Month: January 2015

2015 WFTDA Playoffs Weekly Rankings

Welcome back to another exciting edition of the 2015 WFTDA Weekly Rankings.  We didn’t have much happening this past weekend, but we did have one bout that could potentially have a major impact on the 2015 Playoffs.  Also, I will be bringing a new part to the rankings as I show you how many bouts each team in the Top 100 has played.  This will help show just how much movement is possible as a team with only 1 bout played will see a lot more week-to-week movement than a team that already has played 10.

But first to a bout we may be looking back to in June/July and saying that really made a huge difference.  For the past two years the the Ft. Wayne Derby Girls have been growing and could very well be positioned to take a spot in this year’s playoffs.  In 2013 Ft. Wayne had a rough year, albeit against some very good competition and finished 99th in the Playoff Rankings with a 2-10 record.  Then in 2014 they jumped all the way up to 79th with a 9-2 record, which tells me their competition ranks actually held them back a little bit.  But coming off of this weekend’s 203-175 win over Killamazoo tells me that Ft. Wayne could definitely be a player this year when it comes to the 2015 Playoffs.  They enter the rankings this week at #38, and while I think that may be a bit higher than where they will finish they are starting on the right foot and need to be taken very serious as a contender for a playoff spot.

Rank Team Score # of Bouts Weekly Change
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 665.05 9 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 9 0
4 Texas 538.47 6 0
5 Victoria 527.98 5 0
6 Denver 518.14 8 0
7 Windy City 512.09 7 0
8 Philly 502.39 5 0
9 London 496.04 7 0
10 Angel City 491.73 6 0
11 Minnesota 471.41 9 0
12 Rocky Mtn 456.82 6 0
13 Atlanta 444.47 5 0
14 Tampa 429.31 4 0
15 Jacksonville 428.62 4 0
16 Rat City 397.30 6 0
17 Montreal 384.15 7 0
18 Charm City 377.31 7 0
19 Terminal City 370.90 6 0
20 Arch Rival 363.41 5 0
21 Detroit 360.07 9 0
22 Steel City 356.48 6 0
23 Sun State 348.27 3 0
24 Madison 347.94 5 0
25 Ohio 329.53 6 0
26 Boston 329.13 4 0
27 Arizona 314.28 4 0
28 St. Chux 302.69 3 0
29 Naptown 300.20 7 0
30 Dallas 297.60 4 0
31 Toronto 291.98 6 0
32 Jet City 291.85 4 0
33 Nashville 286.39 7 0
34 Queen City 286.38 4 0
35 Santa Cruz 285.11 4 0
36 Wasatch 284.81 5 0
37 Treasure Valley 280.18 4 0
38 Ft. Wayne 275.50 1 NEW
39 No Coast 275.48 6 -1
40 Sin City 273.56 5 -1
41 SoCal 271.84 3 -1
42 Columbia 271.32 6 -1
43 Stockholm 268.76 3 -1
44 Kansas City 266.99 6 -1
45 Tri-City 266.90 4 -1
46 Houston 261.29 9 -1
47 Chicago Outfit 260.07 9 0
48 Rideau Valley 260.07 7 -2
49 Calgary 260.06 5 -1
50 Demolition City 247.17 6 -1
51 OK Victory 244.65 5 -1
52 Omaha 241.90 3 -1
53 Sac City 241.29 2 -1
54 Suburbia 236.26 7 -1
55 Charlottesville 235.88 2 -1
56 New Hampshire 234.68 3 -1
57 Des Moines 233.18 2 -1
58 Sacred City 229.01 2 -1
59 Helsinki 227.67 3 -1
60 Brewcity 225.02 5 -1
61 Boulder County 224.27 3 -1
62 Ithaca 221.14 4 -1
63 Bear City 220.75 9 -1
64 Charlotte 217.81 1 -1
65 Tucson 215.96 3 -1
66 Gold Coast 211.92 6 -1
67 DC 210.18 7 -1
68 Old Capitol 207.96 2 -1
69 Grand Raggidy 207.27 7 -1
70 Crime City 202.39 3 -1
71 Killamazoo 200.15 8 -1
72 Brandywine 198.70 4 -1
73 Blue Ridge 198.37 5 -1
74 Ann Arbor 197.85 6 -1
75 Connecticut 195.20 1 -1
76 Big Easy 187.75 4 -1
77 North Star 185.86 2 -1
78 Garden State 184.57 1 -1
79 Carolina 178.23 4 -1
80 Twin City 175.57 4 -1
81 Cincinnati 172.72 2 -1
82 Gent 170.51 3 -1
83 Lansing 167.17 4 -1
84 South Bend 165.90 1 -1
85 Rage City 163.95 1 -1
86 Quad City 163.59 6 -1
87 Emerald City 157.39 1 -1
88 NEO 154.66 2 -1
89 Sydney 154.43 2 -1
90 Cen-Tex 150.65 3 -1
91 Canberra 148.86 3 -1
92 Green Mt 147.70 3 -1
93 Pikes Peak 147.59 1 -1
94 Tiger Bay 146.86 3 -1
95 Cape Fear 145.67 3 -1
96 Diamond Divas 143.35 2 -1
97 Lowcountry 142.60 1 -1
98 Salisbury 141.90 4 -1
99 Richland County 141.84 1 -1
100 Sioux City 139.02 2 -1

