|Up-to-date as of Thu 8/31 8:00AM PDT Bird's Eye View of Schedule|
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Welcome to Sin City! By now everyone is surely eager to see the schedule and know who and what they are up against this weekend.
We have a cozy four teams, which at first glance seems sparse, but when you start to consider what usually happens in tournaments, is not that bad.
In a typical 8-team consolation bracket, you'll end up with 2 teams that bow out due to double-elimination. That means it was really a tournament of 6 teams or less if there are some inferior teams in the bunch. But in an 8-team consolation bracket, you end up with 3 games played, period. If you lose either of the first two games, you will not have a shot at the championship.
We've even seen pool-play tournaments in which a team has gone home 0-3 with two of the losses to the eventual champion. Not a very diverse schedule and no hope whatsoever to make a comeback at the championship.
While we only have 4 teams, these 4 teams should get to know each other pretty well. Saturday will start off as a typical Final Four-like bracket, but it's only being used to rank the teams #1 thru #4.
The ranking system used will be that of the NFL: head-to-head, then record against common opponents, then strength-of-victory. Dream League shall interpret "strength-of-victory" to mean point differential in games won only. If there is still a tie after strength-of-victory, we shall resort to overall point differential, followed by a coin flip.
#1 will be 2-0, #2 and #3 will be 1-1, and #4 will be 0-2 after Saturday is done. Thus, #2 and #3 will have a tiebreaker determine where they rank for Sunday's placement.
Even if you end up at #4, you still have a chance at the championship. On Sunday, #4 will play #3 for the right to play #2. Meanwhile, #1 gets an automatic berth into the championship game and will have to stave off the winner of the previous game or two to retain the championship.
Sure, there's a deer-in-the-headlights risk of the #1 team from Saturday messing up on Sunday and going home with the trophy literally taken from their hands, but remember that the #2 thru #4 teams are already at a disadvantaged in terms of the number of games they will have played.