Thursday, May 10, 2007

Rain in Forecast

It looks like things might get rained out again this week. Even if they don't, it's kind of a slow week with not too many exciting matchups on the slate.

Maybe the most entertaining matchup is the MIB-Kingwood "rematch" at Copperfield. It's just a hunch, but I have a feeling Jimmy and his boys will be there a tad early this week. The only drama will be the captain's meeting, however. Copperfield's best eight players couldn't even put a dent in Kingwood's worst eight, so I don't expect much drama once things get started.

Really the main matchup I'm looking forward to this week is in 5.0 where the Met takes on division leader Rice. Rain won't be a factor here as it's being played indoors. Arun Nanjappa has been carrying his team on his back, but I don't expect that to continue. I expect the Met to put its nose out in front of what promises to be a four horse race in 5.0.

The last news I heard from Cheryl is that there is supposed to be a playoff in the 5.0 division. I'm not sure if these plans have changed. I must say I'm not in favor of playoffs in a one division league. I can see the argument that a weekend playoff would produce the team that would best represent Houston under the same format up in Dallas, but I just prefer to see teams get rewarded for excellence throughout the season.

Likewise, the drama in the 4.5 and 4.0 divisions is definitely missing this year. With almost half of the teams qualifying for playoffs in 4.5 all of the "big" matchups (like Kingwood-Hangovers) are mainly for bragging rights with little of substance really hanging in the balance. I've never been a fan of the playoff formats of the NHL and NBA, where seemingly everyone makes the playoffs. MLB has a much better system, in my opinion. The real drama this year is in the matches of teams that are not elite...those teams fighting to move from third place to second. Most or all of those teams will be totally outmatched at City playoffs, but can take pride in qualifying at least.

Other somewhat notable matchups this week:

Jedi Knights against West Side's No Way Out. Knights finally get to show what they're made of and where there singles players stand.

JCC Dudes versus Briargrove Park. Winner takes control of Division II in 4.0. Loser will try to hold off Chancellor's for a trip to cities.

Rice Saints versus HTC Heat. On paper it's a blowout, but Heat have the firepower to make it close.


  1. Ouch. You're off the Christmas list. :)

  2. I heard MIB made Green's team drive to Copperfield in the rain last week even though the club said the court's were wet. Is that true and did they do the same to Kingwood this week.

  3. No, it's not true. Last week the courts were dry and there were no clouds at 6:45. Radar showed the rain just south of the club. The girl at the front desk, well...never mind.

    A few weeks earlier the 4.5 singles team was rained out at Memorial but the 4.0 team played their matches at Copperfield, so you never know.

    Tonight there were no problems. It didn't start to rain until just after 8. Kingwood took Line 1 doubles 6-0, 6-4, and the Line 1 singles did not finish. Omon Dibua won the first set from Dave McCarthy (aka DMac) 6-3, but DMac was serving for the 2nd set at 5-3 when they had to stop.

    Jimmy and his team were very cordial and there were no "issues" as far as I know.

  4. In response to earlier comments about the MOB SQUAD, why are they so hated? Most of the guys in MOB are great guys who love to play tennis. There have been a few unfortunate incidents in the past, but don't hold the whole team accountable.

  5. they are losers. mob squad sucks

  6. I did not post that; obviously some moron (and I think I know who it is), used my identity here.