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Greetings Redline Derby Fans...and welcome to the Blind Trial Season of the .

Lots of excitement surrounding the first ever matches between these teams--excitement that masked some rather sloppy play in some of what we saw today. Can't fight those opening tournament jitters, that's for sure.

Let's go to the RTL highlights for Tournament One.


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at COUGARS

Any time you've got the individual league champion on your team, you've got to be considered the favorite in team competition, so, the Nash Ramblers came into this game with a lot of expectations on them. How would the Cougars and their slow & steady offense do against them?

Not so well. Redline Derby put the Ramblers up to an early lead, bolstered by iowastockcars...while their defense bent but never broke. The Cougars, in front of the hometown Mercury fans, simply couldn't catch up...and the Ramblers take the first ever win in history.

RESULT: VALIANTS 51 - BEARCATS 38

BOXSCORE:
Valiants
dwguff 100
WorpeX 145
multispeed 125
markkaz 145

Bearcats
SSLS6 215
Bane 110
Team Anthony & Micah 55
Goolz 0


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: ATLCELICA (Firebirds)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: VALIANTS

...and, for all of the team captains, considering making some changes to improve their teams, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT ONE
Baranca 125
JimConrad 120
buzzkillg230rc 75
4UBRAT 60
GrabberGT 30
martinstang 30
Barney's Angels 10

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT ONE

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR-POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 1-0-0 (34/13)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 1-0-0 (21/19)
HUDSON HORNETS: 0-1-0 (19/21)
MERCURY COUGARS: 0-1-0 (13/34)

TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR-POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 1-0-0 (51-38)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 1-0-0 (22-10)
AMC JAVELINS: 0-1-0 (10-22)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 0-1-0 (38-51)

action continued in Tournament Two.

Would the teams that struggled in the first game of the season come back with strong showings in the second round? Would the teams that dominated the first game continue their dominance against new teams?

Let's go to the RTL highlights for Tournament Two.


MATCH ONE: FIREBIRDS at RAMBLERS

Returning to Nash, victorious, the Ramblers welcomed another team that had won its first round match up in the Firebirds. The Ramblers put the clamps on Atlcelica and shut the Firebirds completely down in the second half, while getting their scores from a strong offensive performance by iowastockcars...and that made the hometown fans quite happy.

RESULT: JAVELINS 10 - VALIANTS 38

BOXSCORE:
Javelins
jobe 0
seattlegreyy 100
JDC 442 Racing 0
Slash 288 0

Valiants
dwguff 100
WorpeX 110
multispeed 75
markkaz 90

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: iowastockcars (Ramblers)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: COUGARS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT TWO
GrabberGT 120
buzkillg230rc 105
martinstang 90
Baranca 70
4UBRAT 50

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT TWO

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 2-0-0 (68/23)
MERCURY COUGARS: 1-1-0 (52/61)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 1-1-0 (31/53)
HUDSON HORNETS: 0-2-0 (46/60)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 2-0-0 (89/48)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 1-1-0 (73-70)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 1-1-0 (41-45)
AMC JAVELINS: 0-2-0 (20-60)

And the first week of the Blind Trial season of the continued with Tournament Three.

Out of the four games in this round, three were closely fought nailbiters...and one...well, not so much.

Let's go to the RTL highlights for Tournament Three.


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at BEARCATS

With two wins under their belts, the Ramblers should have felt confident taking on any opponent--but the Stutz Bearcats were not just "any" opponent--they were one of the top scoring teams in the entire AND they had the home field advantage. In the opening quarter, team captains Redline Derby and SSLS6 slugged it out to a virtual draw. In the second quarter, Bane pushed the Bearcats to a seemingly insurmountable lead.

However, the Stutz fans were again disappointed by watching their beloved Bearcats surrender the lead in the fourth and final quarter with a gutty performance by the Ramblers' Zoom. The Ramblers are undefeated. The Bearcats, although scoring well in every game so far, are a surprising 1 and 2 so far in league action.

RESULT: VALIANTS 62 - FIREBIRDS 28

BOXSCORE:
Valiants
dwguff 170
WorpeX 200
multispeed 110
markkaz 140

Firebirds
Army Will 175
Atlcelica 105
Goolzie Girl 0
John C 0

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Newman39 (Cougars)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: VALIANTS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT THREE
buzkillg230rc 150
Grabber GT 120
Baranca 90
martinstang 55
4UBRAT 40

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT THREE

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 3-0-0 (109/61)
MERCURY COUGARS: 2-1-0 (96/102)
HUDSON HORNETS: 1-2-0 (66/77)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 1-2-0 (59/115)

TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 3-0-0 (151/76)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 1-2-0 (111-111)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 1-2-0 (82-89)
AMC JAVELINS: 0-3-0 (37-80)

Voltron.

Week Two of the Blind Trial season of the began with Tournament Four. Would the teams that did well during the first week of the season continue their success? Could the teams that struggled in the three tournaments of week one find a way to turn things around?

Only one way to find out...

Let's go to the RTL highlights for Tournament Four.


MATCH ONE: JAVELINS at RAMBLERS

Perhaps no team was as disappointed with their start of the season as the AMC Javelins, who not only went 0 & 3, but looked completely lost doing it. The fans weren't happy, the players weren't happy and those who had predicted big things for the Javelins this season were definitely losing money. Meanwhile, the Nash Ramblers were riding high in the La Salle Division lead and an unblemished record. Coming back home, it's possible they expected an easy time of it.

The Javelins' team captain, who had been held scoreless in the three Javelins losses, put points on the board in the first quarter--which must have been some measure of relief for the AMC faithful. However, the Ramblers held a slim 4 point lead at the end of that quarter anyway. Then, seattlegreyy, who had been responsible for all of the Javelins' points so far this season and who's scoring average was fairly consistent, put up about half of what he was normally scoring per game. Luckily, his defense was strong--he kept the Ramblers' Bandeeze/Ohana scoreless.

Going into the half, the Javelins actually held the lead. Could they hold it? Well, the third quarter proved that they could not only hold it--but they could expand it. JDC 442 Racing, the Javelins' highest scorer in this game, dominated iowastockcars. Ramblers fans were in shock as it seemed like their team had taken their opponents too lightly.

However, in a mad fourth quarter rush...the Ramblers pressed the Javelins, trying to desperately claw their way back from the hole they had dug themselves. Zoom's stingy defense and scrambling offense brought the Ramblers close...and with the last few seconds ticking off the clock, The Ramblers, with their home field advantage, managed to tie the game. This becomes the first tie in history. At the end of the day, the Ramblers remain undefeated and the Javelins are still looking for their first win--but the results were certainly different than anyone had expected.

