Well, I know one person read my CIF pairings story that ran today. Thom Simmons, the CIF-Southern Section’s Director of Communications, e-mailed me earlier today explaining the process that was used in setting up Serrano with Bloomington in the first round – an event that Serrano wasn’t too happy with.
According to Simmons’ e-mail, it was a process of elimination that set the Diamondbacks up with the Bruins. By rule, a first-place team can only play third or fourth-place teams (including at-larges) in the first round and teams cannot play teams from their own league till at least the semifinals.
There were six eligible teams that Serrano could play – Rim of the World from the Mojave River League, Riverside Poly and Riverside King from the Ivy League, Ridgecrest Burroughs from the Desert Sky League, Palm Springs from the Desert Valley League and Bloomington from the Sunkist. Rim was eliminated right away because its a league opponent, and Burroughs – who at 2-8 would have been the logical choice – was eliminated because Serrano played it during the regular season. Simmons indicated that the CIF tries to avoid rematches in first round playoffs, which takes out the Burros.
That leaves the two Ivy schools and Palm Springs. According to Simmons, the No. 2 team from the Ivy League, Riverside Arlington, was slated to be in the same foursome as Serrano because of the Ivy League’s status as the No. 2 league in the Eastern Division. Because of the semifinal rule between teams of the same league, King and Poly were eliminated, leaving Palm Springs and Bloomington. Palm Desert was chosen to be Arlington’s first-round opponent over Kaiser, which eliminated Palm Springs and left Bloomington as Serrano’s opponent.
I’m not saying that Serrano has to be happy about it. But at least the D-backs and the fans know the process that was involved. I thank Simmons for enlightening and educating me a bit about what goes into the selection process.
Now to gambling. I went 6-6-1 yesterday, not bad but not as good as Lingo, Fowler, and Overton. I’m just giving those fools some confidence – and free pub – before they fall off the face of the earth. Now to tonight’s game
San Francisco (+9) at Seattle
A pretty horrible game by all accounts. The Seahawks have looked shaky and won’t have Shaun Alexander or Deion Branch, while the Niners have been unspeakably bad. However, I think the Niners, maybe inspired by the death of coach Mike Nolan’s dad, will give Seattle a run. Remember, San Fran beat the Seahawks in both meetings last year. San Fran keeps it close.
Seattle 19, San Francisco 13