This upcoming week sees a few Top 100 teams playing, and ultimately could really tell us what kind of team Killamazoo has this year as they keep busy against Grand Raggidy.  Also, Brewcity has announced the teams that will be participating in their annual BrewHaHa and it is a loaded field this year.  For the full list please check it out here:  http://www.brewcitybruisers.com/teams/2015-midwest-brewhaha-teams/  My big question, are we going to see a Gotham vs. Your Mom bout?  I sure hope so.

And for one final shameless plug, please check out the Brewcity Home Season Bout #1 recap at http://www.brewcitybruisers.com/2015/01/bcb-home-season-bout-1-recap/  BCB has been super gracious in letting me do this for them and I can not thank them enough.

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2015 WFTDA Playoffs Weekly Rankings

Derby is back in good action and I am so excited for it.  I’ve lost track of the weeks so I’m cutting it from the title, but I assure you I will be back on a weekly basis (minus a small trip to Vegas that may cause things to be a bit delayed).  Before we get back into the routine I feel I need to remind everyone of just how my rankings are formulated.  I use posted WFTDA rankings (along with a couple of connections when needed, thank you WFTDA) and the results posted of Flattrackstats.com.  My rankings are also just bouts that have occurred since July 1, 2015.  For the most part you will see my rankings are pretty close to WFTDA’s, but if a team had a bad first half of the year last year those bouts are already out of my rankings.  As we progress to July 1st you will see my rankings and WFTDA’s get closer and closer each month.

This week didnt see a lot of action, but a couple of D1 teams were in action with Naptown taking a very nice 157-90 victory over Nashville.  With the victory Naptown jumped up 8 places and now are coming in at 29th.  Right now 28th and 37th are only separated by 22 points and appears to be an exceptional battle to the end.  We also just had The Bont Invitational and it showed there are some really good, competitive teams down in Australia.  In fact this week we see two of those teams join our Top 100.  Its going to take a couple of trips from some of these teams to North America to help sort out their rankings, but they are doing very good beating up on each other.

