2011 Winter-Spring Sundays REC-PM Standings

THU 3/10 (11:15AM) — As we have done many years in the past, we are going to split the REC-PM 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 14 teams in the REC-PM “Upper” bracket and the remaining 6 in REC-PM “Lower”. However, we are adding the Janitors from AAA-OAK. They went 0-6 with an average point differential of -30. I have consulted with my Oakland scorekeepers and we have concluded that REC-PM “Lower” will be a good fit, along with the fact that they have a 1p+ timeframe.

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


  1. Dream PM (5-1) — won head-to-head vs Minions (won Western Conference), won head-to-head vs Grape Soda
  2. Grape Soda (5-1) — won head-to-head vs Top Flight (won Eastern Conference), lost head-to-head vs Dream PM
  3. Minions (5-1) — no head-to-head or common opponents vs Top Flight, won strength-of-victory 13.8 vs Top Flight
  4. Top Flight (5-1) — no head-to-head or common opponents vs Minions, lost strength-of-victory 13.0 vs Minions
  5. A.O.B. (4-2) — no h2h/common vs JS23, tied strength-of-victory 8.8 vs JS23, won point-differential 5.3 vs JS23
  6. JS23 (4-2) — no h2h/common vs A.O.B., tied strength-of-victory 8.8 vs A.O.B., lost point-differential 3.7 vs A.O.B.
  7. Lao Ru PM (3-3) — won head-to-head vs Tone Team
  8. Tone Team (3-3) — lost head-to-head vs Lao Ru PM

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, Dream beat Minions and Grape beat Top Flight, therefore Minions cannot finish higher than Dream and Top Flight cannot finish higher than Grape.

Dream PM beat Grape head-to-head, so they get the #1 seed. Then we give Grape #2 since they won their conference. Finally, we compare Minions to Top Flight. 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, Minions barely edges Top Flight in the point differential in games won.

We find a similar fall-back in the AOB vs JS23 tiebreaker. For perhaps only the second time in Dream League history, two teams were tied in point differential in games won. Both teams had won their four victories by an average margin of 8.75 points. So, in that scenario, we revert back to overall point differential. Capping the blowouts at 20, we see that AOB beats out JS23 by a slim margin.


The REC-PM Lower bracket shall consist of the remaining 6 sub-.500 teams, plus the 0-6 Janitors from the AAA-OAK, as mentioned above. We will give the Janitors the worst seed. This is probably the safest bet, given the other scenarios that can be employed. With 7 teams, that means the #1 seed will get a first-round bye, since there is no #8 seed to play against.

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 for “first place” and it’s merely Hyperducks vs Mix Team for the top spot (and #2 seed) from the Western Conference. 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.

If you want to get philosophical, you can argue that the West has stronger teams, so Hyperducks and Mix Team had a much harder schedule than their brethren in the East. But it’s a lot more of an easier acceptance if you just assume that Dream League will follow whatever NBA mantra is set forth.

  1. Starting 8 (2-4) — tied h2h/common vs Rawk/PrHz, won s-o-v 14.0 vs Rawk/PrHz, “won” Eastern Conference
  2. Hyperducks (1-5) — won head-to-head vs Mix Team, “won” Western Conference
  3. Rawkats (2-4) — tied h2h/common vs Str8/PrHz, lost s-o-v 12.5 vs Starting8, won head-to-head vs Purple Haze
  4. Purple Haze (2-4) — tied h2h/common vs Str8/Rawk, lost s-o-v 13.5 vs Starting8, lost head-to-head vs Rawkats
  5. Mix Team (1-5) — lost head-to-head vs Hyperducks
  6. EFC Berkeley (0-6)
  7. Janitors (0-6) — from AAA-OAK

In breaking the tie between Starting 8, Rawkats, and Purple Haze, one team beat another which beat the other, which beat the other. So the head-to-head did not solve anything. The common opponents amongst these three teams were Grape Sodas, whom they all lost to, and EFC Berkeley, whom they all beat, so nothing was solved at the common opponent level.

So we resort to strength-of-victory (explained above in the Upper explanation). It gets a little interesting. Starting 8 had the best strength-of-victory at 14.0, narrowly edging out Purple Haze at 13.5 and Rawkats at 12.5. Therefore, Starting 8 wins the Eastern Conference and, hence, the #1 seed.

However, when we next compare Rawkats vs Purple Haze, per NFL tiebreaker rules, we start over at the most important tiebreaker: head-to-head. Here, despite Purple Haze having a better strength-of-victory, the Rawkats get a better seed because, with Starting 8 already promoted from the previous three-team tiebreaker scenario, this two-team tiebreaker scenario leaves the Rawkats with the head-to-head victory over Purple Haze.

TUE 2/15 (11:00AM) — The following are the current standings and playoff seeds from 2011 Winter-Spring, REC-PM 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-PM, 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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