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Seattle-OPSB didn't look like world-beaters in the early going against the USA U20s, but picked it up late, especially when they added on a couple of players.
It was, after all, a scrimmage, and while a shaky loss might be enough to drop a team down from #1, not when it's a practice game with liberal substitutions.
What is enough to drop you down from #2 is if you lose. SFGG dropped a 14-10 decision to Denver, and drop from #2 to #5 as a result. Denver moves up from #9 to #7. Why don't the Barbarians move past SFGG? Because SFGG beat Denver earlier in the season. Both were close games, and in both the away team lost. Meanwhile, Golden Gate has won the remainder of their games (all at home), and Denver is 1-3 (all on the road). Obviously things will even out as the season evens out. But for now it seems right to keep SFGG ahead on balance.
Staying at the top of the rankings for the moment, Life thrashed #11 Boston (who move down) and move up to #2 as a result. Glendale, with their victory over OMBAC, move up to #3. NYAC, which has done nothing wrong, but are vulnerable due to player moves, moves up.
What to do about OMBAC. They are competitive, but somehow their results seem just OK. They ended up wilting against Glendale, and haven't played Denver or SFGG yet. In the end Denver has to move ahead of them. Idle Metropolis drops for the moment.
Olympic Club has to move ahead of Santa Monica after beating the Dolphins in Southern California. Boston drops to #12. Moving up also is PAC, which was impressive against a good Pittsburgh team. Dallas has to wonder what they have to do to move up. They crush the Austin Huns and move down? Not fair. But PAC's 17-0 shutout of Pittsburgh was, we think, the bigger deal, as was the New Orleans defeat of Austin Blacks. Big drop for HARC as they lose to the Dallas Harlequins. But ... that result may really be a sign that the Harlequins are better.
Waiting in the wings ... well, not that many clubs. We're keeping an eye on Hawaii.
|Men DI Club Rankings March 11 2014|
|1||1||Seattle-OPSB||BC DI||Beat USA U20s|
|2||3||Life||No League||Beat Boston (11)|
|3||4||Glendale Raptors||PRP||Beat OMBAC (8)|
|5||2||SFGG||PRP||Lost to Denver (9)|
|7||9||Denver Barbarians||PRP||Beat SFGG (2)|
|8||8||OMBAC||PRP||Lost to Glendale (4)|
|10||13||Olympic Club||PRP||Beat Santa Monica (10)|
|11||10||Santa Monica||PRP||Lost to Olympic Club (13)|
|15||15||New Orleans||Red River||Beat Austin Blacks (17)|
|16||14||Dallas Reds||Red River||Beat Austin Huns|
|17||17||Austin Blacks||Red River||Lost to New Orleans (15)|
|21||22||Kansas City Blues||Midwest||Idle|
|23||24||Los Angeles||So. Cal||Beat Las Vegas|
|24||25||San Diego Old Aztecs||So. Cal||Idle|
|25||18||HARC||Red River||Lost to Dallas Harlequins|