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Discussion: CONGRATULATIONS....I THINK...WELL, WHATEVER.

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July 16, 2015
DD
Men's 70
79 posts
CONGRATULATIONS....I THINK...WELL, WHATEVER.
They're at it again in Sacramento. The annual midyear Ratings Raffle where some lucky teams get the classification of their dreams and some others get to weep and gnash their teeth.

Couldn't help but notice the change involving Event Lab out of Minnesota, one of the toughest, hardest hitting, most competitive bunch of hombres this observer has seen in a long time.

In the 65 Major Plus division in Las Vegas last April, Event Lab piled up 37 runs in our opening best-of-3 series game, rattling us for 10 runs in the open and winning 37-36.

And, as if that wasn't enough, they went out and scored 40---YES, FORTY RUNS---in Game 2. That's 77 runs in two games and I am proud to say I was there and saw it all. They added 9 more in the rubber game for a 3 game total of 86.

Line drives all through their lineup...gappers, bullets in the 5-6 hole...screamers up the middle...an occasional dinger...not a cheap hit in the bunch...and there must have been 100+ hits from those guys. Our ears were ringing. My pitchers suffered shellshock. We all have PTSD.

It was a marathon day...over 7 hours on the field...before we prevailed in the deciding game. But, not a head was bowed in their dugout...they are as tough as they come...arguably the best team we've seen this year in 32 games.

So....imagine my shock to see they were dropped to Major yesterday...BUSTED a rank...surely George in Sacramento must know something I don't. How in the name of all that is holy did you come up with this decision, Your Georgeness?

And congratulations to Event Lab...I think. If that's what you wanted...but WHY? And you unsuspecting Major teams in 65---better start ducking for cover. His Georgeness let a Panzer Division loose on the playground.
July 16, 2015
DoubleL10
Men's 65
893 posts
LOL Dennis! I enjoyed your post very much and am sad to see that "Your Georgeness" has loosed the hounds on Event Labs on the unsuspecting ranks of mortal 65 Major teams (such as us on the San Antonio Silver Streaks)!
I guess we will lace 'em up and get after them in Vegas.
July 16, 2015
LeeLee50
140 posts
I must be missing something I looked at the results from 2014 LV
Event Lab went 1-4 and finished in a tie for first team to be eliminated, they didn't even make it into Sunday. They average 20.2 runs per game never scoring more than 27 and as low as 14. He might not be perfect but it looks like he might have gotten this one right.

The team that won went 6-1 and average 19.7 per game and scored as many as 30 and as low as 5 which really skewed the arpg.

JMSFHO
July 16, 2015
Dbax
Men's 60
1803 posts
You're probably missing the fact that he said it was last April. That would be, I think, 2015. Just sayin'.
July 16, 2015
LeeLee50
140 posts
Dbax it must have been a backyarder, didn't see them entered in any of the SSUSA events in April of 2015. We all know backyarders are pretty flexible with player restrictions and guide lines at least in Nor Cal. We can have players ranging from 50 to 65, ranked from AA to Major Plus all on one team.
July 16, 2015
Dbax
Men's 60
1803 posts
DD can you clear this up?
July 16, 2015
Dbax
Men's 60
1803 posts
DD never mind. I just looked under tournaments and found them entered in the Southwest Championships in Vegas in April. 65 Major Plus.
July 17, 2015
LeeLee50
140 posts
Sorry I didn't think about looking for the MN team to fly out to LV in April. It was a 2 team tournament and in their seeding games they played 70 majors plus and 65 Major teams. I wouldn't think this would be a good tourney to use, although they did use this type of tourney for a 50 Major Plus team to go down.
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