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March 15, 2021
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Welcome back people!

I’m don't think I can properly convey how excited I am to tip-off action tonight over at the Cambridge Community Center (5 Callender St - Cambridge). But let me try. I was making dinner last night, and I altered a long standing family recipe under the guise of ‘adding depth of flavor’ and I actually said those words out loud. It was then that I realized that I really, really needed to get out of the house. Don’t get me wrong, the right amount of finely chopped mushrooms can, in fact, add depth of flavor, but who do I think I am, the barefoot contessa? So tonight’s games couldn’t come at a better time! 

Before we get going, a few reminders:

1 - Masks must be worn at all times! 

2 - Please wait outside until we’ve cleared the gym before entering for your game. We’ll take the time the first few weeks to make sure everyone is situation before starting games. 

3 - To make games run smoothly and on time, please make sure you’ve all signed the waiver (https://www.cacbasketball.com/cac-waiver/) and filled out the health questionnaire (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8cRYXE4Su-j95qz9r-wqV0y8nwbxa3yWEGf6WZD8ofz9aZg/viewform?usp=sf_link). The Waiver you sign once. The Questionnaire you fill out each week you’re in attendance. 

4 - If you need a jersey, please be sure to pay for it ahead of time as well! I will have them at the gym to distribute before games. If I have to go around to each team / player and ask guys to sign waivers and pay for jerseys and fill out the questionnaire before each game we’ll be there until midnight. I’ve got a drive home to the burbs, I can’t be having that! https://www.cacbasketball.com/pay-online/

That covers it for now, so let’s take a look at our Monday night league, shall we? 

8 Accomplices - Company teams usually get stuck being ranked last in preseason previews, and sometimes they deserve it! Other times they don’t and only time and a few games will tell. See, this is why they pay me a couple bucks, for all the hard hitting analysis

7 Already Winded - No this list isn’t just going in reverse alphabetical order, even if that’s how it has started out. Already Winded is the free agent fallout team from the collapse of the Draft Leagues when CAC was denied to us. There is a LOT of CAC experience, I just don’t know how much of it will matter. A lot of this team’s success is going to rest on the rumored studliness of CAC Rookie Geoffrey Daves. If he’s a legit MVP candidate then 

6 - Players Make Plays - I honestly have no idea why I feel like a team submitted by super sub Bennet Boucher should be ranked ahead of all those stellar CAC vets on Already Winded. I’m just going with my gut here.

5 - GullyCricket Elite - A lot of unknowns here as well honestly. What am I even doing? I guess I'm as rusty as the rest of you.

4 Junkyard Dogs - Like Already Winded, this is another team that emerged from the rubble of the Draft Leagues. They were cancelled last Monday on deadline day and the mad dash of  and this one is a bit deeper and has a lot more firepower across the board than Already Winded. Sure it has all come on 4v4 courts, but that translates sometimes. Sometimes…

Ok almost never but whatever.

3 Toxic Maskulinity - This season you can expect a lot of rambling write-ups from me. I can count on one hand the number of adult human beings I’ve talked to in the last year. I’ve had to talk to my kids. MY KIDS! What do they know? I’ve heard more fairy stories than Susanna Clarke could shake a stick at. What you all haven’t read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell a dozen times? Come on people get with it. 

Anyway, looking back at these rankings this morning after initially putting them together Friday evening and I have no idea why this team is ranked third. This league is a two horse race. 

2 Straight Outta Serbia Vol.2 - Marcus Alexander is the front runner for MVP and everyone else is a mile behind him. That was the sentence I wrote on Friday. Then I got this email: 

Yeah, we're probably going to smoke most of these teams. **** and **** are buddies from a Serbian pick-up league we all played in, they're both 6'5/6'6 wings, one used to play pro, the other played D2 in a couple of spots. *** got D3 offers last year, but wants to play D1 so he's getting in some runs before next season to try out for Northeastern (probably won't make the cut in my opinion but he's got a shot). **** and **** are ****’s boys from AAU I think, **** was the coach of their team. I recruited ****, he's good. **** I have no idea. On top of that, a good portion of us have played together in a league in Tyngsborough. Next session, if there's a higher level league, my guys will probably be interested.

So uh, yea, good luck!

1 Shoot.It.Coward - Look, I’m not going to sugar coat this, it looks like Demakes has stacked his team across the board. Lil ol’ Ryan Hof is going to dunk in warm-ups to intimidate the opposition only to shoot 15 3s a game and look off Joel Shaffer every chance he gets. Yea Joel, we all remember the epic playoff no-shows, you’re never living that down. I’m only keeping them at #1 in the preseason ranking because that’s what I had before I know about SOSV2 and want them to disappoint. 

