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INTRO: What a season we have had, and it all comes down to this week. This week had 3 games that were win-and-in situations, The imRAY’s vs. Old School, The Gelb-Off – BhB Investments vs. Converse Dating and All Americans vs. Joe's Eagles. Two out of the three being one-score games that came down to […]
INTRO: What a season we have had, and it all comes down to this week. This week had 3 games that were win-and-in situations, The imRAY’s vs. Old School, The Gelb-Off – BhB Investments vs. Converse Dating and All Americans vs. Joe's Eagles. Two out of the three being one-score games that came down to the wire. The results from the week set the stage for some truly good round 1 matchups.
Old School vs imRAYs
The Old School and imRAYs faced off in a cold and wet game on the gridiron. Despite the harsh weather conditions, the two teams still put up a great fight, with each play reflecting their determination to come out on top. The winner of this game would make the playoffs. The loser will be watching from their couch next week. The game started off with imRAYs receiving the ball and punting it away, which was then followed by an Old School turnover on downs. Old School’s defense stepped up, with back-to-back sacks from DL Amir White, leading to a safety that put the score at 2-0 in favor of Old School. Old School got the ball at the 25-yard line but their drive was cut short by an INT from CB Meir Cavalier, who returned it to the Old School 5 yard line. Just two plays later, QB Pinny Rossman found WR Meir Cavalier for a touchdown, but the two-point conversion was missed. The score was now 6-2, in favor of imRAYs. Both teams punted the ball back and forth, leading to halftime with the score still at 6-2 in favor of imRAYs. In the second half, Old School began with the ball but was unable to move it down the field and ended up turning the ball over on downs. imRAYs also failed to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs soon after. Old School began to build a drive, but penalties derailed their progress, forcing them to punt the ball away. imRAYs also punted the ball on their next drive. On Old School’s next drive, QB David Bienenfeld hit WR Moshe Akselrud for a 22-yard touchdown, but the extra point was missed, putting the score at 8-6 in favor of Old School. With under a minute remaining, imRAYs needed to score quickly to win the game, but their drive was cut short when the ball slipped out of Rossman’s hand and fell right into the lap of Amir White, who intercepted it and ended the game. The final score was 8-6 in favor of Old School. The rainy and wet weather played a factor in the game, making it difficult for both teams to execute their plays. Despite the harsh weather, Old School came out on top, with their defense being the key factor in their victory.
Sound of Silence vs Northwestern
Northwestern soundly beat the Sound of Silence team in a one-sided game that ended with a final score of 28-14. The game started with Northwestern receiving the ball, and it didn't take long for them to score. Quarterback Tzvi Stern connected with wide receiver Sam Kaufman for a 5-yard touchdown pass, putting Northwestern up 6-0. Sound of Silence attempted to respond with a punt, but Northwestern's defense held strong. Northwestern capitalized on their strong defense by scoring again, this time a 13-yard touchdown pass from Stern to Kaufman. Sound of Silence attempted another punt, but it was blocked by Northwestern defensive lineman Yehuda Warman, who scooped up the ball and ran it in for a 4-yard defensive touchdown. Northwestern now had a commanding 19-0 lead at halftime. Sound of Silence started the second half with the ball and managed to get on the scoreboard with an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dovi Geizhals. Northwestern answered back with a 21-yard touchdown catch by Kaufman, and the extra point was good, making the score 26-6. Sound of Silence continued to fight, scoring another with a 31-yard touchdown, and a successful 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 28-14. Despite their best efforts, Sound of Silence was unable to overcome the deficit, and their onside kick attempt failed. The final score was 28-14, with Northwestern securing the victory. Northwestern's defense was dominant throughout the game, with Avi Oldak earning a safety for the team and multiple interceptions. Sam Kaufman had a standout performance, with two touchdown catches and a dominant performance on the field.
