What’s at stake tonight?Aug 3rd, 2017 | By AndyBandit | Category: Summer League
It’s a very exciting day for SoCal Ultimate. Beach League registration opened today. https://apm.activecommunities.com/santamonicarecreation/Activity_Search/60932
But that’s not all. Lei Out 2018 was also announced, back on MLK weekend, with a new venue in Huntington Beach, and a party venue that can fit 10,000 people.
But that’s STILL not all. Later today will be an announcement for a Beginner’s clinic in a couple weeks. Don’t want to give the details here yet until it’s up. But know that’s coming.
God, all that on one day. It really makes me want to open registration for Lucky 7’s today (November 4 & 5, shameless plug.) But I’ll wait cause there’s already so much going on.
Tonight, there’s four final games in Summer League. Two in Mid-City. Two in Van Nuys. Let’s take a look at what’s at stake.
HESTIA VS. HERA at Rancho Cienega
Hestia has already locked up the #1 seed, having clinched the regular season title last week. But they still are playing for an undefeated season, and as I love to keep saying, no team in Summer League history has ever won every single regular season game and the tournament.
This would also be the first time that rookie captains helmed a team that won every single game. Although it’s worth noting Haynes Brooke was a first time captain in 2003 when Ice Gray went 8-0-1. And Rachel Noble led Lint Gray to a 7-0 record in the only Spring League, the pre-cursor to Summer League.
For Hera, a loss would put them in the conversation for a first round bye, but on the underside. There’s three teams that can get a first round bye on the bottom. Demeter at 3-6, Hera at 3-5 and Uranus at 3-5. Should Hera and Uranus tank their game to get the first round bye? It’s been discussed. But I should note the poll from five years ago when I asked if it’s okay to tank a regular season game to get a more desirable situation at the tournament. 63% of respondents said no. Of course that means 37% said yes, which is higher than I would’ve expected to be honest.
If Hera and Uranus both win or tie, Demeter will have the first round bye.
If Hera loses and Uranus wins or ties, Hera gets the first round bye, because Demeter holds the tie-breaker over Hera (head-to-head).
If Uranus loses and Hera wins or ties, Demeter gets the first round bye, because Uranus holds the tie-breaker over Demeter (record against common opponents)
If Hera and Uranus BOTH lose, then it will come down to point diff. Because Uranus did not play either Hera or Demeter during the regular season, but Hera did play Demeter so the tie-breakers are not even. So overall point diff becomes the decider. In that case, it would be between Hera and Uranus for who loses their game by a greater score. That team would then get the first round bye. But remember, 63% of people oppose tanking games on purpose.
DIONYSUS VS. ARES at Rancho Cienega
Dionysus is playing for the final first round bye, but the good kind, where you win to get it. Hestia, Hades and Poseidon have already secured three of the four first round byes. That leaves Dionysus and Chronos with a chance for the final one. Basically, if Dionysus wins or ties, it’s theirs. If they win, they become the #2 seed by virtue of their win over Hades, and Hades’ win over Poseidon. If they tie, they’re the #4 seed.
Dionysus can still get the bye even with a loss, if Chronos ties or loses. But if Dionysus loses and Chronos wins, Chronos gets the #4 seed and the first round bye, because they hold the tie-breaker, record against common opponents.
For Ares, it’s simply a case of trying to finish with a winning record. They’re at 4-4 with no chance for a first round bye either way.
CHRONOS VS. URANUS at Sepulveda Basin
Too bad Chronos and Dionysus are playing on separate fields. It would be great to know what’s going on in the other game. For Chronos, it’s very simple. In order to win the first round bye, they have to win, and Dionysus has to lose. For captain Dan Oettinger of Chronos, he’s also trying to avoid tying his lowest record as a captain. That was in 2013 with the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, and it’s important to note he was injured during the season and replaced for the last few games that year.
For Uranus, it’s a similar situation in reverse. And they’re on the other field from Hera, so they won’t know what’s going on there either. I feel Alex Carey needs to come to Rancho Cienega tonight and live stream the games there. Obviously.
You can go back up and look at the Hestia vs. Hera game to see how the scenarios play out in Uranus and Hera’s games.
Poor Uranus. They’ve lost half their roster for the tournament and will have between 5 to 6 replacements on Saturday.
ATHENA VS. ZEUS at Sepulveda Basin
Not as much on the line for this game. There’s no first round byes to be obtained for either team.
For Zeus at 4-4, it’s just about getting a winning record.
For Athena at 3-4-1, it’s just about getting to an even record.
Also, if you’re worried about playing undefeated Hestia sooner rather than later, there’s also the matter of staying out of the 8 or 9 seed. Lots of teams in play for those two seeds, so too many scenarios to play out here. But of course, some people have pointed out that Hestia did not play any of the other top four teams, so we’ll see how strong they really are in the tournament.
I can’t wait. I’m gonna go out to Rancho Cienega tonight to watch the games. It’s exciting!!!