RESULT: FIREBIRDS 19 - LARKS 7

BOXSCORE:
Firebirds
Army Will 55
Atlcelica 100
Goolzie Girl 40
John C 0

Larks
Longklaw 40
Mcjiggles 9 30
Goolz Jr 0
Dani <3 0

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: multispeed (Valiants)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: VALIANTS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT FOUR
martinstang 115
Barney's Angels 110
Lil Grabber 75
vmj2734 70
buzzkillg230rc
GrabberGT 45
4UBRAT 30

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT FOUR

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 3-0-1 (134/86)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-2-0 (84/92)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 2-2-0 (78/122)
MERCURY COUGARS: 2-2-0 (110/157)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 4-0-0 (206/90)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 1-3-0 (126-129)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 1-3-0 (89-108)
AMC JAVELINS: 0-3-1 (62-105)

Ramblers = Voltron.
Deal with it.

And Week Two of the Blind Test Season concluded with Tournament Five, where none of the four matches on the schedule ended up being terribly close...but some of the results were quite surprising.

And now, here are the RTL highlights for Tournament Five.


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at HORNETS

Shaken by their unexpectedly close match against the Javelins, the Ramblers headed to Hudson...where the Hornets fans were enjoying the second of their two match homestand, with a renewed sense of purpose. They wanted to show why they remained one of only two teams not to lose this season.

They faced a Hornets team that had regained some of their pride and respect. The Hornets were back at .500. They were dug in a ready for a fight. Unfortunately for the home team, the Ramblers team captain, Redline Derby, pushed them down into a first quarter hole that they never got out of. Despite a strong performance from Thunder 424 that nearly put them within spitting distance, this was not going to be the day that the Hornets beat the mighty Ramblers.

But, they sure made a game out of it...and there may be some worry in Nash about just how undefeatable their team is...

RESULT: JAVELINS 61 - BEARCATS 43

BOXSCORE:
Javelins
Jobe 195
seattlegreyy 255
JDC 442 Racing 160
Slash 288 0

Bearcats
SSLS6 170
Bane 95
Team Anthony & Micah 0
Goolz 160

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: seattlegreyy (Javelins)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: JAVELINS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT FIVE
buzzkillg230rc 180
Grabber GT 160
martinstang 125
4UBRAT 50
Barney's Angels 40
Lil Grabber 45
vmj2734 20

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT FIVE

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 4-0-1 (160/86)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 3-2-0 (96/127)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-3-0 (104/118)
MERCURY COUGARS: 2-3-0 (115/175)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 5-0-0 (243/106)
AMC JAVELINS: 1-3-1 (123-148)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 1-4-0 (169-190)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 1-4-0 (105-145)

Finally in the win column. No looking back now.

Into week three of the landscape?

Nothing to do but to go over the RTL highlights for Tournament Six to find out!


MATCH ONE: VALIANTS at RAMBLERS

In a preview of what looks like it might be the match-up for this year's GreyyCup Championship, the La Salle Division leading Ramblers played host to the Tucker Division Plymouth Valiants. Both teams came into this game undefeated--although the Ramblers had suffered the indignity of a tie against the once lowly AMC Javelins.

Heavy rains turned the Ramblers Field track in Nash into a quagmire, turning this battle between two rather productive offensive teams into a defensive struggle. The visiting Valiants took an early lead as they held the Nash team captain, Redline Derby to his personal lowest tournament point total of the season. Ramblers' Bandeeze/Ohana managed to score their first points of the season--which probably kept them off the waiver wire, here in week three--but at halftime, the hometown Ramblers were still down by 4 points.

The game remained close throughout the second half--with the Valiants pushing their advantage in the third quarter only to see the Ramblers' Zoom make a rush towards a last second victory. In the end, despite the Ramblers home field advantage, the Ramblers came up just a point short...and suffering their first loss of the season.

Still, it was an exciting and close battle that bodes well for a potential rematch in the Championship Game at the end of the season!

RESULT: FIREBIRDS 10 - JAVELINS 14

BOXSCORE:
Firebirds
Army Will: 45
Atlcelica: 55
Goolzie Girl: 0
John C: 0

Javelins
Jobe: 45
Seattlegreyy: 45
JDC442 Racing: 50
Slash 288: 0


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Zoom (Ramblers)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: VALIANTS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT SIX
dimitambe 130
Radekal 120
Baranca 90
4UBRAT 70
vmj2734 55
martinstang 55
Nightstalker 50
buzzkillg230rc 40
GrabberGT 40
Sean_aruba 10

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT SIX

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 4-1-1 (186/113)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 3-3-0 (106/141)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-4-0 (107/130)
MERCURY COUGARS: 2-4-0 (132/188)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 6-0-0 (270/132)
AMC JAVELINS: 2-3-1 (137-158)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-4-0 (186-203)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 2-4-0 (127-148)

And now we reach the halfway point of the Blind Test Season. After this tournament, every team will have faced every other team once. Clearly, this league has some strong teams and some other teams that may or may not be just one or two pieces away from putting a run together in the second half of the season.

This would also be the last tournament before some teams could make free agent signings--which could make the second half of the season look very different.

Still, that's all what would happen after this tournament's matches. What would happen this tournament? Would scoring be as low as it was in Tournament Six...or would teams again push their team scores into 40s...50s...even the 60s?

The only way to find out is to check out the RTL highlights for Tournament Seven!


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at LARKS

The La Salle Division leaders, the Nash Ramblers, were reeling after suffering their first loss of the season. Their trip to Studebaker to take on the Larks, who themselves were fresh off their second win of the season--a defensive masterpiece that held the Hudson Hornets to a record low 3 points.

The weather was much nicer than the previous week, so the Studebaker fans came out in force to cheer on their Larks...

And the Larks needed every bit of home field advantage that they could get...because while the Larks raced out to a 21 to 10 first half lead...the Ramblers kept chipping away at that lead in the second half. It came down to the final play of the match...but the Larks defense held.

The Ramblers, shockingly, have now lost two in a row...while the Larks have won two in a row--and all the RTL teams now have to know that when you come to Studebaker Field, you're going to have to bring your best or leave with a loss.

FIREBIRDS 18

BOXSCORE:
Bearcats
SSLS6: 115
Bane: 35
Team Anthony & Micah: 35
Goolz: 0

Firebirds
Army Will: 80
Atlcelica: 100
Goolzie Girl: 0
John C: 0


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: seattlegreyy (Javelins)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: JAVELINS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT SEVEN
vmj2734 110
martinstang 100
Radekal 85
Nightstalker 85
buzzkillg230rc 65
4UBRAT 45
Baranca 35
GrabberGT 25
dimitambe 25
Sean_aruba 20

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT SEVEN

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 4-2-1 (206/134)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 3-3-1 (124/159)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-5-0 (121/155)
MERCURY COUGARS: 2-5-0 (155/224)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 7-0-0 (295/146)
AMC JAVELINS: 3-3-1 (173-181)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 3-4-0 (148-168)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-4-1 (204-221)

this is a very cool idea, and its very entertaining to read, um i am a lil competitive so im just wondering if we could drop our two players who havent scored any points this whole season lol, its really hurting us Larks. but im super excited to see where this takes us!

this is a very cool idea, and its very entertaining to read, um i am a lil competitive so im just wondering if we could drop our two players who havent scored any points this whole season lol, its really hurting us Larks. but im super excited to see where this takes us!

