|Jan 16, 2002... Young
East vs. West
Yes, I'm alive... Hi! Happy 2002 to
Week 11 marked the beginning of the
inter-conference portion of the NIBL 2002 schedule.
Oddly, we saw the mighty Eastern Conference bowed a bit
last week as the West played the East to an even 4-4
draw. Let's go to the videotape:
- Seattle out-ties Manila -
These two teams slugged it out to an (anemic)
257-257 tie. The home-playing Sea-Ho's took the
victory by the hook. I actually had the unique honor
of speaking with Manila owner Deneesha Raimondo on
the morning after her tie- and heart-breaking
loss... it wasn't pretty. The young Miss Raimondo
pointed to two main factors in her loss: 1) Nick Van
Exel's inexplicable 16 nibls Saturday night in 40+
minutes of play, and 2) the lucky horseshoe firmly
planted up Seattle's ass.
- Battle of the Citys -
Runner-up game of the week was the annual battle 'o
the city's (sort of like when Green Bay plays Tampa
Bay in the NFL): Rip City versus Cap City. This
year's tete a tete goes to Cap City 271-263. Where
to start? Cap City has been as lucky this year as
Rip City has been unlucky. I believe that Jalen
Rose's 9 nibl effort was the recipient of the
majority of Ripper Rob Triol's ire. Better luck next
year, Rip Daddy.
- Tucket Squeaker - Nantucket
Jack reversed his string of close losses with a
dandy close victory (257-248) of his own over the
enigmatic DuPage ball team. Both, usually excellent,
teams underachieved... Nantucket underachieved a bit
- Diablo numero uno - The
Spawn continue, to the amazement of all, to win.
This week's narrow triumph was over Napa Valley
310-304. Now with 3 sub-ten nibl victories under his
belt, Diablo Danny is fat and sassy. Eric
Schoonover's Napa squad fell to 5-6... the first
time Eric's been under .500 since the fond ole days
of the Baghdad franchise.
- Blowouts - Aruba and
Plainfield continued running up the score with
impressive victories and scores well north of 300
nibls. Vegas and Elk Grove took advantage of
depleted foes to sprint to their blowouts.
I guess with three of the four
squeakers this week going to the West, you have to
wonder what the next 7 weeks hold. The East is
outscoring the West by a tremendous margin, but it's all
in the W's baby. Look at the top of each conference:
- Eastern Conference - led by Aruba,
Plainfield, and Manila with 7-4 records... three
teams averaging nearly 315 nibls a game.
- Western Conference - led by Diablo
at 9-2, scoring a miniscule 295 nibls per.
How long can the West keep up...
scoring 20 nibls less per game than the East. I'll say
it again... we shall see.
Your NIBL Notes
During the inter-conference play
of the next 7 weeks, I will be soliciting NIBL Notes
from YOU! I'll pick a game, and request that the
combatants submit Notes by the Sunday after their game
is complete. The topic? Whatever you choose!
This week's NIBL Notes game of the
week (sponsored by The
Big Book... "everything's better at the Big
Book... especially the pay window") is:
Diablo at Manila
Ah, two first place teams...
overachieving... mother versus son...
Notes please girls!
PS - There's a new, long-awaited Rose
McGowan at the bottom of the page!