2011 Winter-Spring Sundays REC-AM Standings

THU 3/10 (11:30AM) — As we have done many years in the past, we are going to split the REC-AM into separate, but both double-elimination, playoff brackets. This is a corrective measure to the teams who were too stacked for REC to begin with. Again, as a way to curb against stacking teams, we do not intend to give out championship awards to any team that wins a REC-level championship.

We will split amongst the teams that are .500 and above and those that are not. This leaves us with 8 of the 15 teams in the REC-AM “Upper” bracket and the remaining 7 in REC-AM “Lower”.

That leaves us with the following (scroll down for “Lower”), with tiebreakers explained afterwards…


  1. Hoop Squad (6-0) — won Eastern Conference
  2. Young Gunners (5-1) — won head-to-head vs Redhawks, won Western Conference
  3. Dream AM (5-1) — won strength-of-victory 13.8 vs Redhawks
  4. Redhawks (5-1) — lost strength-of-victory 11.0 vs Dream AM
  5. Oakland Warriors REC (3-3) — won head-to-head vs Lao Ru AM, won strength-of-victory 10.3 vs Kryptonite
  6. Lao Ru AM (3-3) — lost head-to-head vs Oakland Warriors, won strength-of-victory 8.7 vs Kryptonite
  7. Kryptonite (3-3) — won head-to-head vs Huff And Puff, lost strength-of-victory 6.3 vs OWR/LRAM
  8. Huff And Puff (3-3) — lost head-to-head vs Kryptonite, cannot finish higher than Kryptonite

We use the NFL Wild-Card tiebreaker system since it works well for leagues with a limited number of games (NFL = 16 games, of course). To determine the winner of a tiebreaker both within and across conferences, you look within the conference first. As such, Young Gunners beat Redhawks, therefore Redhawks cannot finish higher than Young Gunners.

So we then compare Dream to the Redhawks. We had no head-to-head result and neither team played any common opponent, so we fall back to the next tiebreaker in the NFL, which is the so-called “strength-of-victory”. Dream League interprets that to mean point differential in games won.

However, in Dream League, we cap blowouts at 20 because things can tend to get out of hand and a bit unsportsmanlike when a team already up 20 is trying to further blowout the other team merely on the basis of point differential. In that calculation, Dream narrowly edges Redhawks in the point differential in games won.

We find a similar situation with Warriors/LaoRu and Kryptonite/Huff. First, we determine from head-to-head matchups that the Warriors and Kryptonite dominate Lao Ru and Huff, respectively. So we compare Warriors and Kryptonite and, in the absence of head-to-head and common opponents, the Warriors get a higher seed due to their strength-of-victory.

Then we need to compare Lao Ru and Kryptonite. We start all over and, again in the absence of head-to-head and common opponents, we need to resort to strength-of-victory. Between these two teams, Lao Ru wins in that department.


The REC-AM Lower bracket shall consist of the remaining 7 sub-.500 teams as mentioned above. The #1 seed will get a bye, since there is no #8 seed to play against in Round 1.

We proceed with the conference-sensitive seeds by omitting the .500-plus teams. Doing so, you see that there are three teams in the Eastern Conference tied at 2-4 for “first place” and the #1 and #2 seeds goto the conference winners. Why do we do it this way? Well, that’s how the old-school NBA would do it with only two groupings (the NBA now has three “groups” and seeds the top four because of that one year when the Mavs got shafted and had to face the dominant Spurs). And it actually relieves a lot of complications with the seedings.

  1. Huskies (2-4) – won head-to-head vs AWA, “won” Western Conference, won strength-of-victory 11.0 vs SULD
  2. SULD (2-4) — won head-to-head vs WWWD, “won” Eastern Conference, lost strength-of-victory 8.0 vs Huskies
  3. AWA (2-4) — lost head-to-head vs Huskies, won strength-of-victory 18.0 vs What Would Wat Do
  4. What Would Wat Do (2-4) — lost h2h vs SULD, won h2h vs RchB, lost strength-of-victory 11.0 vs AWA
  5. Richmond Bomberz (2-4) — lost head-to-head vs What Would Wat Do, cannot finish higher than What Would Wat Do
  6. Hawks (1-5) — no head-to-head/common vs LightsOut, won strength-of-victory 20.0 vs LightsOut
  7. LightsOut (1-5) — no head-to-head/common vs Hawks, lost strength-of-victory 3.0 vs Hawks

In breaking the tie between SULD, WWWD, and Richmond Bomberz, SULD beat WWWD, which beat RchB. Therefore, WWWD cannot finish higher than SULD, while RchB cannot finish higher than WWWD. RchB never got a chance to face SULD, but that’s the way it goes. That’s how much one win can make a difference.

But again, this is a double-elim playoff format, so it’s not supposed to matter where you’re seeded as much as it would a one-and-done format.

So the #1 seed went to a tiebreaker between the Huskies and SULD. We resorted to “strength-of-victory”, explained above, and the Huskies got the nod. In fact, with so many comparisons between teams that never played against another team in the opposite conference, we had to resort to strength-of-victory on more than one occasion.

TUE 2/15 (11:00AM) — The following are the current standings and playoff seeds from 2011 Winter-Spring, REC-AM division. These are simply ordered by W-L percentage then alphabetically, and therefore are not necessarily shown in the proper playoff tiebreaker order. That will be corrected when we reach the playoffs and the seeds are posted. Please be reminded that the regular season is 6 games. Check your division’s roadmap and email us if you suspect any discrepancies in the schedule/standings.

In the REC-AM, it is highly likely that we will split the playoffs into an Upper and Lower bracket, separate from each other and both double-elimination for all teams. We will probably split the teams by their final record, above .500 or below .500.

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