May 10, 2015, 10:15 pm
Okay, all the stats are in. I haven't heard any protests or reports of errors, so it is now considered final, for better or for worse. The team standings posted here on the website and posted at the Oasis (on Saturday) are up to the minute and final, as well as the top shooter list, both printed and posted here online. That leads us to the playoff schedule which starts this Thursday, May 14th. Here it is:
"A-Trophy" - Top 8 Seeds
#1 Seed Oasis Outlaws vs. #8 Seed Oasis Dragons, at the Oasis - Table #1, 5/14, 7:00pm
#2 Seed Oasis Bulldogs vs. #7 Seed Duffy's Tavern, at the Oasis - Table #2, 5/14, 7:00pm
#3 Seed Down Lo Playa's vs. #6 Seed Down Lo Damned, at the Down Lo - Table #10, 5/14, 7:00pm
#4 Seed Oasis O-Team vs, #5 Seed Down Lo Stickmen, at the Oasis - Table #3 or #4, 5/14, 7:00pm
"B-Trophy" - Seeds 9-13
"Wild Card" Match
#12 Seed Oasis Bankers vs. #13 Seed Tackle Box Alligator Humpers, at the Oasis - Table "0" (isolated table back in corner), 5/14, 7:00pm
Winner of the "Wild Card" Match will play the following week:
#9 Seed Eagles vs. #12 Seed Bankers/Tackle Box, at the Eagles, May 21st, 7:00pm
#10 Seed Empire vs. #11 Seed Oasis Rack Pack, at the Empire Club - 'usual' table, May 21st, 7:00pm
Because of the majority of the top seeded teams are from the Oasis, they have home field advantage, which leads to a very busy Oasis Bar & Grill on Thursday. Because the A-Trophy teams, in fairness, need to play on the normal tables (1,2, and 3 or 4), the B-Trophy match will happen on the secluded table in the back corner, table 'zero'. This means there will be very little practice tables available throughout the night. I highly recommend coming way early and practice on the table you are assigned that night.
The playoffs are a straight race to 11 points. No need to play past 11. As we discussed and agreed on back in October, the home team captain only needs to put one player up at a time, not the standard first four. The visitor captain follows suit with providing his match up player one at a time. Beer frames are optional - up to the captains and of course the paying (losing) bar owner. Might be a good idea to play a beer frame: you get to use more of your players, making a more fun night for everyone. Plus the players after the beer frame can get some practice. Captains need to decide this before the match starts, before 7:00pm. If it is not decided/discussed, then the default is no beer frame. Playoff beer frames do not apply towards the season's beer frame tracker and associated trophy. Yes, there will be a winner and a trophy for that...
Captains - please be more observant and diligent regarding rules and/or called infractions during the playoffs. Teams will be looking for any chance to get an advantage, and not knowing the rules, or not watching the procedings carefully, could result in valuable points and wins lost. Not knowing the rules does not count as an excuse, and is only doing your team disservice. That being said, we expect all in attendance (shooters, non-shooters, teammates, non-teammates, spectators) to be professional and sportsmanlike. Any infractions or disciplinary measures I need to take as the president will be enforced and penalized heavier during playoff matches - whether the penalty is handed out this year or next.
Oh yeah, have fun. It's the playoffs!
The Charles Lintz Top Shooter Tournament is around the corner in a few weeks and should be very exciting as well. Congrats to Kenny Duff and Leland as they ended in a tie for the #1 shooter during the season - a mesmerizing 83.3%. They will join the other 6 top shooters for the tournament on June 11th. Those 8 shooters and their position in the bracket will be decided by a blind draw, so their final standing will inevitably not necessarily matter.
And regarding Wheeze's cue and the Craigslist ad (see the last post below), it was just a gag we (his teammates) played on him. His cue is safe and sound. I've had a few responses to help with the fundraising to get it back, as well as talking to the district attorney about it, but no need. Again, we were just messing with him. Thank you for your interest in helping this poor guy out, though!
Good luck this week - I'll be at the Oasis this Thursday with everyone else, so if you have a question or concern, you know where to find me.