There's been a shuffle at the top of the rankings this week, but the bottom will look familiar to anyone who's a loyal reader. The A's (The A'S!) clinched the President's Division this week, from the comfort of their own couches. I'm sure toasts were made, asses scratched. The Crew keeps winning, and running their competitors out of games, but still has yet to lock up the Vice President's Division. In the top division, the playoff seedings are now locked in. All the remaining President's Division games are essentially meaningless. The A's are #1, Storm two, Broadway three, followed by the Falcons and the now plays-three-times-on-Saturday Hanet. Down in VP, it's way less clear cut: Coulas will be the #5 seed, but every other seed is up for grabs. Even Triple Play, the last team (not currently in first place) with a shot at the division title, can finish 4th if they lose the rest of their games.
#1. THE CREW
(15-5-0 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)
The Crew have won eight in a row and have a magic number of only one to clinch the division, their first division crown since 2014 when they were known as the St. Louis Devils. They also won the playoff tournament that year, defeating who were then perennial playoff runners-up, The Falcons by a score of 29-13, in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. No, I'm not bitter at all, why do you ask?
(17-4-0 Overall; President's Division Champions)
(Rank last week: 1)
Congratulations to the A's, President's Division Champions for the first time EVER! The A's clinched from the comfort of their own homes on Monday, thanks to the Falcons handing Storm the first of two losses of the day. This is the first division championship of any kind for the A's since 2003, when they won the Vice President's Division when known as Circle Taxi. When contacted for comment, the A's Travis responded, "Can't run on blue. They'll cry about it."
#3. TRIPLE PLAY
(11-8-0 Overall; 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 5)
Triple Play jumps a couple of spots this week, but it's a reflection of their continued good play. They're 8-3 in their last 11 games (which, I know, is half the season), and they're put themselves in a spot to win the division. They'll need some help to do so, though: with five games to go, they need to win EVERY game. They also need Coulas to sweep The Crew next Wednesday. If Coulas can accomplish that Herculean feat, and Triple Play can win until Sunday the 12th, that'll set up a do-or-not-exactly-die-but-it'll-hurt Sunday doubleheader against The Crew for all the marbles. And by "marbles", I mean $300.
(13-9-0 Overall; 2nd President's Division)
(Rank last week: 3)
Thanks to a sweep at the hands of the Falcons on Monday that cost them the chance at their sixth straight President's Division crown, Storm drops a spot down to fourth. They'll be the #2 seed going into playoff weekend, so their much-anticipated showdown against the division champion A's on Tuesday is now meaningless.
#5. THE BUELLERS
(12-10-0 Overall; 3rd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)
The Buellers also drop a spot in the rankings after watching their chance a the division title slip away after a 20-16 loss to Surge in the nightcap of their Sunday doubleheader. If they can manage a sweep of Triple Play on Monday, they'll clinch the #2 seed in the VP-side of the playoff tournament.
(12-12-0 Overall; 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)
Even with a couple weeks left in the season, Broadway's season is done. They finish the season right at the .500 mark, and will enter the playoff tournament well-rested as the #3 seed on a 1-game losing streak. As long as a bunch of weddings don't screw up attendance, they have as good a shot as anyone to walk away on the 19th with the hardware.
(12-12-0; 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)
Surge's season is also done early, and they also finished at .500 which could earn them a call-up to the President's Division in 2022 (if Triple Play entirely shits the bed in the upcoming). This is the first time Surge has finished without a losing record since 2016.
(9-13-0 Overall; 4th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)
The Falcons, who will be relegated next year, have two meaningless games against Hanet on Sunday before they enter the playoffs as the #4 seed. As Monday's sweep of Storm showed, if the Falcons come to play, they have the talent and potential to be the first repeat playoff tournament winners since Storm in '16 and '17.
#9. COULAS BONE CRUSHERS
(3-18-0 Overall; 5th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)
Coulas has an uphill climb if they want to avoid winning their first-even Horse's Ass trophy as the last place team in the league. They have two against The Crew on Wednesday, who may or may not be trying depending on whether they've already clinched the division, and Triple Play on Friday, who also may or may not be trying for the same reason. The team they're trying to jump, Hanet Plastics, has two meaningless games against the Falcons on Sunday the twelfth, and they have to hope the Falcons win at least one of them.
#10. HANET PLASTICS
(4-17-0 Overall; 5th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 10)
Hanet, along with the Falcons, will also be relegated next season. But for now, they'll enter the playoffs as the #5 seed, with the arguably toughest schedule: they'll play thrice on Saturday, and will need to win seven games in two days if they want to go home champions.
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