This year is a "blind trial" season, Mcjiggles9--the season is being run to prove the concept and see how the numbers crunch. As explained in the rules for this season, there are no demands being put on the team captains for this season--all personnel decisions will be made automatically. There will be no trades and free agent signings will be limited to replacing players who have not scored any points in three consecutive WEEKS (not matches/tournaments).

As this was just the end of the third week of the season...guess what my next post will be about? That's right...some teams are about to announce that they've made roster moves (all made on behalf of the teams in this "blind trial" season.)

Will the Larks make a move? Will Mcjiggles have a new teammate? (Or teammates?) If so, who will they be?

The next post will answer those questions!

(And next season, when the rosters will be in the control of the team captains...your team can be a bit more pro-active. But, that's next season...)

Roster Moves and Free Agent Signings after Tournament Seven of the Blind Trial Season

With three weeks worth of matches in the books, some teams have realized that they have roster spots being taken up by players who not only aren't pulling their weight--they're not showing up at all. Time for these teams to take advantage of the pool of free agents who have been racking up points in --especially galling in Tournament Six, when the top score for the week was actually earned by an unclaimed Free Agent!

The rules are that teams can only drop a player when they have not scored in three consecutive weeks worth of tournaments. After the first three weeks of this season, five players meet that criteria and are being replaced by eligible and available free agents. The top scoring free agents will go, in order, to the teams that need them the most--the lowest teams in the standings will receive the best available free agent.

So, with that explained...let's go ahead and detail these first roster moves of the season.

The team currently in last place in the league--based on team record and the point differential between points scored and points allowed--is the Mercury Cougars. The Cougars have a player who has not scored a single point in any of the tournaments in the first three weeks of the season. That player is Hop...and Hop has been released by the Cougars (and becomes an unrestricted free agent.) Replacing Hop on the Cougars roster is buzzkillg230rc who has scored in all seven tournaments this year...and had scores of 180 and 150 that make him the top rated free agent so far this season.

The team currently in second to last place in the league is the Hudson Hornets. The Hornets, however, do not have any players that meet the criteria for replacement...so they make no roster moves at this time. The team currently in third to last place in the league is the Stutz Bearcats. The Bearcats do not have any players that meet the criteria.

The Studebaker Larks are the fourth to last place in the league. They, amazingly, have two players who have not scored a single point in any of the tournaments of the first three weeks of the season. The Larks are releasing both Goolz Jr and Dani<3 and replacing them with the second and third best free agents so far this year: martinstang who have both scored in all seven tournaments this year.

The Pontiac Firebirds are the fifth to last place in the league. They have one player, John C, who has not scored a point this season and they have released him. Replacing John C on the Firebirds line-up is the fourth best available free agent so far this year: 4UBRAT, who is the last remaining free agent who has scored in all seven tournaments so far this year.

In sixth to last place in the league, the AMC Javelins have one player who has not scored a point this season. Releasing Slash 288 into the free agent pool, they will replace him with Baranca who has scored points in five of the seven tournaments this season.

And no other teams currently have roster members who meet the replacement criteria...

So, to recap:
Mercury Cougars
releasing: Hop
signing: buzzkillg230rc

Studebaker Larks
releasing: Dani<3
signing: martinstang

Pontiac Firebirds
releasing: John C
signing: 4UBRAT

AMC Javelins
releasing: Slash 288
signing: Baranca

...and these roster changes will be in place starting with Tournament Eight.

Good luck, everybody!

Wow, great work Seattle...I know I've been saying it a lot, but your effort is appreciated by all of us. So far the league teams has been great and a lot of fun, so I am starting to outline how to bake this into the game next year with tools for both you as commissioner and for team captains, as well as auto-scoring and stuff like that. It'll be like two games in one, and that I like.

In response to recent tournaments....

What the heck!!?? Two losses? Come on Ramblers, we need to get back on track!! I'm okay with getting beat, but only if we get *beat* - and a one point loss is pathetic. Losing 50-10, that's fine, we just suck then...but we're awesome and losing by 1 point is a slap in the face. All you chumps in the Valiants better watch out because we'll get our revenge, oh yes. It doesn't matter if we're only firing on 3 out of 4 cylinders...we'll be back. We'll meet again and the only team that will be leaving Thunderdome is the Ramblers. The rest of y'all can just sit back and enjoy the fight.

One thing I'm really liking about how the numbers are crunching is that the "home field advantage" is coming into play. A simple rule tweak to give the "home" team the benefit of rounding fractions up when the opposing teams round their fractions down can really only sway a game by 1 or 2 points...but that can be the difference that determines a win, a loss or a tie...and it works within the setting.

Should be interesting to see what the impact of the free agent signings do to the numbers this week!

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Thats ok, my three no scoring guys will be due for release in the next two weeks. It's a bit rough as they each have shown up one time since the start of the season, but that just makes for a better come back.

My guys are ranked 28th, 29th and 31st.... Hell, I'd take Barney's Angels at this point, LMAO. JK, we love ya Jen!!!


Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Voltorn

When do we (Javelins) get another shot at those unbeaten Valiants? It's time to knock them off their little perch!

And I'll be the head...of shame.

I hate you.

When do we (Javelins) get another shot at those unbeaten Valiants? It's time to knock them off their little perch!

This week, actually. Javelins vs Valiants will happen during the "Hand Me Downhill" tournament.

Hope we've all picked well, fellow Jav!

(And the schedule for the entire season can be found in the RTL: Redline Team League (Blind Trial Season) thread in this subforum: http://www.redlinederby.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=472#p2945 )


I hate you.


We enter the second half of the Blind Test Season knowing only that the Plymouth Valiants are very, very good. Every other team has had success and failure...and the hope to do better as we race towards the playoffs.

This would also be the first tournament for some newly signed free agents to show what they can do to help their teams win.

If that isn't enough reason to check out the RTL highlights for Tournament Eight, I don't know what is...


MATCH ONE: COUGARS at RAMBLERS

The Nash Ramblers returned to the friendly confines of Ramblers Field hoping to shrug off an unexpected two match losing streak and hold on to their shrinking lead in the La Salle Division by welcoming their division rivals, the Mercury Cougars, to town. The Cougars had reason to hope--they had signed the top available free agent, buzzkillg230rc, to try to beef up their struggling offense.

Team Captain Redline Derby pushed his Ramblers to an early lead, but the Cougars chipped and chipped away at it...and, after a newman39 held iowastockcars to only a couple points in the third quarter...it looked like the newest Cougar was in perfect position to win the game with a strong debut. The Ramblers fans could only hold their breath and hope that their 3 point lead would hold.

Whether it was nerves or zoom's stingy defense, the much ballyhooed buzzkillg230rc was held scoreless. The Cougars fall just short, the Ramblers end their losing streak and the hometown fans left happy.

