It's been a long, new road for our little league this season. We've gone from a small, 12 man league with no draft, to a giant multilevel league with 40 teams (and expanding to 48), team and franchise branding, a giant Gavel trophy, championship jerseys, and the best in person draft that exists. Also, no one really tried to cheat (except once and not intentionally).
Many teams competed to get to this point, but only 8 still have a shot at being champions.
The Gold League-
There has only been one team to defeat Dirty Mike and the Boys this year, and it wasn't Lincoln. The closest matchup they've had previously (of two) was Week 6, where Lincoln was defeated 128.4 to 107.1. With all projections favoring the #1 seed, it's going to be a Christmas miracle in Gold League if Here's to Lincoln is going to pull out a victory.
The White League -
These two teams really shouldn't be here right now, and yet, here they are. The Bootleggers managed to win the slapfight in their semis last week, scoring under 90 points but facing the California Boat Rockers who were down a player since Julio didn't play. Looking more like a championship team, the Swamp Donkeys score almost 150. However, in their last two meetings this year, the Back Alley Bootleggers managed to grab the win.
The Royal Purple League -
This championship matchup looks to be the most one sided. 6th seeded and 6-7 regular season record is what the Beats By Ray team came into the championship with. However, a string of high scoring games manages to get him into the money, if not taking home the championship. The last time that Beats By Ray outscored Las Tortugas was week 8, but could this be the next?
Las Tortugas, however, has remained the only undefeated team in the entire D League, setting records for longest streak and best record along the way.
The President's League -
THIS ONE'S FOR ALL THE MARBLES.
The winner of this matchup will be your D League Champion for the year, get their name placed on the Gavel, and be choosing 3 locations for our draft next year.
The Phuket Rippers have been a fantasy league success story this year, coming out of a near-insurmountable hole to win out to where they are now. Upper Decker comes out as the luckiest manager of the year, managing to be the second worst scoring team in the regular season, but managing to be 8-5 coming into the championship.
Both of these teams have made incredible runs to be here, but which one will be the top out of 40 teams?
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