Monday, February 18, 2013

Bench Minor 4 draft selections!

Damn saturday night was fun!  Even with the rise in livestreams there's still something awesome (aka nerdy) about pouring over a spreadsheet all night.  More than once i scared the shit out of my cat by jumping to my feet and cheering at what was merely a name appearing on a screen.  Fun times, fun times.  Anyway, let's break this down a bit.

I've already seen some chatter on LoBP about how these are "the same old faces".  Well damn right they are!  It's been said and alluded to many times before so i'll say it again- this is bike polo's version of the All-Star game.  Of course the same great players are still great.  Add in the fact that it's in Los Angeles so travel concerns slant the pool of potential players towards the west coast.  That's all reasonable and expected.  And of course Seattle dominates the picks- their club really is that deep.  I will say i'm a bit surprised that only one female was selected (Erica will definitely bring the ruckus) but it's worth noting that Maija and Birdie weren't signed up.

The top six picks did not surprise anyone.  Whenever the discussion of "who's the best player in the world" comes up, all those names are mentioned.  Though instantly friendships and regional alliances take precedent- Pistolero took Joker, Cody took Julian, Ngaihon took Alexsis- then the teams were built from there.  Pistolero's team draws heavily from the SouthWest while Ngaihon's team is mostly Canadian's and east coasters.  Crandall assembled his Portland team before filling out the bench with slayers from all across the board.  Then Schultz apparently decided to just draft all of Seattle!  I also like that Kremin turned the All-Star game into a truly international affair by not only drafting the only European, but two Japanese players are well!  That's pretty awesome and i'll definitely be interested in how they all mesh.

And after a great year last year all three of the "Jagwolves" all went really high in the draft.  Same with Nick Kruse going #11 overall.  Proof that people are taking notice.  Hell i just made a post about Kruse and Joey winning DP5 with overall draft pick #1 Brian Dillman.  Though i was a bit surprised to not see Greg Valentine or Tall George pop up on the list, but i guess there are only so many slots to go around.  And why didn't Charlie Hill sign up??  Still it looks like this year is gonna be epic as always- i'm just hoping they livestream it so i can enjoy it from the comfort of my own home just like i did this draft!

Congrats to all the players and good luck to all the GM's!

-W.


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