Walla Walla Wallop!
Bill Krieger... Apr 26, 1999
Thank you Walla Walla. The Banger slapped West Chicago silly last week 353-277. Big Dog, Shareef and the boys broke the Beater 10 game winning streak in convincing style. With Seattle (G Payton) and Cleveland (S Kemp) struggling to make the NBA playoffs, West Chicago may have another beating in its very near future. For now, West Chicago falls to 10-1 in a tie with Aruba for the best record in the NIBL. No longer perfect, Don Fenton also falls as the source of all irritation to your humble author.
I'm not sure how it would work, but if I could make fun of Aruba (myself) I would. The mighty Thong pulled out another last second (and two point) victory last week over the unlucky Vegas Vermin, 272-270. I know the Thong are 10-1, but cracks are beginning to show with injuries to Juwan Howard and Briant Grant, and Scottie Pippen's apparent lack of interest in anything except adult beverages... and don't forget the mid-season trade that launched Stephon Marbury out of the playoff scene. Aruba's motto is definitely "better lucky than good", but that didn't seem to work too well in the playoffs last year. Stay tuned.
You thought last week was wild... The ever-popular games of next week...
Wild wild east? The battle for second place in the Eastern Conference is a knot. Baghdad (7-4) has a one game edge over Cap City, Manila, Matunuck, and Vegas (all 6-5), but the CrossDressers have the toughest remaining schedule with games against Aruba and Manila. It looks like we're going to use them there fancy new tiebreakers (head-to-head competition is first and then head-to-head points), so here's a little table for you... It lists the head-to-head competition results and point total between the five teams vying for second place in the East:
My expert interpretation of this... got me? If Baghdad runs the table, then their 9-4 record will take second place. If the CrossDresser stumble, then 8-5 is likely the price of admission. That means that any losses by the other four teams will likely bounce them from consideration. After that, let's just hope it doesn't come down to the coin toss.
Lastly, some miscellany...
PS - Word for the day: peey