Thursday, November 20, 2008

HOW ARE THE RANKINGS DONE?

I'M PROBABLY OPENING PANDORA'S BOX BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO TRY AND EXPLAIN HOW EACH TEAM GETS ITS PLACE IN THE EMASS RANKINGS.

1. GET THE WEEKLY RANKINGS FROM DANNY V, MASSLIVE, GLOBE, HIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.NET AND CALPREPS.

2. COMBINE THAT INFORMATION IN TO ANOTHER FORMULA THAT TAKES IN TO ACCOUNT WHERE EACH SOURCE HAD PLACED EACH TEAM.

3. THERE ARE NUMEROUS CASES WHERE ONE OUTLET HAS A TEAM RANKED AND SOME OR ALL OF THE OTHERS DON'T. FOR EXAMPLE, WALPOLE HAS BEEN RANKED HIGHLY BY THE HERALD AND GLOBE ALL YEAR BUT NOT BY THE INTERNET SOURCES. THIS IS ALSO TAKEN IN TO CONSIDERATION AND GIVEN A POINT TOTAL THROUGH THE FORMULA I USE.

4. DANNY V'S RANKS ARE MULTIPLIED TIMES (1.25) TO OFFSET HIS HAVING A SWEET 16. THIS ALLOWS EACH SOURCE TO BE WEIGHTED ON A TOP 20 BASIS. OTHERWISE THE HERALD WOULD ESSENTIALLY HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT. IT'S NOT THAT I'M AGAINST THAT BUT FOR COMPILATION PURPOSES EVERYTHING HAS TO BE EQUAL.

5. AFTER COMPILING THE DATA FOR EACH TEAM THROUGH THE SOURCES AND MAKING THE ADJUSTMENTS THROUGH A FORMULA, EACH TEAMS NUMBER IS THEN DIVIDED BY 5.

6. YOU ARE THEN LEFT WITH A POWER POINTS WHICH I POST NEXT TO THE RANK EACH WEEK.

FOR EXAMPLE THIS WEEK'S EVERETT RANK;

#1-(1.6)-EVERETT (8-1) @ CAMBRIDGE (4-5)

THE (1.6) IS EVERETT'S POWER POINTS (PP) WHICH EQUATES TO A RANK. SO IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE NOT A UNANIMOUS #1 OR THEIR PP WOULD BE (1.0).

7. WHEN LOOKING AT THE RANKINGS THE PP IS VERY TELLING. TAKE A LOOK AT #9 MARSHFIELD AND #10 GLOUCESTER. THEY ARE ONLY SEPARATED BY (.1) THIS MEANS THAT IF 4 SOURCES STAYED THE SAME AND ONE CHANGED GLOUCESTER'S POSITION BY 1 SPOT., GLOUCESTER WOULD MOVE AHEAD OF MARSHFIELD.

8. ALSO WHEN LOOKING AT THE PP'S, WHAT MAY LOOK LIKE A SMALL NUMBER IS ACTUALLY VERY LARGE WHEN THIS COMPILATION TAKES PLACE.

FOR EXAMPLE;

RANKS 1-13 ARE PRETTY WELL ENTRENCHED. IF YOU NOTICE THE GAP BETWEEN #13 BROCKTON (11.4) (OH BOY) AND #14 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (17.0) IT IS (5.6) PP'S. THAT IS A LOT AND WOULD TAKE A WIN OVER A RANKED TEAM BY THE TEAM TRAILING AND AN UPSET BY AN UNRANKED TEAM OVER THE LEAD TEAM TO MOVE A TEAM THAT MUCH.

HOPE THIS HELPS AND NO I WILL NOT TELL YOU MY PART OF THE FORMULA.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EMASS TOP 20-11/18/08

THIS IS A COMBINED TOP 20 POLL USING INFORMATION GARNERED FROM MASSLIVE, BOSTON GLOBE, BOSTON HERALD, CALPREPS AND HIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.NET.

GLOSSARY=RANK-POWER POINTS-TEAM-(W-L)-NEXT OPPONENT
NOTE: POWER POINTS ARE THE FORMULA I USE TO DETERMINE RANK

#1-(1.6)-EVERETT (8-1) @ CAMBRIDGE (4-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#1). EVERETT CRUISES TO THE GBL TITLE BEHIND TWO DIO MCLOUD RUSHING TD'S. BET THEY WISH THEY KNEW WHO WAS GOING TO WIN THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE SO THEY COULD START GAME PLANNING NOW.

#2-(2.0)-BC HIGH (8-1) VS #14 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (8-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#2). EAGLES LOOK TO WIN THE CC OUTRIGHT WITH A WIN. NOBODY HAS A POTENTIAL TOUGHER 3 GAMES IN 9 DAYS (CM, EVERETT, DART/BROCK) THAN BC HIGH COULD BE STARING AT.

#3-(2.4)-DRACUT (9-1) @ METHUEN (6-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#3). ANY TEAM THAT STARTS THEIR SEASON BY PLAYING AT BROCKTON AND AT EVERETT DESERVES A LOT OF CREDIT. YOU MIGHT NOT SEE THAT BACK TO BACK FROM A NON D1 SCHOOL AGAIN IN OUR LIFETIME.

#4-(5.0)-DUXBURY (10-0) @ #10 MARSHFIELD (9-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#4). DRAGONS WIN PATRIOT LEAGUE WITH EASE BUT THE ROAD GETS A LOT BUMPIER FROM HERE ON IN. AN EARLY WIN AGAINST XAVERIAN VAULTED THEM UP THE POLLS, DRAGONS HUNG THEIR BY WINNING EVERY GAME, BUT NOW IT'S TIME TO FACE THE IRON.

#5-(7.2)-DARTMOUTH (10-0) VS FAIRHAVEN (5-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#6). INDIANS HAVE BEEN LEFT TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE FROM MISSOURI BECAUSE A LOT OF DOUBTERS WANT THEM TO "SHOW ME" HOW GOOD THEY REALLY ARE.. THANKSGIVING WON'T ACCOMPLISH THAT.

#6-(7.4)-MANSFIELD (9-1) VS FOXBORO (3-7)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#7). HORNETS HAVE THANKSGIVING GAME AGAINST FOXBORO WHERE THE KEY TO THE GAME IS TO AVOID INJURIES. VISIONS OF LAST YEAR'S CRUSHING DEFEAT TO THE SHAMROCKS ON THEIR MIND AND IN THEIR PREPARATION.

#7-(9.2)-ACTON-BOXBORO (9-1) VS WESTFORD ACADEMY (7-3)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#8). COLONIALS CALL THE TENNESSEE TITANS AND ASK JEFF FISHER IF THEY CAN BORROW VINCE YOUNG FOR A WEEK FOR THEIR SCOUT TEAM SO THAT THEY CAN PREPARE FOR MR. GRIMMARD AND THE MIDDIES.

#8-(9.4)-READING (10-0) @ STONEHAM (1-9)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#9). GUTSY WIN FOR THE ROCKETS OVER MELROSE TO TAKE HOME THE MIDDLESEX CROWN. RYAN IZZO AND THE REBELS ARE ON DECK.

#9-(9.8)-MARSHFIELD (9-1) VS #4 DUXBURY (10-0)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#10). SHANE DINBONA, SHANE DINONA, SHANE DIBONA. ONCE THEY ARE DONE WITH DUXBURY THE HIGH POWERED FRAMINGHAM FLYERS ARE ON DECK.

#10-(9.9)-GLOUCESTER (9-1) VS DANVERS (1-9)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#14). NOTHING AGAINST THE FALCONS BUT THE ONLY THING ON THE MIND'S OF THE FISHERMAN ARE THE CHIEFTAINS AND 10 MINUTE QUARTERS.

#11-(10.6)-XAVERIAN (6-4) @ #17 ST JOHN'S PREP (5-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#15). LOOKS LIKE THE SAND IN THE HOURGLASS HAS RUN OUT ON THE HAWK'S SEASON NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS T-DAY.

#12-(10.8)-BISHOP FEEHAN (8-1) @ SANDWICH (6-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#11). WHY DOES IT FEEL LIKE THE SHAMROCKS AND DUSTIN PEDROIA ALWAYS HAVE TO PROVE THEMSELVES? EVERY YEAR, EVERY BIG GAME THEIR DEMISE IS PREDICTED AND AT THE END OF THE YEAR THEY ARE ONE OF THE FEW STILL STANDING.

