Holy cow, the playoffs are here! One and done time, BoPo changes dramatically when we get to this point.
Let’s take a look at the play-in rounds, which start tomorrow. Everyone is encouraged to come watch and add to the playoff excitement.
Play In 1 Bracket (winner plays B.E.E.R. on Thursday)
Pinups plays Pud’s first. Anything is possible in the one-game format. Three points takes it, so anyone having a big game can make the difference. Pinups have more players capable of “the big game”, and should be able to advance to a match-up with Young & Bowled.
Then we’ve got the semis. Y&B should handle the play-in winner. That is, if they have four players. There’s a good chance they’ll only have three. I still think they could win with just three with Pistol Pete and The Truth there. On the other side, the 5 0’s play Three Livers. The 5 0’s finished their season with a thrilling bowloff win and are excited to be here. Three Livers may be a little less excited, but they have more big guns and should get through to play Y&B. If Y&B has all four, I think they get through. If they have three, and Three Livers brings Bernie and Wilma, Three Livers makes the tourney.
Play In Bracket 2 (winner plays Back In Black Tuesday)
Splits Happen play Goldilocks in the first play-in. Goldilocks won the play-in last year, but Splits looks to have the heavier hitters. In the other play-in, Balls of Fury play Bowlderdash, and I have no idea how that one will go. I guess I’ll take Bowlderdash because they played a tougher schedule.
Splits should advance to the semis, and I think they’ll take down the Lovernauts, as the Lovernauts will be unlikely to field a full squad. Bowlderdash would play I.B.S., and I think I.B.S. is going to step up. They won without “Who-lie” last week and think they belong in the tourney.
I.B.S. vs Splits would be a great game. I’ll give a slight edge to I.B.S., but I could see the Splits catching lightning in a bottle. Both teams would face a crazy task in beating Back In Black, but just winning the shootout would be a solid achievement.