Even though it FEELS like July out there, the calendar is actually about to roll over into September, and that means the end of the regular season and the always exciting playoff weekend. With just over two weeks left in the regular season, we actually have some clinching scenarios to watch! The A's, leaders of the President's Division by three games, can clinch their first ever President's Division title with a sweep of Hanet on Sunday, as long as Storm drops both their games against Broadway. Don't make that face, stranger things have happened. If the A's don't clinch this week, it WILL actually come down to a face-to-face doubleheader against Storm on September 7th. Exciting! In the Vice President's Division, Surge's miracle season has been slightly derailed, and they've dropped into a three-way tie for second in the division, the second-WORST kind of three-way you want to be involved in. The Crew can clinch the division this week, but they need some help: they'd have to sweep Surge on Tuesday; The Buellers and Surge would have to split on Sunday; and Coulas would have to sweep Triple Play on Sunday. The picture becomes much clearer on Monday morning.
(16-4-0 Overall; 1st in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 1)
The A's maintain their #1 spot despite not playing this week... but considering the number of weeks they've played 6 times in the same week, they deserve to stay on top while enjoying a brief break.
#2. THE CREW
(13-5-0 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)
The Crew are beginning to run away with this division, and as noted above, can clinch if it all goes their way. They've only been swept twice in doubleheaders this season.
(12-6-0 Overall; 2nd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 3)
The final petal is about to fall off Storm's "Rose of the President's Division". They NEED Hanet's help, and big time: Hanet has to sweep the A's on Sunday and Storm HAS TO sweep Broadway if they want a whack at a sudden-death doubleheader on the 7th. The A's will have the Champagne on ice on Sunday night.
#4. THE BUELLERS
(11-9-0 Overall; Tied for 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 5)
The Buellers move up a spot in the rankings after a .500 week. They got swept Sunday by the division leaders, but came back strong on Wednesday to take both ends of the twin-bill with Triple Play. They still have a shot at winning the division, but will need more help than I'm willing to explain. Just win, baby.
#5. TRIPLE PLAY
(10-8-0 Overall; Tied for 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)
The second of three teams on this list who are looking up at The Crew at the top, and still have a chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Like The Buellers, they need to win out and get some help. It still could come down to the final battle on September 12, when they go up against The Crew on K1.
(10-10-0 Overall; 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)
Broadway jumps three spots this week on the back of it's 3-1 record. They're still number six in the rankings because those three wins came against the lowly Falcons and the struggling Hanet (one by default). Winning three games in a week is impressive, unless you do it against those two.
(11-9-0; Tied for 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)
Surge, the third team in a nasty three-way for second in the VP Division, is the only one of the three trending in the wrong direction. They're 1-5 in their last 6 games, and are teetering precariously on the edge of the split to determine next year's divisions. They'll need some wins if they want to move up in '22.
(7-13-0 Overall; 4th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)
The Falcons need to win out to avoid relegation next season. That's quite the ask, since they play Storm on Monday, who are on a mission and will show no mercy, and then get Hanet, who don't like the Falcons so much, to end the season.
#9. COULAS BONE CRUSHERS
(3-17-0 Overall; 5th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 10)
Coulas crawls out of the cellar this week, not exactly so much because they're on fire or anything, but because they've won a game or two in the last three weeks, and the #10 team, uh, not so much.
#10. HANET PLASTICS
(5-17-0 Overall; 5th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)
If you haven't read Scoops Jockovitch's recap of Storm's sweep of Hanet on Sunday, you should do yourself a favour and do so. It's far more entertaining than anything I'd write in this spot.
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