#13-(11.4)-BROCKTON (7-3) VS WALTHAM (3-7)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#12). BOXERS NEED TO, HAVE TO, MUST HAVE, IMPERATIVE, AT ALL COSTS A WIN OVER DARTMOUTH ON 12/2. IT'S THAT SIMPLE.

#14-(17.0)-CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (8-1) @ #2 BC HIGH

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#5). THE KNIGHTS DROP 9 SPOTS IN THE RANKINGS BUT THAT IS THE LEAST OF THEIR WORRIES. NEED A WIN AT BC TO KEEP THEIR CATHOLIC CONFERENCE PLAYOFF BERTH ALIVE. IF ALL GOES RIGHT FOR THE CM, THEY WILL FACE #2, #1 AND #5 IN 9 DAYS. YUK.

#15-(17.6)-WALPOLE (10-0) VS WEYMOUTH (4-6)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#17). IS IT ME OR DOES THE BAY STATE LEAGUE JUST FLIP THE STANDINGS UPSIDE DOWN AFTER FOOTBALL FOR THE BASKETBALL SEASON? TIME FOR THE REBELS TO COME OUT AND PLAY WITH THE REST OF EMASS NOW.

#16-(20.0)-MASCONOMET (7-3) VS NORTH ANDOVER (4-6)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#19). CHIEFTAINS HAVE BEEN ON THE CUSP OF THE ELITE, WILL NEED A WIN OVER THE FISHERMAN TO JOIN IN.

#17-(21.8)-ST JOHN'S PREP (5-5) VS #11 XAVERIAN (6-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#16). WELL, NOTHING WRONG WITH REMINISCING 20 YEARS FROM NOW ABOUT THE TIME YOU BEAT EVERETT IN EVERETT. THE REST OF THE YEAR DIDN'T GO AS PLANNED.

#18-(22.0)-NORTH ATTLEBORO (7-2) VS ATTLEBORO (8-2)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (UNRANKED). RED ROCKETEERS GET LITTLE CONSOLATION IN CRACKING THE TOP 20. NEED TO WIN TTHE BATTLE OF ATTLEBOROS TO SALVAGE THE SEASON.

#19-(22.4)-MELROSE (8-1) VS WAKEFIELD (7-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#13). TOUGH LOSS AGAINST THE ROCKETS ENDED THEIR PLAYOFF HOPES. A BOUNCE BACK WIN OVER THE WARRIORS WOULD END THEIR SEASON ON A GOOD NOTE.

#20-(22.6)-NATICK (9-1) VS FRAMINGHAM (8-2)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#18). REBELS TOOK IT TO THEM, NOW NATICK LOOKS TO GIVE THE FLYERS ALL THEY CAN HANDLE ON TURKEY DAY.

CLOSING IN ON THE TOP 20, NORTON (9-1), ATTLEBORO (8-2) AND ABINGTON (10-0).

DROPPING OUT LINCOLN-SUDBURY (8-2).

FOR THOSE SCHOOLS THINKING THEY SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 20 OR RANKED HIGHER, IT COMES DOWN TO WINS AND STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE.

ALL THESE SOURCES ARE INDEPENDENT OF ONE AN OTHER SO THERE IS NO BIAS.







Monday, November 17, 2008

TDAY BEANO DROPPINGS

WITH MOST PLAYOFF BERTHS ALREADY SECURED, IT IS TIME TO TAKE AN EARLY LOOK AT SOME THANKSGIVING STATS.

1. THERE ARE 93 GAMES TO BE PLAYED ON THANKSGIVING INVOLVING EMASS SCHOOLS. THERE ARE 184 SCHOOLS INVOLVED.

NOTE: FOR YOU MATH MAJORS, THE REASON THERE ISN'T 186 SCHOOLS IN MY EMASS TOTAL IS THAT 2 SCHOOLS ARE PLAYING TEAMS FROM CMASS.

2. ONLY 20 OUT OF THE 93 EMASS GAMES INVOLVE TWO TEAMS WITH WINNING RECORDS. THAT'S RIGHT ONLY 21.5% OF THE GAMES HAVE EACH TEAM WITH A WINNING RECORD.

3. LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS EVEN CLOSER ONLY 13 OUT OF 93 EMASS GAMES INVOLVE TEAMS WITH WINNING RECORDS THAT ARE FROM THE SAME DIVISION. YUP, ONLY 13.9% OF THE GAMES ARE BETWEEN TEAMS FROM THE SAME DIVISION WITH WINNING RECORDS.

EXAMPLE: (D3) ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (7-3) @ (D1A) ARLINGTON (6-4)


4. THERE ARE 26 GAMES OUT OF 93 (28.0%) WHERE ONE TEAM HAS A WINNING RECORD AND ONE HAS A LOSING RECORD.

5. IN 31 OF THE 93 EMASS GAMES (33%) OPPONENTS ARE PLAYING TEAMS IN DIFFERENT DIVISIONS.

EXAMPLE: (D2A) FAIRHAVEN (5-5) @ (D1) DARTMOUTH (10-0)

6. THERE ARE 19 GAMES THAT INVOLVE BOTH TEAMS WITH LOSING RECORDS OR (20.4%) OF THE 93 GAMES. INCLUDING ONE WHERE NEITHER TEAM HAS WON.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

EMASS PLAYOFF PICTURE

22 TEAMS HAVE LOCKED UP PLAYOFF BERTHS, WHILE 6 STILL ARE TO BE DECIDED ON THANKSGIVING DAY. SOME TEAMS CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY TO CLINCH, OTHERS MIGHT NEED HELP.

NOTE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE TEAMS MATHEMATICALLY ARE ALIVE WHETHER YOU THINK THEY HAVE A CHANCE IS ANOTHER STORY.


DIVISION 1

GREATER BOSTON LEAGUE

EVERETT CLINCHED TITLE.


BIG 3

BROCKTON CLINCHED TITLE.


CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

BC HIGH CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER CATHOLIC MEMORIAL.
CATHOLIC MEMORIAL CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER BC HIGH AND A LOSS BY XAVERIAN
XAVERIAN STILL BARELY ALIVE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE POINTS SYSTEM. IF BC HIGH IS DEEMED TO BE RANKED 3RD AND XAVERIAN BEATS PREP AND CM BEATS BC HIGH THEN XAVERIAN IS IN. ANY OTHER SCENARIO XAVERIAN IS OUT.

OLD COLONY LEAGUE

DARTMOUTH CLINCHED TITLE.


DIVISION 1A

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

MARSHFIELD CLINCHED TITLE.


BAY STATE (CAREY)

FRAMINGHAM CLINCHED TITLE.


DUAL COUNTY (LARGE)

ACTON-BOXBORO CLINCHED TITLE.


DUAL COUNTY (SMALL)

ARLINGTON CLINCHES IF CONCORD-CARLISLE BEATS BEDFORD.
BEDFORD CLINCHES IF THEY BEAT CONCORD-CARLISLE.

MERRIMACK VALLEY

DRACUT CLINCHED TITLE.



DIVISION 2


EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

BISHOP FEEHAN CLINCHED TITLE.


MIDDLESEX LEAGUE

READING CLINCHED TITLE.
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BAY STATE (HERGET)

WALPOLE CLINCHED TITLE.

HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE

MANSFIELD CLINCHED TITLE.


DIVISION 2A


CAPE ANN (LARGE)


MASCONOMET CLINCHED TITLE


NEC (LARGE)

GLOUCESTER CLINCHED TITLE.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

DUXBURY CLINCHED TITLE.


SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

APPONEQUET CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER OLD ROCHESTER.
OLD ROCHESTER CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER APPONEQUET.


DIVISION 3


CATHOLIC CENTRAL (LARGE)


ARLINGTON CATHOLIC CLINCHED TITLE.


NEC (SMALL)

MARBLEHEAD CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER SWAMPSCOTT.
SWAMPSCOTT CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER MARBLEHEAD.

SOUTH SHORE

ABINGTON CLINCHED TITLE.


TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE

NORTON CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER BELLINGHAM OR A LOSS TO BELLINGHAM WHILE MEDWAY LOSES TO MILLIS.

MEDWAY CAN CLINCH WITH A WIN OVER MILLIS AND A NORTON LOSS TO BELLINGHAM.


DIVISION 3A

BOSTON NORTH

SOUTH BOSTON CLINCHED TITLE.


CAPE ANN (SMALL)

NEWBURYPORT CLINCHES WITH A WIN OVER AMESBURY.
GEORGETOWN/AMESBURY STILL ALIVE.