DEC vs Converse Dating
DEC dominated the field in their latest match against Converse Dating, with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball. From the first play from scrimmage, DEC set the tone with an INT by S Avi Weinreb, who jumped a curl route and took the ball in for the score, giving DEC an early 6-0 lead. On Converse’s following drive, Weinreb once again made a huge play, jumping another route in the middle of the field and taking it in for a 22-yard pick-six, extending DEC's lead to 12-0. Converse Dating tried to move the ball down the field, but a sack stalled their drive, and they were forced to punt. CB Dan Stein stepped up for CD and picked off the next throw, putting CD in great position to get on the scoreboard. Converse Dating ended up turning it over on downs. DEC took advantage of the turnover and on a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Zvi Greenstone to WR Aryeh Citronenbaum, they extended their lead to 19-0. Converse Dating had a small drive going, but QB Noam Gelb threw a red-zone interception, which was returned all the way down to the 10-yard line, leading to a 10-yard touchdown pass to WR Elisha on a slant route. This gave DEC a commanding 25-0 lead. Converse Dating managed to get on the board with a 45-yard reception by WR Mordechai Cherns, followed by a 4-yard touchdown to WR Dan Stein. But this was as close as they would get, as DEC continued to dominate in the second half. DEC received the ball to start the second half and quickly added to their lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass to WR Yaakov Rabinowitz, making the score 32-6. Converse Dating tried to get back in the game with a jump ball deep down the sideline between CB Elisha and WR Cherns, but the DEC defender came down with the interception. This set up a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Citronenbaum, putting the game out of reach for Converse Dating. DEC sealed the deal with a 25-yard touchdown run by QB Zvi Greenstone, securing a 44-6 victory.
Umpa Lumpas vs DEC
The Umpa Lumpas and DEC played each other in an electrifying game that had fans on the edge of their seats. The game started with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Umpa Lumpas QB Eliezer Weissmandl to WR Morris Setton, putting the Umpa Lumpas on the board with a 6-0 lead. However, DEC fought back with a 26-yard touchdown pass from QB Zvi Greenstone to WR Noam Moore, and a successful XP, making the score 7-6 in favor of DEC. The Umpa Lumpas quickly regained the lead with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Setton, making the score to 12-7. DEC's Greenstone then showed off his impressive running skills with a 40-yard run, but the Umpa Lumpas defense stepped up with an interception to keep DEC from scoring. Umpa Lumpas then scored a 45-yard touchdown pass to TE Asher Ackerman, with a successful two-point conversion, making the score 21-7. DEC did not give up and managed to score a 27-yard touchdown pass to Moore, with a successful extra point, bringing the score to 20-14. DEC's defensive line came up big with back-to-back sacks, setting up a fourth down for Umpa Lumpas. The Umpa Lumpas converted the fourth down, but DEC held them and the first half ended with a score of 21-14 in favor of Umpa Lumpas. The second half started with DEC receiving the ball, but their drive was cut short by a crucial interception from Umpa Lumpas CB Morris Setton. Umpa Lumpas then went on a long drive, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ackerman, bringing the score to 26-14. DEC fought back with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Moore, making the score 26-21. However, Umpa Lumpas managed to respond with a long drive that resulted in a 14-yard touchdown pass to WR Eli Meir Weisshaus, bringing the score to 32-27 in favor of Umpa Lumpas. DEC's hopes of a comeback were dealt a major blow when Umpa Lumpas CB Leibel Eichorn came up with a huge interception on DEC's next drive. However, Umpa Lumpas were unable to capitalize on their opportunity and turned the ball over on downs. With time expiring, Greenstone connected with WR Yaakov Rabinowitz for the game-winning touchdown, giving DEC a 34-32 victory. To summarize, the Umpa Lumpas and DEC played an intense, highly offensive powered game. Both teams showed remarkable offensive and defensive skills, but in the end, DEC came out on top with a thrilling 34-32 victory.
BhB Investments vs Converse Dating
This game was highly anticipated, deemed “The Gelb-Off” . It was a war between two brothers, one a raw rookie, another a veteran player in the league, for the playoffs. If Converse Dating led by QB Noam Gelb wins the game, his team clinches a position in the playoffs, putting them at 1-3-1 due to their tie last week against All Americans. If BhB led by Dudi Gelb wins this game, they would still need help from Joe’s Eagles to make it in, as they would be 1-4 which means that if All Americans would have won BhB would have still been out of the playoffs because All Americans would be 1-3-1, Joe’s Eagles and BhB would have been 1-4 but last week BhB lost to Joe’s Eagles and therefore would lose the head to head tie-breaker for playoff seeding. For such a hyped game, the results failed to meet expectations. What played out on the field was a very lopsided game, with Converse Dating beating BhB handedly 24-9. BhB was able to hold on all game, even starting it off with a safety, but ultimately the older Gelb showed he was superior and sent his younger brother packing. This puts Converse in the 8th seed no matter what, this means they will be facing the 1 seed, DEC, next week in the first round of the playoffs.