RESULT: BEARCATS 25 - VALIANTS 28

BOXSCORE:
Bearcats
SSLS6: 170
Bane: 85
Team Anthony & Micah: 0
Goolz: 0

Valiants
DWGufff: 120
WorpeX: 40
Multispeed: 65
Markkaz: 55


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: JDC 442 Racing (Javelins)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: JAVELINS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT EIGHT
Nightstalker: 150
Sean_aruba: 90
Idea Guy: 90
clifford shaw: 80
Lil Grabber: 75
ATB09: 65
nicwiggles: 55
dimitambe: 45
Radekal: 40
Jeremy: 30

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT EIGHT

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 5-2-1 (234/155)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 4-3-1 (142/172)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-6-0 (134/173)
MERCURY COUGARS: 2-6-0 (176/252)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 8-0-0 (323/171)
AMC JAVELINS: 4-3-1 (232-218)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 3-5-0 (185-227)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-5-1 (232-249)

The storylines of the Blind Test Season are getting rather predictable. The Ramblers have to scramble but they generally manage to earn a win, the Hornets can't seem to score and the Valiants dominate everyone.

THIS tournament, however, only one of those storylines proved accurate.

Want to know which one? You'll have to check out the RTL highlights for Tournament Nine to find out.


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at FIREBIRDS

An early string of victories has kept the Ramblers in the top spot in the La Salle Division. Didn't hurt that everyone else in their division struggled, of course...but now, teams like the Firebirds were getting their acts together--starting to fire on all cylinders and make life more interesting for the Ramblers. Suddenly, their spot atop the division didn't look so secure.

So, it was important that the Ramblers give their best effort when they made their way to Pontiac to take on the Firebirds on their home turf. And, to the Ramblers credit, they got scoring from each of their players. To their detriment, they didn't get that much scoring from anyone.

Still, it is well known that slow and steady can win a race...so, going into the fourth quarter, the Ramblers were only down by five--there was definitely hope that the Ramblers would scramble back to another win. The Ramblers' zoom went ahead scored six in the final quarter...and had this been the Firebirds from the beginning of the season, that probably would have been enough. But instead, the Firebirds pleased the home fans by getting exactly what they thought they were getting from their new free agent signing, 4UBRAT. Those four more points were all the Firebirds needed to earn themselves an important three point win and close the gap even closer for the La Salle Division lead.

Things are definitely getting interesting!

RESULT: VALIANTS 27 - JAVELINS 40

BOXSCORE:
Valiants
DWGufff: 60
WorpeX: 90
Multispeed: 35
Markkaz: 90

Javelins
Jobe: 85
seattlegreyy: 150
JDC 442 Racing: 195
Baranca: 65


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Atlcelica (Firebirds)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: JAVELINS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT NINE
Sean_aruba: 145
Lil Grabber: 105
clifford shaw: 100
ATB09: 100
dimitambe: 95
Radekal: 80
nicwiggles: 70
Jeremy: 65
Nightstalker: 35
Idea Guy: 10

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT NINE

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 5-3-1 (258/182)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 5-3-1 (169/196)
MERCURY COUGARS: 3-6-0 (206/259)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-7-0 (141/203)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 8-1-0 (350/211)
AMC JAVELINS: 5-3-1 (272-245)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 4-5-0 (208-245)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-6-1 (250-272)

Roster Moves and Free Agent Signings after Tournament Nine of the Blind Trial Season

Only one team has any players eligible to be replaced after the fourth week of the RTL Blind Trial Season.

The Hudson Hornets have received no points from either Ayut or Dan Jones in the tournaments of weeks 2, 3 and 4...so they will be replaced. The top two free agents, based on most consistent participation and cumulative score are Radekal and Nightstalker

And no other teams currently have roster members who meet the replacement criteria...

So, to recap:
Hudson Hornets
releasing: Dan Jones
signing: Nightstalker

...and these roster changes will be in place starting with Tournament Ten.

Good luck, everybody!

Roster Moves and Free Agent Signings after Tournament Nine of the Blind Trial Season
So, to recap:
Hudson Hornets
releasing: Dan Jones
signing: Nightstalker

...and these roster changes will be in place starting with Tournament Ten.

Good luck, everybody!


Awesome!!! I finally get some teammates!

Javelins, Bearcats and Ramblers are all going down

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Awesome!!! I finally get some teammates!

Javelins, Bearcats and Ramblers are all going down

Sorry VJ the Javelins are for real!
Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

no offense, but your superhero looks like he might be a little...... well.... ummm.... feminine.

looks like he could have failed the school of wolverine for girls.... and whats with the pink background?

Okay, I admit Javelin was kind of a lame super hero, but in reference to vintage Hot Wheel collecting the color pink is highly sought after

Team Valiant - Multispeed =

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

There were three tournaments in the second-to-last week before the Blind Test Season play-offs and all of the teams are battling to define their place there. You have some teams scrambling to hold on, you've got other teams realizing they're not invulnerable and you've got other teams trying to incorporate newly signed free agents into their team chemistry.

Could the Javelins continue their winning streak? Could the Valiants bounce back from their first loss of the year?

If you want to know the answers, you'll have to check out the RTL highlights for Tournament Ten.


MATCH ONE: BEARCATS at RAMBLERS

Earlier in the season, when the Ramblers visited the Bearcats...the Bearcats were a high scoring but snake-bit team. Despite their strong offense, they simply couldn't keep their opponents from scoring. Meanwhile, the Ramblers were on a roll--taking claim to an early La Salle Division lead by going undefeated through the first five matches of the season.

Now, the Ramblers are trying to hold onto a slim lead in the La Salle Division but they play host to the visiting Bearcats who still have trouble keeping their opponents from scoring but their own offense is now struggling as well.

The first half of games is not where the Bearcats struggle offensively...and, true to form in this game, the combination of SSLS6 and Bane put 34 points on the board for the visitors. Unfortunately, the Ramblers put up 40 points in that same first half. Down by six, the Bearcats would need a solid effort from Team Anthony & Micah and Goolz to come back. Didn't happen. The Ramblers held the Bearcats scoreless the rest of the game, while the Ramblers' iowastockcars added another 16 points to turn the match into a laugher by the end.

RESULT: FIREBIRDS 23 -VALIANTS 52

BOXSCORE:
Firebirds
Army Will: 0
Atlcelica: 135
Goolzie Girl: 0
4UBRAT: 100

Valiants
DWGufff: 185
WorpeX: 155
Multispeed: 0
Markkaz: 180


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Mcjiggles9 (Larks)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: LARKS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT TEN:
Hawk NG: 160
dimitambe: 155
clifford shaw: 150
Lil'Grabber: 105
Sean_aruba: 100
Jeremy: 85
Idea Guy: 65
bret: 50

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT TEN

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 6-3-1 (314/216)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 5-4-1 (192/248)
MERCURY COUGARS: 3-7-0 (232/326)
HUDSON HORNETS: 2-8-0 (171/255)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 9-1-0 (402/234)
AMC JAVELINS: 6-3-1 (324-275)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 5-5-0 (275-271)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-7-1 (284-328)

While the matches of Tournament Ten of the Blind Test Season were all rather high scoring affairs, the matches of Tournament Eleven were gritty, hard fought defensive battles--for the most part. You needed to be consistent and get whatever scoring you could from as many members of your team as you could if you were going to earn a victory this week.

