With no movement in this week’s Power Rankings, the Rainmakers react with humor, criticism and indifference.
After their third straight win, Seattle fans might have expected their home team to jump in the standings, but the players aren’t putting much stock in what the pundits are saying.
“I’m not ready to crown the Stags as the top team in our conference,” said Ben Beehner. “They have only played two teams and had two byes. Watching their games against the Dogfish, I see a lot of errors and plenty of warning signs. I’m looking forward to May 17th when we can finally see the top two teams go at it.
Furthermore, they firmly believe that there is a massive difference between the two conferences.
“While in the Western Conference, I think that any team could win any game, my impression of the Eastern Conference is ‘any team could lose any game,’” said Beehner. “Needing overtime to finish off the worst team in the league should not put you at the top of the rankings. I still believe that if Boston and D.C. played ten in a row, Boston would win 7 out of 10.”
They stress the strength of the Western Conference over the (L)East.
“Also, there is no way the Dogfish are at the bottom of the league,” said Beehner. “Even without their top players like Evan Boucher and Mac Taylor, this team could beat Philly by five. I would put money on it.”
But since East and West won’t meet until the MLU Championship on July 19th, it’s impossible to say for sure.
“Maybe the Nighthawks are ahead of the Rumble, but that doesn’t really concern me,” said Danny Trytiak. “In the future I could see a world where Portland goes down a bit, we maybe stay the same and the Nighthawks go up a bit. But as everyone has said, the West is mysterious and I agree: I have no idea how this conference is going to turn out.”
The variability and uncertainty in the West has been just as exciting for the players as it has been for the fans.
“The parity this year has made it a fun league to play in,” said Beehner. “I have a lot of respect for our conference rivals. Any team could win any game. I don’t believe there is such a thing as an ‘easy win’ against these guys. Even when we went up big on a tired San Francisco team this Sunday, they were able to wake up and storm back to bring it within two.”
Of course, there is also a contingent who places no faith whatsoever in these rankings.
“Power rankings are just a tool for journalists to have something to talk about. They don’t actually affect whether or not a team wins or loses,” said Elliot Trotter. “At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is who has the crown.”
Tune in on Saturday to see who takes the crown in the matchup between Seattle and Vancouver at Thunderbird Stadium at 7:00 p.m.