In a cold and chilly evening in Bethpage, the pro action has really heated things up. We’ve had some new competition hit the floor to experience the division for the first time.
The Speed racers (led by former Mudcat Jay Mazer), Mission T – Dots and ISCA Grizzlies, are the new kids on the block. (ISCA did play in 2009 NARCh finals in Toronto). These teams show promise along with speed, but in their few match ups this evening show that the key to competing with the veteran pro teams are learning to play the system that best fits their opponents. It’s been interesting to observe how some team still use the “box” as a way of defensive zone coverage. With little ability to “flow” in an offensive game, the box limits the ability to be able to perform explosive offensive attacks.
Watching the Savage Wolves come as far as they have in the last three years is a hat off to their organization. Each year the Wolves get better and show that they are very competitive. While they’ve started off to an 0 – 1 start, their game with the Mission Labeda Snipers could have gone either way.
That leaves me to the four teams I feel are going to all be battling it out for the East Coast title. Undefeated Pama is here after winning their West Coast title and also winning TORHS winternationals. In talking to Pama management, they are very proud of the team being undefeated in 2010.
Combine Pama with the Mission Labeda Snipers, the Revision Buffalo Wings with the addition of Mission Syndicate sniper, Pat Lee and the Tour Mudcats, we’re going to have four teams who all show they have the character, depth and experience to all win the title.
The best part is, we as fans and spectators, get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Don’t miss the pro action if you have a chance.
-by Doug Jones from narch.com