Thursday, September 04, 2008

Poll Thursday - How big are losses in the preseason

Labor day tournament, last week, was the focus of the poll. The predictions were right on the money with Sockeye winning and Bravo and Ironside in close contention. Similarly, Fury was picked correctly with Riot in a close second. Brute Squad did not do as well as predicted by you, but it's just the beginning of the season.

On that note, I thought we would pass on our opinions on the meaning of pre-season games. Currently, in the Open division, nobody is going in with a perfect record to UPAs, but some teams have had a worse pre-season than others. Fury, on the other hand, has an unblemished season so far. The question is, what affect do you think early pre-season games have on the club series run (poll right)?



Anonymous said...

There's really two sides to this. Early season losses can be good for your team, as they are often a good opportunity to identify and fix your weaknesses and should motivate guys to push themselves. They also potentially lower the profile of your team so that teams won't go into the UPA series having spent as much time and energy preparing a game plan specifically for your team. On the other hand, if you're losing, that's often a sign that you're not that good.

It really comes down to this: why did your team lose? Were you simply outmatched or is your team simply peaking later than your opponent? When you really get into trouble is if you're lying to yourself about the answer to that question.