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2008_Spring/Summer AAA-Premier (SF/Redwood City/Oakland)


Why Redwood City always wins out

6/5/2008 8:00AM

JUNE 4, 2008 (8:00AM) -- you would've heard a few times by now that whenever you are matched up against a team from SJ, you will play at the "meet-me-halfway" point of Redwood City (RWC).

This will probably not change so long as there is a team from SJ in your division.

Now, things are looking up for a gym based in SJ -- and yes, we have been trying very hard to get one for at least a year now -- so maybe next year we'll have more teams from SJ jump on board and we don't need to have teams travel so far with segregated divisions based on geography.

In the meantime, diversity is a good thing. Embrace it. Besides, the traveling is not so bad if you grew up playing in the Japanese Leagues like I did and had to travel to 2 Sacramento teams, 2 San Jose teams, and 1 Gilroy team in a 10-game regular season followed by single-elim playoffs for the top 4 only. Not only that, the disparity in the those 10 teams ranged too much. I always dreaded to drive down to Gilroy for the requisite 20-point win against the boonie-team, then the drive up to Sacramento two weeks later for the 15-point underdog situation against the hometown franchise (the Japanese League was headquartered out of Sac).

Thus, the home-away determinations in dreamleague are based on a quick assessment, using the STANDINGS/TEAMS page, of which teams have traveled more to which locations over the course of the whole season. Home-away is no longer based on which team has the higher seed -- to be fair across all teams (and you can never make everyone happy all the time), this was changed last season, meaning this "commute mileage" mantra has actually been in place since 2007.

A "self-sustainable" league of 8 teams in San Jose doesn't magically appear. It takes a few seasons of mixed SJ teams with Oakland and SF for this to happen. We are currently in this transition period.

The SJ teams thank you for the understanding, although chances are, their gas bills have still totaled more than yours due to the weekly semi-commutes to RWC.

In fact, the gym costs more over there, too.

However, honestly speaking, I think it is worth it in terms of the competition and parity you will be facing this playoffs, traveling to RWC. And if you beat that RWC team, that's one less bit of traveling you'll have to do the further you go in the playoffs.



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