Sunday, September 07, 2008

USCL 2008 Week 3 Predictions

Well, everyone had a lousy week, prediction-wise, but your humble mechanical citrus (YHMC) has still managed to rise to second place!

Onto this week's predictions...


A rematch of last year's title match, won in dramatic fashion by Dallas. Do you know if you switch the initial consonants of the team's nicknames, and then combine them, you would get Blestiny Ditz? Sounds like quite an intriguing person to me. Oh yeah, everybody with White wins.

Prediction: Boston 2.0 - 2.0 Dallas

UPDATE: Three draws and a loss, and Dallas wins 2.5 - 1.5. Ehh, I was close...


The City by the Bay takes on South Beach. Some people actually prefer the weather in Miami to San Francisco, but those people must enjoy going to steam rooms fully clothed. The top two boards will all be drawn, but the bottom two boards will be split decisions.

Prediction: San Francisco 2.0 - 2.0 Miami

UPDATE: San Francisco wins 2.5 - 1.5, even if GM Wolff had to drop out at the last minute. Yikes.


Pascal Charbonneau has payed more games in the USCL than any other player. He was a USCL MVP. He just got back from an international tournament in Montreal. He'll still draw his game, however. Look for Jay "Million Game March" Bonin to pick up a point for the Knights.

Prediction: New York 2.5 - 1.5 Philadelphia


GM Sergey Erenburg is the king, but the rest of the team needs to stop acting like fish. As Erenburg goes, so goes the team. The bottom three boards will split 1.5-1.5. Erenburg has black, but Milman has done well in the USCL.

Prediction: Carolina 2.0 - 2.0 Baltimore


If you only knew the teams playing, you would think that Chicago ought to be able to pick up their first USCL match win over the usually overmatched Tempo, based on reputation only. However, ask Seattle about the value of the Tempo's reputation. Unfortunately for Tennessee, they won't have much of a chance to erase any more of their reputation, as Chicago will sweep the top boards.

Prediction: Chicago 2.5 - 1.5 Tennessee


The undefeated and untied Pioneers are westward ho, as they try to step on and smush the Scorpions. But can the Scorpions blow the wind of change, ruin Queens' big city nights, and rock them like a hurricane? Yes! Expect Arizona to pull off the upset, and the Pioneers to really have a blackout.

Prediction: Queens 1.5 - 2.5 Arizona


The pugilists prepare to parlay premium punching power, as well as an ample amount of alliteration, when one will wind up winning. Boris Gulko debuts for the Knockouts, on board 2, of all places. The battle of the 20 year separated prodigies is on board one, as Hikaru Nakamura drives in from Vancouver to play for Seattle to take on Joel Benjamin. Seattle may Slug, but New Jersey will deliver the Knockout.

Prediction: Seattle 1.5 - 2.5 New Jersey

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