Two of the four Divisional Cups have gone to a 7th game, which will be decided tonight. Meanwhile the Charlotte Eagles and Jersey City Giants wait in the on deck circle for looming League Championship Cup Series. The Eagles swept the defending Union Cup Champions in their series with the San Jose Jedi, while the Jersey City Giants again look to move on after sweeping the Buffalo Blizzard. The Oklahoma City RedHawks are looking to avoid another Divisional Cup record after setting a ULB record for the most regular season wins in the 19 year history of the league. A first round playoff defeat to the St. Paul Saints would surely tarnish that historical achievement. Meanwhile the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to finish off the Salt Lake Bees and move on to face their Divisional Rival. Tonight’s Game Seven looms large for all four teams, but only two will move on in their quest to win the Union Cup.
The ULB Playoffs will be set is just 8 days, and there is plenty of excitement in three of the four divisions. With the Charlotte Eagles as the lone team that has clinched their division outright, everything is still up for grabs in the rest of the league.
The Federal League East Champonship is suddenly in doubt as the Buffalo Blizzard and New Orleans Pelicans have gained significant ground on the Jersey City Giants in recent weeks. While the Giants will begin the final full week of the season with a 3 game winning streak, they’ll have one game vs the always awful Generals and then face the Salt Lake City Bees at home and finish the season in San Juan against the Storm.
The Pelicans would have to hope to sweep the Blizzard before getting to the Generals for an easy series if they can pull off an improbable comeback to end 2007. The Blizzard face the Storm for 1 game in Puerto Rico then finish the season with 3 games against the Pelicans and Apollos on the road. Jersey City is still the favorite, but as we’ve learned in the past, don’t count out New Orleans. in 1999, New Orleans and Jersey finished the season tied and went on to play a game 155. The Giants won that game and went on to win the Union Cup that season. You can bet that if we get a game 163, the Pelicans would love to get some payback against the Giants.
In the Federal League West, The Mavericks are currently on top, but the Los Angeles Stars are sitting just a half game back and are looking to get their second FL West Division title. It would be the Stars 2nd title and first since 1995. The loser of the FL West Division Title will get the 1st Wild Card, so the Stars are all but assured of a playoff berth. The Bees hold the 2nd Wild Card for now, but the Blizzard are just 2 games back and Pelicans 3 games back in the Chase final Federal League Playoff spot.
The race everyone is talking about is of course the Players League West Wild Card Race. While the Vipers look to have the Division all but locked up, barring a monumental collapse, we have a 3 way race for the final two spots. The Saints hold Wild Card spot #1 for now at 91-63, and the Oklahoma City RedHawks and San Jose Jedi are tied at 91-64 for the 2nd spot.
Perhaps OKC GM Mark Bauer said it best:
“Holy cow. That is nuts”
The Three way race could very well end in a tie for final spot, meaning the league could be looking at multiple Game 163’s to end the season. Holy Cow is an understatement.
No longer known as New Bees Stadium and New Saints Field, the new parks currently under construction in Salt Lake City, California and St. Paul, Minnesota were revealed today. The Saints will play in General Mills Stadium, and the Bees will be moving into Delta Airlines Stadium at Beehive Field. Both stadiums are on track for a 2008 Opening Day debut for the ULB. Delta Airlines field will seat 42,210 and General Mill Stadium will seat 39,870. Both ballparks were designed by HOK sports.