Manila, Rip City Advance!
Apr 18, 2002... Young Bill Krieger
Like our brothers in the NBA, the NIBL 2002 playoffs
matchups went down to the very last night of game play. Manila and Rip
City easily held serve to clinch their playoffs spots in the Eastern and
Western Conferences, respectively. These victories left the NIBL old
guard, namely Aruba and West Chicago, standing out of the playoffs,
looking in, with third place finishes.
"Long live the new flesh!"
The Flippin' NIBL Playoffs
Ah, the Flippin' NIBL Playoffs! Let the greatest event
in fantasy sports begin:
- Each series will be the best out of three games
- Each NIBL game corresponds with a game in the NBA
playoffs. So, NIBL game 1 uses scores from the first game of the NBA
- Each team specifies five starting players (2F, 2G,
1C) and a sixth man
- A playoff mini-draft will be held this Friday
- Each team selects two players to bolster their
- Draft order will be: Plainfield, Diablo,
Manila, Rip City, Rip City, Manila, Diablo, Plainfield
- The list of available players is here: Available
Playoff Players ... Playoff teams: please examine this list
carefully for omissions or errors!
So, our playoff matchups will be:
Manila DogEater (16-9)
Plainfield PlayMaker (19-6)
Manila at Plainfield
Plainfield at Manila
Manila at Plainfield (if nec)
Rip City Renegade (16-9)
Diablo Spawns (18-7)
Rip City at Diablo
Diablo at Rip City
Rip City at Diablo (if nec)
Each series features a duel between an ex-champion and
a newbie to the playoffs. Diablo and Manila will be trying to join Don
Fenton (evil-doer) as a repeat champion. Playoff virgins, Rip City
and Plainfield, however, will be exploring new ground in their attempt
to join the most exclusive club of all... the NIBL Hall of Champions!
The path of each of these worthy teams has been
- Plainfield PlayMakers - Plainfield is the
comeback story of all time... reeling from an 0-13 initial season,
Plainfield owner RobReed took a year off to purge his organization,
and it has obviously worked. Plainfield grabbed the top of the East
standings in the latter part of the regular season and never looked
back. Plainfield's top 3 players, Payton, Malone, and Bonzi, are all
- Diablo Spawn - Diablo has seemingly been on
top of the West for the entire season. Diablo Danny will be looking
to Kobe Bryant to repeat his magical title season of 2000.
Unfortunately, Kobe's "sidekick", Shaq, is not on the
roster this year.
- Manila DogEaters - Manila is hoping to
repeat since their title win in the inaugural NIBL season. Manila
made a late season surge, winning their last 5 games to outlast
hated foe Aruba for the second spot in the East. Aruba is led by
NIBL 2002 MVP Tim Duncan.
- Rip City Renegades - Rip City is the hottest
team entering the playoffs, winning their last 12 contests. The
trade deadline rejuvenated "the Rippers" into a juggernaut
that chased, hunted and eventually destroyed early favorite in the
West, West Chicago. Rip City is anchored by playoffs studs, T-Mac
and Jamaal Mashburn.
These playoffs should be fun. Ex-champs Diablo and
Manila versus newbies Rip City and Plainfield. Who will teach who a
lesson? We shall see...
Aruba's personal kudos to Manila and tribute to the
2002 NIBL season...
"Put that coffee down! Coffee's
for closers, only."
- Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry
Hey, playoff guys... email/call me or Johnny Rai if
you have any questions. Otherwise, we'll call you to do the supplemental
playoff draft some time Friday night. Good luck!
Thanks... yow, bill