A2 & B1 West S10 Previews

Because I like to lump all Thursday leagues together


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Look at the A2 getting to 6 teams! It’s almost like it’s a real league. That’s why we suffered with 4 teams in the Winter Season, to bring it back for good, and look at that, a number of new teams have thrown their hats into the fray. That’s what I like to see! Should be a hyper competitive league this season, and now that I’m (rightfully) not playing in it, you’ll actually get your stats/write-ups and won’t have to worry about whether I won or lost that night!

6 – Black Fish
 – This team was dangerous back when PStone was on the roster, but I see him nowhere on the roster (oh yea, and he’s reffing on Thursdays!) so this team could struggle in a very, very strong league. Carl and Hayden making their return to Wall Ball after a long lay-off, but they’re guards, it’s all about the SIZE in this league. Good luck boys, you may need it.

5 – Saugus #2 – Again, if it’s all about the size, Saugus #2 is going to struggle. KO is the only big body I see, and going up against this league, you’ll need more than that. Maybe Todd Marsh can sign a one year offer to play in the summer if someone picks up his bar tab. Gotta negotiate these things! The back court may be the best in the league with Rahill and Paul Z, but then with those guys, who’s passing the ball?!? “Z FOR 3!” will be the rallying cry all season long, and I may go hoarse by the end of the first week of the season. Yea, he shots a lot is what I’m trying to say, it’s the point of this presentation. Togs will have to reel him in, but then, won’t he be shooting just as much?!

4 – Rodge Murdoch, Co-pilot – Originally M(azzone)GFY(you figure it out), this team under went a name change (thin skin!), bumped themselves (with a little arm twisting) to A2 and here they sit. The biggest addition to make them A2 ‘worthy’ was the addition of Jon Press, who should run the show on this squad. But of course, Mazzy and his ego won’t let that happen. Bermont will know what it feels like to actually play against guys his size and not run around WSNS against B2 comp!! Ha, we’ll see if he can step his game up, along with Doyle and Cleary. They’ll be ok, they’ll still be in most games. This isn’t Big Nice people, don’t expect them to run over the league, especially not with the teams ahead of them.

3 – Genzyme – It’s nice to see they kept the Mulhollands on the roster as ‘token’ genzyme employees on the team. Have you seen who else is on this squad? BDubs, KLid, and the Jumpman. That’s 3 of the 4 starters NOT working for Zyme, just along for the free post-game drinks and to be in the mix to win a title. I can’t really blame them though, because who doesn’t like free beer? Apparently I don’t, as my morals are in place so that I’ll NEVER play for any sort of Genzyme/Evil Empire/Gang Green affiliate. Despite BFab’s begging. That’s right, begging. But anyway, this team will be good, we all know that. They’ve now got SEVEN banners as an organization, going for # 8.

2 – Saugus Sachems – The consensou preseason #1 when I polled everyone (except Genzyme). Screw those guys though. This team is loaded and ready to make a run at the banner and were more than a little upset when Big Nice moved to B1 East 5v5. They’ll deal, it’s still a tough league. OD as put together an old school roster. Maybe I should just say Old. He, Filosa, Chise and Mike D aren’t exactly getting any younger. Nor are JaySar and Steve O, are they even going to bother to show?! We might as well just call this the drinking league this season, you think Preston will let us get away with it?!?

1 – Situation – The returning Champs of COURSE are #1 going into the season. Sure they might only finish 3rd in the standings, but as we learned last season, you better not count them out once the playoffs roll around. Kilpatrick can put the team on his back at any time, and will do it. Bobby C is STILL complaining to me about those missed blocks from two years ago, but at least he actually tries on D, will anyone else this season? Its about time Bayley got a starting role, right? I mean, he destroyed everyone in the playoffs, get that man the rock!! The defending champs will definitely have a tough go of it, but coming into the season, they deserve the #1 spot in the preseason!

Week 1 Lines
5:30 PM Genzyme vs Rodge Murdoch, Co-pilot (+7.5)

Rough first game for Murdoch as they try to feel the league out. Genzyme is loaded, as stated above. But will they all ‘show’?? Durbrow didn’t get drafted by BFab in A1 this season, so apparently he actually LIKES the little man yelling at him for 40 minutes.
Try not to embarrass yourself Freddy.

6:20 PM The Situation vs Black Fist (+9.5)
Until I see Black Fist’s roster, they’re going to be huge underdogs every week. Especially against the defending champs. Man a lot of lopsided games week 1 – who made this schedule?!?!

8:50 PM Saugus #2 vs Saugus Sachems (-11.5)
I don’t see how anyone on Saugus #2 (seriously guys, get me a team name!) can shut down the Chise. If KO is guarding him, who’s on OD and the Wolverine?!? Exactly, should be a blowout. But do they really care? All they want to do is go out drinking afterwards. I don’t blame them, it’s Thursday night! ! As long as they meet up at Tommy Doyles ($10 Pitchers!) to help add to Genzyme & Bfab’s tab, that’s all that matters.