All Americans vs Joe’s Eagles
This game was intense from the beginning and did not disappoint. The significance of this game is simple: the winner is in the playoffs and the loser goes home. There was a chance for Joe’s Eagles if they would have lost and BhB would have won, then they would make the playoffs regardless. Additionally, if they tie then Joe’s Eagles would have clinched the playoffs, and All Americans playoffs hopes would depend on who the winner of the Converse Dating vs. BhB Investments was. The game started off with All Americans receiving first, and on a 3rd and 13 from their own 17 yard line, All Americans QB Yakov Rosenblum found speedy WR Yitz Devor for a 43 yard TD on a bomb downfield. The extra point was good to the corner of the endzone to WR Rephael Wechsler making it 7-0. Joe’s Eagles got the ball at the 10 but couldn’t do much with it and ultimately punted the ball back to All Americans. On first down DL Ari Levinger got the first of his many sacks of the game to set All Americans in a 2nd and very long which ultimately led them to punt the ball back to Joe’s Eagles. This drive started like their previous one, with short yardage plays that barely got them anywhere, but on 3rd and 12 QB Azriel Galbut ran for a clutch 1st down to keep the drive alive, a drive which ultimately resulted in a nice TD catch over the middle and ran into the endzone by WR Yehuda Ross, The XP was also good to WR Dovid Marmurstein, putting the game at 7-7. All Americans got the ball back, but thanks to two consecutive sacks on second and third down by DL Ari Levenger to bring them to a 4th down from their own 3 yard line, All Americans punted the ball back to Joe’s Eagles. All Americans were not about to lay down their weapons and on first down DL Rephael Wechsler got a sack for 7 yards. After this point it seemed like all the teams hunkered down and the game became a defensive battle without either team being able to get much done on offense. Coming out of halftime Joe’s Eagles knew they had to get something done, so QB Azriel Galbut mounted a nice solid drive down the field which ultimately ended with a touchdown by TE Buri Mendelsohn on a TE rollout. At this point in the game the XP is massive, and WR Yehuda Ross came down with a beautiful sideline catch in the endzone to bring Joe’s Eagles up 14-7. On the ensuing drive bad turned to worse for the All Americans, as their star big body receiver, Raphael Wechsler got hit in the head making a play on the ball and was placed in concussion protocol, removing him from the game. On the following play Joe’s Eagles got yet another sack. However, not blinking, All Americans QB Yakov Rosenblum was not concerned and put together a nice drive that ended on a Yitz Devor TD with the Xp being good, resulting in a tie game with 5 minutes left to the game. Joe's Eagles, wanting to go for the win, drove down the field, and with 50 second to go went for a pass play to the Endzone from their opponents 9 yard line on 2nd and 3rd and 4th down which ultimately fell incomplete, thanks to CB Shimon Shuck and LB Noam Sonnenberg, allowing for All Americans to preserve their last timeout and to get the ball back with 45 seconds left. Joe’s Eagles, not wanting to give up anything deep, went in to prevent defense. They played really well, but their early aggressiveness on the line came back to bite them as QB Yakov Rosenblum constructed a meticulous drive down the field in the pouring rain, with a few quick passes to WR Yitz Devor with nice YAC, a few nice runs when there was no one to pass to, and ultimately, from his opponent 11 yard line, with time ticking off the clock, All Americans QB Yakov Rosenblum found WR Yitz Devor for the game winning TD to make the score 20-14.
