Standings

Joe Godsy Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
R Bar 11 9 .550 243 225
St. Anselm 9 10 .474 194 249
Clems 7 12 .368 181 237
AT All-Stars 3 16 .158 158 291
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
3 Kings 19 2 .905 338 166
Turkey's Nest 13 7 .650 223 229
The Bedford Yetis 10 10 .500 244 244
Gibson 2 17 .105 198 298
 
Joe Fashion Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
A Bar Runaways 14 6 .700 234 145
Black Betty 11 8 .579 224 170
Kilo Bravo 11 9 .550 277 220
Loggers 6 13 .316 172 274
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
The Gutter 86ers 16 4 .800 263 177
Spike Hill 15 6 .714 321 184
Roebling Sports Club 7 12 .368 214 272
Turkey's Teachers 3 16 .158 172 275

Schedule

Championship Sunday - Sep 24
11:00 Kilo Bravo @ Spike Hill 1
Turkey's Nest @ 3 Kings 2
1:00 North All-Stars @ South All-Stars 2
2:30 Spike Hill @ 3 Kings 2

Last Week's Results

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Playoffs Round 2 – PREVIEW

Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Eight is great…said only by the teams playing this Sunday.

1PM

Field #1: The Bedford @ Black Betty (Alexander P. Dubin, Esq.)

Well, here we go again. Betty vs. Bedford. The former Spike Hillians’ name may have changed but the rivalry remains, as the Commish leads his troops against Mo and the Brunch Brigade. Both the Bettys and the Brunchers were forced to overcome early deficits in Round 1 and both managers know that falling too far behind in this game might not be an obstacle that either team can overcome. I spoke with Black Betty 1B/DH, Jake “Whispering Doody” Levine about the upcoming game, who told me, “If you give me some stupid nickname in your idiot preview, I’m gonna ask Jill for permission to kick your ass.” Strong words from a fierce competitor. It was at this point that Betty utility man and former 7th grade class Treasurer, Lee O’oTero, appeared, handed Jaker a blueberry flavored tootsie roll pop, whispered, “here ya go, kitten” and walked away.

After speaking with Jake, I left the synagogue and sought out Betty left center fielder and inventor of the bacon flavored suppository, Mike “chip-chip-chip-chip-chip … NAHNNYYYYYYYY!” Camarra. After much effort, I finally located Camarra, sitting alone by the Central Park pond, ferociously yelling at children for not tacking correctly with their remote-controlled sailboats. I considered approaching Camarra to ask for a quote but thought better of it when I saw him bite the head of a live squirrel and spit it in the face of a 7 year old girl, while shouting at the top of his lungs that she was “a sorry excuse for a sea captain.”

With rare exceptions, the Betty/Bedford matchup invariably comes down to the final innings. Both teams can hit and both can glove it with the best of ‘em. At 1:00 this Sunday, the team that advances to the semi-finals may just be the one that wants it more. Sports cliche. Nailed it.

Field #2: Enids @ Turkey’s Nest () 

The WSL Playoffs are stressful. Single game elimination. Any given Sunday. The luck of the draw. Survive and advance. Cliché after cliché.

On paper, Sunday has 2 games that look like distinct mismatches and 2 others that could not be more evenly matched. Pinks vs Turks is certainly the latter. Both squads finished the regular season at 12-6. Enids seemed to start strong, while the Nest finished on a tear. Each would have some marquee wins and a few soul-crushing defeats. The first round saw more of the same, with a couple of steady and workmanlike victories against lower seeds. Even the illustrious Jimmy Gooch had difficulty handicapping this game. He only has the defending champs, Turkey’s Nest, as a mere 2 point favorite.

Coming into the 2015 season, there were some minor off-season shakeups in both organizations. Longtime Pinks patriarch, Wally Sprinkles, handed over the keys to the Pink Cadillac. Enter Dom and his youthful enthusiasm, which made an instant impact with a Week 1 drubbing of Dem Bums from R Bar. Managing co-ed recreational softball teams is often a thankless job, but Dom seemed to navigate the summer without too much drama. He has his team looking to upset their way to it’s first title in over 10 seasons.

After hoisting the 2014 WSL Championship Trophy, the Nest would bid farewell to shortstop, Jake Backerman. A seemingly crushing blow to both the offense and defense…and team morale. Coach Jordisco regrouped quickly and was able to add some bats, while moving some pieces around to shore up the defense. Despite a slow start. the results were successful and the team is hoping to march into Championship Sunday and defend their title.