Rank Team Score Weekly Change Change From WFTDA
1 Gotham 735.02 0 0
2 Rose City 665.05 0 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 0 0
4 Texas 538.47 0 1
5 Victoria 527.98 0 -1
6 Denver 518.14 0 2
7 Windy City 512.09 0 4
8 Philly 502.39 0 2
9 London 496.04 0 -3
10 Angel City 491.73 0 -1
11 Minnesota 471.41 0 -4
12 Rocky Mtn 456.82 0 0
13 Atlanta 444.47 0 0
14 Tampa 429.31 0 5
15 Jacksonville 428.62 0 0
16 Rat City 397.30 0 0
17 Montreal 384.15 0 0
18 Charm City 377.31 0 -4
19 Terminal City 370.90 0 -1
20 Arch Rival 363.41 0 3
21 Detroit 360.07 0 9
22 Steel City 356.48 0 7
23 Sun State 348.27 0 -3
24 Madison 347.94 0 2
25 Ohio 329.53 0 -3
26 Boston 329.13 0 -1
27 Arizona 314.28 0 7
28 St. Chux 302.69 0 10
29 Naptown 300.20 8 -2
30 Dallas 297.60 -1 30
31 Toronto 291.98 -1 -3
32 Jet City 291.85 -1 10
33 Nashville 286.39 -1 -2
34 Queen City 286.38 -1 2
35 Santa Cruz 285.11 -1 -11
36 Wasatch 284.81 -1 -3
37 Treasure Valley 280.18 -1 32
38 No Coast 275.48 0 -1
39 Sin City 273.56 0 10
40 SoCal 271.84 0 3
41 Columbia 271.32 0 -6
42 Stockholm 268.76 0 -1
43 Kansas City 266.99 0 5
44 Tri-City 266.90 0 2
45 Houston 261.29 4 0
46 Rideau Valley 260.07 -1 -6
47 Chicago Outfit 260.07 -1 0
48 Calgary 260.06 -1 10
49 Demolition City 247.17 -1 -10
50 OK Victory 244.65 0 -18
51 Omaha 241.90 0 15
52 Sac City 241.29 0 30
53 Suburbia 236.26 0 2
54 Charlottesville 235.88 0 19
55 New Hampshire 234.68 0 -11
56 Des Moines 233.18 0 14
57 Sacred City 229.01 0 -3
58 Helsinki 227.67 0 -1
59 Brewcity 225.02 0 -9
60 Boulder County 224.27 0 2
61 Ithaca 221.14 0 11
62 Bear City 220.75 0 -10
63 Charlotte 217.81 0 30
64 Tucson 215.96 0 1
65 Gold Coast 211.92 0 -6
66 DC 210.18 0 -15
67 Old Capitol 207.96 0 -11
68 Grand Raggidy 207.27 0 -5
69 Crime City 202.39 0 20
70 Killamazoo 201.75 0 -9
71 Brandywine 198.70 0 3
72 Blue Ridge 198.37 0 -19
73 Ann Arbor 197.85 0 13
74 Connecticut 195.20 0 27
75 Big Easy 187.75 0 -8
76 North Star 185.86 0 3
77 Garden State 184.57 0 15
78 Carolina 178.23 0 18
79 Twin City 175.57 0 4
80 Cincinnati 172.72 0 18
81 Gent 170.51 0 64
82 Lansing 167.17 0 23
83 South Bend 165.90 0 116
84 Rage City 163.95 1 7
85 Quad City 163.59 1 12
86 Emerald City 157.39 1 9
87 NEO 154.66 1 0
88 Sydney 154.43 NEW N/A
89 Cen-Tex 150.65 0 79
90 Canberra 148.86 NEW N/A
91 Green Mt 147.70 -1 -16
92 Pikes Peak 147.59 -1 2
93 Tiger Bay 146.86 -1 -25
94 Cape Fear 145.67 -1 25
95 Diamond Divas 143.35 -1 N/A
96 Lowcountry 142.60 -1 27
97 Salisbury 141.90 -1 6
98 Richland County 141.84 -1 77
99 Sioux City 139.02 -1 5
100 Vette City 138.12 -1 13

We still have a lot of teams pretty far off their WFTDA rankings, both to the good (Dallas) and the bad (OK Victory).  Its completely the story of teams either having had great or bad early 2014s.  Those bouts are still affecting the official WFTDA rankings, but here it was a clean slate as of 7/1/2014.

Looking ahead we have a few good matchups coming up this weekend and we see our first Top 20 team in action for 2015.  Check back each week for the newest and greatest weekly WFTDA rankings.

 

2015 Predictions

Hello again everyone.  Sorry for the absence, not gonna lie but its been a bit hard to focus on derby with no bouts going on and the balmy weather we are having up here in Wisconsin right now.  But I have to put my writing hat back on again soon with the Brewcity Home Season starting up and I need to get ready for my bout recaps.  I highly encourage all of you to check them out at http://www.brewcitybruisers.com after each of their bouts.  It really is a great amount of fun and I feel very fortunate that they let me express my take on their home bouts the way I do.  They had one condition though, I needed a new derby name.

Well in fairness to them, going by Coach Chad while I am no longer a coach does seem a bit odd.  (Technically I’m still coaching a U-13 baseball team this year, but thats besides the fact)  So here I am thinking how the heck am I going to come up with a new derby name that fits me.  Give me spreadsheets and numbers and I am in my element and can make them say whatever I want, make me be creative and the results are just OUCH!!!  But, I do have a good starting point.  I have had 4 very solid nicknames throughout my life and I’m just going to go with one of them.  The first was my high school nickname of Big Dog.  Considering I was a 4’8″ tall, 85 lbs Freshman when I got this may seem a bit ridiculous, but the story isnt all that exciting.  My last name is Robinson, the Milwaukee Bucks just drafted Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson with the #1 pick in the NBA draft, and there you go.  I’m now Big Dog.  The second real nickname came in college when I was know as Sac.  Now this story involves a roommate doing something at a Track dinner and getting the nickname of Pubes.  Someone thought it would be funny to say that Pubes and Sac lived together, I didnt overly object, and for two years I was known as Sac.  After that I have gone by both C-Rob and CRobby, and well those aren’t overly original, but they really just worked for me.  So after much internal debate, Im just going to stick with C-Rob as my new derby name.  Sorry for the tangent there, but that’s the nice part of doing your own blog, you really can type about whatever you want.

