Inaugural High Stakes League update 9

Updated: December 2nd 2021

I haven’t met the owner of XFL Stars nor have I even seen a picture of him.  But, I imagine he is blue and says things like “I am inevitable.”

At the end of last week’s write up I declared a game of the week between XFL Stars and Just Dodge, No Rodge.  I mentioned that one of my superstitions is to never change your team name during the season unless you need to change your mojo.  Just Dodge, No Rodge is now the team name but a couple weeks ago it was Rodge and Dodge.  Now, not knowing the particulars, because frankly I have no interest in reaching out to him to find out after a previous salty response to a trade offer of mine, I am guessing this team lost an owner.  Did they lose this owner mid-season?  Doubtful.  Unless there was some sort of big break up and they sorted out custody of this team all of a sudden.  Really, it’s probably most likely the second owner never made it to season two and Dodge here was a little late on the name change.  Feeding into my superstition about midseason name changes because Just Dodge couldn’t hang with our total points leader this season, Thanos.  Wait, no, I think the owner of XFL Stars is named Brayden.  Yes, Brayden.  Was it the unjustified mid season name change when no shake up was needed?  Or, are the XFL Stars just too powerful?  I guess we will never know.  But, in a down week where no team scored 150 points, the XFL stars, once again, lead the way for the entire league with 148.76 points.  Just Dodge?  127.20.  Fortunately for Dodge, these are enough points to retain the fifth seed for another week.

One week after claiming the top spot in our league with a gritty win over the number one seed at the time, Y Town, “The Don” Piccolo ran into some unexpected trouble against a team that was probably hoping for a loss.  Schless is More was sitting in the ten spot and looking at the #3 pick in next year’s draft.  Who knew such big name studs as JD McKissic, Cedrick Wilson, and Kendrick Bourne would ball out in week 12 for around 20 points each?  Certainly not this Storyteller.  Probably not “the Don” either.  The win will not affect the seed for Schless, but it was a hard fall from number one to number three, for “The Don.”  Y Town wins again and retains the #2 seed due to a higher point total than “The Don.”

Time to share the updated standings again:

(seed) Team. Record, total points

(1)  XFL Stars. 9-3, 1913

(2)  Y Town.  9-3, 1770

(3)  “The Don” Piccolo.  9-3, 1589

(4)  Wendell Takeover Project.  7-5, 1624

(5)  Just Dodge, No Rodge.  5-7, 1597

(6)  Big Tings.  6-6, 1577

(7)  Borderland Bombers.  7-5, 1564

(8)  DC Guardians.  5-7, 1470

(9)  Philadelphia Freeways. 7-5, 1457

(10) Schless is More.  4-8, 1408

(11) NJ Generals.  2-10, 1315

(12) These Truths to be Self Richard Dent.  2-10, 1310

Top four seeds based on record.  Final two based on total points.

Week thirteen looks to be hugely consequential.  Even at the bottom is a match up between the two worst teams in the league which will likely lead to the loser getting the first pick in ’22.  Both teams receive some helpful byes with NJ losing DJ Moore for this battle and These Truths losing Aaron Rodgers and MVS.

There are other great match ups all over the scoreboard this week.  Frankly, XFL Stars has the only match up I don’t expect to be close against Schless is More.  I know, I know, Schless just got the upset this past week but there’s no way those same players put up enough points again.  Even if they do, it is probably going to take more points than last week to beat the highest scoring team in the league and all their Infinity Stones.

Elsewhere we’ll be watching the #4 seed, Wendell, taking on #9 seed, Philly.  While there is a big disparity between seeds, a win this week for Philly will go a long way to helping them sneak into the playoffs.  A loss and they can pretty much fuhgeddaboudit.

“The Don” takes on Just Dodge, No Rodge.  Dodge is getting in on points, if they do at all, so a win doesn’t mean anything here.  Points and more points is what they need.  I think the real question now is do you change your name back or grin and bear it?  Since I’ve always been too afraid to test this superstition, I can’t tell you what the answer is but we should know more by next week, thanks to our guinea pig, Just Dodge, No Rodge.  “The Don,” of course, needs a win here.  It seems somewhat unlikely but it’s still mathematically possible he could miss the playoffs with another two losses.  Points matter less for this team, unless they lose their next two.  I believe a single win, this week or next, should get them into the playoffs though.

Lastly, we have #7 seed, Borderland Bombers who has been sitting just barely outside of the playoff picture since we started talking about it, which is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things if they qualify in the end, taking on #2 seed Y Town.  Y Town continues their solid season and is a very likely playoff contender at this point barring a complete collapse.  But, seeds matter, so a win is still important.   No one wants to step into the ring with Thanos in the first round of the playoffs.  Poor Borderland faces a tough road to get in through the #2 seed in Y Town who will undoubtedly be playing to win.  Borderland better bring their A-game this week.

That’s it for this week.  Be sure to join us next week to see the results of these important match ups.  Contact me at any time with your feedback.  Feedback is my favorite.

– RSO High Stakes League Storyteller

More Analysis by Matt Russell