This is it, the finale of the historic 45th season of the Drew League. Although playoff seeding is still unsettled with a number of teams on the bubble and the top teams still vying for position, one question looms large over the final weekend of this year’s regular season:
Will Birdie’s Revenge break Problems’ standing record as the winningest team in Drew League history by completing yet another undefeated season?
I suspect LAUNFD, stuck in second place in the Jonathan Baxter Division whatever the outcome, will be more than happy to play spoiler.
“I have to give credit where credit is due,” said Problems coach Mark Caudillo. “[Birdie’s Revenge] Coach [Tracey] Mills has done a great job holding the fort down and keeping the players focused. That team reminds me of my team—a bunch of bullies. Being a family is what it takes to continue that consistency and my hat is off to them if they break [Problems’ record]. If they lose and stay tied with me I would be happy to stand tall with a team like that.”
Meanwhile, at least a few teams will be playing for more than pride. Foot Print and Reapers both have a chance to work their way in—at least theoretically. At the same time, Optimus will be watching intently, hoping for both teams to lose their remaining games.
In the Christopher Baxter Division, Black Pearls Elite will have to hustle in both their games this weekend to stay out in front of Prodigy, Legacy and Jaguars, any one of whom will need to win to keep Team Watson, Clozers, or LA Loop out of the running. Any of those last three still stand a ghost of a chance, especially Clozers, who have two games to improve their record to 4-7.
Of course, for those unfortunate teams who won’t even have the opportunity to compete for playoff position, they’ll still get a chance to leave the King Drew gymnasium with their heads held high if they can at least take care of business in their final games. No matter what, though, no excuses will be accepted, per the Drew League motto. This is some teams’ last chance to produce, so the time has come to put up or shut up and go down swinging.