Three Teams Vying for Two Slots
Three of the four possible scenarios have White making the playoffs; and although they hold their destiny in their own hands, in all likelihood, they are going to miss the big dance.
Scenarios 1 and 2: White defeats BlackIf White beats Black, then White makes the playoffs, finishing either third or fourth with a point total of 16. The winner of the Orange-Gold match also advances to the playoffs. This situation, however, is extremely unlikely.
Scenarios 3 and 4: Black defeats White
It is fairly certain that one of these two scenarios occurs, which then means that the Orange-Gold match has implications for all three teams. If Orange wins, then Orange takes over the third spot in the rankings and Gold makes the final playoff spot.
If Big Brother wins, however, then both of the Al-Hussein brothers make it into the playoffs with Gold in third and White in fourth.
The Royal / Green match has no implications for the order of the playoffs; Black will be first seed no matter how they play this weekend and Royal will be second seed. In reality, though, Black and Royal are going to win this upcoming weekend, putting all of White's hopes on the shoulders of Iyad. After finishing at the top of charts at the mid point, Gold will not be able to muster a win against Orange, and they don't really need to, whereas Orange is in a must win, do or die, sink or swim position and will defeat Gold who will fall to fourth but make the playoffs.
At the beginning of the season I predicted the playoffs would include Royal, Orange, Black, and Green with Gold and White relegated. I was unable to play in the first match up with Green as I was out of town and our next match up comes at the end of the season so I can't assess what happened with the Green team that was full of so much potential. The prediction that White and Gold would be at the bottom with Gold one position ahead of White was not too far off.
Black will cruise easily to the final game, playing against Gold in the Semi's but their dream of a championship will end there. THEE MAGIC have shown that they can readily toast Jar Jar and his Brown Marshmallows and Orange have Daryl Berryhill, so the winner of the Orange / Royal semi final game will be the league champion for this season.