Don't take my word for it. Take a look at the RTL highlights for Tournament Eleven to see for yourself!


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at JAVELINS

In the fourth match of the season, the winless Javelins took on the undefeated Ramblers at Ramblers Field in Nash and came away with a hard fought tie. Since then, the Javelins have won every match and the Ramblers now hover around .500, though they continue to cling to a slim La Salle Division lead.

Now, in Tournament Eleven, the Ramblers head into AMC Stadium hoping to turn their fortunes back around. The Javelins, meanwhile, just want to keep the pedal to the metal and power forward as they chase the Tucker Division leading Valiants.

The Ramblers were only down by one after the first quarter...and still within spitting distance of six points at half time. The Javelins, though, kept increasing their lead and by the fourth quarter, the Ramblers were resigned to their fate...letting the newest Javelin, Baranca, score 13 points...which made a close match seem like a blow-out.

Oh, how things have changed since the beginning of the year!

RESULT: LARKS 28 - FIREBIRDS 9

BOXSCORE:
Larks
Longklaw: 55
Mcjiggles9: 105
Grabber GT: 80
martinstang: 40

Firebirds
Army Will: 0
Atlcelica: 40
Goolzie Girl: 0
4UBRAT: 45


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Variation Jason (Hornets)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: JAVELINS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT ELEVEN:
Lil Grabber: 150
bret: 90
Jeremy: 75
dimitambe: 55
Hawk NG: 50
clifford shaw: 40
Sean_aruba: 30
Idea Guy: 30

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT ELEVEN

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 6-4-1 (327/252)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 5-5-1 (201/276)
HUDSON HORNETS: 3-8-0 (197/265)
MERCURY COUGARS: 3-8-0 (244/343)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 10-1-0 (419/246)
AMC JAVELINS: 7-3-1 (360-288)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 6-5-0 (303-280)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-8-1 (294-354)

The third tournament of this week of the RTL

Time for the RTL highlights for Tournament Twelve!


MATCH ONE: HORNETS at RAMBLERS

Back in Tournament Five, the Nash Ramblers went to Hudson and took down the Hornets. Now, the Ramblers could take on the struggling Hornets in front of their home fans--and, after a loss to the Javelins in the last tournament, the team from Nash could use a win. Their lead in the La Salle Division was shrinking fast.

The Hornets, meanwhile, were coming off a big win against the lowly Bearcats. Not only that, but their two recent free agent signings were definitely paying dividends and taking some of the offensive pressure off team captain Variation Jason.

This would be an exciting game where the lead changed hands several times! At first, the hometown fans were surprised to see their Ramblers go down in the first quarter--but Variation Jason pushed the Hornets up by four points. Then Bandeeze/Ohana reversed fortunes by holding Thunder 424 scoreless and scoring eight--putting the Ramblers up by four at half-time.

The Ramblers fans were then shocked to see the Hornets' Radekal not only score five points but hold iowastockcars scoreless in the third quarter--that put the Hornets up by one with one quarter left. All of Nash's hopes resided in zoom, who was in a horrible slump this week. Instead of helping the Ramblers regain the lead, Zoom went scoreless and the Nash fans watched Nightstalker put the match out of reach.

With only one week left before the playoffs, the Nash Ramblers, who have held the La Salle Division lead all year, are in a world of confusion. The Hudson Hornets, meanwhile, look to play spoiler when the playoffs come around.

RESULT: BEARCATS 16 - JAVELINS 27

BOXSCORE:
Bearcats
SSLS6: 120
Bane: 40
Team Anthony & Micah: 0
Goolz: 0

Javelins
Jobe: 65
seattlegreyy: 45
JDC 442 Racing: 160
Baranca: 0


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: JDC 442 Racing (Javelins)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: LARKS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT TWELVE
Idea Guy: 145
bret: 75
dimitambe: 55
clifford shaw: 55
Hawk NG: 50
Sean_aruba: 50
Jeremy: 30
Lil'Grabber: 20

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT TWELVE

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 6-5-1 (343/274)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 5-6-1 (219/304)
HUDSON HORNETS: 4-8-0 (219/281)
MERCURY COUGARS: 4-8-0 (272/361)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 10-2-0 (446/282)
AMC JAVELINS: 8-3-1 (387-304)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 7-5-0 (339-307)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 2-9-1 (310-401)

Roster Moves and Free Agent Signings after Tournament Twelve of the Blind Trial Season

Three teams have players eligible to be replaced after the fifth week of the RTL Blind Trial Season.

The Stutz Bearcats have received no points from Goolz in the tournaments of weeks 3, 4 and 5. The Hudson Hornets have received no points from Thunder 424 in the tournaments of weeks 3, 4 and 5. The Pontiac Firebirds have received no points from Goolzie Girl in the tournaments of weeks 3, 4 and 5. These three players will be replaced. The top three free agents, based on most consistent participation and cumulative score, are Lil'Grabber, dimitambe and Sean_aruba.

And no other teams currently have roster members who meet the replacement criteria...

So, to recap:
Stutz Bearcats
releasing: Goolz
signing: Lil'Grabber

Hudson Hornets
releasing: Thunder 424
signing: dimitambe

Pontiac Firebirds
releasing: Goolzie Girl
signing: Sean_aruba

...and these roster changes will be in place starting with Tournament Thirteen.

NOTE: No player changes can be made during the playoffs...so the free agents moves after next week's tournaments, if any, will be the last roster moves of this Blind Trial Season.

Good luck, everybody!

As we head into the final week of the action!

Can't wait for the RTL highlights for Tournament Thirteen? Well, let's get to 'em then!


MATCH ONE: RAMBLERS at VALIANTS

It doesn't matter that the Nash Ramblers have fallen to near .500 on the season and it doesn't matter that the Plymouth Valiants were no longer perfectly comfortable, what with the AMC Javelins hot on their heels--this was still the La Salle Division leader facing the Tucker Division leader...making this a possible preview of the RTL Championship Game (only two weeks and two playoff rounds away!)

Nobody was thinking about defense in Plymouth today. The Ramblers started off strong--Team Captain Redline Derby powered past his Valiant counterpart's efforts...pushing the Ramblers up by six. When Bandeeze/Ohana came through with an additional fifteen points, it looked good...only to watch, stunned, as WorpeX ran rugged over the Ramblers defense...turning a deficit into a Valiants lead.

It was a lead they clung to and increased, slightly, as iowastockcars and Multispeed battled through the third quarter. In the final quarter, Markkaz helped the Valiants pull away even more.

It was a game that left everyone breathless...and if it is a preview of the GreyyCup...whoooo, doggie!