COMMONWEALTH (LARGE)

WHITTIER CLINCHED TITLE.

MAYFLOWER (LARGE)

MARTHA'S VINEYARD CLINCHED TITLE.


DIVISION 4

BOSTON SOUTH

O'BRYANT CLINCHED TITLE.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (SMALL)

POPE JOHN CLINCHES WITH A WIN OVER LOWELL CATHOLIC.
LOWELL CATHOLIC/MARIAN STILL ALIVE.

COMMONWEALTH (SMALL)

MANCHESTER ESSEX CLINCHED TITLE.

MAYFLOWER (SMALL)

TRI-COUNTY CLINCHED TITLE.

Friday, November 14, 2008

EMASS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS



DIVISION 1


CATHOLIC CONFERENCE VS GREATER BOSTON LEAGUE

BC HIGH (9-1) VS EVERETT (9-1)
7:45 @ LYNN ON 12/2

OLD COLONY LEAGUE VS BIG 3

DARTMOUTH (11-0) VS BROCKTON (8-3)
7:45 @ BROCKTON ON 12/2


DIVISION 1A

BAY STATE (CAREY) VS ATLANTIC COAST LEAGUE

FRAMINGHAM (9-2) VS MARSHFIELD (9-2)
5:15 @ BROCKTON ON 12/2

DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE (LARGE) VS MERRIMACK VALLEY CONFERENCE

ACTON-BOXBORO (10-1) VS DRACUT (9-2)
7:45 @ LOWELL ON 12/2


DIVISION 2

EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE VS HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE

BISHOP FEEHAN (9-1) VS MANSFIELD (10-1)
5:15 @ BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM ON 12/2

BAY STATE (HERGET) VS MIDDLESEX LEAGUE

WALPOLE (11-0) VS READING (11-0)
7:45 @ READING ON 12/2


DIVISION 2A

CAPE ANN (LARGE) VS NORTHEASTERN (LARGE)

MASCONOMET (8-3) VS GLOUCESTER (10-1)
5:15 @ LYNN ON 12/2

SOUTH COAST CONFERENCE VS PATRIOT LEAGUE

APPONEQUET (11-0) VS DUXBURY (11-0)
7:15 @ DURFEE ON 12/2

DIVISION 3

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (LARGE) VS NORTHEASTERN (SMALL)

ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (8-3) VS SWAMPSCOTT (9-2)
7:15 @ ARLINGTON ON 12/2

SOUTH SHORE CONFERENCE VS TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE

ABINGTON (11-0) VS NORTON (10-1)
7:45 @ BRIDGEWATER-RAYNHAM ON 12/2


DIVISION 3A

CAPE ANN (SMALL) VS COMMONWEALTH (LARGE)

AMESBURY (10-1) VS WHITTIER (9-2)
5:15 @ LOWELL ON 12/2

BOSTON NORTH VS MAYFLOWER (LARGE)

SOUTH BOSTON (10-1) VS MARTHA'S VINEYARD (10-1)
4:45 @ TAUNTON ON 12/2


DIVISION 4

BOSTON SOUTH VS COMMONWEALTH (SMALL)

O'BRYANT (10-0) VS MANCHESTER ESSEX (11-0)
5:15 @ READING ON 12/2

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (SMALL) VS MAYFLOWER (SMALL)

POPE JOHN (7-4) VS TRI-COUNTY (8-2)
7:15 @ TAUNTON ON 12/2


PAUL REVERE BOWL


DUAL COUNTY (SMALL) VS PATRIOT (RUNNER-UP)

BEDFORD (10-1) VS HANOVER (7-4)
7:00 @ QUINCY ON 12/3


STATE VOCATIONAL BOWLS

MAYFLOWER (LARGE) VS DIVISION III EAST

BRISTOL-PLYMOUTH (6-4) VS BAY PATH (7-4)
4:00 @ QUINCY ON 12/4

MAYFLOWER (LARGE) VS COMMONWEALTH (SMALL)

SOUTH SHORE (7-4) VS NORTH SHORE (9-2)
7:00 @ QUINCY ON 12/4


















THE POLL RESULTS ARE IN...

THE POLL RESULTS FROM THE KEY GAMES OF THE WEEK ARE IN.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS PROVIDED BY ERNST AND YOUNG.

THE ONLY GAMES PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK COULD GO EITHER WAT ARE MELROSE-READING, ABINGTON-MASHPEE AND NORTON-MEDWAY. THE REST ARE LANDSLIDES.

DIVISION 1

EVERETT--104 VOTES (92%) VS MALDEN--8 VOTES (8%)

BROCKTON--100 VOTES (89%) VS NEW BEDFORD--12 VOTES (11%)

BC HIGH--81 VOTES (72%) VS ST JOHN'S PREP--31 VOTES (28%)

XAVERIAN--68 VOTES (64%) @ CATHOLIC MEMORIAL--39 VOTES (36%)


DIVISION 1A

MARSHFIELD--60 VOTES (94%) VS SANDWICH--4 VOTES (6%)

FRAMINGHAM--53 VOTES (80%) @ NEEDHAM--13 VOTES (20%)

ACTON-BOXBORO--67 VOTES (95%) @ NEWTON SOUTH--4 VOTES (5%)


DIVISION 2

BISHOP FEEHAN--56 VOTES (89%) @ SOMERSET--7 VOTES (11%)

WALPOLE--52 VOTES (68%) @ NATICK--24 VOTES (32%)

MELROSE--36 VOTES (52%) @ READING--33 VOTES (48%)


DIVISION 2A

DUXBURY--52 VOTES (85%) VS HANOVER--9 VOTES (15%)


DIVISION 3

AUSTIN PREP--33 VOTES (70%) @ ARLINGTON CATHOLIC--14 VOTES (30%)

ABINGTON--28 VOTES (57%) VS
MASHPEE--21 VOTES (43%)

NORTON--31 VOTES (56%) VS MEDWAY--24 VOTES (44%)


DIVISION 3A

GEORGETOWN--26 VOTES (62%) @ NEWBURYPORT--16 VOTES (38%)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

PICKS IN OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

FIVE OTHER GAMES THIS WEEK CAN OR WILL DECIDE A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE WILL ADD THESE TO OUR PICKS OF THE WEEK.

#75 FRAMINGHAM--24 @ #102 NEEDHAM--10

FLYERS WRAP UP BAY STATE (CAREY) TITLE WITH A WORKMANLIKE WIN OVER THE ROCKETS.

#52 AUSTIN PREP--27 @ #93 ARLINGTON CATHOLIC--14

I'M PICKING THE COUGARS..JUST KIDDING, A PREP WIN SENDS THE CATHOLIC CENTRAL LARGE INTO DISARRAY.

#29 ABINGTON--21 VS #31 MASHPEE--16

GREEN WAVE SQUEAKS BY THE FALCONS IN A NIP AND TUCK BATTLE TO TAKE THE SOUTH SHORE TITLE.

#28 NORTON--28 VS #26 MEDWAY--17

LANCERS GET A LEG UP ON THE TVL TITLE (THANKS OAKIE007) AND GIVES THE MUSTANGS THEIR FIRST BLEMISH OF THE YEAR.

#24 GEORGETOWN--35 @ #121 NEWBURYPORT--10

CAPE ANN (SMALL) TITLE GOES TO THE ROYALS.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TOP 20 PICKS 11/13

THIS WEEK'S PICKS INVOLVING TEAMS CURRENTLY IN THE TOP 20. LAST WEEK WE WENT (14-3) TO BRING OUR FOUR WEEK SEASON TOTAL TO A BOSTON CELTICISH (60-9) OR A (.870) WINNING PERCENTAGE.


#1 EVERETT--38 VS #93 MALDEN--3

LOVE THE NAME DIO MCLOUD. SOUNDS LIKE A FOOTBALL PLAYER. TIDE IN A CAKEWALK.

#2 BC HIGH--21 VS #16 ST JOHN'S PREP--14

BACK TO BACK CLOSE ONES FOR THE EAGLES. A TURKEY AND CM UP NEXT.

#3 DRACUT--41 @ #57 TEWKSBURY--14

THE OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION CONTINUES FOR THE MIDDIES AS THEY CLINCH THE MVC.

#4 DUXBURY--31 VS #81 HANOVER--6

HOW MANY OTHER TEAMS IN MA WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO PLAY IN 4 PLAYOFF GAMES THIS YEAR? ONE THE DRAGONS.

#15 XAVERIAN--24 @ #5 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL--14

SORTING OUT THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE PLAYOFF CONTESTANT WILL NOT BE EASY.

