First off, let’s congratulate Outrage for becoming the 2022-2023 Team Ranking Champions for the All-American (DMV) Conference.
Unless you have been under a rock, then you know that Opt-Out Season starts July 1st and ends August 31st. This opt-out season will likely be a pretty active one, so get your popcorn ready. There are possibly 4 new teams joining the DMV the 2023-2024 season (2 we know of). So, we may be scheduled for another realignment in our Districts.
Now to why we are really here, the UBA Playoffs. I finished my regular season (including rankings) predictions at 144 out of 235 for a modest 61% correct. I have created brackets for the 84 Franchises competing for their chance at the UBA Championship. I was also thinking about possibly doing a Playoff Pool. I am sure Gordon Pepper will give us each team’s odds at winning at some point.
Until then, let’s take a look at the competitors in the DMV:
Round 1: Sunday, July 9, 223 at 12PM at Bowl America Shirley
#8 – Apex Predators vs. #9 – N.W.O. Wolfpack: Winner Advances to face #1 – Outrage. These two teams are very familiar with one another and have bowlers that can get it done at BA Shirley. This will be one of the closer matches and will play out in the last pin fall. I have N.W.O. taking this one, 22 to 18.
#5 – High Powered vs. #12 – Kryptonite: Winner Advances to face #4 – Magna Carta. Probably the most interesting match. HP has the clear advantage here with BA Shirley being their home house and Kryptonite members pretty much never bowling here. Not to mention, Kryptonite is pretty hobbled with injuries, but they are in the Playoffs and hopefully they will have more availability. Besides Kryptonite’s disadvantages, they have been very impressive as of late. Of course none of that matters when HP will give you a full lineup of bowlers that average nearly 230 or better at this house. Good luck Kryptonite, you will need it. I have HP winning 32 to 8.
#7 – Hot Pockets vs. #10 – Mutiny: Winner Advances to face #2 – Str8 Bizness Cartel. This should be a familiar match up at an unfamiliar place for both teams. Hot Pockets have been undefeated (ties do not count as defeats) in a tour stop setting for 7 stops, but guess who gave them 1 of their only 2 tour stop losses on the year, Mutiny. Mutiny has been up and down this season but they appear to be focused. Can they figure out Shirley faster than Hot Pockets and escape to face SBC? I honestly do not think so. I have Hot Pockets winning, 26 to 14.
#8 – DC Mafia vs. #11 – Da Stoners: Winner Advances to face #3 – Impact. Honestly, I am not seeing how Da Stoners win in this match-up. DCM has every available weapon at a house every member on the squad knows extremely well. However, Da Stoners have always loved being the underdogs and this is their time to shine and possibly pull off the greatest upset of the Playoffs. I can’t imagine DCM losing this match. I am taking them 30 to 10.
Elsewhere in the UBA we also have Playoffs, obviously. I may try my hand at predicting these match ups later. Here are the match ups:
Round 1: Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 10AM at AMF Circle Lanes
#16 – The Fury vs. #17 – Area 51-8: Winner Advances to face #1 – CLASS aXe.
#9 – Royal Flush vs. #24 – Mill City Mayhem: Winner Advances to face #8 – Pound for Pound.
#13 – The Franchise vs. #20 – Project Mayhem: Winner Advances to face #4 – Bowl O Rama Express.
#12 – Killerz Grip vs. #21 – Suicide Squad: Winner Advances to face #5 – Wrecking Crew.
#15 – Apocalypse vs. #18 – City Morgue: Winner Advances to face #2 – Identity Crisis.
#10 – Lane Crashers vs. #23 – Auburn Maulers: Winner Advances to face #7 – New England Heat.
#14 – M.O.P. Nation Militia vs. #19 – Lightz Out: Winner Advances to face #3 – Long Island Legends.
#11 – Op3n B0wl3ers vs. #22 – Da Hit Squad: Winner Advances to face # – Secret Invasion.
Round 1: Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 10AM at Bowlero North Brunswick
#16 – South Jersey Storm vs. #17 – Da Garden Foundation: Winner Advances to face #1 – Secret Society.
#9 – Toms River Rats vs. #24 – Top Gunz: Winner Advances to face #8 – Nation of Domination.
#13 – Hills Have Eyes vs. #20 – Dysfunctional Bowlers: Winner Advances to #4 – Team Matrix.
#12 – AC Express vs. #21 – Southampton Samurai: Winner Advances to face #5 – Murder Inc.
#15 – X-It Woundz vs. #18 – Total Mayhem: Winner Advances to face #2 – The Arsenal.
#10 – Rival Alliance vs. #23 – Voodoo: Winner Advances to face #7 – Usual Suspects.
#14 – The Replacements vs. #19 – Hell Yeah: Winner Advances to face #3 – Bulletproof.
#11 – International Flavors vs. #22 – Powerhouse: Winner Advances to face #6 – All In.
Round 1: Sunday, July 8, 2023 at 10AM at Pin Station Bowling Center
#16 – High Calibur vs. #17 – Outkasts: Winner Advances to face #1 – High Octane.
#9 – Menace II Society vs. #24 – Motion 2 Strike: Winner Advances to face #8 – Carolina Swag.
#13 – Striking Vipers vs. #20 – Outsiders: Winner Advances to #4 – Beach Brawlers.
#12 – Total Chaos vs. #21 – High Voltage: Winner Advances to face #5 – G-Town Heavy Hitters.
#15 – Conspiracy Theory vs. #18 – Sub Zero: Winner Advances to face #2 – New World Order.
#10 – Synergy vs. #23 – The Mob: Winner Advances to face #7 – Beast Squad.
#14 – Immortals vs. #19 – Carolina Gatekeepers: Winner Advances to face #3 – Hitmen.
#11 – D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F. vs. #22 – The Risen: Winner Advances to face #6 – Complete Anarchy.