With the WMSPL Playoff Tournament coming up this weekend, this is the season finale for the Power Rankings. Thanks for reading.
(Rank last week: 3)
Record: 31-6-1 (1-0-0 this week)
President's Division Champions, #1 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
Storm hasn't been at the top of these rankings since the Season Preview edition, when not a game had been played. Prior to today, the last time they were in first place was right after their 32-2 thumping of Coulas on Opening Night. Two days later, they fell to the A's (a trend that would continue until it mattered most) and were looking up at either Broadway or the A's for the rest of the season. But when it came down to the last game, head to head against their fierce rival, they pulled it out and took the League Championship for a fourth straight year, and the fifth time in the last six years. Storm set a league record for run differential at +412 (!!), but fell just short of the league record for runs scored at 797. Xtreme Contracting scored 799 in 2016. This, coupled with their having won the last two Playoff Tournaments sends them into this year's tourney as the overwhelming favourite to win it all. But they did lose 6 games this season, proving that they can be beat. The X factor for Storm this weekend will be 19-time triple hitter Duran Spray, who Spray-igned (HA!) his ankle playing co-ed ball on the last game of the season and will have to decide between sitting out and playing gimpy.
(Rank last week: 1)
Record: 30-5-3 (0-1-0 this week)
2nd place in the President's Division, #2 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
The A's have still NEVER WON the President's Division. Without a Playoff Tournament championship, they'll have a long, cold winter to ponder what could have been. The A's will be dangerous going into the tourney, obviously. They led the league standings for more than any other team this year, and had an epic undefeated run in the middle. Will they meet Storm in the final game to avenge their loss?
(Rank last week: 2)
Record: 28-8-2 (0-1-0 this week)
3rd place in the President's Division, #3 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
After dropping their last game of the season, Broadway enters the playoffs on a bit of a sour note. They're grouped in a pool with that same SI team who beat them last, and a Brew Crew squad who can play with anyone. Can Broadway avoid having to play a crossover elimination game?
#4. Hanet Plastics
(Rank last week: 7)
Record: 15-20-3 (2-0-0 this week)
5th place in the President's Division, #7 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
Winners of their last 4, all in convincing fashion, Hanet enters the playoffs on a tear. They're in the easiest pool to sweep (from a lower-seeded team's perspective), and could easily steal the #4 seed from the Falcons going into Sunday. Hanet's biggest weakness this season has been attendance, or lack thereof. If they have their best out for the playoffs, they'll do well.
(Rank last week: 4)
Record: 21-16-1 (0-1-0 this week)
Vice President's Division Champions, #4 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
It wasn't so long ago that winning the VP division got you the #2 seed no matter what. But c'est la vie, and the Falcons go in at #4 with a Friday night bye. Their pool is the most difficult to win as a top seed, with dangerous Hanet and the plucky Rebels. They'll have the full bench out to play, so they'll be rested. What does this weekend have in store for them?
#6. SI Play
(Rank last week: 5)
Record: 19-17-2 (1-1-1 this week)
4th place in the President's Division, #5 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
SI enters the playoffs coming off a weather-related tie to Brew Crew, that coming after splitting their Sunday night doubleheader. SI is another team who are very dangerous if all their best show up. They share their pool with Broadway, whom they've beaten twice in four tries this season; and Brew Crew against whom they've struggled. Pools C and B should see the most upsets on Friday and Saturday, so why not come out and see for yourself?
(Rank last week: 6)
Record: 18-19-1 (0-1-1 this week)
2nd place in the Vice President's Division, #6 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
The Rebels improved vastly in 2018 over 2017, but couldn't quite get to the .500 mark. Regardless, they've earned a promotion to the President's Division next year, and their #6 seed places them in a very winnable pool with the unpredictable Falcons, and Hanet (whom they've beaten this season).
#8. Brew Crew
(Rank last week: 8)
Record: 14-23-1 (1-0-0 this week)
3rd place in the Vice President's Division, #8 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
Sneaky Brew Crew can do some real damage to the hopes of the "favourite" in their pool, and to other teams once the elimination rounds begin. Don't sleep on them. Or with them.
(Rank last week: 9)
Record: 11-27-0 (1-0-0 this week)
5th place in the Vice President's Division, #11 Seed in the Playoff Tournament.
It was a year of "almosts" for Surge. They almost beat the A's. They almost beat Storm. I wouldn't bet against them pulling it all together this weekend. Notorious D.O.U.G. would, though.
(Rank last week: 12)
Record: 11-26-1 (1-0-0 this week)
4th place in the Vice President's Division, #10 Seed in the Playoff Tournament
Bollocks managed to win their last game to go into the playoffs on a positive note. But they finished the season on a 1-9 tear, and that's... less than ideal. Still, depending on pre-game activities, they can be dangerous, and shouldn't be counted out.
#11. Coulas Bone Crushers
(Rank last week: 10)
Record: 12-23-3 (0-1-0 this week)
6th place in the President's Division, #9 Seed in the Playoff Tournament
Coulas finished their season on a 6-game losing streak. They'll need to figure it all out if they want to play on Sunday.
#12. Re/Max Crossroads
(Rank last week: 11)
Record: 9-29-0 (0-1-0 this week)
6th place in the Vice President's Division, #12 Seed in the Playoff Tournament
Ladies and Gentlemen, your "winners" of the Horse's Ass Trophy. At least they have an outfielder named Jeremy. Can't be all bad.
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