OUTRO: The results of all the games this week bring us to what will be looking like a very competitive Upper Friday Conference Playoffs, and a very intriguing Lower Conference Playoff as well. We will start off with the UFC:
Sitting at the top after an extremely impressive season are Kedma – Bnei Akiva. Kedma had an almost undefeated season only losing to Flush the Lush earlier on in the season, however, Kedma has only improved and went 5-0 in the reseeding round, Flush the Lush on the other hand, have gotten shaky going into the playoffs. Below Kedma are the Chofetz Chaim Chassidim, a team who went undefeated (with a tie) in the regular season, and whose only loss was to Kedma in a close game that came down to the final seconds. Under them are the EarBiters, a team that started the season off really strong, but with time have petered out and sneaked by a few losses to get to their seed. This team hopes to rebound to the heights they reached in the first half of the season. After them are a very hot and cold team, Ayala Tours. When they are on, they are arguably the best team in the league. However, as their record in the regular season showed, they had a few games this season that were very winnable to them, but due to lackluster play, they lost. Under them are a team that started off the season shaky, but have since found themselves on steady footing, Tivuch Shelly. Tivuch Shelly at first looked like they weren't even going to make the UFC, however, after a few hard fought games and much improvement from their defense, they made it in and never looked back. Tivuch Shelly hopes to build on their momentum and move on to the Semi Finals. Following Tivuch are Ohr Yisroel Compasses, a team that joined late but hit the ground running. Better than their record would lead you to believe, they have basically been competitive in every game they played. Following them are Flush the Lush, a team that started at the top of the league being the only 8-0 team in the Friday Conference, but due to scheduling conflicts and some key players going home halfway through the season they have dropped slightly in performance. The final team that made the playoffs are Old School, a team that can beat anyone in the league, but slightly faltered during the reseeding round. The final two teams are the imRAY’s and The Baboons, these teams are hanging up their cleats for this season. Both teams played valiantly until the end, proving they belonged in the upper conference, but ultimately could stand up to the competition. The imRAY’s coveted defense fell apart through the reseeding round allowing the most points against them in a game during the reseeding round. The Baboons are a story in and of themselves. All season they hit above their weight class and were competitive however, they just couldn’t hold on when the foot hit the pedal and fell apart in the most important part of the season.
Next we turn to the LFC:
At the top of the LFC sit the kings of the lower tier, Moreshet Mafia. This is a team that decided, instead of attempting to compete for the Upper Conference title, to punch below their weight class and settle against competition that they outmatch. Early on in the season some thought they could go all the way, now they are sitting on their throne of mediocrity going for a crown they are not worthy of. Under them are Torah Ore, a team that has shown great improvement since the regular season. Going into the reseeding round with a 2-6 record, many wrote off T.O. But they knew, if they were resilient, they could pull out victories where they once saw defeat. And so impressively, they did, going 4-1 in the reseeding round, with their only loss to the aforementioned Moreshet Mafia. Following them are David’s Cookie Monsters. The Cookie Monsters started off the season week but really picked up stride later in the season. During the reseeding round they were competitive, but could squeak out a win against T.O. and Mercenaries, losing both by a single point. Under them are the Mercenaries, a team who was always one step behind the upper conference teams but have been extremely competitive in the lower conference. Under them are The Jays, a team that, like many others, were very shaky during the regular season but have found their solid footing throughout the Reseeding round and hope to go far in the playoffs. Following them are PK Hart, a team that has hung on for dear life and clinched the playoffs, but with their matchup against T.O. their odds of going past the first round are slim. After them are two teams that will be playing this week in a win and in game to make the playoffs, Underdogs, a team that started with a lot of promise but then got walloped by injuries and never truly recovered. They now hope to muster something together and win both of their games this week. They will be matched up against Orayta, A team whose only win is against the 0 win Lev Mordechai, but have been in most of the games they have played this season. They hope to pull off quite the Cinderella story and make it out of the 1st round of the playoffs. And finally, we have Lev Mordechau, a team that struggled to find their identity this year and weren’t able to muster up a single win. Hopefully next year they come back with a vengeance and are able to compete in the league.
Omni vs Pizzeria Efrat
Rain and slippery conditions didn't deter the fans from coming out to witness a game between Omni and Pizzeria Efrat. The game started off with Pizzeria Efrat turning over the ball on downs, giving the ball to Omni who then ended up punting. Pizzeria Efrat then went on a well-executed drive and scored their first touchdown of the game with a 12-yard catch from WR Elisha Rudman. The score was now 6-0 in favor of Pizzeria Efrat. Omni then went on a long drive of their own and managed to even the score with a 2-yard touchdown pass from QB Avi Zem to TE Ezra Shulman, making the score 6-6 at halftime. In the second half, Omni received the ball and made the most of their possession with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Shulman, putting them ahead 13-6. The defense then stepped up for Omni with a crucial interception from CB Chaim Katz, leading to an 8-yard touchdown catch by WR Chaim Harris and putting the score at 20-6 in favor of Omni. Pizzeria Efrat tried to mount a comeback with a long drive but their efforts were cut short on a red zone interception. Omni took advantage of this and scored another touchdown, this time a 55-yard catch by Shulman, bringing the final score to 26-6 in favor of Omni. This was a huge game, not just in the standings but in the rivalry. Blood was boiling throughout the game, as the teams fought it out on the field. Ultimately, Omni was more dominant and won the game by a lot.
