The Vegas Odds have been released on the Facebook group page but we thought we would take a closer look at who IS in this tournament out of the Top 25 rankings?
The Seattle Chiefs (#4) - A lot of has been written about how good their QB is, but we think the real difference for this team is their D-Rush. When they have a strong rush they can disrupt the timing of an opponent's QB, for most flag teams this can wreck their offense. They are arguable the best team in the Seattle region and made some noise traveling to Bellingham for the Stephen Faoro Tournament in March. However, a chunk of their team plays Semi-Pro ball so they struggle to get themselves organized in the late spring and summer months. For such a good team, they look like crap...its about time to look and act like a top team, lets see if they show up with jerseys this tournament, they are hovering at the bottom of the top 5 but with a solid tournament win they would challenge the other top teams.
Salem Skally Wags (#6) - The number 6 team in the Northwest and number two team from Oregon. they constantly battle with Medford Dynasty (#2 in the NW) in Oregon tournaments and have had to raise their game up as some other start up teams in Oregon, Relentless, Outlawz, Venom & Legit have improved greatly! It is exciting to see what this top ranked team can show the rest of the region as the travel outside OR for the first time. Let’s see if the Skally Wags can get a top 4 finish in WA!
Spokane Outlaws (#8) - The most decorated Spokane team on our list, they have combined with a few players from ALL DAY another top team out of Spokane. They have great ball and clock control and can keep other teams at bay by slowing the game down. They started the year high, ranked number 2, but have slid down the rankings with some less than stellar performances the past few tournaments. A top 2 finish in a highly competitive tournament like this might see them on the rise.
Bellingham Expendables (#11) - Talk about hitting the scene in stride, this team got organized for the Faoro Tournament in Bellingham and knocked off a couple good teams on their way to a top 6ish finish. They struggled on the road in Canada recently, but still had the athletes to compete with the top teams, losing to the eventual champions by only 6! Being stateside and with some positive momentum, this team is primed to make some noise and 3f is going to be their mic! Watch out for this team to surprise some people.
Spokane B.I.T.E (#12) - They were a top 10 team at the Faoro tournament and played the Spring Mayhem tournament well. They are knocking at the door of the Top 10, and with a few key wins at this tournament they could kick down the door and push their way in. Not saying thats a bad thing, sometimes you’ve got to cause a little commotion if you want to see results. Lets see if their wide open offense can help them bust through!
Seattle Timeout (#13) - The most recent Spring 8v8 league Champions, they have a lot of pieces but most instrumental to their success is their WR core. When they have their top guys they are tough to stop, disciplined in their offense they can keep drives alive and their best defense is a clock control O. They don’t have any tournament championships under the belt but have a lot of local league history. Its their success in leagues that has kept them around the top 15, a good showing at this tournament would help. Hopefully they can take the show on the road soon too, before the tank runs out of gas.
Bellingham King in the North (#22) - Still a relatively new team, some of their players jump on with Game of Cones a 7v7 team that competes in the local and regional 7v7 tournaments. Will need to get a couple wins at this tournament to see a rise in rankings.
Yakima Grid Iron Gang (#25) - A very green team, has a few pieces to get some key wins but lack of a local league means they have to figure how to play at a high level at competitive tournaments. They seemed primed to surprise a few teams and have made appearances at two large regional tournaments with 3f being their third stop.
Teams Not Ranked:
Seattle Beast Squad (UR) - A spin off of the top team Seattle Baddogs, they have many of the pieces in place to compete with the best, they won a scaled down Tournament of Champions, and were a top seed in the Seattle METRO league going into the playoffs. A few solid wins and a tournament outside of the Seattle area would help them climb significantly. It may happen sooner than later if the team plays well in this tournament
Seattle Buzz Killers (UR)- New team, got a lot of the right pieces but need to figure out how to bring it together! They would be a longshot to win this tournament, but if they could pull it off it would warrant some serious consideration for the top 10.
Seattle Good Times (UR) - A more veteran team, started the year in the top 25 but fell out of the rankings with limited showing in tournaments and lack of success locally. They are well organized and like to grind on teams...if they have the playmakers for this tournament they could be hard to stop!
Seattle Young & Hungry (UR) - Very little known...would be an absolute surprise to see this team in the championship game. The team is young, and hungry, hence the name, full of athletes and ready to compete. They could surprise some people...and who knows, all great champions start at the bottom right!?
Spokane FFC United (UR) - Also very little known about this team. Outside the top 25 but rumor is they have some national championship success in Semi-Pro. If they transition to flag fast they will surprise some teams.
Rumor is the tournament is looking for a 14th Team, we will see if they get an established team to make the commitment or if a brand new team will enter the mix!