The early games are where it’s at this weekend, so make sure you get out to the park on time. 86ers vs Betties on Field 1 and Enid’s vs Turks across the park at 1pm. Find a nice spot to pull up your camping chair (RIP Shortzy’s lounge chair) and enjoy the WSL playoff action. If you’re feeling really generous, I alway appreciate it when you BRING SNACKS! 

3PM

Field #1: AT United @ R Bar (Homer Wadsworth)

As Gerald continues to showcase Soda’s material for last week’s game, Bubbs recovers one of his mitts from a hostage crisis situation and the Gooch has weighed in! This week, ATU is taking on the most scoringest team in the league (340 runs with 3Ks next at 299) with R Bar chomping at the bit to get back to the semis and bust their way onto the final stage for the Fashion Division.

The road has been a good one to the R Barbarians. After losing the season opener to the Pinks, the Bums stormed back and railed off a buncha wins averaging close to 18 runs a game!!! Their losses have come when kept under 10 (with exception to Impose which was a 1 run game, ‘or something’). It’s safe to say the only way to beat them is to contain them. I think I messed that saying up, but you nah’mean.

After an early ankle injury setback for their HR Champ “Skinny Legs” Bubbs, the Bums kept the tank rolling and continued to pile up great offense and stingy defense with a super deep bench and a plethora of big hitters. JohnRBar joined the already flowing power surge making an early run for Doug’s eventual HR title, Evan ‘No Batter’s Box Can Hold Me’ was on base constantly (I’m sure there’s a OPS stat somewhere in R Bar’s files) helping fill the void Petey left of that guy who you just…can’t….get….out. And he’s fast and does the non-stopping running thing which to me always looks like some video game malfunction where you can’t get the runner to stop.

Oh right! ATU! God….seems I’m way into R Bar this year. However, ATU was my favorite team a few seasons ago when I got to umpire pretty much all their games which essentially means drinks and cold cuts for a whole summer. The team always gets better when Lauck (POTW) roams the OF and with PeteMo holding down short, the ATU look pretty damn good up the middle on the corners and in between. Vinny left all this for a beach in Tulum and will be blowing his vuvuzela from a cabana to anyone who passes him and his tent of Mexicans. No explanation, just the horn. Also on tap for the ATU is some other sneaky good players like Nate, Billy Jeans, Justin ‘GoPro’ Moench and PHrank who look like they’re out there just to have a good time but are really trying to slit your throat with an aluminum bat. And Moira. God love you, lass. Your kids are the pony express of information around McCarren Park. It’s not always accurate data but I love asking them for scores from the other field and beer runs to the Nest and hearing them say “Teachers Turkeys”.

Here’s my prediction (for softball!): R Bar comes out and scores a few runs. Like 5. ATU comes out and scores, I dunno 4…this is early. Then the game gets kinda quiet and both teams get a little tight, make some mistakes, and by the 7th….it’s a blowout. I’m not gonna say who’s blowing who, but let’s just say Vinny will be making margaritas in honor of his squad!

Field #2: Turkey’s Teachers @ Crown Vic 86ers (Shortz)

If you had told me 2 years ago the Teachers would be facing off in the Elite 8 against 2015 favorites Crown Vic, I probably would’ve responded with “sure and I bet you’ll tell me next there’ll be an academy winning movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Gardner. But in 2015, we know both to be true.

The Teachers have become the true Cinderellas this season, who like Cinderella, had their fortunes turned when they got prettier outfits. They’ve also had Mr. LaBeouf in their corner, and is he not a real life fairy godmother?

As for the Crown Vic crew, the general consensus is this will be an easy win.

BUT NOT SO FAST, VICIS! You may believe you’re on a yellow brick road to the the final 4, but 3 Kings thought they could phone it in too, and look where that got them- first class tickets to LOSERVILLE- POPULATION: 3 KINGS.

And when I say “yellow brick road”, you’re probably thinking I’m referring to the version of The Wizard of Oz where y’all are Dorothy and her posse, who triumph over witches and winged monkey’s and have their wishes come true by clicking a pair of fierce heals then wake up from a dream and everything’s awesome.

But when I say “yellow brick road”, I’m actually talking about the director’s cut with the original character names. In this version, after the winged Teachers bring Buttah-thy and Q-to to the Wicked Haz and the rest of the crew, Dre-man, Barnes-crow, and the Mallory Lion, spend a butt load of time and effort dressing up like guards to save their queen bee, during which the winged Teachers go off to the Gibson City and the Hizard grants THEIR wishes instead…which oddly enough happens to be to play the the 2015 WSL semi-finals.

Even if you haven’t watched this rare and definitely true verison of Oz-vents, heed my warning, Crown Vic. You can click your heals all you want but it will NOT guarantee a trip to the semis.

 

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