TC vs Mercaz Moosen
TC vs Mercaz Moosen game was high-stakes because this game was less about the league and more about the yeshiva bragging rights. TC started the game with the ball, but it wasn't long before DL Judah Tepler got a sack, leading TC to punt. The momentum shifted in TC's favor when DL Elisha Yaniv caused a sack for a safety, giving TC an early 2-0 lead. However, Mercaz was quick to answer back. WR Coby Walden had a 36-yard reception, making it 6-2 Mercaz. TC’s next drive ended in a punt due to another sack by Olshon. Mercaz punted on their next drive as well, due to a couple incompletions. Despite TC's best efforts, they were unable to score again in the first half, and entered halftime losing by a score of 6-2. The second half started with Mercaz in possession, and they were quick to capitalize on a 52-yard TD catch by Walden on a tip-drill catch off of a botched double coverage by the TC defenders, making the score 12-2. TC was determined to make a comeback, with a 30-yard reception by WR Eli Friedman and a 15-yard run by QB Dovi Mann. But another sack by Olshon put an end to their possession. TC finally found the end zone with a 24-yard TD catch by Goldberg, spinning away from the defender and diving into the end zone. The score was now 12-8 in favor of Mercaz. Mercaz punted on the next drive. With just :52 seconds remaining, TC needed to score and they were able to do so with Mann throwing a 2 vs 1 jump ball to Goldberg, who high-pointed the ball and mossed both of the defenders. Then, on 3rd and goal, Friedman caught a 7-yard TD off of a tipped pass, giving TC the lead 14-12. With only :18 seconds left, Zagelbaum tried a Hail Mary, but was well short of the end zone, resulting in a final score of 14-12, with TC emerging as the victors. This TC vs Mercaz Moosen game was a nail-biter, with TC coming out on top in the end and walking back to first seder with bragging rights.
OUTRO: Wow! What a season! So many great storylines and so many great games, the playoffs look like they are going to be amazing. Let's start off with The Upper Motzash Conference:
At the top of the leaderboard is a team that some think are overrated, but nonetheless are the only undefeated team in the conference, DEC. A powerhouse team full of AFI veterans, the new generation of Israeli football stars have taken the league by storm. Led by their fierce QB Tzvi Greenstone and their captain on Defense, Gideon Hazony along with much help from the team's coach, the legendary Rabbi Katz, this team has overcome any hurdle thrown its way. Detractors try to claim that they benefited from their scheduling, but they look to put an end to such claims by making a run for the Holyland Bowl. Following them, another undefeated team, is Omni. with their only loss all season coming in the beginning of the season against a frisky team in BhB Investments while they were still trying to find their footing. Omni, led by the veteran QB Avi Zern and their dominant O-line courtesy of Ezra Shulman along with star receiver Moshe Lieberman have taken the league by storm. The favorites to win it all have proven time and time again that they deserve to be in the position they are in, and hope to win the Holyland Bowl for the first time since the creation of this team. Under Omni is another juggernaut, the only team in the Motzash conference to go undefeated during the regular season, Toras Chaim (TC Buni). Led by star QB Dovi Mann and WR Gav Goldberg this team has been thirsty for a Holyland Bowl trophy for 3 years. With their rivals, Mercaz Moosen taking a step back this year due to a lot of personnel changes, and defending champions Pizzeria Efrat not being able to beat the tough competition, TC’s Holyland Bowl window is wide open. Below them in the standings are the surprise of the season, a team that came out of nowhere with mostly completely new players to the league, the Umpa Lumpas. Led by their Rookie QB Eliezer Weissmandle and their captain Naftali Oldak, Umpa Lumpas have entered the league with a bang. With 3 out of their 4 losses coming from the teams above them in the standings, they look forward to a rematch to try to even the score. However, in order to get a shot at the Holyland Bowl they must beat Mercaz Moosen in a rematch which they ever so slightly itched out a win over in week 14. Mercaz Moosen are for the first time in a few years entering the playoffs as true underdogs. The team that won two years in a row and then lost in heartbreaking fashion in the Holyland Bowl last year is now struggling to be respected as a contender. Led by the star QB Avrumi Zagelbaum and star DL Dov Olshan this team has ticked off most of the boxes in order to contend for a Holyland Bowl. With a really good performance on both sides of the ball, this team faces an uphill battle to reclaim their spot at the top of the league. But with a team with this much championship pedigree, one can assume they will fight till the last minute. Next is a team you really don't expect to see this low in the standings, with established stars all over the field, Pizzeria Efrat have just been a bit rusty all year. Do not be mistaken, they have still only lost 5 out of 13 games and handled their business against teams they are better than, but something all season just hasn’t seemed right. If it were any other roster, most would have counted them out, but because of the immense respect you must put on their names at all