WEEK 1 Lines

Each (most? some?) weeks I’ll have some pre-game lines up on Monday morning. Will they talk about the games? Maybe! 

6:00 PM Straight Outta Serbia Vol.2  vs. Toxic Maskulinity  (+16.5)

This was supposed to be the game of the week to kick the season off, but now I don’t know if this will even be close at halftime. Speaking of close at halftime, I feel like we need halftime spreads, 

7:00 PM Shoot.It.Coward  vs. GullyCricket Elite  (+14.5)
How bad is the basketball going to be the first few weeks? I bought a hoop during the pandemic (and a peloton, and a creative playthings set, and, and and) and even I haven’t touched a ball since early october. 3 minutes of warm-ups isn’t going to fix already broken jumpers.

8:00 PM Junkyard Dogs  vs. Players Make Plays  (+7.5)
This should be our first close game of the night! I'm excited to see the 4v4 guys on action on a real court. 

9:00 PM Already Winded  vs. Accomplices (+4.5)
I don’t know which team I’m rooting for here. Wait, am I the first person in cac history to root AGAINST amir? Yea I think I want to be that guy. See you all on the court! 

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Tibbs ranking you first is worse than whatever curse God place upon Cleveland.

2 Straight Outta Serbia Vol.2 - Marcus Alexander is the front runner for MVP and everyone else is a mile behind him. That was the sentence I wrote on Friday. Then I got this email: 

Yeah, we're probably going to smoke most of these teams. **** and **** are buddies from a Serbian pick-up league we all played in, they're both 6'5/6'6 wings, one used to play pro, the other played D2 in a couple of spots. *** got D3 offers last year, but wants to play D1 so he's getting in some runs before next season to try out for Northeastern (probably won't make the cut in my opinion but he's got a shot). **** and **** are ****’s boys from AAU I think, **** was the coach of their team. I recruited ****, he's good. **** I have no idea. On top of that, a good portion of us have played together in a league in Tyngsborough. Next session, if there's a higher level league, my guys will probably be interested.

So uh, yea, good luck!

So, uh , why isn't this team ranked first?

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Tibbs ranking you first is worse than whatever curse God place upon Cleveland.

2 Straight Outta Serbia Vol.2 - Marcus Alexander is the front runner for MVP and everyone else is a mile behind him. That was the sentence I wrote on Friday. Then I got this email: 

Yeah, we're probably going to smoke most of these teams. **** and **** are buddies from a Serbian pick-up league we all played in, they're both 6'5/6'6 wings, one used to play pro, the other played D2 in a couple of spots. *** got D3 offers last year, but wants to play D1 so he's getting in some runs before next season to try out for Northeastern (probably won't make the cut in my opinion but he's got a shot). **** and **** are ****’s boys from AAU I think, **** was the coach of their team. I recruited ****, he's good. **** I have no idea. On top of that, a good portion of us have played together in a league in Tyngsborough. Next session, if there's a higher level league, my guys will probably be interested.

So uh, yea, good luck!

So, uh , why isn't this team ranked first?  

Sounds like Sugarman 2.0

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because i wanted to keep you guys ranked #1 so you disappoint me, as usual

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Looking at these rosters because i'm so bored, and I played against one of those Serbian wings a few times in high school (not the one who played pro). Thoughts from over a decade ago is that he was a good lanky wing, but not unreal good. Better than me, but you know, that's only worth so much.

Also, lol at Tibbs throwing that dude under the bus by posting the email saying he thinks his teammate probably won't make the Northeastern cut. 

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Lol, if I had known that my email was going to be posted on the boards, I would have sandbagged my guys hard. Oh well.

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djvlajkovic said
Lol, if I had known that my email was going to be posted on the boards, I would have sandbagged my guys hard. Oh well.  

Oh, this is a djordje evil international super team, huh? Who's coaching your team, the Wolf?

Looking at these rosters because i'm so bored, and I played against one of those Serbian wings a few times in high school (not the one who played pro). Thoughts from over a decade ago is that he was a good lanky wing, but not unreal good. Better than me, but you know, that's only worth so much.

Yea, worth as much as a crap favored lollipop 

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bkoller297 said

Also, lol at Tibbs throwing that dude under the bus by posting the email saying he thinks his teammate probably won't make the Northeastern cut.   

It's his brother, he can handle it!

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