But enough of that, on to my 2015 Predictions.  Some will be big, others will be small.  Some were pretty easy to come up with, others are way out there.  Some will be local, but most will be global.  I havent put them in any order other than how they come to me.  I hope you all enjoy and will be curious to revisit these in a year to see how I did.

1.  WFTDA’s 2015 Playoffs will be the last in this current format.  This is one that I have felt for a long time.  After watching all Top 12 seeds advance to Championships this year and seeing that the Non-US presence of top teams is leading to some teams having to make 2 Trans-Atlantic/Trans-Pacific trips in such a short period is eventually going to make this format incredibly difficult and costly.  With costs becoming more and more of an issue (some would argue it has always been an issue and is just getting more publicity now) I just do not see a system that requires teams to make multiple playoff trips in short order lasting very long.

2.  There will be a lot of suggesting/complaining that WFTDA should hold a part of their 2016 Playoffs outside of North America, but it wont happen.  I thought WFTDA did a very good job with WET this year and there is definitely a very good place for non-North American teams.  But as I mentioned a little above, financially it makes more sense to have one or two teams make the trip to North America vs having 8-9 teams traveling overseas.  Out of my current Top 62 (my rankings, not WFTDA’s) only 6 are based outside of North America.  If WFTDA did something where they broke things down and rankings used in January or something were used I could see it as a possibility, but right now I feel many teams would decline such an invitation due to the costs.

3.  WFTDA is going to make a major announcement regarding safety.  This one is really nothing more than a gut reaction.  Right now I would lean towards something related to concussions and standardizing some things around them, but again this is nothing more than a gut feeling.

4.  Gotham will lose a bout, and the world won’t end.  Not knowing Gotham’s schedule makes this a bit harder to predict, but I think between some retirements and teams getting closer to them this is the year it happens.  They are still one of the top teams, see #5, but I believe that as we saw last year there are teams right there with them.

5.  The four #1 seeds will be Gotham, Bay Area, Rose City, and Denver.  Not going out on a huge limb here, but I do believe there are at least 3 teams that will vie for that 4th #1 seed.  Denver, Texas and Victoria will all have a good say in who it is and it will really come down to the teams the schedule, but I just think Denver will get the spot.

6.  Three teams will get to play at home during the 2015 WFTDA Playoffs.  I actually feel pretty comfortable with this one.  I dont think Burning River makes the playoffs this year so they are out.  Detroit will be D1 so they wont play at home either.  Tucson and Omaha may make D2 playoffs, but I just dont see them getting all the way up to D1. That leads Jacksonville, which is pretty easy, and Dallas for D1 playoffs.  I fully expect Dallas to not only make it back to playoffs this year, but skip D2 and go directly to D1.  And finally Minnesota will make Champs and play in front of their home crowd.  So there are the three teams.

7.  At least 10 of the 12 D1 Champs teams will return this year.  I may be going out on a limb a bit, but I think we will see at most 2 new teams.  If I had to pick them, Im going with Jacksonville and Montreal as the 2 new teams.

8.  After seeing 6 teams score 600 or more points in a WFTDA sanctioned bout in 2014, no teams will reach that number in a single bout in 2015.  This is almost just as much a wish as it is a prediction.  There are no winners in a score like this and the WFTDA points awarded to each team is almost never worth it to either team.  As teams get better and knowing competition level this will hopefully be a thing of the past.

9.  More teams will drive to D2 Playoffs than fly this year.  D2 has been dominated by teams in the Midwest as of late and I dont see that changing much this year.  Plus WFTDA did a great job of picking 2 cities that are very centrally located based on the likely teams to participate in these playoffs.

10.  Brewcity Home Season – The Crazy 8’s will lose a bout this year.  With a 9-bout win streak, over 2 seasons, currently going I am going out on a limb and saying they lose one this year.  Last year most of the bouts were not very close, but as Maiden Milwaukee showed in the championship bout (it went into OT for those not familiar with BCB) they can be beat.  The season starts January 17th and if you are in the area please come and check it out.

Well there you go.  I hope you enjoyed my predictions and as teams start playing again the weekly rankings will be coming back.  Best of luck to everyone this season.