities I have to think that Reiman could have taken a doubles line if he had wanted it.