Friday, December 16, 2011

WVFL Semifinal Preview

IRON CITY POUNDERS (#5) at ST. A’S CRUSADERS (#1)

First declared the dirtiest dog of the derby by the Purple Swirls after draft day, the Crusaders have done nothing to disavow their destiny. Although Matt Ryan staked the Pounders to a decent head start with 20 points on Thursday night, Tebow should be able to cancel that out against the god-awful Patriots defense. And it’s probably safe to assume that Demaryius Thomas, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Mike Williams will not keep the momentum rolling. My Lord, is that one awful collection of receivers.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham will continue to star in The Uncoverables, and while Calvin will have a surprisingly disappointing day (I say something like…6.9 points) Ray Rice will…actually…hold on.

I’M CALLING IT! THE TEN BELL PLAYOFF UPSET SPECIAL!!>?!!!!!!!!11111!1!!

THE PICK: IRON CITY POUNDERS 101 – ST. A’S CRUSADERS 95

ATLAS SHRUGGZ (#6) at FIREROCK ROCKERS (#2)

The Shruggz put up 145 points last week, which I’m actually happy about since it eliminated any possible What If? injury thoughts I might have harbored otherwise. Sure, they only cracked 100 points 4 times before putting up 125 and 145 on me in consecutive weeks, which cost me a bye and then officially knocked me out, but I don’t think it’s a fluke or anything. What am I, bitter like Caulen?

The Rockers, of course, took the bye that slipped through my grasp and now here they are, trying to go worst to first.

Both Turner and Jones-Drew semi-disappointed last night (in contrast to Blaine Gabbert, who continues to uber-disappoint), so that’s a wash. But what’s most curious about this matchup is the Giants offense. The Rockers have Eli and Cruz. The Shruggz have Nicks and Manningham. So Eli’s read progression is going to go a long way toward deciding this one.

(True story: In other league, a wild card last week was decided on Tuesday afternoon by a stat change. Changing a reception from Cruz to Nicks took the team with Cruz from a 0.8 point lead to a 1.2 point loss to the team with Nicks. Fun!)

But you’re more concerned with this league than my other one, so…

THE PICK: FIREROCK ROCKERS 100 – ATLAS SHRUGGZ 91

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