#6 DARTMOUTH--35 @ #164 DURFEE--3

INDIANS WORK ON A FEW GADGET PLAYS FOR THE TEAMS SCOUTING THEM.

#7 MANSFIELD--27 @ #42 NORWICH (CT) FREE ACADEMY--17

WHO LOST THE BET THAT MADE THIS GAME HAPPEN?

#8 ACTON-BOXBORO--31 @ #111 NEWTON SOUTH--8

COLONIALS WRAP UP DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE (LARGE).

#9 READING--28 VS #13 MELROSE--27

THE GAME HAS THE MAKINGS OF A CLASSIC. READING TAKES MIDDLESEX CROWN WITH A WIN.

#10 MARSHFIELD--31 VS #71 SANDWICH--0

ATLANTIC COAST TITLE TO THE RAMS. TURKEY DAY MATCHUP WITH DUXBURY LOOKS FORMIDABLE.

#11 BISHOP FEEHAN--28 @ SOMERSET--7

SHAMROCKS LOCK UP EAC TITLE WITH EASE.

#12 BROCKTON--38 VS #115 NEW BEDFORD--8

BOXERS HAVE A DATE WITH DARTMOUTH ON 12/2 CIRCLED ON THEIR CALENDERS.

#14 GLOUCESTER--42 @ #103 SALEM--7

FISHERMAN ARE TAKING NO PRISONERS THE REST OF THE WAY.

#17 WALPOLE--24 @ #18 NATICK--21

BAY STATE CROWN GOES TO THE REBELS.

#19 MASCONOMET--40 VS #194 IPSWICH--6

CHIEFTAINS FIRST GAME IN THE TOP 20 IS A BLOWOUT.

#20 LINCOLN-SUDBURY--41 @ #183 BOSTON LATIN--0

WARRIORS REBOUND FROM DEFEAT WITH A CONFIDENCE BOOSTER OVER LATIN.

EMASS ENROLLMENT

A LITTLE FUN AND GAMES WITH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (BOYS ONLY).

1. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE ONLY TWO SCHOOLS STILL UNDEFEATED IN D1, DARTMOUTH AND CATHOLIC MEMORIAL, ARE ALSO THE SMALLEST WITH 632 AND 623 KIDS RESPECTIVELY?

2. THERE ARE 111,456 BOYS ENROLLED IN THE 7 DIVISIONS AND 191 DIFFERENT SCHOOLS (SOME HAVE COMBINED).

3. THE LARGEST AND SMALLEST SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS IN EACH DIVISION. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS QUITE A DISPARITY;

D1. BROCKTON-2375____________CATHOLIC MEMORIAL-623
D1A. LOWELL-1786______________TYNGSBORO-282
D2. LEXINGTON-1015___________COYLE-CASSIDY-336
D2A. LAWRENCE-1523____________CASE-297
D3. BEVERLY-583______________MILLIS-149
D3A. GREATER LOWELL-1034______GEORGETOWN-200
D4. DIMAN-809________________ST. CLEMENTS-73

4. AVERAGE SCHOOL SIZE BY DIVISION; NOTE THE SIZE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN D1 AND THE REST.

D1--1004
D1A-572
D2--553
D2A-589
D3--340
D3A-559
D4--369

5. ENROLLMENTS BY LEAGUE, BIGGEST TO SMALLEST;

1. MVC-8085
2. BAY STATE (CAREY)-5435
3. MIDDLESEX-5339
4. HOCK-5273
5. BIG 3-5161
6. DUAL COUNTY (LARGE)-5037
7. CATHOLIC CONFERENCE-4856
8. NEC (LARGE)-4584
9. SOUTH COAST-4544
10. BOSTON NORTH-4229
11. CAPE ANN (LARGE)-4225
12. ATLANTIC COAST-4112
13. OLD COLONY-4043
14. GBL-4028
15. COMMONWEALTH (LARGE)-3750
16. MAYFLOWER (LARGE)-3737
17. TRI-VALLEY-3713
18. PATRIOT (KEENAN)-3291
19. BAY STATE (HERGET)-3239
20. BOSTON SOUTH-3116
21. PATRIOT (FISHER)-2813
22. COMMONWEALTH (SMALL)-2801
23. DUAL COUNTY (SMALL)-2658
24. NEC (SMALL)-2542
25. MAYFLOWER (SMALL)-2390
26. CAPE ANN (SMALL)-2260
27. SOUTH SHORE-1947
28. CATHOLIC CENTRAL (LARGE)-1677
29. EAC-1653
30. CATHOLIC CENTRAL (SMALL)-925

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

EMASS TOP 20-11/11/08

THIS IS A COMBINED TOP 20 POLL USING INFORMATION GARNERED FROM MASSLIVE, BOSTON GLOBE, BOSTON HERALD, CALPREPS AND HIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.NET.

GLOSSARY=RANK-POWER POINTS-TEAM-(W-L)-NEXT OPPONENT
NOTE: POWER POINTS ARE THE FORMULA I USE TO DETERMINE RANK

#1-(1.4)-EVERETT (7-1) VS MALDEN (4-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#1). TOOK CARE OF SOMERVILLE WITH EASE. GBL TITLE IMPLICATIONS THIS WEEK

#2-(2.4)-BC HIGH (7-1) VS #16 ST JOHN’S PREP (5-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#2). LEG ONE OF THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OBSTACLE COURSE UNDER THE EAGLES BELT WITH LAST WEEK’S WIN OVER XAVERIAN.

#3-(3.2) DRACUT (8-1) @ TEWKSBURY (2-7)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#3). MIDDIES LOCK UP THE MVC WITH A WIN. THEY ARE AVERAGING (38.6) POINTS PER GAME IN MVC ACTION AND A WHOPPING (48.25) IN THEIR LAST FOUR.

#4-(5.2)-DUXBURY (9-0) VS HANOVER (6-3)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#4). THE PATRIOT PLAYOFF BERTH ON THE LINE THIS WEEK.

#5-(7.4)-CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (8-0) VS #15 XAVERIAN (5-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#5). CM CONTROLS THEIR PLAYOFF DESTINY WITH A WIN THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK AT BC HIGH.

#6-(7.6)-DARTMOUTH (8-0) @ DURFEE (0-8)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#6). INDIANS COMPLETE GUTSY RUN AT OCL TITLE WITH A COME FROM BEHIND WIN OVER ATTLBORO. THIS WEEK YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE NEXT YEAR’S TEAM.

#7-(8.0)-MANSFIELD (8-1) @ NORWICH (CT) FREE ACADEMY (6-2)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#7). HORNETS CLINCH HOCK TITLE WITH A SQUEAKER OVER NORTH ATTLEBORO. THIS WEEK, A SEA OF GREEN HEADS SOUTH DOWN RT95 TO TAKE ON THE NUTMEG STATE.

#8-(10.6)-ACTON-BOXBORO (8-1) @ NEWTON SOUTH (4-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#13). UP 5 SPOTS WITH A BIG WIN OVER LINCOLN-SUDBURY. COLONIALS CLINCH DUAL COUNTY (LARGE) WITH A WIN THIS WEEK.

#9-(10.8)-READING (9-0) VS #13 MELROSE (8-0)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#9). THE MIDDLESEX LEAGUE TITLE IS ON THE LINE FOR THE ROCKETS. WIN THEY ARE IN.

#10-(12.0)-MARSHFIELD (8-1) VS SANDWICH (6-3)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#11). ATLANTIC COAST TITLE ON THE LINE FOR THE RAMS. WIN THEY ARE IN.

#11-(12.2)-BISHOP FEEHAN (7-1) @ SOMERSET (4-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#10). SHAMROCKS DISMANTLED DURFEE LAST WEEK. NEXT UP A WIN AND THE EAC TITLE.

#12-(12.4)-BROCKTON (6-3) VS NEW BEDFORD (2-7)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#12). BOXERS CAN WIN THE BIG 3 TITLE OUTRIGHT WITH A WIN OVER THE WHALERS.

#13-(13.4)-MELROSE (8-0) @ #9 READING (9-0)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#14). RED RAIDERS CONTROL THEIR DESTINY. FIRST THING IS TO TAKE CARE OF THE ROCKETS.

#14-(13.6)-GLOUCESTER (8-1) @ SALEM (3-6)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#15). FISHERMAN CLINCHED THE NEC LARGE WITH A THRASHING OF LYNN ENGLISH.

