The pick: The Fall season kicks off with a championship rematch, albeit with totally different rosters. Last week the Warriors won the inaugural cup, and many of those players will return this season for the title defense. Ben and Charlotte are back, as are Derek, Brennan, Nicolette and goalie Tim Burke with his new tandem partner, Ed. That core is joined by Sebastian of last year’s first place Cheetahs defense, Matt Zimmerman (four goals in three games last season), and all around savage Matt Russo. Ed will be getting the start tomorrow against a somewhat under-the-radar Team Sexy squad. In a league where the average team has about 4.9 non-BTSH players, this team has 10. There are a lot of potential sleepers on this team and a lot to like on the back-end where Barch will allow his team to take all the chances they need. This game looks destined to be a close one, but we see Sexy prevailing in a low scoring affair.
The pick: The Hippos enter the Fall season with renewed hope after suffering through a rough summer campaign. They’re returning several old faces including Hicks, Cheeky (out til late October), Michelle, Lee, Adam and Sizzler in net, but augmented by some new D5 rookies in Sweet Baby James McQuade, Hughes, Roberts/Emily, Kelsey and veteran Ariel QBing the offense from the point. The Parrots, meanwhile, are led by LJ and the top two rookies of 2017 (Campbell & Hogg) now together and living in perfect harmony. Hogg’s work schedule aside, this game is likely to be decided in net where Campbell will be out of action and a sub goalie, possibly Ed, will go toe-to-toe with Zisser to start the season on the right note. The instinct may be to bet against the Hippos, but they are going to be a dangerous squad and are likely to start the season with an opening night victory over the shorthanded expansion Parrots.
*When you bet on -150, it means you would have to wager $150 to win $100 (plus your initial bet back). A bet on +130 would mean you risk $100 to win $130. Thus, if you see one team at -140 and one team at +110, it means that a bet of $100 on the favorite would get you $71.43 back (plus your initial hundred), while a bet of $100 on the underdog would get you $110 (plus your initial hundred back). EVEN means a bet of $100 gets you $100 back. Over/under bets are on total goals in the game and have been listed separately to avoid confusion. In the event of a shootout the winning team is credited with one “goal” for standings and over/under purposes.
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