B1 West

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And here we go, with another solid season of B1 West action! Last season, Basketballs Deep emereged from the West and won the Stick (B1 Unification Game!) so the West Side has a lot to live up to this season. We’ve got a handful of squads ready to battle it out twice a season with some good rivalries sprinkled in (Vladi vs Yavor, Henderson vs Tibbs, McTomney vs E-Town, etc etc) so should be a great season! Onto the rankings!!

6 – Vajazzlers – Sometimes I just can’t help myself. Serge’s team might not be the worst in the league (hell we have 2 noob squads) but after ranking his A1 team FIRST in the league, I had to balance it out somehow. Thankfully he put in a second team so I could. Sure they’ve got some solid names on this roster, Sam Quinn, Lappy, and sure Yavor (only b/c his gf will show up to every game!) but that doesn’t mean they’ll come together and play well. Plus they’ll have attendance issues for the first few weeks. Reciepe for disaster and an 0-2 start if you ask me. PLUS every time they play ETown or Gamble(?) it will be a rivalry game, so the pressure will just increase. Yea I’m seeing a season of floundering around at the bottom of the standings. That enough Hate for you Serge?!?!

5 – BranchOut Tech – Aside from McTomney, I know no one on this squad, so they’ve got to be ranked at the bottom of the barrel. Fortunately for them, I love to hate on Serge, so they’re not ranked dead last at least. McTomney has put in a band of his fellow work ballers so who knows if they’ll be any good. We do know that Pat can score 30 on his own without breaking a sweat, so that’s a hell of a good start for a new team. He’s played in the league before and knows the level of comp, so don’t be shocked if they’re much, much better than I’m predicting.

4 – E-Town – Spurned by McTomney for his own team, ETown signed Vladi for a full season this time around, giving themselves some much needed fire power. That’s a great free agent signing, stole him right out from under my nose, you bastards. They’ve got the usual core of AC, Fitzy, JayShoe and MILTON around him. The games Vladi did play last season the offense just looked a lot better, ran smoothly and they scored more points in bunches. That’s a good sign of things to come for these guys if they want to challenge for one of the top spots in the league!

3 – Fresh Meat – New pick-up regular Jay Mitchell has coralled a group of guys and gotten his first team involved with the CAC leagues. Get ready for a roller coaster ride man, and more importantly STATS being tracked, should be a fun first season. I don’t konw a whole lot about this Fresh Meat Squad (I think they want to be renamed Ball Don’t Lie) but if DMart and Ike are in the mix, this squad will be pretty sick.

2 – You Wanna Gamble? – Why yes, yes I DO! I couldn’t let this league only have 5 teams, so a little last minute scrambling, and here we are. Z and Kaplan should carry this squad offensively, I’ll distract teams with my pastiness, and Ryan and Hal (2 cac rooks) will get a chance to have a big impact on the squad. Lots of fast breaks, minimal defense and tons of stat padding, plus lots of side bets. Should be a fun season in the West. The only way this team could have been any more degenerate / better was if I could have convinced the King O Spain (Bush) to play with us. Alas, he has a busted elbow. Probably from his bookie…

1 – Scot Pollard – Hands down the best team in the league, and if they don’t go unbeaten and win the West then the season is a collosal failure. Yea, I’m not trying to put any extra pressure on you HENDERSON, but I’m 2-0 in our last two matchups. So good luck beating You Wanna Gamble? Anyway, I’m off track. The Jumpman was recruited by his college buddy (and pg @ colbysawyer) Chris Burke. It’s the same team from B1 East last season (allegedly) and they’re adding someone who, if he’s not hammered from free genzyme beer, could be the best player on the squad. He won’t have to be though, just get boards, as this team is loaded with fire power assuming Burke can hit the broadside of a barn on Thursday nights. With Kyle averaging close to 30 this team will steamroll the competition.

Week 1 lines

7:10 PM You Wanna Gamble? vs BranchOut Tech (+3.5)
Knowing nothing about my first week opponent, know nothing about how my team will play together, but still, I’ve got to have myself as a favorite in week 1, I wouldn’t do it any other way.

8:00 PM Scot Pollard vs E-Town (+14.5)
Ok, so the whole ‘winning’ and ‘playing better’ thing for ETown will have to wait until next week when they’re not playing a borderline A2 team, even if Terry is hammered.

9:40 PM Fresh Meat vs Vajazzlers (+7.5)
I don’t know a whole lot about this Fresh Meat Squad (I think they want to be renamed Ball Don’t Lie) but if DMart and Ike are in the mix, this squad will be pretty sick. Wait, I pulled that quote directly from my preview? Gah I got nothing here folks. Serge has to play 40 minutes, so yea, gl with that Vajazzlers!!