Midsummer has arrived!!! After half a season of games, here are the Maple League Standings. As a impartial spectator, I don’t put too much stock into halfway standings, so I will give you my rankings for the end of season standings, and of course my reasoning. Here you go:
It really is no surprise I have these guys ranked on top of the Maple league, they are undefeated and have beat most of their competition using their backup players.
Crocodiles are the closest thing to a threat for the Roosters. With Justin Sottilare slinging that ball around and the crocs putting up big points every week they always have a fighting chance in any game.
I’ll be honest here, Turku is fighting for second place. After that devastating loss to Seinäjoki, they have a tough climb to get into that second playoff spot for home field advantage.
4. Vaasa Royals
I have yet to see a Royals game in person, but if there record of 2-2 is any indication, they have the best chance to slide into that 4th playoff spot.
The talent is there, the coaching is there, but where are the wins? After finally getting a win Tuesday against the Butchers, I have faith that after the midsummer break the Saints will be the team everyone fears in the second half of Maple League play.
5A. Vantaa TAFT
I know that these guys are 0-5, but after playing everyone except the saints, they have continually gotten better as the season goes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them playing for a playoff spot in late August.
Despite the win against TAFT in comeback fashion, I’m not sold on the Butchers as a team. Offensively they have no identity and their inconsistent play does more harm than good. Definitely too good a team to go down to division 1, but this is just a down year for these guys.