#15-(16.6)-XAVERIAN (5-4) @ #5 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (8-0)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#8). HAWKS FALL 8 PLACES AFTER A NARROW LOSS TO BC HIGH. STRUGGLED LATELY LOSING 3 OF THEIR LAST 4.

#16-(19.0)-ST JOHN’S PREP (5-4) @ #2 BC HIGH (7-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#18). ENDED THEIR FOUR GAME LOSING STREAK WITH A WIN OVER MALDEN CATHOLIC. BIG, BIG GAME THIS WEEK AGAINST THE EAGLES.

#17-(19.2)-WALPOLE (9-0) @ #18 NATICK (9-0)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#19). THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF THE YEAR IN THE BAY STATE LEAGUE. BAY STATE HERGET CROWN CAN BE CLINCHED WITH A WIN OVER NATICK

#18-(20.4)-NATICK (9-0) VS #17 WALPOLE (9-0)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (UNRANKED). NATICK ENTERS THE TOP 2O AT THE PERFECT TIME. A DREAM MATCHUP WITH WALPOLE FOR THE BAY STATE HERGET TITLE.

#19-(20.6)-MASCONOMET (6-3) VS IPSWICH (0-8)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (UNRANKED). CHIEFTAINS ENTER THE TOP 20 FOR THE FIRST TIME AND CLINCH THE CAPE ANN LARGE IN THE SAME WEEK. THIS WEEK’S GAME ISN’T GOING TO HELP THEM STAY IN.

#20-(22.8)-LINCOLN-SUDBURY (7-2) @ BOSTON LATIN (0-9)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#16). WARRIORS LOSE A TOUGH ONE AGAINST ACTON-BOXBORO. ALL IS NOT LOST, WIN OUT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

CLOSE TO CRACKING THE TOP 20, ATTLEBORO (7-2) AND NORTH ATTLEBORO (6-2).

DROPPING OUT OF THE TOP 20, SWAMPSCOTT (7-2) AND BILLERICA (7-2).

FOR THOSE SCHOOLS THINKING THEY SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 20 OR RANKED HIGHER, IT COMES DOWN TO WINS AND STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE.

ALL THESE SOURCES ARE INDEPENDENT OF ONE AN OTHER SO THERE IS NO BIAS.

Monday, November 10, 2008

BAKED BEANOS

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME. WITH TWO WEEKS TO GO IN THE SEASON COUNTLESS POSSIBILITIES STILL EXIST.

1. THERE IS STILL A POSSIBILITY THAT 19 OUT OF 28 PLAYOFF TEAMS FROM LAST YEAR CAN REPEAT AS POST SEASON CONTENDERS.

2. FOUR TEAMS ARE STILL ALIVE TO REPEAT AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS: EVERETT, BISHOP FEEHAN, GLOUCESTER AND SWAMPSCOTT.

3. DIVISION 1 (BROCKTON, DARTMOUTH, BC HIGH, EVERETT) AND DIVISION 2 (MANSFIELD, BISHOP FEEHAN, WALPOLE, MELROSE) COULD BE THE SAME EXACT TEAMS AS LAST YEAR. WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK.

4. FIVE TEAMS STILL ARE IN CONTENTION TO AVENGE LAST SEASON'S SUPER BOWL LOSS: DARTMOUTH, MARSHFIELD, WALPOLE, EAST BOSTON AND WEST BRIDGEWATER.

5. DIVISION 1A CAN ONLY HAVE ONE RETURNING PARTICIPANT: MARSHFIELD.

6. DIVISION 3 (SWAMPSCOTT. ARLINGTON CATHOLIC AND ABINGTON) AND DIVISION 4 (MANCHESTER ESSEX, POPE JOHN AND WEST BRIDGEWATER) CAN STILL HAVE THREE OF THE FOUR PLAYOFF CONTENDERS FROM LAST YEAR.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A HILL OF BEANOS

THIS IS A NEW FEATURE THAT WILL RUN FROM NOW THROUGHOUT THE END OF THE BASKETBALL SEASON. IT IS GAME STORIES PLUCKED FROM THE NET INVOLVING EACH TEAM IN THE TOP 20.

NOTE: CLICK ON RANKED TEAM IN BLUE FOR SCORING SUMMARY, CLICK ON READ MORE FOR GAME DETAILS.

#1 EVERETT DEMOLISHES SOMERVILLE 38-8 IN A GBL MATCHUP DECIDED BY HALFTIME. DIO MCLOUD HAD AN OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN FOR EVERETT. NO STORY AVAILABLE.

#2 BC HIGH COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT #8 XAVERIAN 28-21 IN A CATHOLIC CONFERENCE BATTLE. TYLER HORAN SCORED TWO TOUCHDOWNS, ONE RUSHING AND ONE ON A KICKOFF. READ MORE...

#3 DRACUT DEFEATS CHELMSFORD 42-22 IN A MVC CLASH. MATT GRIMARD WITH 3 RUSHING TD'S LED THE WAY. READ MORE...

#4 DUXBURY CLINCHES PATRIOT KEENAN WITH A 17-7 WIN OVER SILVER LAKE. SHANE DIBONA WITH AN EARLY SCORE FOR THE DRAGONS. READ MORE...

#5 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT PLYMOUTH SOUTH 27-7. DELROY MCDONALD HAD TWO TOUCHDOWNS, ONE RUSHING AND ONE ON A KICKOFF RETURN. NO STORY AVAILABLE.

#6 DARTMOUTH CAPTURES OCL CROWN WITH A 35-21 WIN OVER ATTLEBORO. SEAN SYLVIA HAD THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN THE COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN. READ MORE...

#7 MANSFIELD DEFEATS NORTH ATTLEBORO 13-7 IN A HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE. READ MORE...

#8 XAVERIAN LOST TO #2 BC HIGH. SEE ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS.

#9 READING DEMOLISHES BELMONT 39-0 BEHIND TWO TOUCHDOWNS A PIECE FROM JIMMY QUEENEY AND RYAN POLLACK. NO STORY AVAILABLE.

#10 BISHOP FEEHAN TROUNCES DURFEE 35-0. BRYAN WEBB AND TED SCHWEIGER SCORE TWO TOUCHDOWNS A PIECE FOR THE SHAMROCKS. READ MORE...

#11 MARSHFIELD DEMOLISHED NAUSET 40-0 IN AN ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE GAME. BOB MACNEIL SCORED 2 TOUCHDOWNS FOR THE RAMS. READ MORE...

#12 BROCKTON--IDLE

#13 ACTON-BOXBORO NIPS #16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY 15-6 IN A DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE BATTLE. THE COLONIALS JUMPED OUT TO A 13-0 LEAD AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. READ MORE...

#14 MELROSE SHUTS OUT MALDEN 29-0. JACK PIZZOTTI AND TIM MORRIS HAD TWO TOUCHDOWN RUNS EACH FOR MELROSE. NO STORY AVAILABLE.

#15 GLOUCESTER WALLOPS LYNN ENGLISH 35-7. TAYLOR BURBINE LEAD THE FISHERMAN WITH THREE TOUCHDOWNS. READ MORE...

#16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY LOST OT # 13 ACTON-BOXBORO. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS.

#17 SWAMPSCOTT LOSES A HEART BREAKER TO BEVERLY 20-16. MARK HANNABLE'S 13 YARD RUN LATE IN THE GAME PROPELLED BEVERLY'S 13 POINT 4TH QUARTER UPSET. READ MORE...

#18 ST JOHN'S PREP DEFEATS MALDEN CATHOLIC 34-6. BRENDON FELDOR'S TWO TD RECEPTIONS ENDED THE PREP'S 4 GAME LOSING STREAK. READ MORE...

#19 WALPOLE PREVAILS OVER NEEDHAM 35-20. RYAN IZZO SCORES TWO 4TH QUARTER TOUCHDOWNS TO CEMENT THE VICTORY. NO STORY AVAILABLE.

#20 BILLERICA GOT DOMINATED BY CENTRAL CATHOLIC 20-8 IN A MVC DUEL. BILLERICA COULDN'T OVERCOME A 14 POINT FIRST HALF DEFICIT. READ MORE...



Friday, November 7, 2008

THE ENVELOPE PLEASE....

THE MASSES HAVE VOTED. HERE ARE YOUR PREDICTIONS FOR FIVE OF THE KEY WEEKEND GAMES.

THE POLL QUESTION WAS;

WHO WILL WIN SOME OF THE KEY GAMES THIS WEEK?


