2018-2019 Day 23

As I’m typing this there’s some construction going on outside my building. I don’t know if it’s a crane or what the hell the thing is making this crazy sound, but if you told there me was a velociraptor outside I would 100% believe you, because it’s straight up Jurassic Park audio out there. It’s a little distracting.

The final regular season date is in the books. In case anyone’s curious, this has been the opening and closing dates of every regular season in PPPL history.

Season # of players Start Date End Date
1 9 10/21/13 2/19/14
2 24 10/20/14 2/24/15
3 28 10/12/15 3/9/16
4 24 10/4/16 3/26/17
5 20 11/6/17 3/13/18
6 24 10/29/18 3/26/19

Yesterday Spike sent this at 3:30 PM to the group.


Okay, where’s he going with this? Then, at roughly 5PM he sent this.


Well played. The slow build. I like it.

There were some theories brewing.

By 6PM he still hadn’t sent the third one. Tension was building.

Finally at 6:41PM we got the last one.

It was a link.


Player 1 2 3 4 Sets
Brach 13 21 21 21 3
Liverpool 21 17 10 18 1

Last night the first game was Brach and Liverpool, after Brach finished his local Crenshaw Blvd. Golden Bird chicken. He’s been putting the hard sell on me to try it, and I WILL GET THERE, but still haven’t yet.

Liverpool won the first game, and then Brach started experimenting with a Feeney patented two-hand backhand, and he won the final 3. Brach came in on the night arguing how much fun it would be to slam it, and the addition of the two-hand backhand may have opened up worlds.

Player 1 2 3 Sets
Spike 21 21 21 3
Liverpool 14 17 15 0

After successfully Rickrolling us, Spike got to work with the new Sandy paddle. Looks like everyone’s taking Feeney’s advice one way or another. Why not? He’s the #1 seed in A. Might know a thing or two.

For the record, I did not know what Rickrolling was. I got my first lesson, but I hope most of you knew the joke already.

This match happened in the cave. Didn’t see it. Sandy obviously did work.

Player 1 2 3 4 Sets
Clint 21 21 18 21 3
Brach 12 12 21 15 1

On the main table, Brach adds a two-handed forehand to his arsenal. By the end of this match, he’s barely taking both hands off the paddle, and he’s playing the best he’s ever played. Hitting some monster slams. It’s exciting. More exciting than the scene in Jurassic Park where the velociraptors try to eat the kids and…. WTF is going on out there??? I know you guys can’t hear this, and I can’t get good enough audio on my cell phone so you can play along, but I’m telling you, there is serious dinosaur carnage happening out my window and I can’t even focus.

Player 1 2 3 4 Sets
Alex 9 21 21 21 3
Liverpool 21 12 10 12 1

Back to the cave. Liverpool again takes game one, this time by an impressive margin, before falling.

Player 1 2 3 Sets
Brach 21 21 21 3
Thies 7 8 12 0

Brach takes his two-hand backhand and forehand to a new level and dominates this match-up. It was supposed to be played in the cave the following round, but Brach needed to be back home early and requested a switch in schedule. Thies argued Brach wouldn’t have had the room to play the two-hand game as well in the cave. We may never know. Brach ended up not playing a single match in the cave, and the C tournament will be off site. Might have to wait until October.

Player 1 2 3 Sets
Spike 21 21 21 3
Thies 12 18 15 0

And this match, which was scheduled on the main table, ended up getting pushed into the cave, where Thies put together a better performance than the last time they met in November. It was straight sets then as well, but the scores were not as close.

Player 1 2 3 Sets
Clint 21 21 21 3
Alex 14 19 8 0

On the main table was the one match that might have had significant tournament implications if Alex could win. If so, I would have to revisit the final few seedings in B to see if anything changed. But it wasn’t to be. Clint took game 1 handily, came back to win game 2 when Alex was leading as late at 18-17, and game 3 started out 10-0 Clint, although Alex did win 5 straight on his serve to cut it to 10-5, but from there Clint controlled the rest of the game.

Player 1 2 3 Sets
Clint 21 21 21 3
Thies 6 6 15 0

Clint dominated in the cave, and solidified his position in B.

