Historic Nibl Week
Young Bill Krieger (Apr 6, 2003)
2003 West Race: Tightest Ever
OK, tighten your seat belt... 4 teams are up for the two playoff slots
in the West: Cancun, Diablo, Walla and the surging Nantucket Buckets.
I don't recall any Nibl race having four teams eligible for the last
two playoff spots... and all still up in the air going into the last week
of the season. First off, here are the relevant week 22 games:
- Diablo (13-8) at Nantucket (12-9)
- Cancun (13-8) at West Chicago
- Point Blank at Walla Walla (13-8)
Well, here's what can happen (I think?) Go!
|Easy Case 1: Best record
This week: Cancun, Diablo win... Walla, Nantucket lose
Results: Cancun, Diablo advance with 14-8 records
|Easy Case 2: Best record
This week: Cancun, Walla win... Diablo loses to Nantucket
Result: Cancun, Walla advance with 14-8 records
|Easy Case 3: Best record
This week: Diablo, Walla win... Cancun, Nantucket loses
Result: Diablo, Walla advance with 14-8 records
|Case 4: All three leaders win
This week: Cancun, Diablo, Walla win... Nantucket loses
This causes a 3-way tie in the West at 14-8. The first
tiebreaker in this case is game played between the tied teams. The
records in this case are: Cancun 1-3, Diablo 3-1, Walla 2-2
Result: Diablo, Walla advance on first tiebreaker
|Case 5: All three leaders lose
This week: Nantucket wins... Cancun, Diablo, Walla lose
This causes a 4-way tie in the West at 13-9. Again, the first
tiebreaker is record in the games played between all four teams.
These records are: Cancun 2-4, Diablo 3-3, Walla 3-3, Nantucket
4-2. Nantucket would win this tiebreaker. Diablo and Walla are
tied, so the second tiebreaker is nibls scored in all the games.
This would have to be calculated after this week's games.
Result: Nantucket and either Diablo/Walla advance on the 2nd
|Case 6: Only one leader wins
This week: Cancun, Nantucket win... Diablo, Walla lose
Cancun would stand alone with a 14-8 record. The remaining
three teams have the following records when playing each other:
Diablo 1-3, Walla 2-2, Nantucket 3-1. Nantucket would win on this
Result: Cancun advances with 14-8 record, Nantucket advances on
the 1st tiebreaker
|Case 7: Only one leader wins
This week: Walla, Nantucket win... Cancun, Diablo lose
Walla would win the West with a 14-8 record. The remaining
three teams would be tied at 13-9. The records between these three
teams is: Cancun 1-3, Diablo 2-2, Nantucket 3-1. So, Nantucket
Result: Walla advances with 14-8 record, Nantucket advances on
the 1st tiebreaker
|Case 8: Only one leader wins
This week: Diablo wins... Cancun, Walla, Nantucket lose
Diablo would win the West with a 14-8 record. Cancun and Walla
would be tied at 13-9. Cancun and Walla split their games, but
Cancun scored more nibls.
Result: Diablo advances with 14-8 record, Cancun advances on
2nd "points" tiebreaker
Here's an English summary of some of this stuff:
- Diablo and Walla have control of their destiny... if they win,
- If Cancun wins, she still needs Walla or Diablo to win
- Nantucket needs to win and needs Cancun or Walla or both to lost.
2003 East Race: One game and Mega-Vegas
Vegas has already clinched the number one seed in the playoffs. All
that's left for the Vermin is his claim as "Best Nibl Team
- Best Record - Playing Doof-page this week, Vegas should win
and finish with a Nibl-best 20-2 record.
- Highest Scoring - The current nibl per game record for a
regular season is 325.9. Vegas needs to score 339 to average 326 npg.
The second banana in the East will be decided in the Cap City, Aruba
matchup. Winner goes, loser blows.
Tank, the verb
A little recent history...
After a crushing defeat to West Chicago, I received a despondent call
from the newbies at Point Blank. They announced that they were tanking
their remaining games and sitting their usual busters. I said this would
only be OK if it didn't effect the playoff race. Checking the results,
Point Blank had already lost to each playoff contender in the West, so I
allowed their deliberate tanking, since they presumably would lose to each
playoff team, leaving no one at any advantage.
After this, Seattle (hrmph) requested to tank their remaining games.
This request was squelched because Seattle had already defeated Diablo,
and Seattle had a chance at beating other playoff teams in it remaining
Finally, Point Blank requested (light-heartedly, I believe) to change
their lineup for this week's contest with Walla. This was denied using my
Anyway, I've tried to keep things as fair as I can. I do think we need
a rule against tanking, however. Our league is too incestuous to allow
this. We'll figure it out next year... or will we?