RESULT: JAVELINS 63 - FIREBIRDS 35

BOXSCORE:
Firebirds
Army Will: 170
Atlcelica: 90
4UBRAT: 30
Sean_aruba: 60

Javelins
Jobe: 230
seattlegreyy: 145
JDC 442 Racing: 130
Baranca: 125


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: WorpeX (Valiants)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: JAVELINS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT THIRTEEN
Idea Guy: 190
clifford shaw: 180
Jeremy: 120
austinator: 85
Menticse676: 70
Bret: 65
boston-car-guy: 30

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT THIRTEEN

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
(x) NASH RAMBLERS: 6-6-1 (390/329)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 5-7-1 (254/367)
HUDSON HORNETS: 5-8-0 (270/320)
MERCURY COUGARS: 4-9-0 (293/393)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
(y) PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 11-2-0 (501/329)
AMC JAVELINS: 9-3-1 (450-339)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 7-6-0 (378-358)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 3-9-1 (342-422)

(x)--Nash Ramblers have clinched the La Salle Division Pennant, because even if they lose and the Pontiac Firebirds win, creating a tie in the win/loss/tie records, there is no way that the FIrebirds could close the gap in the Points For/Points Against differential...which is the first tie-breaker.
(y)--Plymouth Valiants have clinched the Tucker Division Pennant.

So, this is it. This is the final tournament of the Blind Test Season's regular season. After these matches, every team will have faced off against every other team twice--once at home and once on the road. Every team will have figured out which of their players were truly league ready and who had to be replaced by free agents. Every team would know exactly what to expect NEXT WEEK when the playoffs began, the type of team they'd be facing and what it would take for them to win and move on...towards the League Championship match.

In the La Salle Division, the Nash Ramblers had backed into a Division Pennant. The battle was now to determine the order of the other three teams. Meanwhile, the Tucker Division had managed to sort themselves much more clearly--with the Plymouth Valiants clearly in the lead, the AMC Javelins cursing their miserable first week for codemning them to a second place finish, the Larks locked into third place and the Bearcats bringing up the rear.

No need to delay the RTL highlights for Tournament Fourteen at this point...so, let's push on and get this regular season over with!


MATCH ONE: LARKS at RAMBLERS

In Tournament Thirteen, both the Larks (who faced the surprisingly strong Hornets) and the Ramblers (who sparred with the mighty Valiants) had scored enough to win most matches but fell short against their high-scoring opponents. That frustration pushed both teams into a hard fought battle--where everyone scored against everyone else, but until the third quarter, no definitive move to claim victory was made.

That's when the Ramblers' iowastockcars put 12 points on the board while only surrendering 6 to the Larks' GrabberGT. That was the key match-up and it sent the Ramblers on to victory in front of their hometown fans. It also meant that the La Salle Division Pennant would be won by a team with a winning record on the season...but just barely.

RESULT: FIREBIRDS 29 - BEARCATS 18

BOXSCORE:
Firebirds
Army Will: 60
Atlcelica: 40
4UBRAT: 95
Sean_aruba: 100

Javelins
Jobe: 230
seattlegreyy: 145
JDC 442 Racing: 130
Baranca: 125


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Nightstalker (Hornets)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: VALIANTS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT FOURTEEN
clifford shaw: 110
Jeremy: 60
Bret: 55
austinator: 50
Menticse676: 40
Idea Guy: 40
boston-car-guy: 30

STANDINGS AFTER TOURNAMENT FOURTEEN--END OF THE REGULAR SEASON

LA SALLE DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
NASH RAMBLERS: 7-6-1 (422/353)
PONTIAC FIREBIRDS: 6-7-1 (283/385)
HUDSON HORNETS: 5-9-0 (303/355)
MERCURY COUGARS: 4-10-0 (293/393)


TUCKER DIVISION WINS-LOSSES-TIES (POINTS FOR/POINTS AGAINST)
PLYMOUTH VALIANTS: 12-2-0 (536/362)
AMC JAVELINS: 10-3-1 (476-361)
STUDEBAKER LARKS: 7-7-0 (402-390)
STUTZ BEARCATS: 3-10-1 (360-451)

Roster Moves and Free Agent Signings after Tournament Fourteen of the Blind Trial Season

Two teams have players eligible to be replaced after the sixth week of the RTL Blind Trial Season.

The Stutz Bearcats have received no points from Team Anthony & Micah in the tournaments of weeks 4, 5 and 6. The Mercury Cougars have received no points from their much buzzed about free agent signing buzzkill230rc in the tournaments of weeks 4, 5 and 6. The top two free agents, based on most consistent participation and cumulative score, are clifford shaw and Idea Guy.

And no other teams currently have roster members who meet the replacement criteria...

So, to recap:
Stutz Bearcats
releasing: Team Anthony & Micah
signing: clifford shaw

Mercury Cougars
releasing: buzzkillg230rc
signing: Idea Guy


...and these roster changes will be in place starting with Tournament Fifteen, the first round of the Blind Trial Season Playoffs.

NOTE: No player changes can be made during the playoffs...so these are the last roster moves of this Blind Trial Season.

PLAYOFF PREVIEW!!!

MATCH ONE: MERCURY COUGARS at NASH RAMBLERS
--The best team in the La Salle Division and the worst team in the division were only three and a half matches away from each other in the standings--a far cry from the much more defined Tucker Division situaiton. The Ramblers, whatever their troubles after a quick start, managed to defeat the Cougars in their two meetings--by twenty-one in Tournament One and by only seven in Tournament Eight. As long as the Ramblers get scoring from each of their players, they tend to do just fine.

So, for the Cougars to go into Nash and steal a victory away from the La Salle Division Pennant holder...they'll have to hold one or even two Ramblers scoreless and hope that their newest team member, the rookie free agent Idea Guy, catches a Hail Mary pass.

MATCH TWO: HUDSON HORNETS at PONTIAC FIREBIRDS
--It shouldn't be much of a surprise that these two La Salle Division foes have fought each other close in their two previous matches--everything about the La Salle Division suggests parity. However, the Firebirds did take both matches they had with the Hornets. In Tournament One, with the action taking place in Pontiac, the Firebirds came away with a narrow two point win. In Tournament Eight, the Firebirds went to Hudson and came away with a five point victory.

The good news for Hornets fans is that they are literally a totally different team now--only Team Captain Variation Jason remains, and the free agents signed by the Hornets are giving the Hornets more depth and definitely more consistent scoring. If they can survive the first half Firebird assault, they'd be happy to put their free agents against the Firebirds free agents any day.


MATCH THREE: STUTZ BEARCATS at PLYMOUTH VALIANTS
--The winningest team in the takes on the losingest team in the league, so obviously the odds favor the home team. In the first match of the year, the Valiants went to Stutz and beat them, 51 to 38. When Tournament Eight rolled around, the still undefeated Valiants welcomed the Bearcats to Plymouth--only to be stunned by a very close match. The Valiants held on to win that match, 28 to 25...but it suggested that they weren't invincible.

The Bearcats have a secret weapon in this match--newly signed rookie free agent, clifford shaw. If Clifford Shaw could give the Bearcats hope in the second half of this match, they might just catch the Valiants napping.