#7 MANSFIELD----54 VOTES----77.1%

#21 NORTH ATTLEBORO----16 VOTES----22.9%


#6 DARTMOUTH----51 VOTES----70.8%

#22 ATTLEBORO----21 VOTES----29.2%


#13 ACTON-BOXBORO----42 VOTES----60.0%

#16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY----28 VOTES----40.0%


#2 BC HIGH----40 VOTES----62.5%

#8 XAVERIAN----24 VOTES----37.5%


#4 DUXBURY----59 VOTES----90.7%

#65 SILVER LAKE----6 VOTES----8.3%

BEANOS, BEANOS THEY'RE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART...

A LOOK AT SOME NUMBERS INVOLVING THIS WEEK TOP 20 TEAMS.

1. #15 GLOUCESTER HAS OUTSCORED OPPONENTS (1120-328) OVER THE LAST 32 GAMES OR AN AVERAGE OF (35-10.25). LOOKING CLOSER AT THE NUMBER WE FIND THAT THE FISHERMAN HAVE OUTSCORED NEC LARGE OPPONENTS (463-88) OR (37.5-7.3) OVER THE LAST 12 GAMES. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE FOR #35 LYNN ENGLISH, #15 GLOUCESTER HAS BEAT THEM BY A COMBINED (98-8) OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS!!!

2. #17 BISHOP FEEHAN IS (16-3-1) IN THEIR LAST 20 GAMES. SOMEWHAT BAFFLING IS THEY ARE (16-1-1) VERSUS MASSACHUSETTS TEAMS BUT (0-2) VERSUS RHODE ISLAND TEAMS (LOST TO LASALLE ACADEMY, BARRINGTON)!!! IF YOU PLAY THE SHAMROCKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO LIST YOUR ADDRESS AS RI.

3. THE LAST 16 MEETINGS BETWEEN #7 MANSFIELD AND #21 NORTH ATTLEBORO HAVE BEEN DECIDED BY A GRAND TOTAL OF (35) POINTS OR (2.2) POINTS PER GAME!!! THE SERIES OVER THAT SAME TIME FRAME IS #21 NORTH ATTLEBORO (8), #8 MANSFIELD (7) AND( 1) TIE. EXPECT A CLOSE ONE TONIGHT.

4. #6 DARTMOUTH HAS OUTSCORED OLD COLONY LEAGUE OPPONENTS (354-141) OR (32.1-12.8) OVER THEIR LAST 11 LEAGUE GAMES DURING WHICH THE INDIANS WENT (11-0). #22 ATTLEBORO HAS OUTSCORED OCL OPPONENTS (251-181) OR (25.1-18.1) OVER THEIR LAST 10 LEAGUE GAMES (IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY ONE LESS, THEY HAVE YET TO PLAY BARNSTABLE THIS YEAR) IN WHICH THE BOMBARDIERS WENT (6-4).HOWEVER, LOOKING AT THE 2 COMMON LEAGUE OPPONENTS THEY HAVE BOTH PLAYED THIS YEAR #22 ATTLEBORO IS AVERAGING (40.5-10.5) VS #6 DARTMOUTH'S (23.5-11.0). INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT.

5. DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE LARGE TITANS ARE MIRROR IMAGES OF EACH OTHER OVER THE LAST 30 GAMES. #13 ACTON-BOXBORO (25-5), #16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY (24-6). HEAD-TO-HEAD, YUP (1-1)!! COLONIALS AGGREGATE POINTS (796-333) OR (26.5-11.1) WHILE THE INDIANS HAVE (651-328) OR (21.7-10.9). LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VERY CLOSE GAME TONIGHT.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

THE RESULTS ARE IN...

THE POLL QUESTION WAS;

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CRITERIA FOR RANKING TEAMS?

1. WON-LOST RECORD (12%)

2. STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (19%)

3. LEAGUE LEADERS (1%)

4. COMBINATION OF ABOVE (66%)

CLEARLY A COMBO PLATTER OF CATEGORIES IS THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE


Votes so far: 78
Poll closed

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PICKS OF THE LITTER

THIS WEEK'S PICKS INVOLVING TEAMS CURRENTLY IN THE TOP 20. LAST WEEK WE WENT (15-3) TO BRING OUR THREE WEEK SEASON TOTAL TO A RESOUNDING (46-6) OR A (.885) WINNING PERCENTAGE.

#1 EVERETT--38 VS #143 SOMERVILLE--3

IT IS SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTING THAT EVERETT'S END OF THE YEAR SCHEDULE MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO PUMP UP THE BEST TEAM IN THE STATE.

#2 BC HIGH--21 @ #8 XAVERIAN--12

THE LOSER OF THIS GAME WILL HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.

#3 DRACUT--38 VS #43 CHELMSFORD--17

CAN THE LIONS CATCH THE MIDDIES OFF GUARD? NOPE.

#4 DUXBURY--30 VS #65 SILVER LAKE--6

DRAGONS MOVE ON TO THE PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH EASE.

#5 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL--30 VS #149 PLYMOUTH SOUTH--0

ONE LAST BREATHER FOR THE HAWKS BEFORE THEIR BIG TESTS AGAINST XAVERIAN AND BC HIGH.

#6 DARTMOUTH--28 VS #22 ATTLEBORO--17

INDIANS HAVE HAD THIS GAME CIRCLED FROM THE DAY SYLVIA WENT DOWN WITH HIS INJURY.

#7 MANSFIELD--24 @ #21 NORTH ATTLEBORO--10

BIG RED COUNTRY WILL BE FIRED UP FOR THIS GAME, BUT JUST TOO MUCH SIZE FOR THE HORNETS.

#9 READING--30 @ #79 BELMONT--7

DANGER LURKING IN THIS ROAD CONTEST AT BELMONT.

#10 BISHOP FEEHAN--33 VS #189 DURFEE--7

WELL, NEVER MIND.

#11 MARSHFIELD--40 @ #206 NAUSET--0

BACK TO BACK TRIPS OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE FOR THE RAMS. SAME RESULT IN BOTH GAMES.

#16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY--20 VS #13--ACTON-BOXBORO-14

HOME FIELD IS THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE CLASH.

#14 MELROSE--28 VS #86 MALDEN--10

MELROSE LOOKING TO STAY HEALTHY IN ANTICIPATION OF NEXT WEEK'S GAME AGAINST READING.

#15 GLOUCESTER--33 VS #35 LYNN ENGLISH--17

FISHERMAN KEEP PILING UP THE POINTS. SOMEWHERE ON THE HORIZON I SEE AN EPIC BATTLE WITH MASCONOMET.

#17 SWAMPSCOTT--27 @ #32 BEVERLY--21

BIG BLUE STRUGGLES WITH A GAME BEVERLY TEAM.

#18 ST JOHN'S PREP--27 @ #59 MALDEN CATHOLIC--10

GUT CHECK GAME FOR THE EAGLES.

#19 WALPOLE--35 VS #171 NEEDHAM--7

BAY STATE LEAGUE BECOMES THE BIG STORY NEXT WEEK WHEN THE REBELS TAKE ON NATICK.

#20 BILLERICA--21 @ #42 CENTRAL CATHOLIC--17

INDIANS STILL TRYING TO RIGHT THE SHIP AFTER THE DEVASTATING 1ST HALF AGAINST DRACUT TWO WEEKS AGO.

EMASS TOP 20 REMAINING SCHEDULES

HERE ARE THE THE REMAINING GAMES FOR TEAMS CURRENTLY RANKED IN THE TOP 20.

