So, I’m not covering the East this season (I know you won’t miss me that much this season) but I thought I’d help Jon Evans out a bit by providing you with a mini-preview. Honestly my insight is nearly useless, since there are a number of new teams that I should know about, but don’t and am too lazy to do the research about. Let’s get on with it, shall we??
8 – 44 Minutes of Hell – THe offensive firepower necessary for competitive games in the East just doesn’t seem to be there, unless they’ve made some drastic roster upgrades from when they played in the West. I like switching things up and moving teams around, but maybe they’ll wish they stayed at the Kennedy after a week 1 match-up against Millenium.
7 – Double Dribble Dragons – moving up, from the Corp 5v5, they’ll find a bit more competition and size than they ran into last season, but I think they’ll adapt to the level of the league quickly. They’ll have to if they don’t want to be marked as an ‘auto-win’ on team’s schedules after week 1.
6 – Upstate Connection – again, attendance is the issue. It always has been with these guys, and I hope it won’t always be the case. Let’s see them get it together for a full season. Great group of guys, great talent across the board, they just need to put it all together.
5 – If You Touch Me, I’ll Soo – the former ‘Black Inside’ squad is going to make waves in this league. They’re coming over from the West and last season I could never decide if the WEst was just really competitive, or not nearly as good a league as the East. We’ll find out early, since they play Hurricane Ditka in week 1 (and again in week . It looks like they have plenty of offense to go around, but teams in the East play a LOT of defense and aren’t afraid to knock players down. Hell you’ve got 5 fouls, might as well right?
4 – Millenium – Man oh man is this team good. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them win the league outright. I’m not giving you any more info on these guys, just LOOK OUT man!
3 – Minus 1 Cuban – heartbreaking playoff loss aside, they had a very good second half of the season, rebounding from my ‘Curse of the #1 seed’. They had a target on their back early and often, but overcame it, eventually, and played well for long stretches of games. With a bit more chemistry and cohesion, I expect a better effort from week 1 on.
2 – Steamboats – They’re used to the leauge, the level of play and the intensity from week to week. I really, really like what Martin does with the ‘Boats roster, now if they could only find a way to shed Thuy and his untradeable contract this team would be unbeatable.
1 – Hurricane Ditka – the defending champs are back with the exact same squad and I think that’s a good thing. At times, I know DJ wanted more ball movement on offense, it wasn’t like he was shooting, but they found enough chemistry to win the East last season. It *should* have been the Unification Title, but they couldn’t get a time to play – get that settled ahead of time this season boys!!