MATCH FOUR: STUDEBAKER LARKS at AMC JAVELINS
--There is little doubt that the AMC Javelins were the hottest team in the RTL for all but the first week of the season. In that first week, however--indeed, in the first tournament of the season--the Javelins had fallen to these very Larks 22 to 19...in a match that had been a home game for the Javelins, just as this first round playoffs match is... That said, the three tournaments of the first week of this season were a bit of a fluke and the Javelins have not lost since. In Tournament Eight, the Javelins went to Studebaker and put a 59-37 drubbing on the Larks.

For the Larks to score an upset victory in this match, they'll have to count on their consistent offense and hope that they get luckier than their more powerful opponents.

C'mon Ramblers! Now is not the time to skip a weekend! Make your picks count!!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Thanks for the reminder. Ass.

The Blind Test Season's regular season is over. It's done with. All that happened then doesn't matter. All of those hard fought matches, all of those points scored...all they did was set the stage for the two tournaments in week seven: THE PLAYOFFS.

You see, all the regular season did was sort our brave teams into the order they will face each other in a single elimination tournament to determine the Divisional Champions, who will face off against each other in the Championship Game. Oh, certainly, we all learned something about all of these teams...from the dominance of the Plymouth Valiants to the inconsistency of the Nash Ramblers--and we've seen how these teams have fared against each other in the past. But, you know what they say about "Any given Saturday night..." right?

With the sabremetricians giving their opinions based on intense number crunchers and the bookmakers using their gut to set the betting lines out of the way, all that was left was to play these matches and see who would move on...and who would have to settle for the pride of a consolation match. All that was left was the most important matches of these teams history...in all of league history...as the first ever playoff matches were ready to be played.

Would the AMC Javelins continue their winning streak? Will the Mercury Cougars or the Stutz Bearcats get unexpected production from brand new free agents? Could anyone stop the Plymouth Valiants? Would the Nash Ramblers find a way to stop themselves?

All of the answers would be found by taking a look at the RTL highlights for Tournament Fifteen...and there's really no reason not to dive right in...SO LET'S GO! SING IT BOCEPHUS!!!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOM--RESULT: LARKS 69 - JAVELINS 60

BOXSCORE:
Larks
Longklaw: 200
Mcjiggles9: 220
Grabber GT: 200
martinstang: 75

Javelins
Jobe: 200
seattlegreyy: 170
JDC 442 Racing: 170
Baranca: 55


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: SSLS6 (Bearcats)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: LARKS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT FIFTEEN
Bret: 175
EconoCarl: 160
boston-car-guy: 130
QuattroBits: 90
david: 55
Goolz: 45
Oregober: 40

Time to decide who the Divisional Representatitves in the Blind Test Season's Championship Game will be. The shock that the Tucker Division will not be sending either the Plymouth Valiants or the AMC Javelins is over--they're resigned to playing for pride in the Tucker Division Consolation Game at the end of the day. The Tucker Division will either send the Studebaker Larks or the Stutz Bearcats and the winner of their match today will face the winner of the match between the Hudson Hornets and the Nash Ramblers in that Championship Game.

Every team knows what is at stake--and, sadly, perhaps no teams know that more than the Mercury Cougars and the Pontiac Firebirds who are playing for nothing in particular in the La Salle Division Consolation game.

Will the Ramblers scramble to another hard fought win and send the La Salle Division Pennant Winners to battle for the GreyyCup? Or can the Hornets keep the upsets coming on the strength of three late season free agent signings? Will the Bearcats find more gold in their own free agent, clifford shaw, to add to their strong first half duo of SSLS6 and Bane? Or will the Larks consistent scoring throughout the game prove to be too much for them?

You want to know, don't you? So do I. Probably time we let the RTL highlights for Tournament Sixteen roll, huh?


MATCH ONE: La Salle Division 2nd Ranked: HUDSON HORNETS at La Salle Division Pennant Winners: NASH RAMBLERS

In the regular season, both times the Hornets and Ramblers hooked up, the visiting team won. In Tournament Five, the visiting Ramblers came to Hudson and took out the Hornets by six. In Tournament Twelve, the visiting Hornets took down the Ramblers, in their house, also by six points. This was not the most pleasing omen for the often superstitious Nash fans--who have seen their highly touted team fail to completely live up to expectations...despite not only winning the La Salle Division Pennant but also being just one win away from a Championship Game berth.

The Hornets knew that their strategy of "shock and awe" which allowed their first half scoring explosion to last over the Pontiac Firebirds was less likely to work against the always scrambling Ramblers. They'd need solid performances from Nightstalker and dimitambe, who coasted in their previous playoff game while the Hornets held on to victory, if they expect to continue the trend of the visiting team taking home hard fought wins.

The game started auspiciously for the visiting Hornets. Team Captain Variation Jason put up 14 points while holding Redline Derby to just 9...giving the Hornets the lead. Unfortunately, despite a 13 point performance by Radekal in the second quarter, the Hornets gave up the lead when Bandeeze/Ohana put up 19.

The pivotal moment in the game was the third quarter, when Nightstalker was unable to score for the second straight match. Not only did iowastockcars put the clamps on Nightstalker's offense, but he managed 8 points of his own--extending the Rambler lead to 9.

Now, it was the Hornets who had to scramble...and the Ramblers who simply had to hold on. The Hornets looked to dimitambe to both shut down zoom of the Ramblers, but to put up some pretty big numbers. dimitambe could do neither--scoring six while giving up twelve to zoom.

Turns out, neither the visiting team would win nor would the final score be decided by six points. More importantly, the La Salle Division Pennant Winner would also be representing the La Salle Division in the Championship Game...as the Nash Ramblers win by fifteen.

RESULT: JAVELINS 45 - VALIANTS 32

BOXSCORE:
Javelins
Jobe: 160
seattlegreyy: 145
JDC 442 Racing: 90
Baranca: 55

Valiants
dwguff: 125
WorpeX: 95
Multispeed: 100
Markkaz: 0


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Mcjiggles9 (Larks)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: RAMBLERS

...and, here are the
TOP FREE AGENTS FOR TOURNAMENT SIXTEEN
Quattrobits: 135
david: 100
Goolz: 70
Oregober: 40
EconoCarl: 40
Bret: 30

Thanks for the reminder. Ass.

(I just spent a little over an hour writing up the results from this match only to have had my session timed out and I lost the whole thing... It's 2:38am here. I'll start again in the morning...)

Ouch! Sorry man, that totally sucks!

I just spent a little over an hour writing up the results from this match only to have had my session timed out and I lost the whole thing

Notepad and Google Docs are your best friend.

I recently suffered a laptop death...luckily, I was able to retrieve all of the pertinent data--whew! BUT, while I wait for the build of my new laptop, I'm working on my wife's laptop--and I forget that I don't have it set for "keep me logged on forever" like I did MY laptop...

Will get back at it in a little bit here...on Notepad first.