GLOSSARY-RANK-TEAM-OPPONENTS COMBINED (W-L)-DATE-OPPONENTS-(W-L)
TOP 20 TEAMS IN BLUE


1. EVERETT (10-13)--11/7 VS SOMERVILLE (3-5), 11/15 VS MALDEN (4-4), 11/27 @ CAMBRIDGE (3-4)

2. BC HIGH (16-7)
--11/8 @ #8 XAVERIAN (5-3), 11/4 #18 VS ST JOHN'S PREP (4-4), 11/27 VS #5 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (7-0)

3. DRACUT (11-13)--11/7 VS CHELMSFORD (5-3), @ 11/15 TEWKSBURY (2-6), 11/27@ METHUEN (4-4)

4. DUXBURY (13-3)--11/7 VS SILVER LAKE (6-2), 11/14 OR 11/15 PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAYOFF, 11/27 @ # 11 MARSHFIELD (7-1)

5. CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (13-10)--11/7 VS PLYMOUTH SOUTH (2-6), 11/14 VS #8 XAVERIAN (5-3), 11/27 @ #2 BC HIGH (6-1)

6. DARTMOUTH (11-12)—11/7 VS ATTLEBORO (7-1), 11/14 @ DURFEE (0-7), 11/27 VS FAIRHAVEN (4-4)

7. MANSFIELD (13-9)--11/7 @ NORTH ATTLEBORO (6-1), 11/15 @ NORWICH (CT) FREE ACADEMY (5-2), 11/27 VS FOXBORO (2-6)

8. XAVERIAN (17-5)--11/8 VS #2 BC HIGH (6-1), 11/14 @ #5 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (7-0), 11/27 VS #18 ST JOHN'S PREP (4-4)

9. READING (11-12)--11/7 @ BELMONT (3-5), 11/14 VS #14 MELROSE (7-0), 11/27 @ STONEHAM (1-7)

10. BISHOP FEEHAN (10-12)--11/7 VS DURFEE (0-7), 11/14 @ SOMERSET (4-3), 11/27 @ SANDWICH (6-2)

11. MARSHFIELD (15-8)--11/7 @ NAUSET (1-6), 11/14 VS SANDWICH (6-2), 11/27 VS #4 DUXBURY (8-0)

12. BROCKTON (4-12)—11/15 VS NEW BEDFORD (2-6), 11/27 @ WALTHAM (2-6)

13. ACTON-BOXBORO (16-7)--11/7 @ #16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY (7-1), 11/15 @ NEWTON SOUTH (4-4), 11/27 VS WESTFORD ACADEMY (5-2)

14. MELROSE (17-5)--11/7 VS MALDEN (4-4), 11/14 @ #9 READING (8-0), 11/27 VS WAKEFIELD (5-1)

15. GLOUCESTER (9-14)--11/7 VS LYNN ENGLISH (5-2), 11/14 @ SALEM (3-4), 11/27 @ DANVERS (1-7)

16. LINCOLN-SUDBURY (11-13)--11/7 VS #13 ACTON-BOXBORO (7-1), @ BOSTON LATIN (0-8), VS NEWTON SOUTH (4-4)

17. SWAMPSCOTT (12-12)--11/8 @ BEVERLY (6-2), 11/14 @ DANVERS (1-7), 11/27 VS MARBLEHEAD (5-3)

18. ST JOHN'S PREP (15-8)--11/7 @ MALDEN CATHOLIC (4-4), 11/14 @ #2 BC HIGH (6-1), 11/27 @ #8 XAVERIAN (5-3)

19. WALPOLE (17-7)--11/8 VS NEEDHAM (5-3), 11/14 @ NATICK (8-0), 11/27 @ WEYMOUTH (4-4)

20. BILLERICA (14-10)--11/7 VS CENTRAL CATHOLIC (4-4), 11/14 @ LOWELL (5-3), 11/27 @ CHELMSFORD (5-3)



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

EMASS TOP 20

THIS IS A COMBINED TOP 20 POLL USING INFORMATION GARNERED FROM MASSLIVE, BOSTON GLOBE, BOSTON HERALD, CALPREPS AND HIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.NET.

GLOSSARY=RANK-POWER POINTS-TEAM-(W-L)-NEXT OPPONENT
NOTE: POWER POINTS ARE THE FORMULA I USE TO DETERMINE RANK


1-(1.2)-EVERETT (6-1) VS SOMERVILLE (3-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#1). LET'S SEE IF THERE ARE ANY SIMILARITIES, ALABAMA-EVERETT, GO TIDE-GO TIDE, #1-#1, YUP THERE ARE.

2-(2.6)-BC HIGH (6-1) @ #8 XAVERIAN (5-3)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#3). EAGLES HAVE A BRUTAL 3 GAME STRETCH IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

3-(3.2) DRACUT (7-1) VS CHEMLSFORD (5-3)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#2). MIDDIES JUST STORMING THROUGH THE MVC. CONVINCING WIN OVER HAVERHILL LAST WEEK WHEN THEY COULD HAVE HAD A LETDOWN

4-(5.0)-DUXBURY (8-0) VS SILVER LAKE (6-2)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#4). THE PATRIOT KEENAN TITLE IS ON THE LINE THIS WEEK.

5-(7.2)-CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (7-0) VS PLYMOUTH SOUTH (2-6)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#6). RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU THOUGHT THAT CM WOULD BE RANKED IN THE TOP 5 AT ANY POINT THIS SEASON. I THOUGHT SO.

6-(9.8)-DARTMOUTH (7-0) VS ATTLEBORO (7-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#8). OLD COLONY LEAGUE TITLE TO THE WINNER.

7-(10.0)-MANSFIELD (7-1) @ NORTH ATTLEBORO (6-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#9). HORNETS LOOKING FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF BERTH OUT OF THE HOCKOMOCK.

8-(10.4)-XAVERIAN (5-3) VS #2 BC HIGH (6-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#5). AT THE RISK OF SOUNDING REDUNDANT, ANOTHER BRUTALLY TOUGH GAME FOR THE HAWKS. AND IT DOESN'T GET ANY EASIER THE REST OF THE WAY.

9-(11.0)-READING (8-0) @ BELMONT (3-5)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#18). THE MIDDLESEX LEAGUE JUMPS IN TO THE TOP 10 AS READING MOVES UP 9 SPOTS WITH A BIG WIN OVER WAKEFIELD.

10-(11.6)-BISHOP FEEHAN (6-1) VS DURFEE (0-7)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#14). SHAMROCKS WIN ANOTHER BIG GAME THAT MOST HAD THEM LOSING.

11-(11.8)-MARSHFIELD (6-1) @ NAUSET (1-6)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#10). THE RAMS KEEP WINNING BUT DROPPING A PEG A WEEK DUE TO THE COMPETITION. THIS WEEK ISN'T GOING TO HELP.

12-(13.8)-BROCKTON (6-3) IDLE

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#11). BOXERS GET A WEEK OFF TO PREPARE FOR THE BIG 3 TITLE GAME AGAINST THE WHALERS.

13-(14.2)-ACTON-BOXBORO (7-1) @ #16 LINCOLN-SUDBURY (7-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#12). DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE BATTLE OF THE TITANS. WINNER HAS A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE ON THE HORIZON WITH NEWTON SOUTH.

14-(16.2)-MELROSE (7-0) VS MALDEN (4-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#13). WITH READING UP NEXT WEEK THIS HAS ALL THE MAKINGS OF A TRAP GAME.

15-(16.6)-GLOUCESTER (7-1) VS LYNN ENGLISH (5-2)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#16). BATTLE FOR THE NORTHEAST LARGE CROWN.

16-(17.6)-LINCOLN-SUDBURY (7-1) VS #13 ACTON-BOXBORO (7-1)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (UNRANKED). WELCOME TO THE TOP 20 WARRIORS. YOU WIN YOU MOVE UP, YOU LOSE, WELL, WE HARDLY KNEW YE.

17-(18.4)-SWAMPSCOTT (7-1) @ BEVERLY (6-2)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#20).ONE OF TWO MUST WIN GAMES FOR BIG BLUE. THIS GAME AND MARBLEHEAD ON TURKEY DAY.

18-(19.0)-ST JOHN'S PREP (4-4) @ MALDEN CATHOLIC (4-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#17). THE FACT THAT THE EAGLES HAVE LOST 4 IN A ROW AND ARE STILL RANKED IN THE TOP TWENTY IS A TESTAMENT TO THEIR BRUTAL SCHEDULE.

19-(19.8)-WALPOLE (8-0) VS NEEDHAM (5-3)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#15). REBELS TUNING UP THE MACHINE FOR THE BIG GAME NEXT WEEK AGAINST NATICK.

20-(20.2)-BILLERICA (7-1) VS CENTRAL CATHOLIC (4-4)

LAST WEEK'S RANK (#19). INDIANS WIN A CLOSE ONE LAST WEEK. MUST REFOCUS IF THEY ARE TO STAY IN THE TOP 20.

CLOSE TO CRACKING THE TOP 20, NATICK (8-0), NORTH ATTLEBORO (6-1) AND ATTLEBORO (7-1).

DROPPING OUT OF THE TOP 20, ATTLEBORO (7-1).

FOR THOSE SCHOOLS THINKING THEY SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 20 OR RANKED HIGHER, IT COMES DOWN TO WINS AND STRNGTH OF SCHEDULE.

ALL THESE SOURCES ARE INDEPENDENT OF ONE AN OTHER SO THERE IS NO BIAS.