positions, they are still a very scary round 1 team. Led by David Abell and Tzvi Sklar this team is a star studded cast that is looking to put some respect on their name and make their way back to the Holyland Bowl once again. Following them is a team that has been proving haters wrong all season, All Americans. Led by QB Yakov Rosenblum and Speedster WR Yitz Devor, All Americans have found themselves in a loser goes home situation twice this season. The first being against ShabbosKodesh.com, who essentially left the league after being knocked out by All Americans. The second, this past week, against Joe’s Eagles, in a game that came down to a one minute drill in the rain that ended in a TD to win the game. All Americans have stood up to every challenge, but this week will be a greater challenge than all, as they are going up against the favorites to win it all, Omni. Finally, we have Converse Dating, a team with possibly the most talent on it, but for some reason they haven’t been able to put it all together all season. They made their way into the playoffs with a decisive win over BhB and a tie with All Americans, but Led by QB Noam Gelb and Star DB Shai Feintuch this team is a scary first round matchup for anyone if they show up. The two teams that didn’t make it into the playoffs do deserve some honorable mentions, first we have Joe’s Eagles, a team that won division two last year as the Boca Chocas who had high hopes of making it in the big leagues but just fell short. A very competitive team they look to build on their season this year, add a few more pieces and make another run at the upper conference next year. Under them are BhB Investments. A team that had a lot of potential and gave a lot of teams a run for their money, but ultimately, they couldn’t win when it mattered the most. Though their season didn’t end as they had hoped, they look on to next year, hoping to add a few missing pieces on the defense and come back better next year.
And now, on to the LMC:
At the top of the conference is a team that started off the season shaky but really pulled together towards the end of the season and went undefeated in the reseeding round, with their tie being attributed by many to bad field conditions. Coach Mike Kashnow and star QB Tzvika Septimus really got a hold of the team and now they are the team to beat in the LMC. Under them are the Eagle’s nest, a rookie team with a lot of fight. The Eagle’s Nest showed flashes throughout the season, playing competitive against many teams. Their performance in the reseeding round has been impressive to say the least, they are true contenders to win it all. Under them is the Marvelous Midos Machine, a team who beat two upper conference teams, but who have lost to other teams in surprising fashion. This team has been hot and cold all season, and any game they play in will certainly be entertaining. Under them are Northwestern, definitely the most improved in the reseeding round. Northwestern went from the only team in the Motzei Shabbos conference to be 0-8 to an above .500 ranking in the reseeding round. Though they have a rough road ahead, they hope to build on their momentum and compete for a championship. In order to do so, they will need to compete with The Sound Of Silence, another team that have had very poor performances throughout the season, but have pulled it together for the reseeding round and who have handled some competition pretty handedly. The biggest blemish on their record is their tie in the regular season to the Little Giants, but they hope to move past that and try to compete for a championship. The team below them is Beis, a team that is never too hot and never too cold. They produce consistent play, and after the addition of a piece or two before the trade deadline, they have been very competitive in their games. They look to compete for the top spot in the LMC. After them are The Dougs, a team that had high expectations going undefeated last year in the regular season, but ultimately struggled to get off the ground. They hope to compete for a championship, but their odds look bleak. The final team to make the playoffs are the Cares Bears. This team has been competitive in almost all their games, but for some reason they struggle to finish things off at the end of games. Will they be able to capitalize on their talent and move onto the next round? Probably not, as they are going up against the best team in the conference. The two teams that didn’t make it into the playoffs are The Little Giants and ShabbosKodesh.com. The Little Giants looked like they would be one of the scariest teams in the league when they first came in, but quickly it became obvious that though they had immense physical talents, they couldn’t quite figure out how to succeed in this league. Below them are ShabbosKodesh.com, a team that showed sparks of competing with the best of them, but after getting knocked out of the upper conference by losing to Converse Dating, they punted on the season and gave up the rest of the way. What could have been? We can only guess…
This week sees multiple great matchups, with the game of the week certainly being Umpa Lumpas vs. Mercaz Moosen. The other matchup to watch out for is TC Buni vs. Pizzeria Efrat, will TC slay the king? The lower conference will also have some nice games, with a rematch from a week ago of Northwestern vs. Sound Of Silence and Marvelous Midos Machine vs. Beis.