That is pretty rough, I lost a couple of magazine articles that way.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW

LIVE FROM EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA

LA SALLE DIVISION PENNANT WINNER AND CHAMPION: NASH RAMBLERS
vs
TUCKER DIVISION CHAMPION: STUDEBAKER LARKS

In the shadow of the World Headquarters of the Mattel Corporation is the neutral site for the Championship Game for this Blind Trial Season.

After earning the La Salle Division Pennant--if only just barely--and then defeating the Mercury Cougars and Hudson Hornets in the playoffs, the NASH RAMBLERS were considered to be one of the favorites at the beginning of the year and after a fast start fizzled into near mediocrity by the end of the regular season, they've managed to be the favorite going into this Championship Game.

One reason for their being the favorite is that they benefit from some consistent scoring from all members of their team. If all of them are on their game, they will be tough to beat.

Meanwhile, the Tucker Division is represented by a team that had a much tougher path to the Championship Game. The history by beating the AMC Javelins in the first round of the playoffs and then they had to survive the challenge posed by the always dangerous and often-high-scoring Stutz Bearcats in the Semi-Finals.

Like the Ramblers, they benefit from a very consistent line-up--and they can put up numbers in any quarter, usually all of them.

This should be a very entertaining game. The teams split the regular season series. In Tournament Seven, the Larks used their homefield advantage to eek out a one point win against the Ramblers. In Tournament Fourteen, with the Ramblers still fighting to hold onto their La Salle Division lead and the Larks without much to play for, the Ramblers won at home by eight.

Who will take home the GreyyCup? We'll find out soon!

Wooooooooooo! Voltron, punks, Voltron!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Way to go Larks! And mad props to the Valiants for their awesome season. Javelins weren't slouches either, even if their selected mascot was a little...well...foofoo.

Bah! I blame Markaz!

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

"We'll be back..."

I think nightstalker will be fired.......

In a surprise announcement, AMC Javelins Team Captain Jobe held a press conference today to announce that he is stepping down from that position within the team.

Despite compiling the second best record in history, the Javelins lost in the first round of the playoffs and had to settle for third place in the Tucker Division. No one was blaming Jobe for the disappointing playoff loss to the GreyyCup bound Studebaker Larks, so this move does come as a surprise.

Jobe named his successor. JDC 442 Racing will take over the reigns as AMC Javelins Team Captain going into next year's Active Trial Season. He quickly announced that Jobe was going to stay with the Javelins as a player.

With the Active Trial Season approaching, it is thought that this is merely the first of many changes when it comes to who is captaining which team.

Oh noes! Well, if you can't stand the heat...of Voltron's mighty sword...

Hmmmm...considering that the Ramblers were the first team not to beat the Javelins (they played to a tie in Tournament Four) and then the Javelins scored a decisive victory over the Ramblers in Tournament Eleven...and that the Javelins, despite losing the first three matches of the year, STILL managed a far better regular season record than the Ramblers did...I don't think Voltron had anything to do with Jobe's decision.

And the only reason that you're not facing the Javelins in the Championship Game is because of an astonishing and unprecedented score by the very same Studebaker Larks who face the Ramblers in that game.

Hmmmm...considering that the Ramblers were the first team not to beat the Javelins (they played to a tie in Tournament Four) and then the Javelins scored a decisive victory over the Ramblers in Tournament Eleven...and that the Javelins, despite losing the first three matches of the year, STILL managed a far better regular season record than the Ramblers did...I don't think Voltron had anything to do with Jobe's decision.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Hmmmm...considering that the Ramblers were the first team not to beat the Javelins (they played to a tie in Tournament Four) and then the Javelins scored a decisive victory over the Ramblers in Tournament Eleven...and that the Javelins, despite losing the first three matches of the year, STILL managed a far better regular season record than the Ramblers did...I don't think Voltron had anything to do with Jobe's decision.

And the only reason that you're not facing the Javelins in the Championship Game is because of an astonishing and unprecedented score by the very same Studebaker Larks who face the Ramblers in that game.


Owned.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Ass.

seems we've had these posts before...

Ass.


Potty mouth

You don't know the half of it. I really have to keep myself in check around here to keep things nice and PG. I guess I better work on that with a kid on the way, huh?

You don't know the half of it. I really have to keep myself in check around here to keep things nice and PG. I guess I better work on that with a kid on the way, huh?

Congrats, Brian. Trust me...being a Dad is another story.

When is the due date Brain? Calvin turns 1 on the 19th.

You don't know the half of it. I really have to keep myself in check around here to keep things nice and PG. I guess I better work on that with a kid on the way, huh?

LOL, mine got used to it.


And congrats to you and Jen!

BLIND TRIAL SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS

RESULT: RAMBLERS 52 - LARKS 28

BOXSCORE:
Ramblers
Redline Derby: 185
Bandeeze/Ohana: 115
iowastockcars: 205
zoom: 20

Larks
Longklaw: 85
Mcjiggles9: 65
Grabber GT: 75
martinstang: 55

TOP SCORING FREE AGENTS
QuattroBits: 130
Lylie: 85
Jeremy: 55
david: 55
Bret: 55
Oregober: 50
EconoCarl: 20

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: IOWASTOCKCARS (Ramblers)

After the disappointing loss in the Championship Game, the STUDEBAKER LARKS and the RTL league commissioner's office announced what was being passed around in media circles before and during he game as a rumor was indeed true...that Mcjiggles9 would be given the Team Captaincy of the Larks going into the upcoming Active Team Season.

Another change was announced, that surprised many. The Redline Derby Racing Fantasy League Champion for Season Six, WorpeX, would be leaving the Plymouth Valiants and taking over the Team Captaincy of the PONTIAC FIREBIRDS. The Firebirds sent their leading scorer, Atlcelica over to the Valiants in exchange.

These roster moves are incorporated in the team listings on the brand new ACTIVE TEAM SEASON page.

Two teams remain who do not have active Team Captains name...and unless someone steps up to take over those teams, they will enter the season running on the same rules used during the Blind Trial Season during the Active Trial Season...which may put them at a slight disadvantage during the year.

(I'm going to have to up my writing game You used "Voltron" as an adjective. Impressive.)

I just want to thank all the Ramblers for their hard work this season. A captain is only as good as his crew and despite a few bumps in the road, all the lions stuck together. So Lance, Sven and Hunk...take pride in our victory, but don't get fat because we'll need to assemble again in a few weeks to defend our championship.

I also gotta thank the fans. I mean, like AC/DC told us before the tournament, it doesn't matter how good you play if you're playing in front of anybody.

And last but not least, I personally want to thank our commissioner, seattlegreyy, for all his hard work organizing, operating and commentating this first season of the Redline Derby Team League. To say it was a success would be an understatement and I look forward to participating in and watching future seasons.

Voltron.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Nice work Ramblers. See ya next season.

This was truly an incredible and addicting addition to the already exciting redlinederby tournaments, thanks so much seatlegreyy for putting in all the time and effort, its truly been a blast.

The ramblers got away with the championship this yea,r but as I transition into the captain of the Larks, we will be back...

Thanks Seattle! Was fun! Congratulations to the Ramblers!

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