Monday, November 3, 2008

BEANOS AND FRANCOS

  • EVERY TEAM IN EMASS HAS TRAILED AT ONE POINT DURING THE GAME. THAT'S RIGHT EVEN THE TEAMS THAT ARE UNDEFEATED HAVE BEEN BEHIND AT LEAST ONCE DURING THE COURSE OF A GAME.

  • #1 EVERETT DROPPED ITS NATIONAL RANKING FROM #261 TO #376 THIS WEEK WITH A 27 POINT WIN OVER MEDFORD. HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN WIN BY 27 AND GO DOWN. NEXT UP #9992 SOMERVILLE.

  • WMASS POWER LONGMEADOW (8-0), OWNER OF A 45 GAME WINNING STREAK AND AVERAGING 45.1 POINTS PER GAME, WAS HELD TO ITS LOWEST POINT TOTAL OF THE YEAR (24) BY (EMASS D2) STOUGHTON (3-5) BLACK KNIGHTS. STOUGHTON WAS ALSO THE ONLY TEAM TO HAVE HELD LONGMEADOW SCORELESS IN THE 2ND HALF OF ANY GAME.

  • SINCE 2003, #9 MANSFIELD IS (61-4) WITH A .938 WINNING PERCENTAGE INCLUDING THE PLAYOFFS. FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING AHEAD TO THIS WEEK'S HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE SHOWDOWN TAKE NOTE, MANSFIELD IS PLAYING AT NORTH ATTLEBORO. YOU ASK WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THAT...HERE IT IS...MANSFIELD HAS NOT LOST A LEAGUE ROAD GAME SINCE 2000. THEY ARE AN UNBELIEVABLE (32-0)!!! BUT HOLD ON, THEIR LAST ROAD LOSS WAS TO...YOU GUESSED IT...NORTH ATTLEBORO.

  • #17 ST JOHN'S PREP (4-4) HAS THE HIGHEST OPPONENTS WIN TOTAL AND WINNING PERCENTAGE AT (47-16) OR .746 OF ANY TEAM IN EMASS. MASCONOMET, BURLINGTON, WOBURN AND WHITMAN-HANSON ARE ALL NEXT WITH 42 OPPONENTS WINS.

  • JUSTIN MELLO OF #8 DARTMOUTH (8-0) HAS SCORED 13 TOUCHDOWNS THIS YEAR FOR THE INDIANS. REMARKABLY, 8 OF THOSE 13 HAVE PUT THE INDIANS AHEAD IN THE GAME AND 1 HAS TIED A GAME. IF YOU ARE PLAYING DARTMOUTH AND THE GAME IS CLOSE WATCH OUT FOR MR MELLO.

EMASS PLAYOFF PREVIEWS

BARRING ANY HUGE UPSETS, A LOOK AT THE TEAMS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR TO THE PLAYOFFS. THESE ARE THE GAMES THAT SHOULD DECIDE THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS.


DIVISION 1

GBL

#1 EVERETT VS MALDEN ON 11/15

CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

4 TEAMS ALIVE (#3 BC HIGH, #5 XAVERIAN, #6 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL AND #17 ST JOHN'S PREP) PROBABLY WON'T BE DECIDED UNTIL THANKSGIVING.

BIG 3

#11 BROCKTON
VS NEW BEDFORD ON 11/15

OCL

#7 ATTLEBORO @ #8 DARTMOUTH ON 11/7

DIVISION 1A

ATLANTIC COAST

SANDWICH @ #10 MARSHFIELD ON 11/14

BAY STATE (CAREY)

FRAMINGHHAM @ NEEDHAM ON 11/15

DUAL COUNTY (LARGE)

#12 ACTON-BOXBORO @ LINCOLN-SUDBURY 11/7

MERRIMACK VALLEY

#2 DRACUT VS CHELMSFORD ON 11/7

DUAL COUNTY (SMALL)

BEDFORD @ ARLINGTON ON 11/7
(NOTE: WINNER OF DUAL COUNTY SMALL NOT SUPER BOWL ELIGIBLE)

DIVISION 2

EAC

#14 BISHOP FEEHAN @ SOMERSET ON 11/14

BAY STATE (CAREY)

#15 WALPOLE @ NATICK ON 11/14

HOCKOMOCK

#9 MANSFIELD @ NORTH ATTLEBORO ON 11/7

MIDDLESEX LEAGUE

#13 MELROSE @ #18 READING ON 11/14

DIVISION 2A

CAPE ANN (LARGE)

MASCONOMET @ NORTH ANDOVER ON 11/27

NORTHEASTER (LARGE)

LYNN ENGLISH @ #16 GLOUCESTER ON 11/7

SOUTHCOAST

WAREHAM @ OLD ROCHESTER ON 11/14
OLD ROCHESTER @ APPONOQUET ON 11/27

PATRIOT (KEENAN)

#4 DUXBURY VS SILVER LAKE ON 11/7

PATRIOT (FISHER)

HANOVER @ ROCKLAND ON 11/7
MIDDLEBORO @ NORTH QUINCY ON 11/7

NOTE: PATRIOT LEAGUE HAS A PLAYOFF BETWEEN THE FISHER AND KEENAN DIVISIONS ON 11/14 OR 11/15. THE WINNER GOES TO THE PLAYOFFS.

DIVISION 3

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (LARGE)

AUSTIN PREP VS ARLINGTON CATHOLIC ON 11/15

NORTHEAST (SMALL)

SWAMPSCOTT @ BEVERLY ON 11/8
MARBLEHEAD @ SWAMPSCOTT ON 11/27

SOUTH SHORE

CARVER @ MASHPEE ON 11/7
MASHPEE @ ABINGTON ON 11/14

TRI-VALLEY

MEDWAY @ NORTON ON 11/14

DIVISION 3A

BOSTON NORTH

4 TEAMS ALIVE (SOUTH BOSTON, EAST BOSTON, MADISON PARK AND CHARLESTOWN). PROBABLY WON'T BE DECIDED UNTIL THANKSGIVING.

CAPE ANN (SMALL)

GEORGETOWN @ NEWBURYPORT ON 11/14

COMMONWEALTH (LARGE)

WHITTIER @ LYNN TECH ON 11/15

MAYFLOWER (LARGE)

MARTHA'S VINEYARD @ BLUE HILLS ON 11/7

DIVISION 4

COMMONWEALTH (SMALL)

NORTH SHORE @ MANCHESTER ESSEX ON 11/7

MAYFLOWER (SMALL)

HOLBROOK @ TRI-COUNTY ON 11/15

Sunday, November 2, 2008

BEANO'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

AFTER ANOTHER FINE WEEKEND OF EMASS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, I THOUGHT I'D SHARE SOME INTERESTING NUGGETS.

1. TOP 20 TEAMS WERE (15-0) AGAINST NON TOP 20 TEAMS TO BRING THE YEAR TO DATE TOTAL TO A PHENOMENAL 116-1!!

2. IF YOU WANT TO BEAT #2 DRACUT AND PLAY IN THE MVC, WATCH OUT FOR THE MIDDIES IN THE 2ND QUARTER. THEY HAVE OUTSCORED LEAGUE OPPONENTS (68-0). YES, THAT'S RIGHT (68-0)!!

3. IF YOU WANT TO BEAT #3 BC HIGH YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET READY FOR THE 1ST AND 3RD QUARTERS WHERE THE EAGLES HAVE OUTSCORED THEIR FOES (105-22).

4. #4 DUXBURY HAS BURIED OPPONENTS IN THE 2ND QUARTER TO THE TUNE OF (88-7)!!!

5. #6 CM HAS OUTSCORED TEAMS (86-6) IN THE 1ST HALF. THAT'S RIGHT 6 POINTS IN THE 1ST HALF THE ENTIRE YEAR.

6. IN THE LAST 5 GAMES, RYAN IZZO OF #15 WALPOLE HAS SCORED 140 OUT OF THE REBELS LAST 185 POINTS OR 75% OF HIS TEAMS POINTS. HE IS AVERAGING 28 POINTS A GAME DURING THIS INCREDIBLE RUN.

7. NATICK HAS OUTSCORED OPPONENTS (77-0) IN THE 1ST QUARTER SO YOU BETTER GET OFF THE BUS READY TO PLAY.

8. IN ANOTHER ODD STATISTIC, FOXBORO, THOUGH ONLY (2-6) HAS OUTSCORED THEIR OPPONENTS (115-111).

COMING TOMORROW A LOOK AT WHAT TEAMS ARE ALIVE FOR THE PLAYOFFS.