Player 1 2 3 Sets
Alex 15 8 16 0
Spike 21 21 21 3

Before the final match on the main table, I was asked what the line was in the match. I predicted Alex in 4, and both players were upset. Spike understandably that I was calling the match for Alex. Alex was surprised I didn’t say 3-0 cause Alex believed he’d never lost a game to Spike before, which turned out to be untrue. Just last season Alex won 3-2. And the season before that Spike won 3-1. Memories. They can’t be trusted.

It must’ve been the Sandy paddle, as Spike swept the match, and we’ll have to see if that has any impact on final seeding for Alex.

Okay, and now let’s do the final seeding for C.

#1 – Alex

This is a really tough one. Alex and Spike finished with the top records in C at 8-4. I went 7-5. And Yosh was 6-6. Head-to-head Spike beat Alex, and Alex beat me. I didn’t play Spike. Alex and I both beat Yosh whereas Yosh beat Spike. This is enough to at least remove Yosh from the equation.

PPI heavily favors me at 810 while Alex is at 677 and Spike at 610. But this highlights to me why I don’t use PPI as the determiner, because you can see in each of our schedules why those numbers are reflective of who we played. I played the most A/B players at 5, and even beat Matt in an upset (but that match is certainly an outlier.) Spike played 3 A/B players and had 5 matches against Liverpool and Thies alone – the two players with the lowest PPI’s – where I only played Thies once and never played Liverpool. So the 200 point difference I have over Spike in PPI can be largely explained right there.

Let’s go to Record Against Common Opponents (RACO).

Spike and I tied in RACO 4-2. We have to go to Games Against Common Opponents (GACO). Here’s where I have the edge. 14-6 to Spike’s 13-9.
Alex and I also tied in RACO 4-2. GACO is also the same percentage-wise. I went 14-7 and Alex went 12-6.
Alex has the lead in RACO over Spike 5-1 to 4-2.

Since both Alex and I lead Spike in one of these categories, it makes sense to remove Spike from here and just look between Alex and I.

Since Alex beat me head-to-head and we tied in RACO and GACO, Alex gets the nod here.

#2 – Andy

Now we bring Yosh back into the equation. Again, I didn’t play Spike, but we know I beat him in GACO.

Yosh beat Spike head-to-head. But Spike beats Yosh in RACO 5-1 to 4-2.

I beat Yosh head-to-head and we tied in RACO 3-3 to 3-3 but I beat him in GACO 11-10 to 11-12. So this spot is a little easier. I would take this.

#3 – Yosh

The stuff we already know is that Yosh beat Spike head-to-head and Spike beat Yosh in RACO. In cases like that, head-to-head always prevails unless there’s a third person who can be brought into the mix to see if that changes anything. The next person we would include would be Dot who went 4-8. But in this case, both Spike and Yosh beat Dot head-to-head so Yosh takes this spot.

#4 – Spike

Spike was super close to getting the #1 seed. If he even held GACO over me, he would’ve been the 1 seed, moving Alex down to 2, me down to 3, and Yosh at 4.

But instead, Spike is here, because of his head-to-head win over Dot.

#5 – Dot

Dot’s 4 wins are all against players in the last three spots. And he lost to everyone above him. So this is an easy one.

#6 – Brach

This is a similarly easy one as Brach’s 3 wins are over Thies and Liverpool, and he lost to everyone above him.

#7 – Thies

Comes down to the final two, who both finished 1-11 and also were amazingly close in win-loss record in games, with Thies at 7-34 and Liverpool 7-35. Liverpool has a slight edge in PPI at 203 to 195.

Head-to-head they each beat the other once. But Thies has the advantage with his 3-1 win over Liverpool while Liverpool won 3-2. We know they have the exact same RACO since they only beat each other, and GACO shows they are also exactly identical. So the only decider we can really do is that head-to-head advantage for Thies.

#8 – Liverpool

And that puts Liverpool in the final position.

Match-ups would be:

#1 Alex vs. #8 Liverpool
#2 Andy vs. #7 Thies
#3 Yosh vs. #6 Brach
#4 Spike vs. #5 Dot

I’ll send out a separate email to the C players to find a date to play.

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