Those of you who have been in the League for a while know that only the Fall League runs smoothly with no breaks. In the Summer, we take Mother's Day off (we will NEVER play on Mother's Day) and we often take a couple weeks off in late July when the school has the gym floor refinished. During this, the Winter League, we also have something with which we must deal.
Oh yeah, somebody asked me why we don't call this the Spring League, since by the time we finish up in late April, it's not exactly winter-like. The reason is that I've been at this so long, when we first started, it was best to use a limited number of keystrokes when storing things on the computer. Since I already had Summer, I used S88 instead of Summer 1988. And since I already had an "S" for Summer, I couldn't use Spring, so I used W94 for Winter. However, there was a time when my shirtmaker made shirts that said Spring League Champs. Those are real collectors' items now.
Anyway, during this season, we sometimes have to deal with Easter. But we also have something that's coming up soon. February 1st is Super Bowl Sunday. We will be having a limited schedule that day, with games starting at 9:00 and finishing up at 3:00 in the afternoon. (The Super Bowl game starts at 4:30.) The following week, Green Fields has its annual fundraiser, the Griffin Gallop. It starts relatively early in the morning and finishes up before noon. So we will have back-to-back weeks with partial schedules. (And this year, that will be three weeks out of four because of the Winter Formal the school had this past week.) After that, it will be smooth sailing, but for the next couple weeks, it's rather messy. Because we have so many teams a few teams will actually have both weeks off. I'm sorry, but there's no way around it.
A few other things:
--As you can see on the top of the website, we're featuring photos from past seasons. There are a lot from the old days when Darlene used to work the table. However, since she spent the past two years playing basketball at Tohono O'odham Community College out on The Rez, there are fewer recent photos. She will begin taking photos again and y'all can spot your ugly mugs in living color.
--I have finished the schedule and have taken into consideration the requests I've received from teams for game-time consideration. Some teams work at night, others in the daytime. I've done all I can, but sometimes there simply aren't enough hours in the evening to satisfy everybody. Also, if you have any special requests, please let me know. I'll do what I can, but I can't promise anything.
--Just as I promise that I will enforce the forfeit rule this season, I'm also promising that once I post the schedule, I will NOT make any changes. It just causes too many problems. I will not be moving games around. The only thing I will do is replace a team that cannot make it to their scheduled game.
--The stats will begin appearing after every team has played. Trees and Zona begin play this week.
Now, as for this past week's action: Ben's Frens repeated the beatdown of still got it that took place in the Division VI championship game in December. Ben Martin (see Player of the Week) had a spectacular game for the Frens. Hey Arnold! got 19 points each from Michael Johnson and Adam Gomez in a 72-59 win over Technicians.
Mike Hein poured in 27 points to lead Frosty Hesson to a 57-50 win over No Flex Zone. Heroes slipped past Illuminati, 57-48, and Hawgs knocked off JAK, 60-51. Last year's MVP, Zach Jones, had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead Blue Coconuts past Eastside All-Stars, 72-52. Sunshine Boys got scoring from eight different players in a 58-55 win over Hickory.
In something of a shocker, Flying Squirrels held FndF to just 13 points in the first half en route to a 38-30 win.