Alberta Baseball Confederacy: Week 21
I last posted an ABC update at the end of Week 11 in late June. I noted that 10 of the 12 teams in our baseball league were still in the playoff hunt. Well, as Garrett said to the Kid, times have changed. There are now 7 contenders for the 6 playoff positions, plus one extremely dark horse possibility.
In the Northern Eskimo Union Division (top chart), however, the same three teams are in playoff contention. After swooning in the July heat, my own Northern Miners have climbed to the top in August with four straight winning weeks, and are the first team in the league to have clinched a playoff berth (there are 12 games left in the regular season). They're being challenged for the division lead by the Royal Rooters. Managed by fellow Sportsmatters host Andy Grabia, the Rooters have climbed from a .500 position seven weeks ago to a solid 10-games over.
Early-season division leaders On Top haven't been so lucky. After reaching a remarkable 17-games over .500 at just week six, and holding or sharing the division lead for sixteen weeks running, the squad has suffered a precipitous fall and now is just a game to the good. Only the inadequacy of the division's also-ran teams, including those run by Sportsmatters' Alex Abboud and international-media hound Colby Cosh, have kept them in playoff position (the top three teams in each division go through).
In the Greater Western Trapper Alliance Division (bottom chart), the past nine weeks have seen considerable change. Of the three teams then bunched at the top of the division one has gone on to a breakout performance (Tyler Dellow's Doctrine have vaulted from 8 to 26 games over .500, and have a magic number of 1), another (Murphy's St. Pats) has fallen 17 games in the standings and has since engaged in a fire sale seeking draft picks, and the third (the Roughnecks) is now fighting for the last playoff spot against a team co-managed by an itinerant Jekyll-and-Hyde tandem currently stationed in New York (the Zingari Italiani).
The only certainty in the GWTA is that having claimed the cellar in week one, the Battle of Alberta's Matt Fenwick is not about to surrender the coveted first pick in the 2007 draft. Look for his Willie McGee Helmet to break new ground as the season draws to a close.